PodFest 2020: April 24

Save the date for our third annual media and multimodal scholarship showcase, the evening of April 24, 2020.

Weekly Meetings

Join us every Wednesday of the semester from 12-1pm in Horace Mann 46A for our weekly MASCLab meetings. All are welcome!

MASCLab Live: Events Fostering Community and Discussion around Multimodal Scholarship

(1) “The Challenges of YPAR in Youth Justice Systems” A Public Talk by Dr. Hannah Smithson. September 24, 3 – 4:30 in HM 138. Details here.

A Selection of Past Events

PodFest 2019

Podfest 2019 took place on May 3, from 5-8pm in the Smith Learning Theater at Teachers College, Columbia University. Podfest is a showcase for the work of MASCLab and our collaborators, and will include live mediamaking and opportunities for interaction, media engagement and production, and fellowship.

Youth Media Showcase (June 8, 2018)

On Friday, June 8, we were proud to host a culminating showcase of youth-produced media by community partner, Educational Video Center (EVC), at TC’s Cowin Auditorium.  EVC presented two documentaries produced by New York City youth participants in their Youth Documentary Workshop: The Colors of Health: Understanding Unequal Care in New York City, and Reclaiming Success – a powerful film that unpacks the challenges of New York City transfer schools – small alternative high schools that provide wrap-around services and often more experiential academic opportunities for youth seeking to complete their high school education and who might need to recover credits. The film talks about these challenges through an in-depth look at the lead up to the ordered closing of Crotona High School, a transfer school in the Bronx, NY.

Visual Research for Social Change Conference (April 18, 2018)

MASCLab in partnership with the Visual Research Center hosted the first ever Visual Research for Social Change conference at the Smith Learning Theater on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Teachers College, Columbia University. After opening remarks by Professor Ioana Literat, Wendy Luttrell of the CUNY Graduate Center presented a keynote entitled, “Collaborative Seeing: A Visual Research Practice. Afterwards, graduate students (and professors) from New York, Pennsylvania, and as far as England presented their work in one image-based research session, three works-in-progress sessions, and an exhibition. Schools represented in the conference included CUNY, NYU, Goldsmiths College (University of London), University of Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and Teachers College (Columbia University). Click here for more information on the participants and schedule.

Digital Learning @TC (April 4, 2018)

Approximately 200 Teachers College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends participated in Digital Learning at TC, an exhibition curated by MASCLab, sponsored by the TC Office of Digital Learning, and hosted in the Smith Learning Theater.

The goal of the exhibition was to spotlight a range of interesting examples of learning innovation made possible in part by digital technologies—both high-tech and low-tech. Montages of clips from faculty interviews and examples of faculty- and student-created artifacts populated six thematic exhibits:

  1. Windows: Seeing Learning In Action
  2. Conduits: Crossing/Connecting Time & Space
  3. Materiality: Technology as Art Medium & Performance Space
  4. Embodiment: Virtual Realities & Research as “Me”-search
  5. Design: Technology and Pedagogy in Conversation
  6. Multimodality: Making Meaning Across Modes of Expression

For more info, see our blog post about the event.

PodFest (December 15th, 2017)

For much of the past year, MASCLab has been learning to tell audio stories relevant to our areas of interest in educational research and practice. In December, we will kick off our “Podluck” Series with a launch party in TC’s state-of-the-art Smith Learning Theater. We have named this series of events “Podluck” because the events will showcase our podcast episodes and is also a potluck. We feel that bringing food to share encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas and makes the experience more personal.

This event will provide the TC community and beyond opportunities to engage with the storytelling and production process of our podcast episodes. These participatory events will include interactive stations and activities for giving show feedback, creating (visual, audio, and mixed) media in response to episode topics, and re-editing scripts to try out new story arcs. In this collaborative environment, MASCLab will advertise the podcast and invite new ideas from those outside of the group.

Book talk: Rampage Nation

Featuring Dr. Louis Klarevas, author of “Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings” (October 17, 2017).

FosterCareFilms Interactive Screening (September 25, 2017)

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We present three different windows, three different stories of youth connected by the system of foster care: the short films “Feeling Wanted,” “My Identity,” and “Family Rewritten.” The screening will include discussions with the director, Yasmin Mistry and two participants in the films, Charell Star and Kim Flodin. These three award-winning short documentaries from the Foster Care Film and Community Engagement Project are an opportunity to take a multi-faceted, intimate look at a system in which we all have a stake: caring for foster youth. Please join us to engage with the filmmakers, participants, stories, and issues. Visit for more on the films and the project.

Newtown Interactive Screening (February 1, 2017)

Newtown // January, 25 // TC Library Learning Theater

“Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.” (

December 2016

December 2015

  •  ‪#‎VisualEthnography‬ Double Screening & Discussion Dec. 9th, 5:30-7:30pm Horace Mann 152: Double Screening of Video Ethnographies by  Tara Conley & Prof. Stanton Wortham

November 2015

October 2015

April 2015

December 2014

  • Multimodal Analysis workshop with Kristin Gorski — Tuesday, Dec. 2nd from 12 – 1:30 in 408 Russell
  • MASCLab holiday Happy Hour — 4 – 6 pm, Friday, December 12th, 322 TH

November 2014

  • Happy Hour: Transmediating Scott Pilgrim and learning comic drawing– Friday, Nov. 7th, 4:00p-6:00p Teachers College, 322 Thompson
  • Screening: Unequal Education: Failing Our Children
    featuring updated commentary by Maxine Greene, Deborah Meier, and more
    Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 6:00-9:00p
    Teachers College, 179 Grace Dodge Hall