The Program for Narrative and Documentary

Practice at Tufts University


The Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University is devoted to the teaching of non-fiction storytelling and to engaging students in their local, national and global communities.

Through experiential learning, the Program trains students to identify stories that can act as vehicles to explain larger, complex issues -- breaking down barriers to understanding, amplifying relevant voices, and advancing human dignity.

Coursework is immersive and practice-oriented, with freshman through graduate students working together in an intimate classroom setting. Students are required to engage with communities outside the University, practicing skills in photography, writing, film, and audio. Currently, an introductory course is offered in the fall and an advanced seminar in the spring, along with several independent studies each semester.

Students have the opportunity to apply for documentary workshops in the field where they work on issue-based assignments, utilizing the skills they have learned. Past workshops have been conducted in Arizona/Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, India (Rajasthan and Kashmir), Kosovo, Myanmar/Burma, Russia and Vietnam. Each year, the students organize and exhibition of their work in the Slater Concourse Galleryof the Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts.

Each year, the Program organizes a series of public lectures, discussions, and screenings for the campus and the general public. Speakers have included Jessica Dimmock (The Ninth Floor), and John Stanmeyer (Island of Spirits), as well as writer Peter Maass (Crude World; Love Thy Neighbor), two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Rohde, and award winning film maker and media entrepreneur Vaughan Smith.

This is the Program's third project on health and human rights. 

The Silent Epidemic: Hepatitis C and Access to Medicines in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

More than Pain: Documenting Palliative Care and Access to Pain Medications in Kenya

The Institute for Global Leadership

The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University is an incubator of innovative ways to educate learners at all levels to understand and engage with difficult global issues. We develop new generations of effective and ethical leaders who are able and driven to comprehend complexity, reflect cultural and political nuance, and engage as responsible global citizens in anticipating and confronting the world's most pressing problems.


Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice
Institute for Global Leadership
Tufts University
96 Packard Ave
Medford, MA 02155