Part of my responsibilities as a GA (which I alluded to in a previous post), is acting as the videographer for the program. My main duty as videographer is filming the IEDP Lecture Series, which brings in outside experts and/or persons of interest to speak to IEDP students about relevant topics in development.
While more sporadic in the fall, in the spring we have a speaker once every month. So far, we’ve had Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, Dr. Priyadarshani Joshi, a Research Officer at UNESCO with the Global Education Monitoring Report, and Dr. Patience Stephens, Special Adviser to UN Women. Every lecture so far has been incredibly illuminating, though sometimes I have to wonder how much of a “company script” they have to follow for their presentations.
That’s why I really love the opportunity IEDP gives us to meet with speakers before their presentations during lunch. We get to sign up to have lunch with one of the speakers, and essentially we have more personal time with them before they adopt the role of presenter for the lecture. It gives us the opportunity to go beyond the script, to get to know the speaker a little better. For example, I was fortunate to get the chance to pick up Dr. Stephens with fellow IEDPer Anushka from 30th Street Station and have lunch with her and eight other students before her presentation. She shared more personal stories, including her zig-zagging trajectory to her current position at UN Women, which at times made more of an impact on me than her actual presentation. These are things that rarely make it into the packaged lecture, and I value completely the opportunity we have to do that.
Once I finish recording a lecture, I add the title sequences and make some edits here and there, and then upload it to our YouTube channel. Yes, IEDP has a YouTube channel and you should all check it out. 🙂
(Disclaimer: This one was filmed by Charles, GSE’s Instructional Technology & Multimedia Service Coordinator.) There are several years of these lectures on the channel, but they document just a smidgen of what we experience here at IEDP.
Another side of the IEDP GA Videographer (quite a mouthful) position is creating short videos about the program. Traditionally, every videographer has taken on the project of introducing the cohort through “Meet IEDP” videos. I’ve obviously followed suit, and I wanted to present a few of my amazing classmates to you. Enjoy!
(Shout out to Ania for helping me film some of these videos too!)
These are just a few of the amazing members of our cohort, and I’m very fortunate to be a part of this group of thought-provoking, thoughtful, and impressive people. I’m also quite happy that I get to know my cohort members better through making these videos. There’s something quite special in editing videos like these. Little personality markers, like body language, expressions, go-to phrases, seem much more permanent once they’re recorded, especially when you re-watch often them during the editing process. It makes the job much more fun and valuable.