Melanie Woody Nguyen produces documentary on Frederick Douglass monument in front of Hornbake Library

Melanie Woody Nguyen (PhD student, Contemporary Art and Theory), conceived and filmed a documentary short about the Frederick Douglass monument and plaza in front of Hornbake Library as her semester project working in the Collaboratory this past spring (2019). Working with Collaboratory staff to acquire the filming and editing skills necessary for the project, Melanie researched the history of the work's commission, its brief life to this point as a monument, and the biography of Frederick Douglass, skillfully weaving in commentary throughout from Dr. Tess Korobkin, Assistant Professor in the Department and a specialist on American Art and monuments. A conversation between two undergraduates, Jane O. Uzuegbu (Studio Art, '19) and Samir Razzak (Art Education, '21), enlivens our understanding of how this monument is impacting the lives of those in the community. Amazing drone footage of the monument and plaza, which was captured by Noah Dibert, Recruiting and Outreach Coordinator for the iSchool, provides a spectacular overview of this important campus space. The result is wonderful and a must see. Congratulations Melanie!