The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was the Center’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to CDS programs.
This year’s Julia Harper Day Award goes to Logan Hasson, an English major who grew up near Pinehurst, North Carolina, and now hails from Cheshire, Connecticut. Logan has worked in the CDS Cage since 2009, serving as a media expert for dozens of students every week. Logan was nominated by cage manager Harlan Campbell, CDS’s photography and digital arts associate, who had this to say about his student colleague: “Logan is a work-study extraordinaire. His many contributions to CDS include extensive knowledge of the equipment and software, a willingness and eagerness to share his knowledge, web design skills that enabled us to create and sustain the cdscage.com website used by all students who borrow equipment, an all-around positive attitude, and an unflappable grace under pressure. In short, Logan has been invaluable, and the website wouldn’t exist without him.”
While at Duke, Logan delved deeply into the documentary arts. He produced a piece for CDS audio director John Biewen’s Short Audio Documentary course, then moved on to intern at WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He also produced a lengthy documentary photo essay on street performers in New York City as part of his experience with the Duke in New York program. “I find DSLR video incredibly exciting, as well as digital photography. Somewhere down the road, I’d like to work in TV or film, perhaps even a long-form documentary film,” he says. 3D digital modeling and animation is another passion.
After graduation, Logan says, “I’m really hoping to join the Teach for America corps. I’ve been extremely lucky in terms of my educational experiences and feel like there’s really nothing better I can do with my time over the next couple of years than help close the achievement gap in schools.” Indeed, CDS has also been extremely lucky that Logan came our way, and we know that wherever he ends up his affable personality and extraordinary tech skills will make his part of the world a creative and more organized place. — Charlie Thompson, CDS director of undergraduate education