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Certificate in Documentary Studies Project Presentations and Exhibit: “Beyond the Front Porch 2013”

Image from Michaela Dwyer

Image from Michaela Dwyer’s project “A Dancer Intent on Being Herself”

Eight graduating seniors who are completing the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University will present their final projects to the public in an open house celebration at the Center for Documentary Studies: David Chou, Michaela Dwyer, Melanie Houston, Alice Kim, Haley Read, Hannah Scott, Sarah Van Name, and Katie Vo. An exhibit of the students’ work, Beyond the Front Porch 2013, opens simultaneously. See a slideshow of images below, and click here for student bios and descriptions of their projects.

Friday, April 26
Project presentations: 3–5 p.m.
BBQ: 5:30–7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Beyond the Front Porch 2013
University Gallery
April 26–August 31, 2013

Under the guidance of Alex Harris and teaching assistant Amanda Berg, the students completed their projects in the spring 2013 Capstone Seminar as the culmination of their documentary studies classes and certificate requirements. The works “span the range of documentary possibilities from printed still black-and-white-photographs to audio, video, and multimedia,” says Harris. “Their projects have a deep personal connection to the lives [the students] have lived, or to the futures they envision. . . .They must translate their personal observations and experiences into something universal, something for the rest of us.”

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