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CDS Instructors Elena Rue and Tim Tyson Receive Teaching Accolades

Elena Rue and Tim Tyson

Elena Rue and Tim Tyson

Congratulations to Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) undergraduate instructors Elena Rue and Tim Tyson, who were recently recognized for their teaching excellence at Duke University. During the 2015 fall semester, both instructors’ course evaluations were among the top 5 percent of all undergraduate instructors at Duke. Rue was recognized for her course Multimedia Documentary, while Tyson received the distinction for his course Documenting Black Experience; see course descriptions below. Read more about undergraduate education at CDS.

Multimedia Documentary
Taught by Elena Rue, Fall 2015
Edit and shape fieldwork material into a Web-based multimedia presentation, with a focus on video. Learn current technologies and techniques for multimedia publications. Examine unique storytelling strategies for on-line presentations and compare this medium to traditional venues for documentary work such as exhibitions, books, and broadcast.

Documenting Black Experience
Taught By Tim Tyson, Fall 2015
Interpretations of the black diaspora in documentary film from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary study of black religions, cultures, histories, aesthetics, politics, and their representations, both globally and in the U.S. Students will view and study a variety of films and approaches to film and study film’s evolution through numerous lenses from early ethnographic film to recent works by indigenous filmmakers, and understand the politics of representation, from D.W. Griffith to Spike Lee; read relevant works in the genres represented; and hear from guest critics, scholars of African and African American history and culture, and filmmakers.

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