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Launch of the “SNCC Digital Gateway” Documentary Website

Launch of the "SNCC Digital Gateway" Documentary Website

On December 13, 2016, the website for the SNCC Digital Gateway: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work—a collaborative documentary initiative between the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Duke University—debuted. The documentary website is the product of collaboration between the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Duke […]


“Transgender USA” Exhibit On View at the Power Plant Gallery Through December 22

"Transgender USA" Exhibit On View at the Power Plant Gallery Through December 22

CDS recommends Transgender USA, an exhibition featuring the photographs of Mariette Pathy Allen on view at the Power Plant Gallery through December 22. Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over thirty years, and has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness and gender variance. Her photographs and personal papers are being collected by the Archive of Documentary […]


November 10: Free Screening of Dance-Based Film by Duke Alums

November 10: Free Screening of Dance-Based Film by Duke Alums

CDS is cosponsoring a screening of Revolve on Camera: The Performances and a Q&A with the filmmakers—Duke alums and husband-and-wife team Benjamin Epps and Heather Bowles Epps (both ’00); the event is part of Duke’s annual DEMAN weekend. Their film is a compilation of selected works from Revolve Dance Company; using previously staged works as well as […]


CDS Professor Charles Thompson Joins Duke In Venice Faculty for Fall 2017 Semester

CDS Professor Charles Thompson Joins Duke In Venice Faculty for Fall 2017 Semester

Duke in Venice is based at Venice International University (VIU), located on the island of San Servolo. VIU is an association of universities and organizations from around the world. Faculty from the partner universities offer courses at VIU, all taught in English. Students will have the opportunity to take courses from all of these international scholars and […]


“Farmer/Veteran” Screening and Celebration on November 10

"Farmer/Veteran" Screening and Celebration on November 10

CDS recommends an upcoming screening of Jeremy Lange and Alix Blair’s Farmer/Veteran, a feature-length documentary that follows one veteran’s mission to find healing through farming, haunted by the wounds of a family lost and the soldier he still yearns to be. The film’s co-director, Jeremy Lange, is a current MFA|EDA student and will be in attendance. The ticketed screening […]


CDS Student Prizewinner Among Featured Artists in “Southern Accent”

CDS Student Prizewinner Among Featured Artists in "Southern Accent"

The Nasher Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, “reflects upon and pulls apart the dynamic nature of the South’s social, political, and cultural landscape” through the work of sixty artists. The timing of Southern Accent,” says the Nasher’s Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary […]


September 13: Hollywood@Duke Event Explores Jewish Identity in the Media

September 13: Hollywood@Duke Event Explores Jewish Identity in the Media

The Center for Documentary Studies is one of a number of campus cosponsors of an upcoming event organized by a Duke student group. The Untitled Identity Project states, “Myriad recent nationwide issues regarding identity and activism along with recent incidents terrorizing and targeting specific identity groups remain prominent in our media. Often we neglect to consider […]


September 9: Free Screening of “Rosenwald” In Hillsborough, North Carolina

September 9: Free Screening of "Rosenwald" In Hillsborough, North Carolina

Filmmaker Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities explores a little-known initiative that resulted in the creation of thousands of schools for poor, rural African-American children in in the Jim Crow South, at a time when few received any public education. Presented by Friends of Russell Rosenwald School, the screening is free […]


2016 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award Winners

2016 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award Winners

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the Archive of Documentary Arts’ ADA Collection Awards. The ADA Collection Awards were established to diversify the ADA’s collection in order to better reflect the multitude of viewpoints and communities from which work is being made in the documentary arts today and will be offered annually. The following […]


August 6: Student Action with Farmworkers End of Summer Celebration

August 6: Student Action with Farmworkers End of Summer Celebration

Celebrate the success of Student Action with Farmworkers‘ current crop of farmworker activists by joining SAF for their end of summer celebration on August 6. Student Action with Farmworkers—a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more just agricultural system—has been a partner and documentary collaborator of the Center for Documentary Studies for over twenty years. Saturday, August 6, 6–9:30 p.m. Full Frame […]


Local Artists Featured in “Eyes on the South,” the Oxford American’s Photography Series

Local Artists Featured in "Eyes on the South," the Oxford American's Photography Series

For two weeks this month, Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) publishing and awards director Alexa Dilworth was guest curator for “Eyes on the South,” the Oxford American‘s weekly online photography series featuring current work from Southern artists or artists whose work concerns the South. She chose work by Lisa McCarty from Lumen, McCarty’s “ongoing experiment” involving handmade large-format cameras, and work by Kate Medley from […]


June 21: Ken Burns Event in NYC; Discount on Tix for Duke Community

June 21: Ken Burns Event in NYC; Discount on Tix for Duke Community

On June 21, 2016, at the SVA Theatre in New York City, The Modern School of Film—founded by Duke alum Robert Milazzo (’94)—will continue its IN:PICTURES series with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Members of the extended Duke community—students, alumni, faculty/staff, supporters, and friends—will receive a discount on tickets; see below. Featured guests in the acclaimed series […]


June 13–19: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Offers Opportunities for Students

June 13–19: LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph Offers Opportunities for Students

With our connections to and great admiration for the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia, we at the Center for Documentary Studies are looking forward to the annual event’s next installment, June 13–19. LOOK3 is about celebrating the vision of extraordinary photographers, igniting conversations about critical issues, and fostering the next generation of artists. […]


Watch: Discussion with PRI Radio Host Marco Werman and Photographer Alex Harris

Watch: Discussion with PRI Radio Host Marco Werman and Photographer Alex Harris

In November 2015, a discussion with Marco Werman—Duke University alumni, journalist, and host of Public Radio International’s show, The World—and Alex Harris—Duke University professor, CDS co-founder, and acclaimed documentary photographer—took place at Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics. Together, the two looked back at Werman’s early work in journalism and documentary storytelling as an undergraduate student […]


World Premiere of Gary Hawkins’ Short Film “Me & You” at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

World Premiere of Gary Hawkins' Short Film "Me & You" at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

On April 16, Gary Hawkins’ experimental film Me & You will enjoy its world premiere at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Hawick, Scotland, where it will screen as part of the festival’s thematic short-film program “Altered State.” Hawkins is a longtime instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies. “Me & You is a seven-minute series of not-quite-repeating loops, […]


March 2016: Work by CDS Faculty

March 2016: Work by CDS Faculty

Notable recent news and upcoming events featuring Center for Documentary Studies undergraduate, MFA, and continuing education faculty includes: + Mike Wiley’s The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders, originally produced by CDS and the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC–Chapel Hill, had its professional debut in 2011 at UNC’s Playmakers Repertory under then-director Joseph […]


March 19: Women’s History Lecture with Michelle Lanier at Historic Stagville

March 19: Women’s History Lecture with Michelle Lanier at Historic Stagville

“Her Eyes Have Seen the Glory: African-American Women and the Dreams for Freedom,” an upcoming Women’s History Lecture by longtime Center for Documentary Studies instructor Michelle Lanier, focuses on African American women from North Carolina with a particular emphasis on freedom seeking and freedom dreaming. This event is free and open to the public. Due to the […]


March 4: Launch Event for “Southern Cultures” Documentary Arts Issue at the Power Plant Gallery

March 4: Launch Event for “Southern Cultures” Documentary Arts Issue at the Power Plant Gallery

Join the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South for a launch event at the Power Plant Gallery on Friday, March 4. The event will celebrate the publication of the Spring 2016 Southern Cultures, a special documentary arts issue of CSAS’s quarterly publication guest edited by Duke University’s MFA|EDA director and former […]


February 3: Lisa McCarty Discusses “Transcendental Concord” at John Hope Franklin Center

February 3: Lisa McCarty Discusses "Transcendental Concord" at John Hope Franklin Center

The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies and the Duke University MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts invites you to a lunchtime artist’s talk event with Lisa McCarty as part of the Wednesdays at the John Hope Franklin Center series. McCarty is a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and archivist, and an alumni of the […]


January 16: London-Based Let’s All Be Free Film Festival Comes to CDS

January 16: London-Based Let's All Be Free Film Festival Comes to CDS

On January 16, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) will host the London-based Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in its first international showcase at the Full Frame Theater in Durham, NC. The LABFFF–founded by CDS Continuing Education alum Tariq Nasir—is an annual event that explores and celebrates what it means to be free, screening a diverse selection […]


CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims Featured at SCOPE Miami Art Fair

CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims Featured at SCOPE Miami Art Fair

Christopher Sims, undergraduate education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and Lecturing Fellow in Documentary Arts at Duke University, is currently being featured at the SCOPE Miami Art Fair in Miami, Florida. Clark Gallery is exhibiting eight large-scale photographs from Sims’s project “The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan,” which recently received the Arte […]


CDS Undergraduate Education Director to Give Talk at Studio-X in Istanbul, Turkey

CDS Undergraduate Education Director to Give Talk at Studio-X in Istanbul, Turkey

Christopher Sims, undergraduate education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and Lecturing Fellow in the Documentary Arts, will give an artist’s talk in Turkey on December 12 at 7 p.m. The lecture, “The Built Environments of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the ‘Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan’,” will be hosted by Studio-X. The talk […]


December 8 and 9: MFA|EDA Works-In-Progress Presentations

December 8 and 9: MFA|EDA Works-In-Progress Presentations

Duke University’s first MFA program—in Experimental and Documentary Arts—invites the public to screenings of the works-in-progress of the thirteen students from the class of 2017. The students are enrolled in the first-year Documentary Fieldwork seminar taught by Alex Harris. Five students will present their work on Tuesday, December 8, and eight students will present on Wednesday, December 9; […]


December 4: Opening Event for “The Observer’s Frame,” a Pop-Up Photo Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

December 4: Opening Event for "The Observer's Frame," a Pop-Up Photo Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

This December, a selection of Duke University undergraduate, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, and Graduate in Liberal Studies students, as well as several UNC–Chapel Hill journalism students, will present photographs from the semester with a pop-up exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery. Following a kickoff event on December 4, The Observer’s Frame will continue a two-week run through December 18. The Observer’s […]