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Christopher White Wins 2017 Julia Harper Day Award from CDS

Christopher White Wins 2017 Julia Harper Day Award from CDS

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’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 […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2016 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On December 9, 2016, seven CDS Continuing Education students showed their final projects and received the Certificate in Documentary Arts. The graduation took place before an audience of friends, family, teachers, fellow students, and fans of documentary in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. A reception followed in the Boiler Room outside the theater. The six […]


November 17: “East Durham Stories” From CDS’s 2016 Documentary Video Institute Screen at Durham Public Library

November 17: "East Durham Stories" From CDS's 2016 Documentary Video Institute Screen at Durham Public Library

In June 2016, the thirteenth edition of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program, once again focused on the East Durham area. Twenty-four students from across the nation were guided through a week-long course in all aspects of documentary filmmaking. Their interview subjects were a pre-selected cross-section of […]


Register Now! Harvey Stein to Teach Documentary Street Photography Course at CDS

Register Now! Harvey Stein to Teach Documentary Street Photography Course at CDS

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to welcome back acclaimed documentary photographer Harvey Stein, who will again teach his popular Documentary Street Photography workshop, September 23–25, 2016.  The class, offered through our Continuing Education program, will consist of lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, critiques, and photographic field trips. Topics will include photographing strangers, strategies of approach and interaction, methods […]


Register Now: New Fall 2016 Continuing Education Courses, Both Onsite and Online

Register Now: New Fall 2016 Continuing Education Courses, Both Onsite and Online

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media. Registration is now open for Fall 2016 classes and workshops with a host of established, new, and online classes on offer; see our twelve new courses below. Additionally, an open information session about CDS Continuing Education courses will […]


Duke Undergrads Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

Duke Undergrads Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

In late June, during the final week of the Duke-in-Berlin summer program, students, faculty, and local Berliners spilled out onto the sidewalk outside of the gallery tête, an innovative art space in the Prenzlauer Berg district of the city. Inside, a pop-up exhibition by eight undergraduates in a documentary photography course featured prints of their […]


Registration Open for CDS’s Fall 2016 Continuing Ed Classes in the Doc Arts

Registration Open for CDS's Fall 2016 Continuing Ed Classes in the Doc Arts

A message from the Continuing Education program (#CDSCourses) at the Center for Documentary Studies, which offers classes year-round in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media.: Fall 2016 courses are now open! Go to our registration page and click on “All Courses (A-Z)” to see a full list, or consult the Timetable of Current Courses […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Roseboro, North Carolina

Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Roseboro, North Carolina

Anytown, USA is a continuing education course at the Center for Documentary Studies developed and taught by longtime instructor Randy Benson. For its eighth season it shone a spotlight on Roseboro, North Carolina, a small town ninety miles southeast of Durham. With the help of Roseboro mayor Alice Butler, ten students traveled to Roseboro to meet […]


“Beyond the Front Porch 2016” Features Work by Certificate in Doc Studies Grads

"Beyond the Front Porch 2016" Features Work by Certificate in Doc Studies Grads

The Certificate in Documentary Studies program attracts Duke undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences. Under the guidance of Nancy Kalow and Alex Harris, six seniors in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Documentary Capstone Seminars completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. An exhibition […]


Register Now for 2016 Summer Institutes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now for 2016 Summer Institutes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies is offering nine summer learning opportunities in 2016 through our Continuing Education program. These intensive Summer Institute sessions, lasting from two to eight days, are open to the general public. Their completion counts as credit toward the Certificate in Documentary Arts for those students working toward a certificate. Registration is now open for the […]


CDS Announces 2016 Undergraduate Summer School Classes

CDS Announces 2016 Undergraduate Summer School Classes

The Center for Documentary Studies is sponsoring four summer school classes for Duke University undergraduates, see below, in addition to a number of other summer courses cross-listed with Documentary Studies (DOCST). (The classes are also open to high school students and visiting undergrads.) Click here for more information on how to register. Scroll down for […]


CDS Instructors Elena Rue and Tim Tyson Receive Teaching Accolades

CDS Instructors Elena Rue and Tim Tyson Receive Teaching Accolades

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 […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Friday, December 11, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Randy Benson taught the Final Project Seminar in which four of the students honed their projects for the night’s presentation. Lindsey Phillips worked remotely with instructor Simone Keith […]


Registration Open for Spring 2016 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Registration Open for Spring 2016 Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies offers Continuing Education classes year-round—in photography, video, audio, narrative writing, and other creative media. Registration is now open for Spring 2016 classes and workshops with a host of established, new, and online classes on offer, including a few hybrid on-site/online classes. A complete listing of all Spring 2016 courses as well as registration information […]


Register Now for “The Art of Memoir,” a CDS Continuing Ed Class with Krista Bremer

Register Now for “The Art of Memoir,” a CDS Continuing Ed Class with Krista Bremer

The hallmark of the personal essay or memoir is intimacy—the way a writer seems to whisper directly into the reader’s ear, conveying everything from gossip to wisdom. How does the memoirist build a relationship with her reader, establishing herself as a trustworthy companion worth sticking with until the last page? Join instructor and author Krista Bremer […]


Listen: Student Work from the 2016 Making It Sing Audio Institute

Listen: Student Work from the 2016 Making It Sing Audio Institute

In the first week of August 2016, eleven audio producers took part in the Making It Sing audio institute at the Center for Documentary Studies. Offered through the Continuing Education program, the institute was led by CDS audio program director John Biewen, longtime visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, and guest instructor Devon Taylor, producer of Radiotopia’s […]


Register Now: Third Session Added for “Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies”

Register Now: Third Session Added for “Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies”

Due to demand, our Continuing Education program is offering a third session of the Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies course this summer. This intensive, weeklong class is designed for distance students who are pursuing the Certificate in Documentary Arts and fulfills their introductory course requirement, and it is also ideal for any student wishing to get a grasp of […]


Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

Watch: “East Durham Stories,” From the 2015 Documentary Video Institute

2015 marked the twelfth year of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program. In early June, students in the Documentary Video Institute returned to the East Durham, North Carolina, neighborhood for the second year of a planned three-year collaboration with this dynamic and diverse part of the city. Sixteen students […]


Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Robbins, North Carolina

Watch: “Anytown USA” Student Videos on Robbins, North Carolina

One small town. Seven stories. Seven filmmakers. Despite popular misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less. We are a state of small towns. In fact, NC has the second-most number of small towns in the country. But all is not well. The mass exodus of manufacturing abroad […]


Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Enjoy: Final Projects by Spring 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Nancy Kalow taught the Final Project Seminar in which they honed their projects for the night’s presentation. The projects are below. Several students have requested their videos not […]


June 13 & 16: Free Screenings of Students’ Short Docs, “East Durham Stories”

June 13 & 16: Free Screenings of Students' Short Docs, "East Durham Stories"

Each summer, participants from around the country attend the Center for Documentary Studies‘ Documentary Video Institute, offered through CDS’s Continuing Education program, to learn to scout, shoot, and edit short documentaries on pre-selected topics. For the past two years, topics have centered on the neighborhoods of East Durham, North Carolina, resulting in a multifaceted portrait of the […]


2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

On April 26, nine Duke University students graduating with a Certificate in Documentary Studies—a program that attracts undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences—will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates, followed by a celebratory BBQ. Under the guidance of Alex Harris, the students completed their final projects in a […]


Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Enjoy these videos describing three new Fall 2015 undergraduate courses at the Center for Documentary Studies. Taught by Archive of Documentary Art Curator Lisa McCarty, professor of cultural anthropology and documentarian Charles Thompson, and CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims, the classes highlight a diverse range of documentary inquiry. Read descriptions of the courses and watch preview videos below. […]


CDS Announces Undergraduate Summer School Classes

CDS Announces Undergraduate Summer School Classes

The Center for Documentary Studies is sponsoring four summer school classes for Duke University undergraduates, see below, in addition to a number of other summer courses cross-listed with Documentary Studies (DOCST). (The classes are also open to high school students and visiting undergrads.) Click here for more information on how to register. Scroll down for […]