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Events+Exhibitions

Photographs from Jessica Ingram’s “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial”

Photographs from Jessica Ingram's "Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial"

Extended captions for select photographs by Jessica Ingram, from her exhibition on view at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University through October 17, 2015: Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial. Law office, Pulaski, Tennessee, 2006 The Ku Klux Klan was founded in this building on Christmas Eve 1865. The original historical marker, […]


May 21: Event with Jim Grimsley, Author of “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood”

May 21: Event with Jim Grimsley, Author of "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood"

The boy in this narrative is becoming a man in a time of enormous change, and his point of view is like a razor cutting through a callous. Painful and healing. Forthright and enormously engaging. This is a book to collect and share and treasure. —Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina The Center […]


May 29: Fresh Docs Screening of “Truth Underground” at the Full Frame Theater

May 29: Fresh Docs Screening of "Truth Underground" at the Full Frame Theater

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of directors Gerret Warner and Mimi Gredy’s Truth Underground, which follows “three young North Carolina spoken word poets transforming pain into art as they search for what Maya Angelou called ‘a brave and startling truth.’” The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs […]


MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Work on Display in “evolutions | digressions,” May 7-15

MFA|EDA Class of 2016 Work on Display in "evolutions | digressions," May 7-15

Come catch a sneak peek into the work of ten first-year students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Class of 2016 in the pop-up exhibition evolutions | digressions at the Power Plant Gallery. The nine-day exhibition features a wide range of works that reflect the diversity of the program. Special and extended hours for the gallery during this time […]


Curator’s Talk, May 11: “Binnegoed: Coloured & South African Photography”

Curator's Talk, May 11: "Binnegoed: Coloured & South African Photography"

Binnegoed: Coloured & South African Photography—a curated exhibition exploring racial ambiguities under South African Apartheid—will be on view at the Center for Documentary Studies through July 29. A reception and curator’s talk will be held on Monday, May 11. Through the work of sixteen photographers who lived and worked during this period of legalized racial segregation, Binnegoed reflects on the South Africa’s history […]


April 22: Free Screening of “Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory” on April 22

April 22: Free Screening of "Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory" on April 22

Join us at the Center for Documentary Studies for a screening of Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers—director/producer Orlando de Guzman and co-producer Katina Parker—and moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Screening of Ferguson: A […]


Fresh Docs Screening of “Earthcaster,” April 24 at Full Frame Theater

Fresh Docs Screening of "Earthcaster," April 24 at Full Frame Theater

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present a free screening of directors Georgann Eubanks and Donna Campbell’s Earthcaster as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress. Following screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker during which the audience provides valuable feedback. Earthcaster Friday, April 24, 7 p.m. […]


At CDS April 8: A Talk by Award-Winning Writer and Anthropologist Ruth Behar

At CDS April 8: A Talk by Award-Winning Writer and Anthropologist Ruth Behar

During an upcoming visit to Duke University, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow Ruth Behar, a cultural anthropologist renowned for her fieldwork writing, will give a public talk at the Center for Documentary Studies: The Vulnerable Observer: After Twenty Years, What Next? The event is free and open to the public, and includes a reception following Behar’s presentation. Wednesday April 8, […]


Lynsey Addario’s “Veiled Rebellion: Women in Afghanistan” Now On View Through April 18

Lynsey Addario's "Veiled Rebellion: Women in Afghanistan" Now On View Through April 18

Veiled Rebellion: Women in Afghanistan is on view at the Center for Documentary Studies through April 18. Renowned conflict photographer Lynsey Addario, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, made her first trip to Afghanistan in 2000 to document the lives of women under the Taliban. Addario has returned many times, always training a close eye on women’s lives in […]


March 25: Event with Award-Winning Filmmaker and Lehman Brady Professor Marco Williams

March 25: Event with Award-Winning Filmmaker and Lehman Brady Professor Marco Williams

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present a public talk with filmmaker Marco Williams, the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies. CDS coordinates the cross-campus collaboration between Duke University and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, which brings distinguished practitioners and scholars of the documentary arts to both […]


March 16: CDS Hosts Listening Event Dedicated to European Radio

March 16: CDS Hosts Listening Event Dedicated to European Radio

The Center for Documentary Studies welcomes In The Dark, a London-based radio organization, for a listening event dedicated to European radio. How are European radio stories different from the ones produced in the United States? This is a great opportunity to find out. Portuguese producer Sofia Saldanha, a member of the In The Dark team, […]


March 18: Bestselling Author Leslie Jamison, Visiting Writer in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art

March 18: Bestselling Author Leslie Jamison, Visiting Writer in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art

Extraordinary. . . . Her cerebral, witty, multichambered essays tend to swing around to one topic in particular: what we mean when we say we feel someone else’s pain. . . .Watching the philosopher in Ms. Jamison grapple with empathy is a heart-expanding exercise.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times On March 18 on Duke’s East Campus, […]


March 4: “The Activist’s Playbook” Panel and Launch Celebration for the “One Person, One Vote” Website

March 4: "The Activist's Playbook" Panel and Launch Celebration for the "One Person, One Vote" Website

An event at the Durham County Public Library commemorates next month’s 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama; presents a panel discussion, “The Activist’s Playbook: From SNCC to Selma to the New Civil Rights Movement”; and celebrates the launch of a new multimedia website from the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University—One Person, One […]


Fresh Docs Screening of “Chairman Jones”: February 27, Full Frame Theater

Fresh Docs Screening of "Chairman Jones": February 27, Full Frame Theater

[James H. Jones] meant just as much to this small community, to northeastern North Carolina, as Martin Luther King does to the South, as President Obama does to the world. —Willie Gilchrist, distinguished longtime school administrator, former university chancellor and member of the UNC Board of Governors The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present […]


Screenings + Closing Event for James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan”

Screenings + Closing Event for James Longley's "Kabul, Afghanistan"

James Longley is best known for his documentary films depicting life in conflict zones. His first photography exhibit, Kabul, Afghanistan, features panoramic images of a neighborhood in old Kabul that still bears the scars of years of civil war. Two of Longley’s Oscar-nominated documentaries—Iraq in Fragments (feature) and Sari’s Mother (short)—will screen on February 18 as part of the exhibit programming, followed […]


Full Frame’s Winter Series Closes with Roger Ebert Doc, “Life Itself”

Full Frame's Winter Series Closes with Roger Ebert Doc, "Life Itself"

On February 5, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival‘s annual Winter Series at the historic Carolina Theatre wraps up with Life Itself from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and producers Martin Scorcese and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball). Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, the film recounts the inspiring, entertaining life of world-renowned […]


March 17: Jenny Scheinman Will Visit CDS to Discuss “Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait”

March 17: Jenny Scheinman Will Visit CDS to Discuss "Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait"

Several upcoming events with acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman include a brown-bag lunch at the Center for Documentary Studies. Scheinman will be visiting Duke for the world premiere of Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait. Duke Performances commissioned Scheinman to create an original live score set to 70-year-old archival footage of life in the Piedmont taken by the […]


January 30: “Leaving Traces” Documents Bull City Summer Documentarians

January 30: "Leaving Traces" Documents Bull City Summer Documentarians

A uniquely Durham, North Carolina, feature documentary by director Ivan Weiss, Leaving Traces, is set to screen at the historic Carolina Theatre in Durham; click here to view trailer. The film documents the documentarians of the widely acclaimed Bull City Summer project about the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, including photographer/Duke University professor Alex Harris, an instructor at […]


January 27: Photobook Club Discussion of Helen Levitt’s “A Way of Seeing”

January 27: Photobook Club Discussion of Helen Levitt's "A Way of Seeing"

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to host a new book discussion group organized by Duke Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA) curator Lisa McCarty (MFA|EDA ’13; 2013–14 CDS exhibitions intern). At the ADA Photobook Club’s second meeting, the group will focus on Helen Levitt’s iconic A Way of Seeing, which captured life in the […]


February 19: Rescheduled Event for Nancy Cohen’s “Hackensack Dreaming” Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

February 19: Rescheduled Event for Nancy Cohen's “Hackensack Dreaming” Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

From January 22 through March 5, 2016, the Power Plant Gallery will host Nancy Cohen’s Hackensack Dreaming as it transforms and encompasses the 1,500-square-foot gallery into its own constructed reality. Caitlin Margaret Kelly, director of the Power Plant Gallery explains, “Nancy Cohen’s installation is rife with referential essence. Translucent glass objects hint at a cedar forest, […]


James Longley’s “Kabul, Afghanistan” Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

James Longley's "Kabul, Afghanistan" Exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery

“Jada-e-Maiwand, a vibrant neighborhood near the center of old Kabul, was a scene of fierce fighting and destruction during Afghanistan’s civil war. Twenty years later, the area remains only partially rebuilt: mud-brick homes flank open sewers, market stalls spill over from broad avenues, and winding alleyways reveal blacksmiths, corner grocers, bolani mongers, and bakers impaling […]


“From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration”: A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS

"From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration": A Multimedia Exhibit at CDS

A multimedia exhibit featuring the work of Andrea Patiño Contreras, is now on view at the Center for Documentary Studies. Composed of black-and-white photographs, audio oral histories, and an interactive website, From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration is the product of an independent project Contreras undertook while in Massachusetts as a CDS  Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow to help her better understand the […]


A Case Study of Award-Winning Doc “The New Black” with Producer Yvonne Welbon

A Case Study of Award-Winning Doc "The New Black" with Producer Yvonne Welbon

On December 4, the Center for Documentary Studies will host producer Yvonne Welbon for her case study of The New Black—a discussion of the award-winning documentary’s journey from development to distribution. Director Yoruba Richen’s film captures the complex intersection between faith, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights as it tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with LGBTQ issues in light […]


CDS Meet Up Group: Documentary Filmmaker Carol Thomson Discusses “Liberty Warehouse” November 24

CDS Meet Up Group: Documentary Filmmaker Carol Thomson Discusses "Liberty Warehouse" November 24

The CDS Meet Up Group, organized and run on a volunteer basis, provides a monthly forum for students at the Center for Documentary Studies and others doing documentary work to network, talk shop, and learn. The next meeting will be led by Carol Thomson, director of the upcoming Southern Documentary Fund film project Liberty Warehouse; Thomson will show sample clips […]