Undergraduate Student Work

2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners

2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners

Five undergraduates from local universities pursued summerlong documentary projects as recipients of the 2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral history, photography, film or video, and/or writing. Established by […]


“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 […]


Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply by February 15 for Summer Documentary Fieldwork Awards

Triangle-Area Undergrads: Apply by February 15 for Summer Documentary Fieldwork Awards

Established in 1990 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards go to undergraduates attending North Carolina’s Triangle-area universities to help them conduct intensive summer-long documentary fieldwork projects, for which they receive up to $2,000. The awards are named for revered scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke […]


Capturing Club: CDS Undergraduate Class Website Showcases Student Work

Capturing Club: CDS Undergraduate Class Website Showcases Student Work

Capturing Club, a project showcasing photography and audio stories captured in partnership with Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet School, has published a website to showcase student work. The project is the result of an undergraduate class called Capturing Transience: Documentary Photography and the Digital Age taught by Susie Post-Rust. “Childhood is one of the most transient times […]


Listen: Student Work from the Spring 2015 Short Audio Documentary Class Now Available Online

Listen: Student Work from the Spring 2015 Short Audio Documentary Class Now Available Online

Forty-five audio pieces from undergraduate students in this spring’s Short Audio Documentary course, taught by CDS audio program director John Biewen, are now available online. Each student produced three short audio documentaries during the semester, choosing from a handful of predetermined themes and approaches. For the spring 2015 class, the themes of the pieces are: Race@Duke: In the spring […]


Enjoy: 2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Capstone Projects

Enjoy: 2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Capstone Projects

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 Alex Harris, nine seniors in the 2015 spring semester Documentary Capstone Seminar completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. Additionally, an exhibit of the graduated seniors’ […]


“Vanishing Point,” the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

"Vanishing Point," the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

Do yourself a favor and experience Vanishing Point, the acclaimed digital magazine of student documentary work “that tells stories you haven’t heard from places you know well and places you’ll discover.” Committed to amplifying voices through a variety of media, Vanishing Point is produced at the Center for Documentary Studies by Duke University students in a publishing course taught by […]


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 […]


2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates

2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates

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 Alex Harris, nine seniors in the 2015 spring semester Documentary Capstone Seminar completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. On April 26, the students will […]


Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Center for Documentary Studies visiting artist Bruce Orenstein teaches a class each semester in which undergraduates work with grassroots organizations in North Carolina to produce advocacy videos for social change. As part of the growing collaboration between Orenstein’s coursework and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, this summer the Human Rights Center […]


CDS Undergraduates Present Multimedia Work on “Remixing Folklore” and “Field Recordings” Class Websites

CDS Undergraduates Present Multimedia Work on "Remixing Folklore" and "Field Recordings" Class Websites

CDS presents two new websites—Remixing Folklore and Field Recordings —where you can browse two semesters’ worth of undergraduate student work in the form of videos, audio slideshows, Zeegas, photography, and more. The work was produced as a part of two Multimedia Documentary courses taught by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims, in which students learned techniques of multimedia documentary production […]


Website Showcases Student Work from Small Town, USA Class

Website Showcases Student Work from Small Town, USA Class

For the past eight years, Duke University undergraduates have been coming to Hillsborough, North Carolina, each spring as part of Small Town, USA, a class at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Susie Post-Rust. Each student chooses a photography project to pursue within the town and spends the semester documenting that story. All of the photo projects […]


Too-Good-Not-to-Share Pop-Up Show by Photography Workshop Students, April 18

Too-Good-Not-to-Share Pop-Up Show by Photography Workshop Students, April 18

Duke University undergrads in instructor MJ Sharp’s Photography Workshop at the Center for Documentary Studies are putting on a pop-up show in the Duke Arts Annex featuring a selection of work from their final porfolios. A web gallery of sample work is available here. “These students have really delved deep this semester, and I’m really proud of […]


Student-Produced Video Will Screen at the Lumbee River Independent Film Festival

Student-Produced Video Will Screen at the Lumbee River Independent Film Festival

On April 10, the documentary short “Lakota John: the Next Generation,” produced by Center for Documentary Studies undergraduates Stephanie Chen, Emily Mendenhall, and Nikki Whang in a spring 2013 course, will be screened at the 2014 Lumbee River Independent Film Festival. The students were introduced to John Lakota Locklear, a 17-year-old Native American blues artist, […]


Watch: “North Carolina’s School-to-Prison Pipeline” Student-Produced Video

This short documentary produced by undergraduates in the Fall 2013 Video for Social Change course taught at the Center for Documentary Studies is a vivid portrayal of the devastating effects of laws, policies, and practices that push youth out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The documentary was produced in association with the new organization […]


Screening of Student-Produced Video “North Carolina’s School-to-Prison Pipeline,” January 23

Screening of Student-Produced Video "North Carolina's School-to-Prison Pipeline," January 23

A  new short video produced by undergraduates in the Fall 2013 Video for Social Change course taught at the Center for Documentary Studies is a vivid portrayal of the devastating effects of laws, policies, and practices that push youth out of school and into the juvenile and criminal systems. An event on January 23 will feature a […]


Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Each undergrad and grad student in the fall 2013 Intro to Audio Documentary class, taught by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen, produced three audio pieces on a variety of themes. Some of the pieces tell stories that explore the role of sports in American society. Others were responses to past Third Coast ShortDocs challenges. Still others were on on a theme of […]


“The People of Powe” Website Launches, Featuring Undergraduates’ Photo Projects

"The People of Powe" Website Launches, Featuring Undergraduates' Photo Projects

As part of a class at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Susie Post-Rust, Capturing Transience: Documentary Photography and the Digital Age, undergraduates from Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill spent the semester documenting stories at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham, North Carolina. Each student produced photos and slideshows focused on […]


Students in “The U.S./Mexico Border” Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Students in "The U.S./Mexico Border" Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Latino/a youth are partnering with Duke University undergraduates and instructors from several classes, including the “The U.S./Mexico Border” class at the Center for Documentary Studies, on a collaborative mural project (scroll down for slideshow) as part of Two-Way Bridges, an initiative that aims to expand the connections between Duke and the Durham Latino/a communities. The […]


Listen to “Hello, My Name Is…”, a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

Listen to "Hello, My Name Is...", a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

A collection of short pieces made by students in Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen’s Spring 2013 Short Audio Documentary course is now available online on Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Hello, My Name Is…, the one-hour special hosted by Biewen, features eleven student stories on the topic of “names and the naming of stuff,” […]


Opening Event for Exhibit on the 1969 Allen Building Takeover on the Duke University Campus

Opening Event for Exhibit on the 1969 Allen Building Takeover on the Duke University Campus

An opening reception for The Long Road to Integration: The 1969 Allen Building Takeover will be held on the Duke University campus in that same Allen Building, and will include remarks by Duke president Richard Brodhead. The exhibit was researched and curated by 2012 Duke graduate and Certificate in Documentary Studies recipient Caitlin M. Johnson, who […]


2013 Student Film Festival on Duke Campus, September 3

2013 Student Film Festival on Duke Campus, September 3

Don’t miss this great annual film event, free and open to the public: a curated festival of works produced in Spring 2013


Student Documentary Work on View Through August in “Beyond the Front Porch 2013″

Eight senior undergraduates completed the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University this past spring, and presented 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 their work—Beyond the Front […]


Student Action with Farmworkers Receives Service-Learning Award for Contributions to CDS Undergraduate Classes

Student Action with Farmworkers Receives Service-Learning Award for Contributions to CDS Undergraduate Classes

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) was honored this spring by Duke University’s Service-Learning Program with a Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award, in recognition of SAF’s long commitment to supporting undergraduate courses at the Center for Documentary Studies. SAF was nominated for the Alden Award by Charlie Thompson, director of undergraduate education at CDS, and Christopher […]