Archive for March, 2011

“Documentary Explorations” by Award-Winning Filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris

"Documentary Explorations" by Award-Winning Filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris

Documentary filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris, Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, will present a retrospective of his career, show film clips, and answer questions from the audience at Duke University on Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m. The focus of his talk will be the power of documentary to record and effect social change. […]


2011 Ethics Film Series at Duke

2011 Ethics Film Series at Duke

The 2011 Ethics Film Series at Duke University features four films that touch on the theme of “community,” addressing the tensions that arise between individual rights and the common good and examining how individuals become members of and valued by their communities. The screenings and post-film discussions are free and open to the public. All […]


Keynote Address by Edward O. Wilson and Alex Harris

Keynote Address by Edward O. Wilson and Alex Harris

Alex Harris and E. O. Wilson will talk about their forthcoming book, Why We Are Here, as the keynote address for the annual meeting of the Alabama Historical Association. Scheduled for release by W. W. Norton by 2012, the book is a history of Mobile, Alabama by Wilson from the time of the earliest Spanish […]


Photographs from Show+Tell: Multimedia Cross Training with Big Shed

Photographs from Show+Tell: Multimedia Cross Training with Big Shed

Show + Tell is an intensive three-day institute for photographers, writers, radio producers, editors, publishers and other media makers who want to improve their ability to make gripping multimedia content. This cross training is designed for those with experience in field documentation (audio, photo, or writing), digital editing, and story construction. Participants learn fundamental skills […]


Sam Stephenson Writes About His Travels Through Japan

Sam Stephenson Writes About His Travels Through Japan

Over the past month, Jazz Loft Project Director Sam Stephenson has been traveling through Japan and the Pacific Islands, researching photographer W. Eugene Smith, the subject of his forthcoming biography. W. Eugene Smith spent time in Japan first as a photographer in World War II, and returned to live in Tokyo in the early sixties. In […]


Jazz Loft Project Lecture with Sam Stephenson

Jazz Loft Project Lecture with Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson, director of the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, will talk about the traveling exhibition The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957–1965, currently on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m. Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, […]


Podcast Available: “Radio Diaries: 15 Years of Stories,” Joe Richman in the Duke Innovation Program Series

Podcast Available: “Radio Diaries: 15 Years of Stories,” Joe Richman in the Duke Innovation Program Series

For fifteen years, Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories for NPR. With this approach, Radio Diaries has helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism and has produced some of the most acclaimed and innovative documentaries ever heard on public radio: Teenage Diaries, Prison […]


World Premiere: “The Persistence of Smoke” by John Justice and George Lam and “Tentative Embrace” by Kathleen Bader

World Premiere: "The Persistence of Smoke" by John Justice and George Lam and "Tentative Embrace" by Kathleen Bader

This double-bill world premiere features two musical works that are deeply connected with place. John Justice and George Lam’s one-act documentary opera, The Persistence of Smoke, draws on Durham’s tobacco legacy, while Kathleen Bader’s Tentative Embrace finds influences in the vast Sonoran desert. April 15th and 16th, 8 p.m. World Premiere: The Persistence of Smoke by John […]


Continuing Education Certificate Projects Fall 2010

Continuing Education Certificate Projects Fall 2010

Throughout the year, the Center for Documentary Studies offers continuing education courses in the documentary arts for the general public. These courses, taught by working professionals, are designed to help students of all ages and backgrounds gain the skills they need to explore doing documentary work on their own terms. The Certificate in Documentary Arts […]


Listen to Episodes from “Travels with Mike” Audio Series

Listen to Episodes from "Travels with Mike" Audio Series

All six episodes from the audio series Travels with Mike are now available to listen at the Travels with Mike website. Read more about the project here


“Lair and Refuge,” An Evening with Allan Gurganus and Frank Hunter

"Lair and Refuge," An Evening with Allan Gurganus and Frank Hunter

Last fall, the Brooklyn-based literary journal A Public Space featured photographs by Frank Hunter of the Hillsborough home of writer Allan Gurganus, along with an essay written by Gurganus. On Tuesday, April 12, A Public Space and Flyleaf books will present an evening with Allan Gurganus, Frank Hunter, A Public Space founder and editor Brigid […]


Special Presentation of “People of the Forest” Exhibition

Special Presentation of "People of the Forest" Exhibition

A special presentation of photos and stories from People of the Forest, an exhibit documenting the lives of villagers who live in or around the Lamandau River Wildlife Preserve in Indonesia, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Duke University. Thursday, March 31, 6–9 p.m. (Reception 5:30 p.m.) Love Auditorium, Levine Science […]


CDS Instructor and Writer Kelly Alexander to Chair Panel, “Why We Eat What We Eat,” at UNC Food Cultures Symposium

CDS Instructor and Writer Kelly Alexander to Chair Panel, "Why We Eat What We Eat," at UNC Food Cultures Symposium

On Thursday morning, CDS instructor and writer Kelly Alexander will chair the panel Why We Eat What We Eat, as part of “Food Cultures: The First Annual UNC Student Food Symposium.” The Symposium will begin Thursday night, March 24, and continue all day Friday, March 25. Thursday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.–11:50 a.m. Why We Eat […]


Screening of Award-Winning Documentary Film: Pelada

Screening of Award-Winning Documentary Film: Pelada

The Carolina Theatre and Tripod Media will present a screening of Pelada, a feature length documentary about pick-up soccer around the world. “Brimming with energy and optimism…an extended love letter to soccer…close to pitch-perfect…” -The New York Times Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. Durham, NC, 27701 A Q&A with […]


Film Screening: Living for 32 / A Survivor of the Virginia Tech Shooting Massacre Takes on Gun Violence

Film Screening: Living for 32 / A Survivor of the Virginia Tech Shooting Massacre Takes on Gun Violence

Living for 32 is the story of Colin Goddard, a 21-year-old senior at Virginia Tech who was shot four times in April 2007 by a lone gunman whose rampage killed 32, wounded 17, and caused incidental injury to six more as they jumped from windows to escape the barrage of bullets. The toll might have […]


The Center for Documentary Studies Featured in Duke’s “Chronicle”

The Center for Documentary Studies Featured in Duke's "Chronicle"

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University was recently featured in an article in The Chronicle. “Most significantly, and unlike other winners of prestigious awards at this and other universities, these professors actually want to teach you and make you better. Storytelling remains an act of humanity at its core, and the most expensive […]


New Book: “In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America,” by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian / Includes DVD of Their Film “Death Row”

New Book: "In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America," by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian / Includes DVD of Their Film "Death Row"

  In This Timeless Time features photographs by Bruce Jackson and text by Bruce Jackson with Diane Christian, as well as a DVD of their film Death Row, and “is about life on Death Row in Texas, the special prison within a prison the state maintains for men it plans to put to death,” as […]


“The Several Voices of W. Eugene Smith,” A Lecture by William S. Johnson

"The Several Voices of W. Eugene Smith," A Lecture by William S. Johnson

In 1978, photographer W. Eugene Smith moved his archive—filling two 18-wheel trucks with 22 tons of material—from New York City to the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona. To assist Smith in sorting out his collection, CCP hired William S. Johnson, who worked with the famed photographer until Smith had a […]


Sodom Laurel Album: Photographs by Rob Amberg

Sodom Laurel Album: Photographs by Rob Amberg

  Sodom Laurel Album features a selection of photographs from Rob Amberg’s book of the same name, published by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina Press in 2002, in which he explores the lives around him in his adopted home of Madison County, North Carolina. Amberg began […]


Reading and Book Signing with Allen Tullos

Reading and Book Signing with Allen Tullos

In Alabama Getaway, Allen Tullos explores the recent history of one of the nation’s most conservative states to reveal its political imaginary—the public shape of power, popular imagery, and individual opportunity. From Alabama’s largely ineffectual politicians to its miserly support of education, health care, cultural institutions, and social services, Tullos examines why the state appears to […]


CDS Interns Brenda Hornsby Heindl and Maggie Smith

CDS Interns Brenda Hornsby Heindl and Maggie Smith

The 2010-2011 academic year is the inaugural term of the CDS internship program for recent college graduates. CDS interns gain broad experience in the documentary field, with particular focus on exhibiting, publishing, and producing a range of materials related to the documentary arts. Brenda Hornsby Heindl is the exhibitions intern, and Maggie Smith is the […]


After the Storm: Post-Katrina Photographs by Alex Harris

After the Storm: Post-Katrina Photographs by Alex Harris

Six months after Hurricane Katrina, Alex Harris, Duke University professor of the practice of public policy and documentary studies, drove to New Orleans hoping to capture images of spring. The devastation that persisted required a different response, inspiring this series of triptychs of the abandoned and battered Gulf Coast. “Policymakers and photographers have at least […]


Civic Thursdays Panel March 17: Are We Artistically Engaged at Duke?

Civic Thursdays Panel March 17: Are We Artistically Engaged at Duke?

Interview with Monika Sziladi (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Monika Sziladi (2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards)

Interview with Monika Sziladi Jurors’ Pick (Julie Saul and Alec Soth), 2010 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Work-in-Process Prize What sparked your initial interest for your “Wide Receivers” project? It’s enormously complex to try and map out the effect of one person’s behavior on another since each person’s emotional and intellectual make-up is shaped by that of […]