Archive for November, 2011

Photographer Chris Vail on Rural Mexico: The People, the Land, and the Music, December 5 at Perkins Library

Photographer Chris Vail on Rural Mexico: The People, the Land, and the Music, December 5 at Perkins Library

A visiting artist at the Center for Documentary Studies, Chris Vail has been a documentary and news photographer for more than 30 years. He is currently documenting cultural regions of Mexico as defined by various forms of son, a genre of traditional Mexican music. Monday, December 5, 3–4:30 p.m. Mary Duke Biddle Rare Book Room, […]


Undergraduate Documentaries: Stories of Homelessness and Finding Home Again, December 5 at the Durham County Library

Undergraduate Documentaries: Stories of Homelessness and Finding Home Again, December 5 at the Durham County Library

Eleven Duke undergraduates from the Center for Documentary Studies and the Hart Leadership Program will present their short documentaries on homelessness or formerly homeless individuals living in the Triangle at an event hosted by Housing for New Hope, an organization that has been working for almost twenty years to prevent and end homelessness in Durham […]


Podcast Available: “W. Eugene Smith’s Caregiving Photo-Essays,” By Sam Stephenson

Podcast Available: "W. Eugene Smith's Caregiving Photo-Essays," By Sam Stephenson

In this talk, “W. Eugene Smith’s Caregiving Photo Essays,” writer Sam Stephenson examines Smith’s career-long concern with caregiving, including his famous photographic essays such as “Nurse Midwife,” “Country Doctor,” “Albert Schweitzer: A Man of Mercy,” and “Minimata.” Sam Stephenson (born in 1966 in Chapel Hill) is a writer who grew up in Washington, North Carolina. […]


Video Available: Photographer Benjamin Lowy on His Book “Iraq | Perspectives”

Video Available: Photographer Benjamin Lowy on His Book "Iraq | Perspectives"

Interviews with all five winners of the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography are available on the prize’s new website; here, 2010 winner Benjamin Lowy talks about his process for taking the photographs in Iraq | Perspectives, and viewers can listen to some of the conversations about editing the book. Lowy will be signing […]


Interview with Tamas Dezso, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize Winner

Interview with Tamas Dezso, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize Winner

Interview with Tamas Dezso Winner and Jurors’ Pick (Darren Ching and Sasha Wolf), Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Project Prize How did you become interested in photography? How did you decide it was to be something that you wanted to pursue seriously? Following the political changes of 1989 when the Russian army withdrew, having been stationed in […]


Podcast Available: CDS Audio Director John Biewen and Radio Diaries Founder Joe Richman on Public Radio Documentaries

Podcast Available: CDS Audio Director John Biewen and Radio Diaries Founder Joe Richman on Public Radio Documentaries

Listen to this keynote address given by radio producers John Biewen and Joe Richman at the second annual Harrisburg Book Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on November 12. They share their own stories and lead an interactive discussion on today’s public radio documentaries, drawing from Radio Diaries and Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.   […]


Now Available Online: Jim Crow Oral History Recordings from the Behind the Veil Project

Now Available Online: Jim Crow Oral History Recordings from the Behind the Veil Project

One hundred oral history recordings of African American life in the Jim Crow South—from the Center for Documentary Studies’ Behind the Veil project—have been digitized and are now available on the Duke University Libraries website and iTunesU. This digital collection captures the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring to life the […]


Veterans History Project in North Carolina Kicks Off at CDS November 18

Veterans History Project in North Carolina Kicks Off at CDS November 18

Robert Patrick, director of the national Veterans History Project, will be in Durham on November 18 to help launch a statewide effort to record veterans’ stories and add them to the project’s database at the Library of Congress. The Center for Documentary Studies is hosting Patrick’s presentation, during which he will explain how individuals, families, […]


Documentary Writing Speaker Series: Paul Hendrickson Presentation on His Book “Hemingway’s Boat” November 16 at CDS

Documentary Writing Speaker Series: Paul Hendrickson Presentation on His Book “Hemingway’s Boat” November 16 at CDS

Written by a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961, is a brilliantly conceived reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived and understood. Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961, from Hemingway’s pinnacle […]


John Biewen to Give Keynote Presentation at Harrisburg Book Festival November 12

John Biewen to Give Keynote Presentation at Harrisburg Book Festival November 12

John Biewen, a radio producer and audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, and Joe Richman, founder of Radio Diaries, will give the keynote presentation at the second annual Harrisburg Book Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on November 12. During the multimedia event, they will share their own stories and lead an interactive discussion […]