Archive for June, 2012

Listen: “Southern Slices: Summer Institute Stories from CDS” Purchased by WGBH Boston

Listen: "Southern Slices: Summer Institute Stories from CDS" Purchased by WGBH Boston

Radio-making isn’t just for professionals. Every summer, several dozen people from across the country converge on the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University to learn the skills of audio documentary work—recording, shaping and crafting a piece, and mixing it on the computer. They get guidance and inspiration from seasoned producers. (They also tend to […]


New York Times Story on Japanese American Incarceration by Editor of New CDS/UNC Press Book

New York Times Story on Japanese American Incarceration by Editor of New CDS/UNC Press Book

An opinion piece by Eric Muller, “Injustice, in Kodachrome,” ran in the New York Times on Sunday, June 24, with photos from the 1940s taken by Bill Manbo. The article outlines the history of Japanese American deportation and internment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, focusing on the experience of Manbo and his family, who were […]


Auction of “Full Color Depression” Prints Is a Resounding Success

Auction of "Full Color Depression" Prints Is a Resounding Success

On June 21 about forty people spent a fun evening on the CDS porch and in the Kreps Gallery competing in a silent auction for some fine, classic documentary imagery—thirty-five prints from the exhibit Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland.* Attendees were passionately enthusiastic about the exhibition; fortified by music, libations, cherries, peanuts, […]


Good Read: CDS Certificate Grad Gwendolyn Oxenham Follows Up an Award-Winning Doc With a New Book

Good Read: CDS Certificate Grad Gwendolyn Oxenham Follows Up an Award-Winning Doc With a New Book

In 2007 Luke Boughen and Gwendolyn Oxenham, a graduate of the Certificate in Documentary Studies program at CDS, began their travels to twenty-five countries to chase the soul of soccer by playing in pick-up games wherever they could find them. They were accompanied by a crew of two, fellow soccer lovers and Certificate in Documentary […]


The Time is Now: Register for CDS’s Acclaimed Summer Audio Institutes and Retreat

The Time is Now: Register for CDS's Acclaimed Summer Audio Institutes and Retreat

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is offering three summer audio documentary learning opportunities through its Continuing Education program. These intensive sessions, lasting from two to eight days, are open to the general public (and their completion counts as credit toward the Certificate in Documentary Arts for those working toward a certificate). Information about the courses […]


Register Now: Summer Master Class in Documentary Writing With Duncan Murrell and Rosecrans Baldwin

Register Now: Summer Master Class in Documentary Writing With Duncan Murrell and Rosecrans Baldwin

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to offer this new advanced writing class, to be taught by CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell and novelist and essayist Rosecrans Baldwin. July 30–August 4, 2012 Center for Documentary Studies 1317 W. Pettigrew St. Durham, North Carolina This intensive one-week workshop on craft, structure, and the art […]


Watch Films: “Anytown USA” Student Video Projects on Star, North Carolina

Watch Films: "Anytown USA" Student Video Projects on Star, North Carolina

Anytown USA is a documentary video production and editing class at the Center for Documentary Studies, in which continuing education students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Star, and each of the eleven students created a […]


“Generation Dance” Opens in Boston: Exhibit by Jennifer Carpenter, 2010–2011 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow

Photographs by former Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Jennifer Carpenter, Generation Dance, tell a story about social dancing from a generation that witnessed a whirlwind of war, revolution, and nation-building. By interweaving 20th century Chinese ballroom dance history with personal accounts from Chinatown’s residents, the exhibit offers unique insight into the value of self-expression and community-building through dance. Generation Dance […]


Documentary Writing Program: CDS Launches the True/Story Lab

Documentary Writing Program: CDS Launches the True/Story Lab

Come visit the True/Story Lab, the new online home for all things “documentary writing” at the Center for Documentary Studies. “We often get asked what we mean by documentary writing,” says CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell. “One of the last things the broad field of nonfiction needs is another subcategory, or a new name for an old category, […]


Look and Listen: Final Projects of Spring 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Look and Listen: Final Projects of Spring 2012 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

Throughout the year, CDS offers continuing education courses in the documentary arts to people of all ages and backgrounds. Some choose to enroll in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, which offers a more structured sequence of courses culminating in the Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, where students finish and present a substantial documentary work—photography, […]


Natasha Trethewey, Former Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor, Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey, Former Lehman Brady Joint Chair Professor, Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey, former Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill, has been named the nineteenth U.S. Poet Laureate; the announcement was made by Librarian of Congress James Billington. Trethewey is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta. The Center for […]


Register Now for CDS Summer Institutes and Workshops—and Watch and Listen to Projects from Summer 2011

Register Now for CDS Summer Institutes and Workshops—and Watch and Listen to Projects from Summer 2011

From the Intensive Introduction to Documentary Studies to Digging In: An Audio Retreat with Big Shed, the Center for Documentary Studies is offering seven summer learning opportunities through its continuing education program. These intensive sessions, lasting from two to eight days, are open to the general public (and their completion counts as credit toward the […]


2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Prizewinners

2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Prizewinners

  Established in 1989 by the Center for Documentary Studies, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching. CDS makes these awards to undergraduates attending […]


Look3 Festival: Showcasing and Celebrating the Photographic Image, Charlottesville, VA, June 7–9

Look3 Festival: Showcasing and Celebrating the Photographic Image, Charlottesville, VA, June 7–9

The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is taking over downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, for three days of peace, love, and photography. LOOK3 will host world-renowned photographers for a full weekend of gallery exhibitions, artist interviews, outdoor projections, book signings, and workshops: Thursday, June 7, to Saturday, June 9 Charlottesville, Virginia Ticket information is available here. LOOK3 […]