Archive for September, 2012

Focus is on the Blogosphere in “Documentary Writing for the Web” Course: Register Now

Focus is on the Blogosphere in "Documentary Writing for the Web" Course: Register Now

A new CDS Continuing Education course, Documentary Writing for the Web, is designed to explore a system of writing from a documentary foundation, especially crafted for students who wish to disseminate information through the blogosphere and develop a written body of work. Instructor Carl W. Kenney II will focus on the local community for material: “I’m sending forth folks […]


“Days of the Dead” Exhibit Opening on Duke Campus, Tuesday, October 2

"Days of the Dead" Exhibit Opening on Duke Campus, Tuesday, October 2

Days of the Dead: From Mexican Roots to Present-Day Practice in the United States, an exhibit co-curated by CDS photography instructor Bill Bamberger and sponsored by Duke’s Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, features photography and video shot in in the villages of Teotitlan del Valle and Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, during the 2011 Days of the […]


Duke Visiting Artist Rob Amberg Presents His Work, Offers Free Doc Photography Workshops

Duke Visiting Artist Rob Amberg Presents His Work, Offers Free Doc Photography Workshops

Documentary photographer Rob Amberg will begin his residency as a 2012–2013 Duke University Visiting Artist with a presentation on his decades of living and working in Madison County, North Carolina, where he has chronicled the lives and stories of people in isolated mountain areas such as Sodom Laurel. His portraits of a changing culture reveal […]


Workshop Almost Full: Register Now for “Beginning Multimedia Storytelling”

Workshop Almost Full: Register Now for "Beginning Multimedia Storytelling"

In the Beginning Multimedia Storytelling Workshop (a four-day class taught over the course of two consecutive weekends) students will gain an understanding of what multimedia is, where it is going, and how it can be used for powerful storytelling. Students will be exposed to cutting-edge work and engage in critical discussions about what elements make for effective […]


Watch: Editor Eric L. Muller on the Rare Photos from a Japanese American Internment Camp Featured in “Colors of Confinement”

Watch: Editor Eric L. Muller on the Rare Photos from a Japanese American Internment Camp Featured in "Colors of Confinement"

Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II showcases sixty-five stunning images from a rare collection of color images taken by Bill Manbo, an internee at a Japanese American internment camp in the early 1940s. In this audio slideshow, editor Eric L. Muller talks about his impressions of Manbo’s photographs, […]


Flit Lit? “Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession”

Flit Lit? "Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession"

Our friends at Southern Spaces—an open-access multimedia journal “about real and imagined spaces and places of the U.S. South and their global connections”—recently asked Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin to take a look at writer Chuck Thompson’s provocative “Northern Manifesto,” in which Thompson sets forth his case for permanent Southern secession. Read Rankin’s […]


Movies on the Lawn Series Wraps Up October 5 With Double Feature: “Under African Skies” and “Shut Up and Play the Hits”

Movies on the Lawn Series Wraps Up October 5 With Double Feature: "Under African Skies" and "Shut Up and Play the Hits"

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and American Tobacco‘s annual Movies on the Lawn series kicked off monthly outdoor screenings in July and will close out the series this month with a double feature: Under African Skies—rescheduled due to inclement weather—will begin at dusk (approximately 7:15 p.m.) followed by Shut Up and Play the Hits at around 9 p.m.  The Movies on the […]


Event at CDS for Acclaimed Book “Colors of Confinement,” Thursday, September 27

Event at CDS for Acclaimed Book "Colors of Confinement," Thursday, September 27

Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II showcases sixty-five stunning images from a rare collection of color images taken by Bill Manbo, an internee at a Japanese American internment camp in the early 1940s. On September 27, editor Eric L. Muller will give a presentation on the photos at the […]


Duke Cinema Studies Series Explores “Educational Film and the Documentary Canon,” Tuesday, September 25

Duke Cinema Studies Series Explores "Educational Film and the Documentary Canon," Tuesday, September 25

The Cinema Studies Series at Duke University, in collaboration with AMI Showcase and the Triangle Film Salon, presents its inaugural event with a lecture by Devin Orgeron, who teaches film studies at North Carolina State University. Dr. Orgeron will explore the notion that the exclusion of the educational film—films that teach—from the larger nonfiction conversation […]


The Documentary Summit Is Coming to Raleigh, North Carolina, November 17–18, 2012

The Documentary Summit Is Coming to Raleigh, North Carolina, November 17–18, 2012

The word from Documentary Summit organizer Andrew Zinnes on the upcoming event in Raleigh, North Carolina: After stops in London, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston, our hugely popular event comes to Raleigh-Durham for the first time. Come see what 600+ world delegates have said is “one of the most uplifting and inspiring weekends I’ve […]


“Coney Island 40 Years”: Artist’s Talk and Book Signing with Photographer Harvey Stein, Thursday, September 20

"Coney Island 40 Years": Artist's Talk and Book Signing with Photographer Harvey Stein, Thursday, September 20

Join us for an evening with renowned documentary photographer Harvey Stein, who will discuss the work in his most recent book, Coney Island 40 Years, and an exhibit of the same name (click link for slideshow) currently on view in the Kreps Gallery through October 27. A reception will precede the talk and book signing; the event is […]


Register Now for “Documenting Trauma,” a New Continuing Ed Course with Distinguished Scholar Sharon Raynor

Register Now for "Documenting Trauma," a New Continuing Ed Course with Distinguished Scholar Sharon Raynor

A unique new CDS Continuing Education course, Documenting Trauma, “will ignite conversations about survival after a trauma,” says instructor Sharon Raynor. “Students will become witnesses to events that drastically affect individual and collective lives and learn how those experiences become stories of redemption, renewal, and healing.” The class will focus on the evolution of “narratives of struggle,” […]


Reception for Three New Exhibits Celebrating Student Action With Farmworkers History, Thursday, September 20

Reception for Three New Exhibits Celebrating Student Action With Farmworkers History, Thursday, September 20

Three new exhibitions at Duke University Libraries explore the human experience of farmworkers and the history of a nonprofit organization,  Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), dedicated to improving their lives; the exhibits will be on view through December 9, 2012.  An opening reception will feature Latin American food and speakers reflecting on SAF’s evolution and the transformative power of […]


Talk by Duke Artist-in-Residence, Afghan Photographer Zalmai: Tuesday, September 18

Talk by Duke Artist-in-Residence, Afghan Photographer Zalmai: Tuesday, September 18

Afghan photographer Zalmai received the 2011 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant for his recent series Walking in Quicksand: Afghan Refugees in Greece*. During a week-long residency at Duke University’s Center for International Studies (DUCIS), the artist will give a presentation at the Center for Documentary Studies on that project and others. The Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund Program created the […]


Fresh Docs Film Series Relaunches With “Landscapes of the Heart,” Friday, September 14

Fresh Docs Film Series Relaunches With "Landscapes of the Heart," Friday, September 14

The Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund is re-launching the works-in-progress series Fresh Docs, featuring documentaries straight out of the editing suite. The idea is to watch these not-quite-finished films as a community, and then give constructive feedback to the filmmakers. First up will be Sharon Swanson and Rebecca Cerese’s latest film, Landscapes of the Heart, a […]


Historian William Chafe on Bill, Hillary, and the Politics of the Personal: An Interview with CDS Director Tom Rankin

Historian William Chafe on Bill, Hillary, and the Politics of the Personal: An Interview with CDS Director Tom Rankin

A new book by William Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University and Center for Documentary Studies cofounder, offers a different take on a perennially timely topic: the Clintons. Publisher’s Weekly‘s starred review of Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) called the book “a superior portrait of how the […]


CDS Continuing Education Information Night: Monday, September 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

CDS Continuing Education Information Night: Monday, September 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Prospective and current students are welcome to this information session on CDS Continuing Education classes in the documentary arts—photography, video, audio, writing, and multimedia. Continuing Ed program director April Walton and other CDS staff will answer questions, provide recommendations and advice, and discuss the Certificate in Documentary Arts program. There will be a brief presentation on documentary tools and […]


Deadline for the 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Extended to September 22: Watch Video

Submissions will be accepted for the sixth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography June 15, 2012, through September 22, 2012.* The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and the Honickman Foundation co-sponsor this prestigious prize, the only one of its kind. The competition is open to American and Canadian citizens (and residents of the U.S. […]


Book Event for “Good Busy”: Author Discussion with CDS Director Tom Rankin and Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

Book Event for "Good Busy": Author Discussion with CDS Director Tom Rankin and Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

  “We say we want to better manage our time—but what do we really mean? Do we mean we seek to tame the daily chaos? Are we afraid of how time seems to fly?” Writer Julia Scatliff O’Grady, a former fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies, sought answers to these questions when she set […]


Free Film Screening on the Duke Campus: “Indochina: Traces of a Mother,” Tuesday, September 11

Free Film Screening on the Duke Campus: "Indochina: Traces of a Mother," Tuesday, September 11

The Center for Documentary Studies is co-sponsoring the Duke Screen/Society‘s free screening of Indochina: Traces of a Mother, the latest film from one of Africa’s foremost documentary filmmakers, Duke Visiting Assistant Professor Idrissou Mora Kpai. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening. Tuesday, September 11, 7 p.m. Griffith Film Theater, Bryan University Center, Duke West […]


“The Healing Eye” Exhibition Features Documentary Work by Duke Doctors

"The Healing Eye" Exhibition Features Documentary Work by Duke Doctors

Doctors who participated in Duke University’s innovative Documenting Medicine program will present and discuss their work on Tuesday, September 11, at the Sanford School of Public Policy; a reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. In 2010, with support from the Graduate Medical Education Innovation Fund, Duke pediatrician and documentary photographer Dr. […]


Watch/Listen: Audio Slideshow from the 4th & 1 Football Camp

Watch/Listen: Audio Slideshow from the 4th & 1 Football Camp

This audio slideshow was produced by The Recollective, a group of independent radio producers who spent part of their summer at Michigan State University with more than fifty high school football players at the 4th & 1 Football Camp, a free camp for students from under-served communities held in Texas and Michigan. The project was inspired by Recollective cofounder Jeremy Helton’s experience […]