Archive for September, 2013

“Gotta Serve Somebody”: Multimedia Event on Bob Dylan in American Religion and Culture, Thursday, October 3

"Gotta Serve Somebody": Multimedia Event on Bob Dylan in American Religion and Culture, Thursday, October 3

Duke University professor of religion Shalom Goldman continues his series on American rock legends and religion with the event “Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan in American Religion and Culture,” which focuses on the influence of religion in Dylan’s music. The multimedia event—featuring film and audio clips and performances by folksinger Lisa Deaton and the Duke Divinity […]


“Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights” Screening and Discussion, Thursday, September 26

“Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights” Screening and Discussion, Thursday, September 26

The Center for Documentary Studies is cosponsoring a screening of Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights, filmmaker Nevline Nnaji’s feature-length documentary exploring the experiences of African American women in the civil rights movement and their marginalization within the Black Power and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Nnaji looks at how each movement […]


Join Us: CDS Meet-Up Group Mixer with Staff and Instructors

Join Us: CDS Meet-Up Group Mixer with Staff and Instructors

Join the CDS Meet-Up group for a fall mixer on the porch with pizza and drinks. The mixer is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with familiar and incoming Center for Documentary Studies staff, instructors. The CDS Meet-Up Group is organized and run on a volunteer basis to provide a forum for CDS Continuing Education students to network, […]


U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey in New PBS Series “Where Poetry Lives”

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey in New PBS Series "Where Poetry Lives"

Keep this poetry and PBS convergence on your radar: U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey stars in a new PBS NewsHour series, Where Poetry Lives, in which she and PBS senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown will use the framework of poetry to report on issues of importance to Americans. “I feel like I’ve seen evidence again and again,” said Trethewey in an […]


Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening September 20 of “Let the Fire Burn”

Third Fridays at the Full Frame Theater: Free Screening September 20 of “Let the Fire Burn”

Jason Osder recounts incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the black power group MOVE and Philadelphia police in Let the Fire Burn, the next film in the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Third Friday series. Let the Fire Burn grippingly retraces the story using footage of investigative public hearings convened five months […]


Limited Seating for “Inspired by the Lens” Photography Panel, Register Now

Limited Seating for "Inspired by the Lens" Photography Panel, Register Now

Photography bonanza: Inspired by the Lens is a wonderful (and free) lineup of exhibits, workshops, and artist talks that showcase the work of artists, educators, and photographers who use the lens as a stimulus for creating meaningful imagery in their professional practices. Click here to view an online brochure for event listings in September and October. The program was created by […]


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,” […]


Evgenia Arbugaeva’s Acclaimed “Tiksi” Series Opens at CDS: Photographs from Siberia’s Arctic Coast

Evgenia Arbugaeva's Acclaimed “Tiksi" Series Opens at CDS: Photographs from Siberia's Arctic Coast

The Center for Documentary Studies is delighted to host an exhibit of photography by Evgenia Arbugaeva—images from Tiksi, a remote port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast. The photographer will be in residence this fall at Duke University through a program administered by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund in partnership with Duke’s Center for International Studies; […]


New Fall 2013 Issue of “Document” Available Online

New Fall 2013 Issue of "Document" Available Online

The latest issue of Document, the CDS quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. Highlights in the fall issue include an interview with new CDS director Wesley Hogan, exhibits by CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. […]


Closing Event for “Silver Rails” at Through This Lens Gallery, Sunday, September 15

Closing Event for "Silver Rails" at Through This Lens Gallery, Sunday, September 15

Silver Rails, an exhibit by photographer Jesse Andrews, will be on view through September 15 at Through This Lens gallery in Durham, North Carolina. Andrews will be giving an artist’s talk that day, with remarks by Tom Rankin, director of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program and former director of the Center for Documentary […]


First Book Prize in Photography Publication and Exhibit Is a Cross-Campus Collaboration

First Book Prize in Photography Publication and Exhibit Is a Cross-Campus Collaboration

Anticipation is already building for the book launch and accompanying exhibit of Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, featuring photographs by 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. Gaskin. Celebrated curator and photographer Deborah Willis chose Gaskin’s longtime project for the prestigious biennial prize—radiant color and black-and-white photographs of house balls, underground […]


Upcoming Continuing Ed Classes: Intros to Video Field Production, Video Editing, and Audio Documentary

These upcoming classes offered by our Continuing Education program are filling up! For more information on the classes and instructors, and to register, click the class links: Introduction to Documentary Video Field Production (Simone Keith) 
Mondays, September 16 to November 4, 6:30–9 p.m. Learn how to plan and organize a project, choose the best location […]


Interview with New CDS Director Wesley Hogan

Interview with New CDS Director Wesley Hogan

On July 1, 2013, the Center for Documentary Studies welcomed its third director since our founding at Duke University in 1989. Wesley C. Hogan’s tenure follows that of Tom Rankin, who had directed CDS since 1998, and Iris Tillman Hill. Hogan returns to Durham—she received her master’s and doctorate in U.S. History at Duke—from Virginia […]


Ongoing Exhibit: “Be Still: A Storefront Church in Durham,” Photographs by Kristin Bedford

Ongoing Exhibit: "Be Still: A Storefront Church in Durham," Photographs by Kristin Bedford

An exhibit by MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts candidate Kristin Bedford is on display on the second floor of Duke’s Allen Building. Be Still: A Storefront Church in Durham features Bedford’s images of Apostolic Deliverance Rebirth Outreach Ministries in Durham, North Carolina. “On a Sunday in July 2012, I attended a church service in the front […]


Irish Writer Rachel Andrews Wins Inaugural CDS Documentary Essay Prize Competition

Irish Writer Rachel Andrews Wins Inaugural CDS Documentary Essay Prize Competition

The new CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The 2013 inaugural prize competition was awarded in writing and went to Cork City, Ireland–based writer and cultural critic Rachel Andrews for her essay “A New Wilderness at the Maze,” in which she explores the meaning of the demolition […]


Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with “One Place” Editor Tom Rankin

Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with "One Place" Editor Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin, editor of the acclaimed One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will be speaking about the book at two upcoming events in the Triangle area. One Place was published in April by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press as part of […]


“Is Photography Over?” A Talk by MFA Visiting Artist Jim Dow at the Full Frame Theater, September 30

"Is Photography Over?" A Talk by MFA Visiting Artist Jim Dow at the Full Frame Theater, September 30

Renowned photographer Jim Dow will bring an encyclopedic knowledge of photography and selections from his vast collection of archival slides to discuss the question, “Is Photography Over?,” a public talk that’s part of his Visiting Artist residency at Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. Monday, September 30, 5 p.m. Full Frame Theater, Power […]


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 […]


Full-Time Job Opportunity at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Full-Time Job Opportunity at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, is seeking a program coordinator. Each year, the Full Frame programming department receives more than 1,200 entries for the festival, from which a hundred films are selected to exhibit in the four-day event, held every April in Durham, North Carolina. Working […]


CDS Continuing Ed Information Session, September 9

CDS Continuing Ed Information Session, September 9

Prospective and current students are welcome to this information session on CDS Continuing Education classes in the documentary arts—photography, video, audio, writing, multimedia, and special topics. 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 […]