Archive for October, 2014

Spring 2015: Three New Undergraduate Courses in Documentary Studies

Spring 2015: Three New Undergraduate Courses in Documentary Studies

Three Spring 2015 undergraduate classes—taught by director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center Barbara Lau, professor of the practice of Cultural Anthropology and CDS core faculty member Charles Thompson, and acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, the 2014-15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor—highlight a diverse range of documentary inquiry. Read descriptions of the courses below. Learn more about […]


Literacy Through Photography Exhibit Highlights Global Engagement

Literacy Through Photography Exhibit Highlights Global Engagement

An exhibit at Duke University features work by students in South Korea, New Zealand, Tanzania, and the United States, from recent Literacy Through Photography (LTP) projects led by Center for Documentary Studies faculty, including LTP director Katie Hyde, as well as Duke undergraduates who have studied at CDS. The innovative teaching methodology was developed at CDS and integrates photography and writing […]


Eula Biss Inaugurates New Visiting Writers’ Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art

Eula Biss Inaugurates New Visiting Writers' Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art

“On Immunity casts a spell. . . . There’s drama in watching this smart writer feel her way through this material. She’s a poet, an essayist and a class spy. She reveals herself as believer and apostate, moth and flame.”—New York Times On November 6–7, acclaimed author Eula Biss will visit Duke University to launch the Kenan-CDS Visiting […]


October 28 and 29: Explore CDS Undergraduate Course Offerings!

October 28 and 29: Explore CDS Undergraduate Course Offerings!

Three upcoming free events will give area undergraduates the chance to learn more about Center for Documentary Studies undergraduate education courses and other related Duke programs. Travel to Durham Art Guild Photo Lecture Tuesday, October 28, 6-8 p.m. Meet at Washington Duke Statue on East Campus at 6 p.m. (Map) Meet up with other interested students and […]


October 30: Opening for “City Under One Roof,” Jen Kinney’s Lange-Taylor Prizewinning Project

October 30: Opening for "City Under One Roof," Jen Kinney's Lange-Taylor Prizewinning Project

“The City of Whittier is a world entire. The great myth of Alaska—harsh but rewarding, distant, lawless, primal, pristine—is alive here in funhouse distortion. The town occupies a crescent moon of shoreline, ringed in mountains and bordered by the sea.” —Jen Kinney, from City Under One Roof On October 30, the Center for Documentary Studies will host […]


Conversation and Screening with Renowned Filmmaker Raoul Peck

Conversation and Screening with Renowned Filmmaker Raoul Peck

On November 3, Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics will host two events—a lunchtime conversation and a screening—with award-winning Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. Both events are free and open to the public. Lunch with Raoul Peck Monday, November 3, 12–1:15 p.m. Forum for Scholars & Publics, 011 Old Chemistry, Duke West Campus 415 Chapel Dr., Durham, North Carolina […]


Duke/CDS Alum Ryan White and Ben Cotner Awarded 2014 United States Artists Fellowship

Duke/CDS Alum Ryan White and Ben Cotner Awarded 2014 United States Artists Fellowship

We are thrilled to congratulate Duke University and Center for Documentary Studies alumni Ryan White (’04) and Ben Cotner, who have been awarded a 2014 United States Artists Fellowship from the nonprofit arts organization United States Artists. The directing and producing duo were nominated for the prestigious $50,000 award following the success of their documentary film about California’s Proposition 8 […]


Feature-in-Progress “180 Days: Hartsville” Continues Fresh Docs Series

Feature-in-Progress "180 Days: Hartsville" Continues Fresh Docs Series

On October 24, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of Jacquie Jones and Garland McLaurin’s 180 Days: Hartsville—the story of education reform efforts in a South Carolina town—as part of the Fresh Docs series, which features documentary works-in-progress. Following screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker in which the […]


October 16: Events with Visiting Filmmaker Stanley Nelson Include Panel with SNCC Activist-in-Residence

October 16: Events with Visiting Filmmaker Stanley Nelson Include Panel with SNCC Activist-in-Residence

This year, Duke University’s Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series will feature the work of award-winning documentary filmmaker and 2013 National Humanities Medal recipient Stanley Nelson—screenings of four of his films culminating in a conversation between Nelson and Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel at the Nasher Museum of Art. During his visit to Duke, Nelson will also participate in a discussion on […]


Register Now! Upcoming Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Register Now! Upcoming Continuing Education Classes in the Documentary Arts

Spaces remain in several upcoming Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education classes, all with start dates in October. Classes are either held at the CDS or online through a virtual session. For more information, class details, and to register, click the class links below. Story Collecting: Methods and Practices in Modern History (Nora Wheatherby) Friday, October 17, […]


Fill Your Weekend With Free Events, October 17-19

Fill Your Weekend With Free Events, October 17-19

Friday, October 17: 5-8 p.m. | Picture Books Book Signing with Invited Local Authors and Publishers Power Plant Gallery, American Tobacco Campus / 320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina 6–7 p.m. | Conversation with Stanley Nelson and Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, reception to follow Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University/ 2001 Campus Dr., Durham, North Carolina […]


October 17 and 24: Citizens Take On The FBI In Full Frame Screenings of “1971”

October 17 and 24: Citizens Take On The FBI In Full Frame Screenings of "1971"

Johanna Hamilton’s feature documentary 1971 will screen for free at Full Frame Theater on October 17 as part of Durham’s Third Friday and on October 24 as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Immediately following the October 24 screening, there will be a Q&A with film director Johanna Hamilton and film subject Betty Medsger. The FBI was […]


Documentary Photographers Alex Harris, Jen Kinney, and Pete Pin, “In Conversation With Pictures & Archives”

Documentary Photographers Alex Harris, Jen Kinney, and Pete Pin, "In Conversation With Pictures & Archives"

On October 22, a panel discussion exploring the use of historic archives by contemporary photographers, “In Conversation with Pictures & Archives,” will be held at the Center for Documentary Studies as part of the Click! Triangle Photography Festival*. The discussion will be grounded in the work of the panelists: photographers and documentarians Alex Harris, Jen Kinney, and Pete […]


Steve Roden in Residence as Duke University’s Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist

Steve Roden in Residence as Duke University's Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist

This October, renowned multimedia artist Steve Roden (painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, sound installation, text, and performance pieces) will be at Duke University as the inaugural Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist, a new program of the university’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library that allows an artist to study and engage with archival, manuscript, and other special collections in […]


“Divine” Exhibition at Durham County Library Through October 31

"Divine" Exhibition at Durham County Library Through October 31

Through the end of October, MFA|EDA student Roxanne Campbell will have work from her ongoing photography series, Divine, on view at the Durham County Library. A series documenting nine Black Greek fraternities and sororities throughout the Southeast, Divine focuses on the “connection between history and the ritualistic natures of these groups.” The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Power Plant […]


October 14: First Meeting of the Archive of Documentary Arts Photobook Club

October 14: First Meeting of the Archive of Documentary Arts Photobook Club

The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University has established a photobook club to explore and appreciate photography books found in the school’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. At the inaugural meeting on October 14, the group will discuss Robert Frank’s iconic photobook The Americans. Three copies of The Americans will be on reserve for public viewing at the Rubenstein Library […]


October 9 and October 17: “Picture Books” Events Celebrate the Photobook

October 9 and October 17: "Picture Books" Events Celebrate the Photobook

Two events celebrating Picture Books, a juried exhibition of self-published and handmade photography books, are presented in partnership with the Click! Triangle Photography Festival: a reception with invited curator Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library and a book signing and selling with invited local authors and publishers as part of Durham’s Third Friday. See […]


Free Screening: “Who Cares?” Highlights Global Game-Changers

Free Screening: "Who Cares?" Highlights Global Game-Changers

On October 7, the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative will present a free screening of Who Cares?, an award-winning documentary film that tells the stories of eighteen people in ten different countries who are dedicated to changing the world—”social entrepreneurs” working to transform social, environmental, economic, and political aspects of their communities. Watch the trailer here. Who Cares? imparts the […]


Durham Library’s Events Inspired by Congressman John Lewis’s Graphic Novel on the Civil Rights Movement

Durham Library's Events Inspired by Congressman John Lewis's Graphic Novel on the Civil Rights Movement

This October, the Durham County Library hosts Durham Reads Together, featuring March: Book One, Congressman John Lewis’ graphic memoir about his struggle for civil and human rights that also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. The library’s biennial program invites the entire community to read the same book and attend programs—film screenings, talks, exhibits, […]