Archive for April, 2015

2015 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Lauren Henschel

2015 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Lauren Henschel

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was the CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly […]


Undergraduate Documentary Studies Student Presentations, April 24

Undergraduate Documentary Studies Student Presentations, April 24

Students from two Duke University undergraduate courses taught at the Center for Documentary Studies—LGBTQ History and Activism and Small Town USA—will host presentations this Friday, April 24, as part of their coursework. Brief course descriptions can be found below; event details are included on the images below. LGBTQ History and Activism with instructor Barbara Lau explores the history of […]


April 22: Free Screening of “Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory” on April 22

April 22: Free Screening of "Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory" on April 22

Join us at the Center for Documentary Studies for a screening of Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers—director/producer Orlando de Guzman and co-producer Katina Parker—and moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Screening of Ferguson: A […]


Fresh Docs Screening of “Earthcaster,” April 24 at Full Frame Theater

Fresh Docs Screening of "Earthcaster," April 24 at Full Frame Theater

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present a free screening of directors Georgann Eubanks and Donna Campbell’s Earthcaster as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress. Following screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker during which the audience provides valuable feedback. Earthcaster Friday, April 24, 7 p.m. […]


Christopher Sims Awarded Arte Laguna Prize

Christopher Sims Awarded Arte Laguna Prize

Christopher Sims, undergraduate education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and Lecturing Fellow in the Documentary Arts, will receive the Arte Laguna Prize in Photographic Art, one of Italy’s most prestigious photography awards. The prize includes an exhibition in Venice as well as a cash award of €7,000. Over three thousand people gathered recently in the […]


“One Person, One Vote”: New Website Celebrates the Grassroots Legacy of SNCC

"One Person, One Vote": New Website Celebrates the Grassroots Legacy of SNCC

Before the beatings on the bridge in Selma, before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, young people in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) united with local communities in the Deep South to build a grassroots movement for change. A new multimedia website from the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University—One Person, One Vote: The Legacy […]


“Vanishing Point,” the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

"Vanishing Point," the Student-Produced Digital Documentary Magazine

Do yourself a favor and experience Vanishing Point, the acclaimed digital magazine of student documentary work “that tells stories you haven’t heard from places you know well and places you’ll discover.” Committed to amplifying voices through a variety of media, Vanishing Point is produced at the Center for Documentary Studies by Duke University students in a publishing course taught by […]


Full Frame Third Friday: “From This Day Forward” Screens FREE on May 15

Full Frame Third Friday: “From This Day Forward” Screens FREE on May 15

Put it on your calendar: From This Day Forward, which had its World Premiere at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, returns to Durham for a free Third Friday screening as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Full Frame Theater, Power Plant building American Tobacco Campus […]


2015 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates Present Capstone Projects

On April 26, nine Duke University students graduating with a Certificate in Documentary Studies—a program that attracts undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences—will present their final projects to the public and receive their certificates, followed by a celebratory BBQ. Under the guidance of Alex Harris, the students completed their final projects in a […]


Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Enjoy these videos describing three new Fall 2015 undergraduate courses at the Center for Documentary Studies. Taught by Archive of Documentary Art Curator Lisa McCarty, professor of cultural anthropology and documentarian Charles Thompson, and CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims, the classes highlight a diverse range of documentary inquiry. Read descriptions of the courses and watch preview videos below. […]