Archive for May, 2016

Enjoy Online: Spring/Summer 2016 Issue of “Document”

Enjoy Online: Spring/Summer 2016 Issue of “Document”

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The current issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue include a feature on Storymakers: Durham, a citizen-storyteller project coordinated by CDS audio director John Biewen, highlights from the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a round-up […]


Remembering Raymond Gavins

Remembering Raymond Gavins

Raymond Gavins, who passed away May 22, 2016, is remembered fondly and with gratitude by all of us at the Center for Documentary Studies. CDS is extremely fortunate to have worked with Gavins from its outset. In 1991, the year after we opened our doors at Duke University, he became project director of CDS’s Behind the […]


June 2: Anytown, USA Students Screen Their Films About a Small North Carolina Town

June 2: Anytown, USA Students Screen Their Films About a Small North Carolina Town

Now in its eighth year, a continuing education course at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by veteran instructor and filmmaker Randy Benson, Anytown, USA, has once again spotlighted a small town in North Carolina. Over an eight-week period, ten students traveled two hours south of the Triangle to Roseboro  (pop. 1,191), to seek out […]


“How Do We Heal?” Photography Exhibit by Undergraduate Sherry Zhang on View at CDS

“How Do We Heal?” Photography Exhibit by Undergraduate Sherry Zhang on View at CDS

“In an endless sea of opportunities, we can either sink or swim. At Duke, I’ve done both.” —Duke undergraduate and RIPP Fellow in the Documentary Arts Sherry Zhang An exhibit on view in the Center for Documentary Studies Porch Gallery features the photographs of CDS undergraduate Sherry Zhang. As part of the RIPP Fellowship in the Documentary Arts, […]


“Beyond the Front Porch 2016” Features Work by Certificate in Doc Studies Grads

"Beyond the Front Porch 2016" Features Work by Certificate in Doc Studies Grads

The Certificate in Documentary Studies program attracts Duke undergraduates to the Center for Documentary Studies from across the arts and sciences. Under the guidance of Nancy Kalow and Alex Harris, six seniors in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Documentary Capstone Seminars completed a final project as the culmination of their documentary studies classes. An exhibition […]


CDS Continuing Education Partners with Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment

CDS Continuing Education Partners with Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announce a new partnership with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The Continuing Education Program at CDS is partnering with the Nicholas School’s Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Executive Education program to provide working professionals with new opportunities to enhance their environmental communications skills. Through the partnership, participants in some CDS Continuing […]


May 11 & 12: Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads Present Final Projects

May 11 & 12: Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads Present Final Projects

At a two-night graduation event at the Full Frame Theater, seven Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects to the public and receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts, having completed a structured sequence of courses. During the course, students finish a substantial documentary work—projects that often move out into the world […]


May 13: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Liberty Warehouse”

May 13: Fresh Docs Series Screens “Liberty Warehouse”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Carol Thomson’s Liberty Warehouse, which explores the history of an iconic tobacco auction warehouse in Durham, North Carolina. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides […]