Archive for May, 2017

Listen: Short Audio Docs from the 2016 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

Listen: Short Audio Docs from the 2016 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

In July 2016, CDS Continuing Education held the thirteenth annual Hearing Is Believing audio institute, a weeklong, immersive audio boot camp. 25 students from around the country were guided by CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, with presentations by guest speakers Tina Antolini, creator of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast, and John […]


Danielle Mayes Wins 2017 Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts at Duke University

Danielle Mayes Wins 2017 Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts at Duke University

Following a nomination by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, Danielle Mayes, a CDS student and visual and media studies major, has been awarded the prestigious Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts—an annual prize at fourteen major universities. The prize is awarded to the graduating senior at each university […]


Launch of the “SNCC Digital Gateway” Documentary Website

Launch of the "SNCC Digital Gateway" Documentary Website

On December 13, 2016, the website for the SNCC Digital Gateway: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work—a collaborative documentary initiative between the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Duke University—debuted. The documentary website is the product of collaboration between the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Duke […]


Enjoy! Student work from Hal Goodtree’s Night Photography class

Enjoy! Student work from Hal Goodtree's Night Photography class

Over the course of six evenings in September and October of 2016, photographer and filmmaker Hal Goodtree brought eight CDS Continuing Education students out into the streets of Durham to learn Documentary Night Photography. They learned all about shooting in low light, then reviewed their work in group sessions each week. See a slideshow of their work below. Goodtree […]


Support a Storyteller. Help Change the World.

Support a Storyteller. Help Change the World.

“I have seen how the tools of documentary arts give girls a sense of agency and power over their own stories and dreams. I am constantly thrilled to see the girls’ amazement as they share their artistic work with the public and realize the value their voices and visions carry in opening up channels of […]


Fall 2016: Work by CDS Undergraduate Faculty

Fall 2016: Work by CDS Undergraduate Faculty

Notable recent news and events featuring Center for Documentary Studies undergraduate faculty include the following; see the CDS undergraduate education Tumblr for more information and updates: + Kelly Alexander received a Duke University Council for European Studies Fellowship for 2016–2017 for her project “Of Truffles and Trash: The New Social Economy of Food Waste in Brussels, Belgium” + John Biewen released a “Story […]


Watch: Discussion with PRI Radio Host Marco Werman and Photographer Alex Harris

Watch: Discussion with PRI Radio Host Marco Werman and Photographer Alex Harris

In November 2015, a discussion with Marco Werman—Duke University alumni, journalist, and host of Public Radio International’s show, The World—and Alex Harris—Duke University professor, CDS co-founder, and acclaimed documentary photographer—took place at Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics. Together, the two looked back at Werman’s early work in journalism and documentary storytelling as an undergraduate student […]


Spotlight on Student Work: Dave Morrow’s “Humans of Findlay”

Spotlight on Student Work: Dave Morrow's "Humans of Findlay"

When David Morrow started taking classes through the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) in Spring 2015, his ambitious multimedia project, Humans of Findlay, was already well underway. It has since been published as a book (so far just “Volume I”), and online as an ever-growing website. Inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton’s blog […]


Remembrance, and a Reading by C.D. Wright

Remembrance, and a Reading by C.D. Wright

We at the Center for Documentary Studies were so fortunate that our and C.D. Wright‘s stars aligned several times over the last fifteen years. In 2000, she and photographer Deborah Luster won our tenth Lange-Taylor Prize for their collaboration One Big Self, which represented and rendered the lives of Louisiana inmates in photographs and words. A special publication here […]


Celebrating 10 Years of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

Celebrating 10 Years of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors to attend the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina; at the festival, grant recipients are given access to films, master classes, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers, and also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress. To celebrate the Garrett Scott Grant’s tenth anniversary, Full Frame and the […]


“A Sounding: The Body and Queer Listening” – A Reflection by MFA|EDA Alumni Mendal Polish

"A Sounding: The Body and Queer Listening" – A Reflection by MFA|EDA Alumni Mendal Polish

Through February 18, 2017, the Power Plant Gallery presents Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent, a broadcast audio exhibition exploring how artists navigate the depths of sound experience and embody protest, politics, and dissent in digital sound files. As part of the exhibition, a special Third Friday Durham Listening Session will be held on February 17, featuring works curated by […]


CDS Cosponsors Residency of The Civilians, An Investigative Theater Company

CDS Cosponsors Residency of The Civilians, An Investigative Theater Company

The Center for Documentary Studies is among the cosponsors for a Duke Performances artist residency at Duke University hosting The Civilians, the nation’s foremost investigative theater company.  The New York-based theater company will return to Duke for a residency from January 19-29, 2017, conducting research and interviews for a new play about charter schools written by playwright Ethan Lipton […]


Christopher White Wins 2017 Julia Harper Day Award from CDS

Christopher White Wins 2017 Julia Harper Day Award from CDS

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was 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 to CDS programs. This year’s Julia […]