Posts Tagged ‘Duncan Murrell’

“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 […]


Now Online: “Vanishing Point, Vol. II: Songs of Living and Dying”

Now Online: "Vanishing Point, Vol. II: Songs of Living and Dying"

Walden Pond, a Muslim poet, a birth in Mali, a talkative stranger, songs of Sudan, queens, karaoke, and butchers . . . it’s all there in the second issue of Vanishing Point. The digital documentary magazine is produced by Duke University students in a Documentary Publishing course taught by Center for Documentary Studies writer-in-residence Duncan Murrell. […]


Duke Students Launch Digital “Vanishing Point: The Documentary Magazine”

Duke Students Launch Digital "Vanishing Point: The Documentary Magazine"

A new digital magazine created by Duke University undergraduates at the Center for Documentary Studies aims to present “the best of the best” student documentary work, says Documentary Publishing instructor Duncan Murrell. From editing to design to promotion, Vanishing Point is a purely student-run publication that will feature work in a variety of documentary forms—audio, […]


Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with “Junebug” on February 18

Ethics Film Series Explores the New South with "Junebug" on February 18

The annual Ethics Film Series at Duke University provides popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme. The 2014 installment explores the idea of a “New South,” featuring films that grapple with the realities of southern life and the tensions between social progress and persistent inequalities. Screenings and post-film discussions are free and open to the […]


Exhibits, Essays, Interviews: Work by CDS Faculty & Staff

Exhibits, Essays, Interviews: Work by CDS Faculty & Staff

Notable recent news by Center for Documentary Studies faculty and staff includes: Dress Rehearsal, a solo exhibit of photographs by undergrad instructor Christopher Sims, opened at the Sumter County Gallery of Art in South Carolina. The show, which will be up through January 3, features images from Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan, Sims’s series […]


Spring 2014: Three New Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

We are excited to announce three brand new undergraduate courses debuting this spring at the Center for Documentary Studies. Taught by CDS director Wesley Hogan, writer in residence Duncan Murrell, and visiting artist Mike Wiley, the classes highlight a diverse range of documentary inquiry. Read descriptions of the courses and watch preview videos below. Learn more […]


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 […]


Documentary Writers Series: “River Bend Chronicle” Author Ben Miller on the Junkification of His Iowa Boyhood, April 15

Documentary Writers Series: "River Bend Chronicle" Author Ben Miller on the Junkification of His Iowa Boyhood, April 15

The Center for Documentary Studies, in cooperation with The Hinge Literary Center, is pleased to bring writer Ben Miller to Durham for our Documentary Writers Series, a regular showcase of nonfiction authors who write artfully observed stories about the world. The series is part of our ongoing commitment to find audiences for new and notable work […]


Ramble and Write with Duncan Murrell, Collect Community Stories with Barbara Lau: Register Now!

Ramble and Write with Duncan Murrell, Collect Community Stories with Barbara Lau: Register Now!

Excited about these two upcoming CDS Continuing Education classes; some spots left, register now. Both courses will be held here at the Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina. Directions The Flâneur and the Writer: Documentary Writing and the Psychogeography of Place Saturdays, March 23 to April 20, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. In […]


This Year, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize Honors Nonfiction: Deadline Extended to February 15

This Year, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize Honors Nonfiction: Deadline Extended to February 15

The new CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The first prize competition will be for writing; submissions will be accepted starting November 1, 2012 through February 15, 2013. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to […]


A Discussion with Solo Performer Mike Daisey, Moderated by CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

A Discussion with Solo Performer Mike Daisey, Moderated by CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

In a featured “performance” as part of his artist’s residency at Duke University, master storyteller Mike Daisey will discuss the Occupy Movement, the concept of liberty, and Daisey’s newest production, American Utopias, with Duke law professor Jedediah Purdy; the moderator will be Center for Documentary Studies writer in residence Duncan Murrell. The event is free and open to the […]


Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

The Winter 2013 issue of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ quarterly newsletter, Document, is now available to read online, featuring a look at our current exhibits—photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Campaign for Braddock Hospital and photographer Gordon Parks’s 1956 photo essay from Life magazine, The Restraints: Open and Hidden; information on the upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; an essay […]


Book Event for “Good Busy”: Author Discussion with CDS Director Tom Rankin and Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

Book Event for "Good Busy": Author Discussion with CDS Director Tom Rankin and Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

  “We say we want to better manage our time—but what do we really mean? Do we mean we seek to tame the daily chaos? Are we afraid of how time seems to fly?” Writer Julia Scatliff O’Grady, a former fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies, sought answers to these questions when she set […]


Register Now: Summer Master Class in Documentary Writing With Duncan Murrell and Rosecrans Baldwin

Register Now: Summer Master Class in Documentary Writing With Duncan Murrell and Rosecrans Baldwin

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to offer this new advanced writing class, to be taught by CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell and novelist and essayist Rosecrans Baldwin. July 30–August 4, 2012 Center for Documentary Studies 1317 W. Pettigrew St. Durham, North Carolina This intensive one-week workshop on craft, structure, and the art […]


Documentary Writing Program: CDS Launches the True/Story Lab

Documentary Writing Program: CDS Launches the True/Story Lab

Come visit the True/Story Lab, the new online home for all things “documentary writing” at the Center for Documentary Studies. “We often get asked what we mean by documentary writing,” says CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell. “One of the last things the broad field of nonfiction needs is another subcategory, or a new name for an old category, […]


CDS Launches “Professor Diablo’s True Revue,” a Unique Collaborative Performance Series

CDS Launches “Professor Diablo’s True Revue,” a Unique Collaborative Performance Series

The Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with The Hinge, is pleased to announce the launch on April 24 of Professor Diablo’s True Revue at the Durham club Casbah. The collaborative performance series will feature writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make extensive use of documentary fieldwork and research in the creation of their […]


CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell Participates in “Metamorphs: Artists Spin Science” at UNC–Chapel Hill, April 2

CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell Participates in “Metamorphs: Artists Spin Science” at UNC–Chapel Hill, April 2

A unique upcoming event at UNC–Chapel Hill will explore a new twist in contemporary art. In “Metamorphs: Artists Spin Science, organized and moderated by UNC Distinguished Term Professor of Art elin o’Hara slavick, three “aesthetic game-changers” who are exploring the intersection of art and science will present their work, followed by a panel discussion with […]


Good Read: Interview With Duncan Murrell, CDS Writer in Residence

Good Read: Interview With Duncan Murrell, CDS Writer in Residence

Duncan Murrell is an award-winning writer and journalist from North Carolina. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Normal School and a consulting editor at Southern Cultures. Murrell has written about living in New Orleans for a year after Hurricane Katrina, as well as on such topics as immigration, politicians, termites, vultures, […]


Podcast Available: CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell Discusses Life and Writing on WUNC’s “The State of Things”

Podcast Available: CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell Discusses Life and Writing on WUNC’s “The State of Things”

CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell was the guest on WUNC’s (91.5 FM) “The State of Things” on December 5 with host Frank Stasio. Besides CDS and its documentary writing program, the wide-ranging discussion touched on . . . military service, New Orleans, termites, and bow hunting, among other topics. Duncan Murrell on “The State […]


Accepting Applications—Master Class: Nonfiction Writing with Ted Conover, Roger Hodge, and Duncan Murrell

Accepting Applications—Master Class: Nonfiction Writing with Ted Conover, Roger Hodge, and Duncan Murrell

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to announced that National Book Critics Circle Award winner Ted Conover and former editor of Harper’s Magazine Roger Hodge will lead week-long workshops this summer in narrative nonfiction, journalism, and documentary writing. This is an unusual opportunity to work closely with two of our finest writers and editors […]


Wells Tower: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Wells Tower: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

“Truth Out of Artifice: A Talk with Wells Tower” Friday, April 23, 7 p.m. Center for Documentary Studies Auditorium Wells Tower, author of the much-acclaimed book of short stories Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned and many other stories and articles, will discuss his development as a writer and especially the affinities between fiction and nonfiction. The […]


Roger Hodge Speaks at CDS in March 2010

Roger Hodge Speaks at CDS in March 2010

Roger Hodge at the Center for Documentary Studies from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo. Roger Hodge, Part 2: Q&A from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo.


Documentary Speaker Series: Roger Hodge, Wells Tower, and Rebecca Skloot

Documentary Speaker Series: Roger Hodge, Wells Tower, and Rebecca Skloot

Documentary Narrative Speaker Series: Roger Hodge (March 5), Rebecca Skloot (March 24), and Wells Tower (April 23) Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University DIRECTIONS: http://cds.aas.duke.edu/about/here.html All events held at CDS unless otherwise noted. The Documentary Narrative Speaker Series is presented in conjunction with the CDS course Documentary Writing, taught this spring by Duncan Murrell. […]


Documentary Writing: A Conversation With Roger Hodge And Duncan Murrell

Documentary Writing: A Conversation With Roger Hodge And Duncan Murrell

Documentary Writing: A Conversation With Roger Hodge And Duncan Murrell March 4, 2009 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a conversation about documentary writing — ­what defines the genre, where it’s practiced, why it makes a lasting impact­ — with the editor of Harper’s Magazine and an accomplished journalist whose mastery of long-form narrative writing […]