Posts Tagged ‘Faculty and Staff News’

“Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait” Photography Exhibit

"Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait" Photography Exhibit

A documentary photography project on housing and living conditions in the state—Where We Live: A North Carolina Portrait—features the 1971–72 work of acclaimed documentary photographer Alex Harris, a Duke professor and cofounder of the school’s Center for Documentary Studies, and contemporary work by three of his former students, all graduates of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program: Rachel Boillot, Jennifer […]


World Premiere of Gary Hawkins’ Short Film “Me & You” at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

World Premiere of Gary Hawkins' Short Film "Me & You" at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

On April 16, Gary Hawkins’ experimental film Me & You will enjoy its world premiere at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Hawick, Scotland, where it will screen as part of the festival’s thematic short-film program “Altered State.” Hawkins is a longtime instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies. “Me & You is a seven-minute series of not-quite-repeating loops, […]


March 2016: Work by CDS Faculty

March 2016: Work by CDS Faculty

Notable recent news and upcoming events featuring Center for Documentary Studies undergraduate, MFA, and continuing education faculty includes: + Mike Wiley’s The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ’61 Freedom Riders, originally produced by CDS and the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC–Chapel Hill, had its professional debut in 2011 at UNC’s Playmakers Repertory under then-director Joseph […]


March 19: Women’s History Lecture with Michelle Lanier at Historic Stagville

March 19: Women’s History Lecture with Michelle Lanier at Historic Stagville

“Her Eyes Have Seen the Glory: African-American Women and the Dreams for Freedom,” an upcoming Women’s History Lecture by longtime Center for Documentary Studies instructor Michelle Lanier, focuses on African American women from North Carolina with a particular emphasis on freedom seeking and freedom dreaming. This event is free and open to the public. Due to the […]


March 4: Launch Event for “Southern Cultures” Documentary Arts Issue at the Power Plant Gallery

March 4: Launch Event for “Southern Cultures” Documentary Arts Issue at the Power Plant Gallery

Join the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South for a launch event at the Power Plant Gallery on Friday, March 4. The event will celebrate the publication of the Spring 2016 Southern Cultures, a special documentary arts issue of CSAS’s quarterly publication guest edited by Duke University’s MFA|EDA director and former […]


CDS Exhibitions Intern Kamal Badhey’s Work Exhibited at 2016 Lisbon Memory Symposium

CDS Exhibitions Intern Kamal Badhey's Work Exhibited at 2016 Lisbon Memory Symposium

This January, Center for Documentary Studies exhibitions intern and photographer Kamal Badhey exhibited a collection of her photographs in the 2016 Lisbon Memory Symposium in Portugal. The symposium, Memory, Photography, and Place, brought together researchers, visual artists, and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to discuss and explore question around memory, place, and photography as well as […]


Photo Collections by Katina Parker on PBS Black Culture Connection

Photo Collections by Katina Parker on PBS Black Culture Connection

Filmmaker/photographer Katina Parker—a CDS continuing education instructor—has returned to her longstanding work of telling the story of the black struggle for freedom in America. Beginning as a college student documenting the Million Man March in 1995, Parker has continued her work by documenting the Black Lives Matter movement in photography and film as it unfolds in Missouri, Ohio, South […]


CDS Instructors and Alums Rake in Audio Doc Awards From Third Coast

CDS Instructors and Alums Rake in Audio Doc Awards From Third Coast

Have you heard? Four instructors and alums of the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program have crowded the awards field in Third Coast International Audio Festival’s recent Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Out of nine overall winners, CDS instructors Lauren Spohrer and Phoebe Judge (of the popular podcast Criminal) were recognized for their piece “695BGK“ and work by alums Briana Breen […]


Podcast: Episode Two of “Scene On Radio” Available Now on iTunes and Online

Podcast: Episode Two of "Scene On Radio" Available Now on iTunes and Online

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present the second episode of our new podcast, Scene on Radio. Produced and hosted by CDS audio director John Biewen, the biweekly podcast asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out, capturing the sounds of life happening and telling stories that explore human experience and […]


September 30: Christopher Sims Presents Photographs, Artist’s Talk at UNC-Chapel Hill

September 30: Christopher Sims Presents Photographs, Artist's Talk at UNC-Chapel Hill

Two exhibits by CDS director of undergraduate education, photographer Christopher Sims, will be on view on UNC–Chapel Hill’s campus from September 30, 2015, into early 2016. A reception and artist’s talk will be held on the opening evening, celebrating the dual exhibitions. Guantánamo Bay and The Library at Camp Delta Reception and Artist’s Talk Wednesday, September 30, […]


June 23 & 24: “Border Odyssey” Book Events With Duke/CDS Scholar Charlie Thompson

June 23 & 24: "Border Odyssey" Book Events With Duke/CDS Scholar Charlie Thompson

A new book by Center for Documentary Studies faculty member Charles D. (Charlie) Thompson is attracting widespread notice for Thompson’s photographs and prose, which combine in Border Odyssey: Travels Along the U.S.–Mexico Divide to create a “potent cri de coeur for a more compassionate, sane, and humane border policy” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a publication that Publisher’s Weekly called “one of the most interesting […]


CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims to Give Talk at Reykjavik Museum of Photography

CDS Undergraduate Education Director Christopher Sims to Give Talk at Reykjavik Museum of Photography

Christopher Sims, undergraduate education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and Lecturing Fellow in the Documentary Arts, will give an artist’s talk in Iceland on Monday, June 15 at 5 p.m. The lecture, “Photographing Guantanamo Bay and the Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan,” will be hosted by the Reykjavik Museum of Photography and is being organized by […]


“Rank Stranger”: A New Documentary Blog of Writing and Photography

"Rank Stranger": A New Documentary Blog of Writing and Photography

We think you’ll enjoy Rank Stranger, “a blog about memory and place, art, and documentary expression,” says its creator, Tom Rankin. You’d be hard pressed to find a better person than Rankin to launch such a site—documentary photographer, writer, and folklorist of note, director of Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, former director of the Center for […]


CDS Instructors Alex Harris and Christopher Sims Receive Undergraduate Teaching Awards from Duke University

CDS Instructors Alex Harris and Christopher Sims Receive Undergraduate Teaching Awards from Duke University

Congratulations to two undergraduate instructors at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Alex Harris and Christopher Sims, who recently received university-wide teaching awards at the end of the 2014–2015 academic year. Alex Harris received the Robert B. Cox Award in the Social Sciences for “a commitment to teaching over time and a willingness to invest substantial effort in meeting the school’s instructional […]


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 […]


April 4: Special Screening of “In My Mind” at the National Gallery of Art

April 4: Special Screening of "In My Mind" at the National Gallery of Art

On April 4, a special screening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., of a film from CDS will be presented in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Called “a masterpiece of music documentary craft” by Slant magazine, In My Mind (2010) documents jazz musician Jason Moran and […]


March 25: Event with Award-Winning Filmmaker and Lehman Brady Professor Marco Williams

March 25: Event with Award-Winning Filmmaker and Lehman Brady Professor Marco Williams

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present a public talk with filmmaker Marco Williams, the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies. CDS coordinates the cross-campus collaboration between Duke University and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, which brings distinguished practitioners and scholars of the documentary arts to both […]


March 4: “The Activist’s Playbook” Panel and Launch Celebration for the “One Person, One Vote” Website

March 4: "The Activist's Playbook" Panel and Launch Celebration for the "One Person, One Vote" Website

An event at the Durham County Public Library commemorates next month’s 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama; presents a panel discussion, “The Activist’s Playbook: From SNCC to Selma to the New Civil Rights Movement”; and celebrates the launch of a new multimedia website from the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University—One Person, One […]


January 30: “Leaving Traces” Documents Bull City Summer Documentarians

January 30: "Leaving Traces" Documents Bull City Summer Documentarians

A uniquely Durham, North Carolina, feature documentary by director Ivan Weiss, Leaving Traces, is set to screen at the historic Carolina Theatre in Durham; click here to view trailer. The film documents the documentarians of the widely acclaimed Bull City Summer project about the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, including photographer/Duke University professor Alex Harris, an instructor at […]


Screening and Panel Highlight the Award-Winning “DamNation”

Screening and Panel Highlight the Award-Winning "DamNation"

On January 29 on the Duke University campus, the Duke River Center and Duke Water Network host “Let’s Talk About Water,” a public event with film screenings and a panel discussion. The featured film is the award-winning DamNation, which screened at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, among others. Thursday, January 29 5 p.m.: Reception […]


Watch: Lehman Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams Interviewed on “North Carolina Now”

Watch: Lehman Brady Visiting Professor Marco Williams Interviewed on "North Carolina Now"

Watch an interview with our 2014-15 Lehman Brady Professor, acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, that was recently featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now. The program “examines the most pressing issues of the day, talks with its most important people, visits the most interesting places in the state, and celebrates our arts and culture.” In the video below—beginning at timestamp 13:32—Williams […]


November 14: Fresh Docs Screening of “Undocumented and Unafraid”

November 14: Fresh Docs Screening of "Undocumented and Unafraid"

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of director Charlie Thompson’s Undocumented and Unafraid 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 audience participates, providing valuable feedback. Undocumented and Unafraid Friday, November 14, 7 […]


Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Watch: Undergraduates Explore the Lives of North Carolina Activists

Center for Documentary Studies visiting artist Bruce Orenstein teaches a class each semester in which undergraduates work with grassroots organizations in North Carolina to produce advocacy videos for social change. As part of the growing collaboration between Orenstein’s coursework and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, this summer the Human Rights Center […]


Duke and UNC Welcome Filmmaker Marco Williams as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor

Duke and UNC Welcome Filmmaker Marco Williams as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is honored to host acclaimed filmmaker and film educator Marco Williams on the Duke and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campuses as the 2014–15 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies. CDS coordinates the cross-campus collaboration, which brings distinguished practitioners and scholars of the documentary arts to […]