Posts Tagged ‘Faculty and Staff News’

Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Watch: Instructors Describe Undergraduate Classes in Documentary Studies

Enjoy these videos describing three Fall 2014 undergraduate courses at the Center for Documentary Studies, two of them brand-new. Taught by MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts director Tom Rankin, MFA | EDA graduate and documentary artist Eric Barstow, and acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, the 2014-15 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor, the classes highlight a diverse range of documentary […]


“Contested”: New CDS Radio Broadcast Looks at the Role of Sports in American Society

"Contested": New CDS Radio Broadcast Looks at the Role of Sports in American Society

The media typically takes a straightforward look at sports: who won, who lost, and why. And almost all of that coverage is about the 1 percent of athletes competing at the highest levels of college and professional sport. With Contested, a new one-hour broadcast airing on public radio stations across the country, Center for Documentary Studies […]


SlowExposures Photography Festival Call for Entries: Deadline June 15

SlowExposures Photography Festival Call for Entries: Deadline June 15

During the last two weeks of September, the SlowExposures Photography Festival welcomes visitors from across the United States to experience the rural South through the medium of fine art photography. For 2014, jurors Alexa Dilworth, publishing and awards director at the Center for Documentary Studies, and Aline Smithson, photographer and founder of the highly regarded website […]


Exhibits by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims Open in Three Venues Across the South

Exhibits by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims Open in Three Venues Across the South

Center for Documentary Studies Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims has been invited to show work in three photography exhibitions this spring: Christopher Sims: Theater of War Alexandria Museum of Art 933 Second Street, Alexandria, Louisiana April 3–May 24, 2014 With roundtable discussion April 3 with curator Charles Chamberlain on “Blue, Gray, and Black: A Legacy of […]


New Winter 2014 Issue of “Document” Available Online

New Winter 2014 Issue of “Document” Available Online

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The latest issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Winter 2014 issue include work by Documentary Essay and Lange-Taylor prizewinners Rachel Andrews and Jen Kinney, remarks by Full Frame director Deirdre Haj, updates from John […]


We Are The Future: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #2

We Are The Future: Gary Hawkins in Rotterdam, Dispatch #2

Walking the streets of Amsterdam, I was struck by a certain sameness to the layout. Row houses on gridded blocks with waterways dividing the streets, and on the waterways, houseboats. Once cargo ships, they were converted to residencies during a decades-old, housing shortage. Nowadays they’re rooms for rent. Everything is old and lovely. And everything […]


From the Archive: The Negatives of Hugh Mangum

From the Archive: The Negatives of Hugh Mangum

This post is the first in a new series that takes a closer look at specific holdings of the Archive of Documentary Arts, which is part of Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The archive works closely with the Center for Documentary Studies and has been collecting work generated by CDS for almost […]


2014 Ethics Film Series Explores the South with Four Acclaimed Films

2014 Ethics Film Series Explores the South with Four Acclaimed Films

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 four acclaimed films from the past decade that grapple with the realities of southern life and the tensions between social and cultural progress and persistent inequalities—Moving Midway, Junebug, deepsouth, and Beasts […]


Guantanamo Exhibit at International Civil Rights Center and Museum Features Photographs by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims

Guantanamo Exhibit at International Civil Rights Center and Museum Features Photographs by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims

As part of its tour of twelve venues, the first exhibition curated by the Guantánamo Public Memory Project will be opening in North Carolina on December 12 at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro. The exhibition and accompanying website feature photographs by Center for Documentary Studies Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims, who traveled to the naval […]


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 […]


CDS Audio Director John Biewen on the Broadcast Anniversary of “Little War on the Prairie”

CDS Audio Director John Biewen on the Broadcast Anniversary of "Little War on the Prairie"

“This may be the best episode of this radio show, ever.” “Unbelievably good and astonishingly tragic. I stood in my kitchen for an hour listening, fascinated, furious, and gut-punched.” These are just a few of the hundreds of comments received by the radio program This American Life following the November 2012 broadcast of Little War on […]


Tom Rankin to Give Library of Congress Botkin Lecture on “One Place,” Wednesday, October 30

Tom Rankin to Give Library of Congress Botkin Lecture on "One Place," Wednesday, October 30

“‘I confine myself to the place I was born and raised,’ [Paul] Kwilecki once said, ‘not as an arbitrary discipline or to prove that subjects worthy of photographs exist everywhere and in abundance, though it is true that they do, but because Decatur County is home, and I know it from my special warp, having […]


“In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty,” on View at the Power Plant Gallery

"In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty," on View at the Power Plant Gallery

An exhibit on view at the Power Plant Gallery on the American Tobacco Campus—In Practice: Work by Duke Arts Faculty—includes works in a wide range of media—photography, film and video, printmaking, new media—by seventeen Duke faculty members and instructors from three arts units at the university: the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), the Department of Art, Art History and […]


CDS Instructors Sims and Rue Help Create “Inspired by Nature,” a Video Project Featured in the iPad Issue of “National Geographic Kids”

CDS Instructors Sims and Rue Help Create "Inspired by Nature," a Video Project Featured in the iPad Issue of "National Geographic Kids"

Christopher Sims and Elena Rue, both instructors at the Center for Documentary Studies, were commissioned by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to collect audio and video material for a collaborative storytelling project that aimed to capture stories about our connection with nature, and how we are inspired and transformed by this connection. The first short […]


MFA Student, Alumni, and Faculty Films in the New York Film Festival’s “Views from the Avant-Garde”

MFA Student, Alumni, and Faculty Films in the New York Film Festival's "Views from the Avant-Garde"

Work by Duke MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art alums Marika Borgeson (’13), Lisa McCarty (’13, and 2013-14 CDS Exhibitions Intern), and Talena Sanders (’13), and by current student Erin Espelie (’14), was selected for the 51st New York Film Festival and is screening as part of the Views from the Avant-Garde section, an annual celebration of the best and boldest experimental film […]


Limited Seating for “Inspired by the Lens” Photography Panel, Register Now

Limited Seating for "Inspired by the Lens" Photography Panel, Register Now

Photography bonanza: Inspired by the Lens is a wonderful (and free) lineup of exhibits, workshops, and artist talks that showcase the work of artists, educators, and photographers who use the lens as a stimulus for creating meaningful imagery in their professional practices. Click here to view an online brochure for event listings in September and October. The program was created by […]


New Fall 2013 Issue of “Document” Available Online

New Fall 2013 Issue of "Document" Available Online

The latest issue of Document, the CDS quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. Highlights in the fall issue include an interview with new CDS director Wesley Hogan, exhibits by CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Gerard H. […]


Interview with New CDS Director Wesley Hogan

Interview with New CDS Director Wesley Hogan

On July 1, 2013, the Center for Documentary Studies welcomed its third director since our founding at Duke University in 1989. Wesley C. Hogan’s tenure follows that of Tom Rankin, who had directed CDS since 1998, and Iris Tillman Hill. Hogan returns to Durham—she received her master’s and doctorate in U.S. History at Duke—from Virginia […]


Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with “One Place” Editor Tom Rankin

Upcoming Slideshows/Book Signings with "One Place" Editor Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin, editor of the acclaimed One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia, will be speaking about the book at two upcoming events in the Triangle area. One Place was published in April by the Center for Documentary Studies in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press as part of […]


The Lives of Sailors Presented in “Hold Capacity // Trade Route Stories, Reimagined,” Opening July 30

The Lives of Sailors Presented in "Hold Capacity // Trade Route Stories, Reimagined," Opening July 30

A unique documentary happening—Hold Capacity // Trade Route Stories, Reimagined—will start unfolding soon in Durham, North Carolina. Documentary artist Allison Swaim, our colleague at the Center for Documentary Studies, spent a year at sea sailing around the globe by cargo ship, gathering stories from the sailors who keep the world running. Seven ships and many bodies […]


CDS Welcomes New Director: Award-Winning Historian Wesley C. Hogan

Originally published on the Duke Today website: Wesley C. Hogan, a historian widely honored for her documentary work on the civil rights movement, has been named the new director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She begins her appointment on July 1, 2013. Hogan will be only the third director of CDS, which […]


Outgoing Director Tom Rankin Reflects on 15 Years at CDS and the Road Ahead

Outgoing Director Tom Rankin Reflects on 15 Years at CDS and the Road Ahead

It’s hard to imagine the Center for Documentary Studies without Tom Rankin at the helm. He’s been here for the last fifteen of our twenty-four years, just the second director we’ve had (Iris Tillman Hill was our first). CDS—and the world—was a different place when Tom arrived in Durham in 1998. Under his leadership, it […]


CDS Undergraduate Instructor Christopher Sims Photographs Debate about Creationism in Kentucky for the “Financial Times Sunday Magazine”

CDS Undergraduate Instructor Christopher Sims Photographs Debate about Creationism in Kentucky for the "Financial Times Sunday Magazine"

CDS undergraduate instructor Christopher Sims was commissioned by the Financial Times Sunday Magazine this spring to create a series of photographs on the debate about creationism in Kentucky. The feature article by staff writer Barney Jopson, as well as an extended slideshow of Sims’s photographs, are now available online on the website of the Financial Times. […]


Make a Short Doc with Help from “Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary,” a CDS E-Book

Make a Short Doc with Help from "Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary," a CDS E-Book

The Center for Documentary Studies’ first e-book, Visual Storytelling, is for anyone who wants to make a watchable short documentary using a consumer camcorder, digital SLR camera, or cell phone. Nancy Kalow, who has taught at CDS for twelve years and chairs the selection committee of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, has written a step-by-step […]