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Posts Tagged ‘Undergraduate Student Work’

Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Each undergrad and grad student in the fall 2013 Intro to Audio Documentary class, taught by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen, produced three audio pieces on a variety of themes. Some of the pieces tell stories that explore the role of sports in American society. Others were responses to past Third Coast ShortDocs challenges. Still others were on on a theme of […]


“Two-Way Bridges” Exhibit Celebrates Links Between Duke and Latino Communites

"Two-Way Bridges" Exhibit Celebrates Links Between Duke and Latino Communites

“Connecting Duke, Durham, and the Americas.” That’s the motto of Two-Way Bridges | Puentes de Doble Vía, a project that aims to expand on and create new links between the Duke University and Durham Latino communities, changing and enriching both in the process. The idea is that collaborative art and bidirectional learning can help shed light on the […]


“The People of Powe” Website Launches, Featuring Undergraduates’ Photo Projects

"The People of Powe" Website Launches, Featuring Undergraduates' Photo Projects

As part of a class at the Center for Documentary Studies taught by Susie Post-Rust, Capturing Transience: Documentary Photography and the Digital Age, undergraduates from Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill spent the semester documenting stories at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham, North Carolina. Each student produced photos and slideshows focused on […]


Watch: Video on “The Long Road to Integration: The 1969 Allen Building Takeover”

Watch: Video on "The Long Road to Integration: The 1969 Allen Building Takeover"

Center for Documentary Studies web design intern Hannah Colton recently created a video about The Long Road to Integration: The 1969 Allen Building Takeover, an archival exhibit researched and curated by 2012 Duke graduate and Certificate in Documentary Studies recipient Caitlin M. Johnson. Scroll down to view.  Caitlin began the work as her capstone certificate project at the Center for […]


Students in “The U.S./Mexico Border” Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Students in "The U.S./Mexico Border" Class Participate in Collaborative Mural Project

Latino/a youth are partnering with Duke University undergraduates and instructors from several classes, including the “The U.S./Mexico Border” class at the Center for Documentary Studies, on a collaborative mural project (scroll down for slideshow) as part of Two-Way Bridges, an initiative that aims to expand the connections between Duke and the Durham Latino/a communities. The […]


Rebekah Fergusson’s ‘”Pro Voice Project” Illuminates the Human Stories in a Black-and-White Debate

Rebekah Fergusson's '"Pro Voice Project" Illuminates the Human Stories in a Black-and-White Debate

“This film isn’t just about abortion; it’s about universal themes of stigma, grief, an imperfect decision, and our most basic desire to understand our experiences through storytelling,” says filmmaker Rebekah Fergusson in describing her work-in-progress feature documentary, The Pro Voice Project. The film will be told from the perspective of five women traveling across the country […]


Listen to “Hello, My Name Is…”, a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

Listen to "Hello, My Name Is...", a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

A collection of short pieces made by students in Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen’s Spring 2013 Short Audio Documentary course is now available online on Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Hello, My Name Is…, the one-hour special hosted by Biewen, features eleven student stories on the topic of “names and the naming of stuff,” […]


Opening Event for Exhibit on the 1969 Allen Building Takeover on the Duke University Campus

Opening Event for Exhibit on the 1969 Allen Building Takeover on the Duke University Campus

An opening reception for The Long Road to Integration: The 1969 Allen Building Takeover will be held on the Duke University campus in that same Allen Building, and will include remarks by Duke president Richard Brodhead. The exhibit was researched and curated by 2012 Duke graduate and Certificate in Documentary Studies recipient Caitlin M. Johnson, who […]


Student-Produced Music Videos Spotlight Local Blues Artists

Student-Produced Music Videos Spotlight Local Blues Artists

The Music Maker Relief Foundation is a unique nonprofit organization in Hillsborough, North Carolina, “dedicated to helping the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of the Blues gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs,” and to keeping the conversation about these artists alive. Check out Music Maker’s blog for a video series on local artists intended to […]


2013 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

2013 John Hope Franklin Award Winners Immerse Themselves in Summer-Long Documentary Projects

And they’re off….three undergrads from local universities will be pursuing summer-long documentary projects as recipients of the 2013 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral history, photography, […]


2012 John Hope Franklin Award Winner Returns to Germany to Complete Documentary Film

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, David Mayer, a recipient of a 2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award for his documentary film on the life of his grandfather during World War II, will be traveling back to Germany this summer to continue working on the project. David’s film is a personal and intimate retelling of […]


“Stories from Stagville”: Exhibit Features Collaborative Work by Durham 5th Graders and Duke Undergrads

"Stories from Stagville": Exhibit Features Collaborative Work by Durham 5th Graders and Duke Undergrads

A new exhibit on the Duke University campus showcases work made by fifth-grade students in Lisa Lord’s classroom at Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet School in Durham, North Carolina, based on their yearlong study of Historic Stagville, which contains the remnants of one of the South’s largest pre-Civil War plantations. The fifth graders worked with Duke undergraduates […]


“Hidden in Plain Sight”: Jack Anderson’s Nighttime Photos Explore Neglected Historical Sites in Durham

"Hidden in Plain Sight": Jack Anderson's Nighttime Photos Explore Neglected Historical Sites in Durham

Photographer MJ Sharp, a Center for Documentary Studies instructor, did an independent study with undergraduate student Jack Anderson that culminated in his exhibition of nighttime black-and-white photographs, Hidden in Plain Sight: Architectural Reminders of Durham’s Vital Past. Sharp explores the world at night in her work, as does Anderson. “We talk like two old crusty sailors […]


CDS Undergraduates Create Videos for National Farmworker Awareness Week 2013

CDS Undergraduates Create Videos for National Farmworker Awareness Week 2013

Working in collaboration with Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) and other farmworker organizations nationwide, ten undergraduate students at CDS have created a series of short videos to be used as part of the media campaign for the 14th annual National Farmworker Awareness Week, to be held March 24-31, 2013. The students are enrolled in DOCST 332S “Farmworkers […]


Watch “Your Voice, Their Money”: A Student-Produced Documentary on Big Money in Politics

Watch "Your Voice, Their Money": A Student-Produced Documentary on Big Money in Politics

A new short video produced by Duke University undergraduates in the Fall 2012 Video for Social Change course taught at the Center for Documentary Studies focuses on the effects of the Citizens United decision on state level politics in North Carolina and how citizens are fighting for campaign finance reforms. Your Voice, Their Money was produced in association […]


Watch: Students Produce “Forward Together, Not One Step Back,” a Voter Advocacy Video

Watch: Students Produce "Forward Together, Not One Step Back," a Voter Advocacy Video

Duke University undergraduates in this past spring’s Documentary Studies: Video for Social Change course produced a short video in association with Democracy NC highlighting the growing nationwide trend of potentially restrictive voting laws. (The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice estimates that the new laws “could make it significantly harder for as many as five million eligible Americans to […]


Documentary Studies Students Unveil Video and Photography Projects, Friday, April 27

Documentary Studies Students Unveil Video and Photography Projects, Friday, April 27

  In two separate events, both free and open to the public, documentary studies undergraduate students from Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill will present individual and class projects.  Democracy Under Assault: Voting Rights in North Carolina, a short documentary produced by Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill students in the documentary studies class Video for Social Change, will screen […]


“The Wonders of Watts” Website Launched

"The Wonders of Watts" Website Launched

Students from the Center for Documentary Studies spent fall semester 2011 documenting life at the George Watts Elementary School in Durham. As part of the CDS class, Digital Documentary Photo: Capturing Transience, taught by Susie Post-Rust, each Duke or UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate focused on one subject, choosing a person, a class, or an idea—the nutrition program […]


CDS Undergraduate Class Debuts Photos and Multimedia Slideshows of Elementary-School Life, Monday, December 12

CDS Undergraduate Class Debuts Photos and Multimedia Slideshows of Elementary-School Life, Monday, December 12

Students from the Center for Documentary Studies who spent the fall semester documenting life at the George Watts Elementary School in Durham will display their multimedia slideshows and photos on Monday, December 12. The event is free and open to the public. Students will be on hand to talk about their experiences at the school, […]


Undergraduate Documentaries: Stories of Homelessness and Finding Home Again, December 5 at the Durham County Library

Undergraduate Documentaries: Stories of Homelessness and Finding Home Again, December 5 at the Durham County Library

Eleven Duke undergraduates from the Center for Documentary Studies and the Hart Leadership Program will present their short documentaries on homelessness or formerly homeless individuals living in the Triangle at an event hosted by Housing for New Hope, an organization that has been working for almost twenty years to prevent and end homelessness in Durham […]


2014 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates

2014 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates

Eight Duke University students graduating in 2014 with a Certificate in Documentary Studies describe themselves and their work: William Tobias Baumgartner Boulder, Colorado Major: Program II—Visual Media and Health Disparities (Documentary Studies and Global Health) My Duke experience has been characterized by a pursuit of multidisciplinary studies. Through my self-created Program II major, I have […]