August 18: Artists' Talk, Reception, and Book Signing for "Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm" Exhibit at CDS

    August 18: Artists’ Talk, Reception, and Book Signing for “Useful Work: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm” Exhibit at CDS

    An exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies features thirty-eight color images by Ken Abbott, who photographed Hickory Nut Gap Farm over a period of five years. The site in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina includes an old inn—the “Big House”—and surrounding property, where five generations of one family have lived and worked the land. Abbott will […]

    July 28: Full Frame Screens "In Pursuit of Silence"

    July 28: Full Frame Screens “In Pursuit of Silence”

    Put these dates on your calendar: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will host several free film screenings around the Triangle this summer. Third Friday screenings will take place at the Full Frame Theater in Durham, with additional screenings in Cary, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill as part of the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC. See […]

    Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for "House of Charm" Photo Essay

    Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for “House of Charm” Photo Essay

    “I have long been interested in our culture’s ideas of beauty, happiness, and mental health—especially as they relate to women. Who decides who is ‘crazy’ and who is ‘sane’?”—CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Jessica Eve Rattner For ten years, American photographer Jessica Eve Rattner has been creating an ongoing portrait of Lee, Rattner’s eighty-year-old neighbor in […]

    MFA|EDA Grad Alina Taalman Wins Inaugural $10,000 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship

    MFA|EDA Grad Alina Taalman Wins Inaugural $10,000 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship

    The Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship, made possible through a partnership between Cassilhaus, the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, was created with the idea that travel can be transformative in the life of an emerging artist. The biennial $10,000 fellowship, funded by Ellen […]

    Duke Undergraduates Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

    Duke Undergraduates Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

    In late June, during the final week of the Duke-in-Berlin summer program, students, faculty, and local Berliners spilled out onto the sidewalk outside of the gallery tête, an innovative art space in the Prenzlauer Berg district of the city. Inside, a pop-up exhibition by eight undergraduates in a documentary photography course featured prints of their […]

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    July 22: Next Installment of "Audio Under The Stars"
    July 22: Next Installment of “Audio Under The Stars”

    Audio Under the Stars—a series of summer-long outdoor listening parties hosted by the Center for D…

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    We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Administrative Assistant to the Director Position
    We’re Hiring! Apply Now for Full-Time Administrative Assistant to the Director Position

    The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) is hiring an Administrative Assistant to…

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    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 instit…

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