Shared Vision for Social Change
The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) was founded in 1989 as the first university-affiliated institution in the United States dedicated to documentary fieldwork as an interdisciplinary mode of inquiry, drawing upon photography, filmmaking, audio, oral history, folklore, and writing as catalysts for education and change. CDS supports the active examination of contemporary society, the recognition of collaboration as central to documentary work, and the presentation of experiences that heighten historical and cultural awareness. CDS has been recognized nationally and internationally for its pioneering work, conducted through courses, research, oral history and other fieldwork, gallery and traveling exhibitions, annual awards, book publishing, radio and other audio programs, community-based projects, and public events. The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program is the first postgraduate program at the Center for Documentary Studies.