Announcements

The Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship is made possible through a three-way partnership between Cassilhaus, an arts incubator featuring an artist residency and exhibition program, and the Duke Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA), the Duke Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). It was created with the idea that travel can be transformative in the life of an emerging artist.

Still from "Medusa and The Abyss." Two children's hands hold toys against a bright blue sky with clouds.

The Center for Documentary Studies is proud to recognize Walter Hergt and Evangeline M. Mitchell, students in its continuing education program—CDS Courses—who will each present their final project and receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts in an online event on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Filmmaker Randy Benson, a longtime CDS Courses instructor, worked with these students in a Final Project Seminar as they completed their certificate program of study and substantial documentary work. Read more about the artists and their final projects below.

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to CDS programs.

A photo of Sierra Winters slightly smiling with trees in the background.

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to CDS programs.

A photo of CJ Cruz.

The Center for Documentary Studies is proud to recognize Marie Bongiovanni and Cathia Friou, students in its continuing education program (CDS Courses) who will receive their Certificate in Documentary Arts and present their final project in an online event on December 3, 2021. Filmmaker Randy Benson, a longtime CDS Courses instructor, worked with these students in a Final Project Seminar as they completed their certificate program of study and substantial documentary work.

Media innovation executive Opeyemi Olukemi is the new director of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.

Photo of Opeyemi Olukemi. Forest Hills Park, Durham, North Carolina. Photograph by Samantha Everette.

Myron Dewey (1972–2021), former Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor of Documentary and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, died unexpectedly on September 26, 2021.

Headshot of Myron Dewey.

Top row (left to right): Arlene Mejorado, Allison Minto, Jen Everett, Tatiana Garnett. Bottom row (left to right): Xiaolu Wang, Beatriz Guzman Velasquez, Devon Vonnie Smith

Header with fellows' headshots surrounding a bar of text: "2021–22 DocX Archive Lab Fellows".

Season 5 of Scene on Radio, the two-time Peabody-nominated podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies, launches September 15, 2021.

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The Center for Documentary Studies’ DocX initiative is intended to evolve as the practice of documentary evolves, driven by what documentary artists need to make their work most resonant in the world. 

DocX Archive Lab

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