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.

A black inky sun over a corroded red horizon.

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

Seventh-graders invited by CDS exhibitions director Courtney Reid-Eaton to Myra Greene's My White Friends exhibit, 2014. Photograph by Katie Hyde.

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University is proud to announce its new Curator’s Award for Insight and Innovation to recognize both established and emerging Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) curators in the documentary field writ large.

7th graders at an exhibition of Myra Greene's My White Friends in 2014 at the Center for Documentary Studies

Callanish I, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, 2010 | Private Collections

A stone in the stone ring of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Photo by MJ Sharp.

A new initiative developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project (SLP), the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Duke Libraries, the New Georgia Project, BYP 100, and the Ohio Voice and made possible by a $630,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to document how today’s activists built their social and political movements.

Group photo of members of the Our Story project planning group

The Scene on Radio podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University has been nominated for a 2021 Peabody Award for its Season 4 series on democracy. Created and produced by CDS audio director John Biewen and distributed by PRX, the podcast aims to explore human experience and society.

Scene on Radio Season 4 graphic