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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

Foxfire Ranch in Waterford, Mississippi; photo by free feral.

The Center for Documentary Studies is proud to recognize free feral, a student 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 May 14, 2021. Filmmaker Randy Benson, a longtime CDS Courses instructor, worked with feral in a Final Project Seminar as they completed their certificate program of study and substantial documentary work.

Foxfire Ranch in Waterford, Mississippi; photo by free feral.

Zoom screenshot of Fall 2020 Capstone Seminar students with CDS Lecturing Fellow Nancy Kalow (top left)

Zoom screenshot of Spring 2021 Capstone Seminar students

In 2021, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) will embark on a new collaboration with three Charlotte, North Carolina–based partners to gather, preserve, and share local histories—stories, documents, visual imagery, and memories—about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities in Mecklenburg County. CDS, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Johnson C. Smith University, and the Levine Museum of the New South will map out and implement the three-year “Living Archive” project, made possible with a $250,000 planning grant from The Duke Endowment.

Deirdre Haj, director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since January 2010, is stepping down from her position, effective March 15, 2021. Full Frame is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Director Deirdre Haj, who will step down in March 2021

The Center for Documentary Studies is proud to recognize five students in its continuing education program, CDS Courses, who will receive their Certificates in Documentary Arts and present their final projects in an online event on December 4, 2020: Marjee Chmiel, Paul Hilbink, LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant, Vann Thomas Powell, and Valerie Zink. Filmmaker Randy Benson, a longtime CDS Courses instructor, worked with these artists in a Final Project Seminar as they completed their certificate program of study and substantial documentary work.

Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) director Wesley Hogan has announced that she will be stepping away from her position as the organization’s director, effective June 30, 2021.

A photo of Wesley Hogan, a white woman with gray hair.

Randall Kenan, former Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor of Documentary and American Studies at Duke and UNC as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke since 2005, died suddenly and unexpectedly in late August. Randall and I were close friends for many years, and it’s a true struggle to find the appropriate combination of words to express all he meant to so many of us, to the place and time we inhabit, to the world of fiction and nonfiction, to the ongoing work of telling what needs to be told.

A photo featuring Randall Kenan, left, and Tom Rankin, right.

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