CDS Announces Undergraduate Duke Summer School Courses for Session II

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Discounted Remote Learning Courses Open to Undergraduates from Any University or College

The Center for Documentary Studies is offering undergraduate credit courses as part of Duke University’s Summer School Session II offerings, providing an opportunity for students to engage with some of our most popular courses. Summer Session II runs from June 29 to August 9, 2020. A large number of additional courses cross-listed with DOCST are also available for registration; see below.

Email CDS undergraduate director Chris Sims at with questions.

The Summer Session II CDS classes are:

Documentary Studies 101: Traditions in Documentary Studies
Asynchronous Class Sessions with Weekly Office Hours Available
Instructor: Chris Sims (link to bio)
Codes: CCI, ALP (Crosslist: ICS, VMS)
Traditions of documentary work seen through an interdisciplinary perspective, with an emphasis on contemporary practice. Introduces students to a range of documentary idioms and voices, including the work of photographers, filmmakers, oral historians, folklorists, musicologists, radio documentarians, and writers. Stresses aesthetic, scholarly, and ethical considerations involved in representing other people and cultures.

Documentary Studies 236S: Color Photography
Monday–Friday, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Instructor: Bill Bamberger (link to bio)
Codes: ALP (Crosslist: ARTVIS, VMS)
Field-based course examining color photography as a documentary tool. Students learn about aesthetic and technical foundations of color photography using recent digital technology. Class-conducted intensive examination of the work of historic and contemporary color documentary photographers.

Documentary Studies 354S: Web Design & Narrative
Asynchronous Class Sessions with Weekly Office Hours Available
Instructor: Chris Sims (link to bio)
Codes: ALP, R (Crosslists: ISS, ARTVIS, VMS)
Professional practices course for students in creative fields without a computer science background: for artists and documentarians to create robust web-based portfolios; for art historians to showcase curatorial and scholarly projects; for entrepreneurs to demonstrate ideas, concepts, and products to the public. Develop customized, individual websites using CMS platforms. Hone and workshop artistic/curatorial/product statements. Develop teaching philosophies, exhibition imagery, and video documentation of artistic, curatorial, or product talks.

For Further Information and Registration:

Duke Summer School Complete Course Listings

Additional Courses in Summer Session Two

Courses Cross-listed with DOCST:

DOCST 107: History of Documentary Film (Alanna Styer)
DOCST 119S Intro to Digital Photography (Jeremy Lange)
DOCST 222S: The Photographic Portfolio (Phyllis Dooney)
DOCST 270: Contemporary Documentary Films (Kathryn King)
DOCST 288S: Editing for Film and Video (Lauren Henschel)
DOCST 290S.01: Creating Arts Access (Daniel Ellison)
DOCST 290S.01: Educational Impact of COVID-19 (Heather Stone)

Additional Courses of Interest to DOCST Students:

AMI 210S: Film Genres (Jason Sudak)
AMI 211S: American Film Comedy (Gary Hawkins)

Instructor Bios for CDS Documentary Studies Courses, Summer Session II

Bill Bamberger
Bill Bamberger’s work explores large cultural and social issues of our time: the demise of the American factory, housing in America, adolescents coming of age in an inner-city high school. His book with Cathy N. Davidson, Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory, won the Mayflower Prize in Nonfiction and was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His photographs have appeared in Aperture, DoubleTake, Harper’s, the Washington Post Magazine, Fortune, and the New York Times Magazine. Bamberger has had one-person exhibitions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the National Building Museum. A trademark of Bamberger’s exhibitions is that they are first shown in the community where he has chosen to photograph, prior to their museum premier.

Chris Sims
Chris Sims has worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and is currently the Undergraduate Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies. He was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers in 2010, named one of the "New Superstars of Southern Art" by the Oxford American magazine in 2012, was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize in Photographic Art in 2015, and was named an Archie Green Fellow at the U.S. Library of Congress in 2017. At Duke he also teaches in the Duke-in-Berlin summer program and in the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts graduate program, and he is a Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.