CDS Names Artist Marie Cochran as 2020–21 Lehman Brady Professor
Photo by Sara Spivey Mills
UPDATE, June 2021: Marie Cochran has been reappointed the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor for the 2021–22 academic year. In Fall 2021, she will again teach Black Spaces Matter: Race, Place, and Resilience at CDS/Duke and UNC; the course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. As part of her 2020–21 professorship, she held a virtual event, Black Diaspora: Reclaiming Our Voice, Celebrating Our Vision.
The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is honored to announce that artist, educator, and writer Marie T. Cochran will be the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor during the 2020–21 academic year. CDS administers the professorship in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. As the Lehman Brady Professor, Cochran will teach new courses at CDS/Duke and UNC. Her Fall 2020 course, open to undergraduate and graduate students, is Black Spaces Matter: Race, Place, and Resilience.
Cochran is the founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project, which celebrates the intersection of cultures in Appalachia and nurtures a network of individuals and organizations committed to the sustainability of a diverse region. As a visual artist, Cochran creates mixed media pieces that address community history and are often grounded in interdisciplinary dialogues focused on social justice. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Southeast and nationally.
Cochran received degrees from the University of Georgia (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She has been an art faculty member at educational institutions in Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland, and North Carolina.