CDS Updates Regarding COVID-19

The Center for Documentary Studies is operating in accordance with Duke University's current policies and guidelines related to coronavirus / COVID-19. See the Duke United website for general campus-wide news and information about the Spring 2021 semester. Our building is currently closed to everyone; beginning January 20, several undergraduate Documentary Studies courses will be held at CDS.

+ Beginning January 20, Spring 2021 undergraduate courses at Duke University, including Documentary Studies courses, will include some combination of in-person, online, and hybrid instruction. Students in CDS undergraduate classes should consult DukeHub and their instructors regarding their courses.

+ For the Spring 2021 semester, continuing education courses at CDS (CDS Courses) are being held online. Check the CDS Courses registration site at or email for more information.

+ The 2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held June 2–6 as a dynamic virtual event; more information. Though the 2020 festival was canceled, the 2020 festival official film selections were announced—more info and explore films.

+ The 2020 NEH-funded summer institute for teachers—"The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives"—was rescheduled and will be held online July 6–23, 2021. Applications will be open soon on the institute website at

Email for general questions; Chris Sims at for undergraduate education questions; and for continuing education questions.