CDS Updates Regarding COVID-19

In accordance with Duke University's current policies and guidelines related to coronavirus / COVID-19, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) has canceled, postponed, or suspended on-site classes, events, and exhibitions. Our building is currently closed to everyone. CDS staff, faculty, and students are working, teaching, and learning remotely. Future updates will be posted to this page as soon as possible.

+ The 2020 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has been canceled; more information on the Full Frame website at The 2020 festival official film selections were announced—more info and explore films.

+ All undergraduate courses at Duke University, including Documentary Studies courses at CDS, are being taught remotely.

+ Information regarding continuing education courses at CDS (CDS Courses):
           * All formerly on-site classes are canceled, postponed, or being held online. Online courses are continuing as scheduled.

           * Summer intensives are being adapted to make them available online, and we are working with our instructors to preserve rich learning experiences. Scheduled dates will remain the same, if possible. CDS Courses Summer Intensive fees have been reduced by 10%, in recognition of the switch from the usual in-person experiences to online classes due to COVID 19. NOTE: Both the Video and Hearing Is Believing intensives are postponed until a future date TBD.

            * To see updates on individual classes or revisions to the schedule, check the CDS Courses registration site and/or the Timetable of Current Courses, or email

            * The Certificate in Documentary Arts graduation ceremony on June 3 will take place online, more details to come.

+ The 2020 NEH-funded summer institute for teachers—"The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives"—has been postponed until 2021. Updates will be posted to as soon as the 2021 summer institute dates are available. Applications will be reopened later this year. (Date to be determined by the NEH.) 

Email for general questions and for questions about continuing education classes.