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The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is pleased to welcome Michael Gulley as its new development director.

A portrait of Michael Gulley

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) has been fortunate to have artist/documentarian Tamika Galanis in its orbit for some time now—as an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts student (2014–16) and graduate assistant at CDS during her last year in the program, as the CDS exhibitions assistant in 2016–17, and as its inaugural Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts in 2017–18.

Tamika Galanis standing with her arms crossed.

Scene on Radio is a podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS), distributed by PRX, that tells stories exploring human experience and American society. The podcast is produced and hosted by CDS audio director John Biewen.  Seasons 1 and 2 featured stand-alone episodes and multi-episode series, including the Peabody-nominated Seeing White series with collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika, which explored the history and meaning of whiteness.

A diptych: on the left, a headshot of John Biewen, on the right, a photo of Celeste Headlee.

Following a nomination by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, Jeainny Kim, who graduated in May 2018 with a degree in visual arts and a Certificate in Documentary Studies from CDS, has been awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts—an annual prize at fourteen major universities.

A portrait of Jeainny Kim.

Image: Evan Bell at Duke Chapel for her Faith in Color exhibition

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was CDS’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly to CDS programs. The 2018 Julia Harper Day Award goes to Columbia, Maryland, native Evan Nicole Bell.

Photo: Evan Bell stands on the steps of Duke Chapel, talking to a small crowd of people.

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is pleased to announce that CDS senior research scholar Timothy B. Tyson has won the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon & Schuster, 2017).

A diptych: on the left, a headshot of Tim Tyson, on the right, the cover for his book The Blood of Emmett Till.

Scene on Radio: Seeing White producer John Biewen. Photograph by Kathryn Banas.

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is pleased to announce that a series on its Scene on Radio podcast, produced by CDS audio director John Biewen, has been nominated for a 2017 Peabody Award. The podcast aims to explore human experience and the society we’re making for ourselves in America.

A photo of John Biewen beside the Scene on Radio logo.

Throughout 2017, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) contributed to the Oxford American’s then-new online publication series, The By and By, as part of the magazine’s 25th anniversary celebration. CDS will continue as a regular contributor to the series in 2018.

Oxford American magazine logo.

Photo: Mama Ruth, New Providence, Bahamas 2015. Photograph by Tamika Galanis, current Post-MFA Fellow in CDS’s Documentary Diversity Project.

Mama Ruth, New Providence, Bahamas 2015. Photo by Tamika Galanis,

Congratulations to three members of the Center for Documentary Studies family: Tamika Galanis, Katie Fernelius, and Evan Bell.

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