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.

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,

Photo: A mural in Lagos, Nigeria. Photograph by Katie Fernelius.

Congratulations to three members of the Center for Documentary Studies family:

Photo: Tamika Galanis.
Tamika Galanis

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Left: Flyer detail from Mother, Me. Right: Flyer detail from More Than a Mentor.

The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at the Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to invite you to two upcoming exhibitions showcasing the work of the Program’s 2016-2017 Fellows. Both events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship Exhibitions

Stills from the first series of critical oral history sessions in the summer of 2016, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

As part of a strategic priority to diversify the documentary field, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) has launched a three-year pilot program made possible in part by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. The goal of the Documentary Diversity Project (DDP) is to build pathways for more people of color to participate in the documentary arts and to become nonfiction filmmakers, audio producers, photographers, writers, and new media artists; to amplify their achievements; and to promote their work. DDP participants in the three-year pilot phase will include post-MFA Fellows in the Documentary Arts (generally, ages 24–32) as well as Emerging Documentary Artists (ages 18–24).

Boys Hospital Lane, Nassau Bahamas, 2015. Photograph by Tamika Galanis, inaugural Post-MFA Fellow in CDS’s Documentary Diversity Project.

Kim submitted the winning proposal, Severance, a visual “novel” that incorporates text and archival and family photographs to explore a personal and political history of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the 155-mile-long, four-mile-wide swath of land that divides North Korea and South Korea. The project is an ongoing body of work meant to “share the history and human element of this temporary and tragic geopolitical division and landmark,” Kim writes.

Katherine Yungmee Kim Wins 2017 Lange-Taylor Prize

2016-2017 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow and CDS alumni Lauren Henschel has received funding to continue her fellowship project through 2018. Henschel's Hine Fellow project was a digital photography course at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY which used photography as a medium to understand identity, community and the world around us. The class was taught to 11 South Brooklyn youth and culminated in a book and an exhibition of student photography at Red Hook Labs in late Spring. 

 Lauren Henschel with co-teacher Todd Drake and students at the exhibition of their final work at Red Hook Labs in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Southern writer Clyde Edgerton once wrote that it’s almost impossible “to write about race in America without bombast, outrage, or satire.” How else, he asked, can one “confront a system of structural inequality that has savagely circumscribed lives for generations?” This is true for filmmakers as well. But with her two-part film, CALL:RESPONSE, Katina Parker courageously engaged her audience to face this reality head on, unflinchingly. The Center for Documentary Studies, along with the Duke University Office of the Provost, commissioned the film for “Policing Color: Black, Brown, and Blue”—the Provost Forum on Race, Community, and the Pursuit of Justice held earlier this year in response to the September 2016 killing of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.

Filmmaker Katina Parker’s CALL:RESPONSE Explores Police Aggression Against People of Color