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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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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

With a grant of $225,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) and other Duke partners will build on their multi-year collaboration with the SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) to re-examine the history of voting rights, and its lessons for strengthening American democracy from the ground up.

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