The Center for Documentary Studies and the Duke University Artstigators (the “crazies” for the arts at Duke) have joined forces to host Porch Sessions, a series of informal gatherings and conversations around topics in the documentary arts. With each lending their experiences and expertise, Porch Sessions bring together CDS faculty and staff, professionals working in the field, and CDS students and alumni, fostering a rich culture of discovery, engagement, and arts community through here at CDS. Below, see “artstigator” Amy Unell and CDS audio program director John Biewen discuss the impetus for Porch Sessions and how the series ties seamlessly into the mission and values of the Center for Documentary Studies.

Three Duke University undergraduate students in John Biewen’s The Short Audio Documentary course recorded and produced an audio story highlighting the inaugural Porch Session. The result is a three and a half minute montage of some of the best moments from the first session, produced by Jesse Dembo from recordings made by Reem Alfahad and Robert Vann. Here the piece in its entirety:

The audio piece above was produced by Jesse Dembo from recordings made by Reem Alfahad and Robert Vann. All are in John Biewen’s class, The Short Audio Documentary. Jesse’s a junior, Reem’s a senior and Robert is a sophomore.