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'Always Go in on Your Tip-Toes': Documenting the Lives of Others

With Alex Harris and Marco Werman
November 5th, 2015
12:00 PM


Header image credit: Marco Werman.

Read a description of this discussion on our blog.

Thursday, November 5

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)


Light lunch served.

Join us for a discussion with Marco Werman (T ’83), journalist and host of Public Radio International’s show, “The World,” and Alex Harris, Duke University professor and acclaimed documentary photographer. Together, the two will look back at Werman’s early work in journalism and documentary storytelling as an undergraduate student in Harris’s “American Communities” course, and explore how that experience has shaped Werman’s approach to telling other people’s stories.

Recalling his experience in Harris's class, Werman has said, "I keep my first photo [for that course] in a frame today on my desk at work. The man in the photo has his fist right in my lens. It serves as a reminder that I should always go into a story on tip-toes, never guns blazing."

Co-sponsored by, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke Performances, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy.

Alex Harris

Duke University

Alex Harris is a founder of The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke where he also launched DoubleTake Magazine. He is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies at Duke. At ...

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Marco Werman

Public Radio International

I got my first job in journalism at 16 as a copy-boy at the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I've worked in documentary photography, print, radio and television.  My radio work started in Burkina Faso in West Africa, following a three ...

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