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I can still remember the evening that I met Claudia. She and two other women sat in front of us, explaining their daily lives as housecleaners in Durham, NC. “Four, five, six houses a day”, that’s how many houses that each of the women said that they can clean a day and for only around […]

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Last week, I attended a talk by Reggie Love at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Reggie Love is a Duke alumnus and was a member of the national championship-winning 2001 basketball team. After graduation, Mr. Love got a job working for then-Senator Barack Obama. He continued to work for Mr. Obama during the presidential […]

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My Catholic faith is central to my life and the way I perceive the world, but I was not expecting to so explicitly engage my faith when I joined the Video for Social Change class or began working on my video project. I produced a video on a bible study curriculum developed by Durham Congregations […]

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These past few weeks have been a very busy time for our class, conducting last minute interviews, taking B-roll footage, and intensively editing our videos to get them just right. We’ve all put a lot of work into our projects, and it’s crazy that the semester is about to come to a close and our […]

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Maria Fernandes. I wanted you to sit with her name for a second. To plant that seed and wait for the name to take root and sprout a even just one or two questions in you’re head, who is Maria Fernandes? Why are you mentioning her? I will not leave you thirsting for knowledge nor […]

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Documentary Studies 271S was one of four of my first college classes. I knew college classes would be different than any other high school class I had taken, but I wasn’t quite sure how different it would be. In high school, while class taught us what it was designed to teach, it really didn’t have […]

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Move. This word has conceptualized itself for me in many forms over the past few months. In our first class discussion this semester, we discussed social mobility: people would not mind inequality if there was real hope for their efforts to bear fruit in upward mobility. Personally, with every new article or story that increases […]

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With North Korea, one of the five remaining Communist countries in the world, at the border, South Koreans developed a particularly sensitive attitude towards anything that evokes the idea of Communism. I grew up in a typical conservative South Korean household, where family dinners ended with “so-no-Communist-activities” preaches by my grandfather. Sixty years ago, he […]

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At Duke University, the school at which this important exhibit is to be constructed, one of the school’s most popular and well-known programs for civic engagement and community service both domestically and abroad, Duke Engage, boasts the motto “Challenge yourself.  Change your world.” Changing the world is a common goal for many… But is it […]