Documenting the Culture


This course is for people looking to tell a story about their community—more specifically, about a movement or a cultural moment that is happening within their community. Students will explore using cultural organizing as a way to ensure their community is able to determine its own narrative. Students will examine their own subjectivity in approaching a documentary project and create a blueprint to execute the project ethically. Each student will create a map of their project and workshop it with the class, leaving with tools for successfully workshopping future projects.


Derrick Beasley is a visual artist and cultural organizer who uses art and culture to help people, particularly Black folks, imagine and create new worlds. His experience organizing people and shaping equitable civic infrastructure in a municipal context inform his cultural work as much as his passion for science and science fiction. Beasley believes that we have a duty to ethically acknowledge the subjectivity of our perspective when telling stories and creating narratives that people will experience, and that this enhances the quality of our stories. He currently serves as a mentor in the Documentary Diversity Project at the Center for Documentary Studies.


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Center for Documentary Studies
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Beasley 3/7 - 3/8 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $290.00 View