DURHAM — A historian who specializes in documentary work on the civil rights movement has been named the new director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Wesley C. Hogan comes to Duke from Virginia State University, a historically-black school in Petersburg, where she has taught since 2003. She earned her masters degree and Ph.D. in history from Duke.
Hogan replaces Tom Rankin, who has led the center since 1998 and who expanded its reach and reputation with gallery and traveling exhibitions, book publishing, national fieldwork projects, radio programs and public events, including the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Rankin will remain at Duke, where he is a professor in the Department Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
Hogan has spent 20 years interviewing social activists, particularly veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinator Committee, in both her scholarly and her community work.
Documentary work plays a central function in society at large, she said. It determines who we can see, literally, and thus who we care about and cannot ignore.
Hogan begins her new job July 1.