Fall 2020 News

Hannah Ontiveros

2020-2021 Human Rights Internship

The Human Rights Archive welcomes Hannah Ontiveros as the 2020-2021 Marshall T. Meyer Human Rights Intern. Hannah is a seventh-year Ph.D. candidate in the History Department. Her dissertation, which focuses on American-led humanitarian relief in Korea in the 1950s, has taken Hannah to archives around the U.S. Hannah served as graduate student mentor for the “Stone by Stone” Story+ project, based right here in University Archives. Hannah has taught classes at Duke and NC State University. In Summer 2020 she served as a research intern for Church World Service Durham.

Hannah is currently processing an addition to the Center for Death Penalty Litigation records .  She will be providing additional support for collections processing, assisting with remote researchers and instruction, and will develop new on-line learning modules on incarceration/anti-prison activism and displacement/migration.

New Collection Spotlight: Palestine Student Films

Submitted by Craig Breaden, Audio Visual Archivist

This spring the Rubenstein Library’s Human Rights Archive received a beautiful surprise via Nancy Kalow at the Center for Documentary Studies. The Palestine Student Films will likely be added to in the coming months and years, but the 35 digital videos at the heart of the collection, all entrants in a film festival sponsored by CDS, are as remarkable in their variety as they are in their technical quality.  Described by Kalow as “documenting or portraying the political context and lived experience in the West Bank and Gaza,” the short films are by turns heartbreaking, uplifting, serious, humorous, and together create a nuanced statement of Palestinian identity.  There is very little about these films that suggest “student” to me, they are that fully formed.

The collection is open for research, and Kalow is in the process of collecting licenses from the filmmakers, to make the films publicly streamable via the Duke Digital Repository.In the meantime, I highly recommend requesting these and enjoying a break with some deeply felt and very well made short films. Each one I watch becomes my favorite, but two of the films are documentaries about parkour, and parkour is awesome, so that’s where I started. One of them had a scene reminding me of a sequence from an H. Lee Waters film. So, Parkour on the Rubble of Gaza, meet Parkour in Kannapolis!

Khaled Tuaima, Parkour on the Rubble of Gaza (2014)H. Lee Waters, Kannapolis (1941)