Bull City Dignity Project to document Durham’s diversity

Haft-Poetry-400This summer, twelve rising juniors and seniors from Durham high schools will take part in The Bull City Dignity Project, a documentary theater project of the Kenan Institute for Ethics based on the lives of Durham’s diverse community members. Led by a team of Duke University students and faculty, the cast of Bull City Dignity will spend the summer turning interviews with Durham community members into a work of community storytelling. Heading up the project are Duke undergraduates Mariana Calvo (a documentarian), Kari Barclay (director of Duke’s Me Too Monologues), and Lara Haft (slam poet and 2014 Kenan Summer Fellow).

High school students interested in joining the cast of writers and performers should email bullcitydignity@gmail.com with a 200-word description of their interest in the project no later than April 17th. The cast members will then be chosen by a combination interview and audition during late April. Teachers may nominate up to three students to join the Bull City Dignity Project; project members are available to talk with classes about the project.

During the summer, the project will also be looking for local Durham community members who are willing to share their time and their stories. Stay tuned to the project website for more details. The project is sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the A.B. Duke Scholarship Foundation, and the Baldwin Scholars Program.