Lecture Series


Rebecca Wexler, 12:00 p.m. Jan. 22, Maurer School of Law


A Rule of Equivalents | Video as Big Data Collection for Purposes of Investigation and Trial

As part of our inaugural lecture series, Rebecca Wexler, a founding director and instructor for the Yale Visual Law Project, discussed the relationship between documentary photography and the law. In doing so, she challenged the seemingly evidentiary nature of digital images in the courtroom and questioned the ethics of using proprietary software as an investigative tool.



Roger Hallas, 3:00 p.m. Oct. 30, Indiana University Cinema


A Medium Seen Otherwise | Photography and Documentary Film

As part of our inaugural lecture series, Roger Hallas, Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University, examined the relationship between photography and documentary film. He called for a critical engagement with documentary photography in nonfiction film and argued that documentary films about photography are an overlooked and undertheorized genre.



Andrew Lichtenstein, 4:00 p.m. Sept. 24, School of Education 1120


History || Memory || Trauma

As part of our inaugural lecture series, Brooklyn-based photographer Andrew Lichtenstein discussed his new project titled “American Memory.” In this project, Lichtenstein traveled across the United States to document places where important events in the nation’s past occurred. These historical landscapes, he argued, include marked and unmarked sites of tragedy that deserve to be commemorated.



Cedric Nunn, 4:00 p.m. Sept. 24, School of Education 1120


History || Memory || Trauma

As part of our inaugural lecture series, South African photographer Cedric Nunn reflected upon his newest work, Unsettled. In this project, Nunn documents the terrain of the Eastern Cape in South Africa, where colonial settlers and the Xhosa people fought a series of wars lasting for a century that resulted in the Xhosa’s subjugation. During his lecture, Nunn emphasized that documentary photography has the power to reclaim that history by engaging with the landscape of Xhosa resistance.