Photographer Wendy Ewald’s work with children and youth continually challenges and confounds audiences and critics alike. Audiences are confronted with issues of class, race, war, cultural differences through the collaborating and confronting eyes of Ewald and the children. Critics are baffled in deciding how to deal with these works: are they simply children’s photography, and thus can be dismissed from the world of serious art? Or are they highly complex and beautiful works that force critics to reflect on their assumptions of what makes great artists and works?
Since 1998, Wendy Ewald is artist-in-residence with the Duke University Center for International Studies. She also directs the Literacy Through Photography International program. She has had many additional residencies at museums, schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and the world.
Visiting Senior Lecturer in International Studies
Ambassador Patrick Duddy is presently a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Duke University Center for International Studies where he served previously as the Diplomat in Residence. At his retirement he was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama.
Prior to his assignment to Venezuela, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere. In that capacity he was directly responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well for the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti. At the same time, following the establishment of the position of National Director for Foreign Assistance, he served as the first Western Hemisphere DAS for foreign assistance.
U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence
Ms. Ruterbories is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with 21 years of experience in Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Washington, D.C, including her most recent assignment as the Consul General in Amsterdam, from 2009-2012. During these tours she advanced foreign policy interests across a broad range of issues, including democratization and human rights, trade and investment, and immigration. She began her Foreign Service career as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek and served additional consular tours in Baku, Azerbaijan; London, England; Skopje, Macedonia; and Pristina, Kosovo. In Washington, Ms. Ruterbories served as a congressional liaison officer, where she was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach. She also served in the State Department’s Operations Center. Most recently, she worked as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs.