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Making a Home for Black Southern Film

Humanities in Community


Feb 26 2024


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall

Bay 4 (C105), Smith Warehouse, 114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701

Making a Home for Black Southern Film

Tyra Dixon in Conversation with Joseph Winters


Tyra Dixon is a writer, editor, producer, director, photographer, videographer, and business owner. After serving in 2023 as co-director, alongside Lana Garland, of the Hayti Heritage Film Fesitval, Tyra is now director of the festival.

Tyra Dixon will be in conversation with Duke University professor Joseph Winters (Religious Studies and African and African American Studies) about the power of Black film - and especially Black Southern film - to preserve wisdom, celebrate creativity, subvert expectations, and transform futures.

The Hayti Heritage Film Festival is held yearly during the first week in March, and is one of the nation's longest-running Black film festivals. The festival features screenings of documentaries and short and feature-length films, with a particular focus on the US South.


This is the third in a series featuring conversations with people who are bringing the ideas and values of the humanities into work beyond university borders.

Light dinner/snacks will be provided.

Registration is not required, but we'll be grateful if you let us know you're planning to attend!


PARKING INFORMATION: Please see the detailed guidance on this page, thanks to our friends at the DHRC@FHI.


Tyra Dixon

Tyra Dixon is a writer, editor, producer, director, photographer, videographer and founder of T. Dixon Media, LLC. Tyra’s career began as a broadcast news editor where she worked for various national affiliates before eventually segueing into filmmaking and photography. Some of her projects and photographic work have been featured in…...

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Joseph Richard Winters

Duke University

Joseph Winters is the Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African and African American Studies. He also holds secondary positions in English and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. His interests lie at the intersection of black religious thought, African-American literature, and critical theory. Overall, his project expands…...

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