Faculty Highlight: Charlie Thompson

Charles Thompson is director of the B.N. Duke Scholarship Program as well as the undergraduate program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  He holds the faculty position of Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke and he is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from UNC-Chapel Hill with concentrations in Cultural Studies and Latin American Studies. He also holds an M.S. degree in Agricultural Education.

An author and filmmaker, Thompson’s latest works are the 2010 film, Brother Towns, and the 2011 book, Spirits of Just Men. He has also authored or edited other books: Old German Baptist Brethren (2006), Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations (2005), The Human Cost of Food (2002) and Maya Identities and the Violence of Place 2001). Thompson has also directed other films: We shall not be moved (2007) and The Guestworker (2006). He is currently at work on a book and website pairing entitled, Border Odyssey: Traveling the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Given that Thompson was a farmer, he remains concerned about issues affecting laborers within our food system. He has written about farmworkers, and he is an advisory board member Student Action with Farmworkers, the Duke Campus Farm and the Triangle University Food Studies. He is also a board member of the Jackson Center, a community-based oral history association.

To visit Thompson’s website, please click on the following link: http://cdthomps.com/


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