Peter Lucas

Adjunct Instructor

Peter Lucas

Poetics of Witnessing

B.A. Slippery Rock University
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. New York University

Peter Lucas teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement and Tisch Open Arts at NYU. His teaching and scholarly writing focuses on human rights with an emphasis on participatory media, documentary practice, photography, the poetics of witnessing, human rights education, and youth media. His publications include, Viva Favela: Photojournalism, Visual Inclusion, and Human Rights in Brazil and Action for Disarmament: Ten Things you Can Do.

As a filmmaker, he works as a director, creative producer, and producer on documentary projects. In 2012, he won the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for his short films. In 2015, he was a Documentary Fellow at the Sundance Institute for his creative producing on the film Hooligan Sparrow, which was short-listed for the 2017 Oscars for best documentary.  His most recent film is Before the Close of Day, a feature-length experimental documentary on Dante’s Purgatorio.

His film and photography work can be seen at: