Humanities Writ Large is
a five-year initiative aimed at redefining the role of the humanities in undergraduate education.

We recognize the need for citizens and leaders to be able to obtain knowledge, to analyze it, and to think and act collaboratively in innovative ways to address growing interdisciplinary and global challenges.  The humanities are vital to providing the training and skills necessary to understand cultural similarities and differences, to sift through the daily fire hose of incoming information, and to make the imaginative leaps in research, scholarship, business, and policy to address the very many complex issues arising around us in our global world.

Humanities Writ Large is led by Srinivas Aravamudan, Professor of English, Romance Studies, and the Program in Literature; President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI); and former Dean of Humanities at Duke University.

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Visiting Faculty Fellow Returns to Consider The New Black

The audience overflowed the Nasher Museum's auditorium at a recent screening of The New Black, a film produced by former Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Yvonne Welbon. The film, directed by Yoruba… Read More...
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Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment

In a column on the Forbes website, University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman makes a data-driven case that "humanities degrees are still worth a great deal." Using data from on the average… Read More...
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An Informal Staging of Oscar Wilde's Salome

On October 8, Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Kimberly Stern and Jay O'Berski, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Theater Studies presented Oscar Wilde's controversial play Salome. The informal staging featuring students, faculty,… Read More...
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The Many Tentacles of Humanities Writ Large

Eric Ferreri's survey of the first three years of HWL in Duke Today shows that the initiative has facilitated innovative, cross-disciplinary classes and projects all over Duke's campus. The result is a deeper,… Read More...
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What Do These Six Questions Have in Common?

“How does media shape a child’s perception of race, both of herself and others?” “How has domestic and global international policy concerning direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising for pharmaceuticals affected the use of prescription drugs… Read More...
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New Humanities Lab Takes On the World’s Largest Unknown Country, Brazil

Brazil is an increasingly important player on the world stage. Its profile at Duke is rising as well. A Humanities Lab launched this semester, Global Brazil: Culture, Nature, Politics, joins a new major… Read More...
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On Taking Advantage of All the Humanities Have to Offer

Richard Powell, Duke's new Dean of the Humanities, spoke to the Duke Chronicle about both the practical and the personal value of study in the humanities. The article appeared in the September 3… Read More...
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Subnature and Culinary Culture Kickoff Event

The opening event for Subnature and Culinary Culture was on Wednesday, September 3 at the Franklin Center. It began with a lunch that featured seaweed salad and crunchy cricket salt and ended with… Read More...
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Materiality and Embodiment in Sacred Economies of Exchange

Thursday, January 29, 1-5pm, Alumni Memorial Commons Room, Langford Building, Duke Divinity School

Sacred Economies Poster

This workshop-style conversation about sacred economies in several different religious traditions is presented by Duke's Department of Religious Studies. It has been organized by department chair David Morgan and HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Frank Graziano. They will be joined by behavioral economist Panos Mitkidis and by Jessica Boon, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Contact for further information.

Humanities Writ Large Funding Opportunities

There are currently several opportunities available for support of Duke faculty and students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

New Configurations of Undergraduate Research
Deadline: February 20, 2015

Emerging Humanities Networks CFP
Deadline: March 6, 2015

Subnature Featured on the Gastropod Podcast

  • Nicola Twilley, food blogger and contributing writer at the New Yorker, visited Duke to partake in the Subnature and Culinary Culture events this past September. She and journalist Cynthia Graber discuss the experience on their Gastropod podcast. They incorporate interviews with project organizer Thomas Parker and David Gissen, the scholar who coined the term "subnature."

Sound Studies Workshops in the Audiovisualities Lab

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The Audiovisualities Lab is hosting a series of five introductory sound studies workshops this year. The Lab explores the connections between image and sound, in practice and in theory. Its aim is to encourage teaching and research in the booming field of sound studies, complementing and challenging the existing primacy of visual studies.

All workshops meet on Thursday evenings in the Audiovisualities Lab, room C104, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse. Any and all students interested in sound studies are invited to attend—no experience necessary.

  • Oct 16 5-7pm — Workshop 1: Sonic Perspectives
  • Nov 13 5-7pm — Workshop 2: Listening across Media
  • Feb 5  5-7pm — Workshop 3: Sonic Pedagogies
  • Feb 26 5-7pm — Workshop 4: Sound, Situated
  • Mar 19 5-7pm — Workshop 5: Bridging Writing & Production

Creating a Living Archive of the Fight for Voting Rights

  • The mission of the SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) is to preserve and extend the legacy of the freedom struggle, assuring that it is passed from generation to generation. To that end, SLP is partnering with Duke University Libraries and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke to create a pilot program focused on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The project will bring SNCC veterans to campus for extended periods in 2014–15 to work alongside students, faculty, and archivists in establishing a new archive on the SNCC organizing efforts that led to the Voting Rights Act. We hope in this way to create a living freedom archive that will be publicly accessible through the web and include K–12 outreach.

    One Person, One Vote is a collaboration between the SNCC Legacy Project and, at Duke University, the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, John Hope Franklin Research Center, and Center for Documentary Studies, with support from the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Women’s Studies, Department of History, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Office for Institutional Equity, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.

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