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.

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BorderWork(s) Hosts a Meeting of the Mapping Minds

Thanks to the joint efforts of Humanities Writ Large fellow Jordana Dym and BorderWork(s) Lab director Phil Stern, the BorderWork(s) Lab hosted visitors from New York this past fall. Five students and two… Read More...
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Platforms and Passageways Maps Community Resources in Colombia

The focus of the BorderWork(s) research project Platforms and Passageways is on how to coordinate the information that internally displaced Colombians need as they return to their home villages. One of the tools… Read More...
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The Shifting Nature of Academic Work in the Digital Age

On April 16-17, Writing in a Digital Age, a Humanities Writ Large Emerging Network, will present a series of conversations and workshops focused on Composing Knowledge in the Digital Age. At the first… Read More...
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The Economic Logic of the Humanities

Jacob Soll, a professor of history and accounting at the University of Southern California, argues in the Chronicle of Higher Education that there is a more important reason to value the humanities than… Read More...
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Global Brazil Humanities Lab

A new Humanities Laboratory, GLOBAL BRAZIL: CULTURE, NATURE, POLITICS, will begin in Fall 2014. Global Brazil aims to generate new conversations between the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences by including students… Read More...
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NAACP Image Awards Nomination

Visiting Faculty Fellow Yvonne Welbon has been nominated for the 45th NAACP Image Awards for her role as producer of "The New Black," a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American… Read More...
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Medicine Without Borders in Premodern Asia

Visiting Faculty Fellow Pierce Salguero will be one of two speakers at this event on Monday, December 9, 4:00 - 5:20 p.m., 240 Franklin Center (Erwin Road at Trent Drive). Professor Salguero will… Read More...
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Documenting the South Through Sound

Duke Today has featured Sounds of the South (ENG90S.04), a course affiliated with the Audiovisualities Lab. Mary Caton Lingold, the instructor for Sounds of the South, is also the project director for the… Read More...
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Two-Way Bridges Culminating Events

Don't miss these upcoming opportunities to learn about the work of the Two-Way Bridges | Puentes de Doble Vía project. Wednesday, December 4, noon, John Hope Franklin Center, Erwin Road at Trent Drive… Read More...
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Humanities Education and Career Preparation

Two of Duke's intellectual leaders recently discussed the place of the humanities in a broad education. Their comments addressed a common theme in media coverage of humanities education — the value of the… Read More...
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Envisioning Landscape Archaeology:  Duke in Tuscany Students Document a 2,500-year-old Etruscan Tomb

  • Students in the Duke in Tuscany program, which was supported in part by the Envisioning Landscape Archaeology emerging humanities network, were at an archaeological site this month in Italy's Vulci Naturalistic Park when local archaeologists discovered a rare ancient and intact Etruscan tomb. The find allowed the students to use the digital documentation skills they were learning from Duke Professor Maurizio Forte. The result was a 3D model of the burial site, which Forte believes is the first such model of an Etruscan tomb.

    Read more on Duke Today.

Finding My Sisters In Cinema: Yvonne Welbon's Archive of African American Women's
Media Production
Tuesday, April 15, noon
Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St.

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Yvonne Welbon's Sisters in Cinema archive is one of the largest single collections of African American women's media production in the United States. At an event at CDS, Welbon, a 2013-14 Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke, will talk about the origins and contents of the archive and present one of the first public viewings of its holdings.

The archive includes over one hundred hours of videotaped interviews and transcripts; hundreds of films, videotapes, and DVDs directed by African American women; and related artifacts. During her year at Duke, Welbon is recording, cataloging, and documenting the archive. She is also working on a book related to the project.

Yvonne Welbon is an independent filmmaker and producer and associate professor of journalism and media studies at Bennett College for Women. She holds an MFA in Film and Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a doctorate in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University. Welbon's directing credits include the award-winning documentaries Sisters in Cinema and Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100.

From Harlem to Hamburg and Back Again
Friday, March 28, noon - 6pm
FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse

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Harlem to Hamburg is hosting a one-day symposium called "From Harlem to Hamburg and Back Again." The keynote speaker, Professor Werner Sollors of Harvard University, who will be giving a talk entitled “Are You Occupied Territory? Black G.I.s in Fiction of the American Occupation of Germany after World War II.” There will also be talks from Michelle Wright of Northwestern University ("Off the Beaten Path: Theorizing Blackness outside the Middle Passage Epistemology") and Michelle Eley of North Carolina State University ("Bringing New Perspectives of the Black Diaspora to the Classroom").

In addition to the talks, the West German film Gottes Zweite Garnitur will get its first screening with English subtitles. The film tells the story of a romance between a German woman and an African American soldier that scandalizes a small town near the East German border.

See the project web site for more details and a schedule.

Harlem to Hamburg, a Humanties Writ Large Emerging Network, is an interdisciplinary investigation of the cultural exchange between African American and German culture during the 20th century, from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement and beyond. It brings together faculty from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University.

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