Calls for Proposals Now Open

The Humanities Writ Large steering committee is seeking applications for the following funding opportunities:

For questions, please email or call Laura Eastwood at 919-684-8873.

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); President of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; and former Dean of Humanities at Duke University.

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Duke's New Human Rights Certificate

The HWL Emerging Network RightsConnect was integral to the development of the Human Rights Certificate, a recent addition to Duke's curriculum. Robin Kirk, co-director of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin… Read More...
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A South American Dam Provides a Window on Politics and Economics as well as Energy

Christine Folch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and one of the faculty members hired with the support of Humanities Writ Large, has studied how a South American dam project bridging Paraguay and Argentina… Read More...
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History Hackathon, October 23-25

The HistoryHackathon adds a historical twist to the Hackathon concept. (A Hackathon is an event in which a group of people, traditionally computer programmers, assemble for a short time-frame and collaborate to produce… Read More...
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The NEH at Fifty: On the Fate and Fortunes of Public Goods

Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead delivered the keynote address at the "Democracy and the Humanities Symposium" commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities at Loyola… Read More...
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Two-Way Bridges Documents the Undocumented

This year's NC Latin American Film Festival featured two documentary films produced by the Two-Way Bridges project. The project brought numerous Duke programs and departments into partnership with local organizations in the Latino… Read More...
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Voting Rights, Then and Now: The SNCC Legacy Project

The partnership between Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University Libraries, and the SNCC Legacy Project was the subject of a recent story on WUNC. The collaboration centers on the living memory of… Read More...
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The Secret of Good Humanities Teaching

In a recent piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education an English professor and one of his former students describe what they believe to be "the hidden structure of effective humanities teaching." It… Read More...
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Pedro Lasch's Curricular Intervention in Venice

HOW TO KNOW: The Protocols and Pedagogy of National Abstraction, a new piece by visual arts professor Pedro Lasch, was presented recently as part of the 2015 Creative Time Summit at the Venice… Read More...
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  • Laura Lieber, a professor in Duke University's Religious Studies department, likes to design courses that are deeply engaged with the past but cognizant of the present. Food and Judaism is a prime example.

  • Professors are not intimidating people! That's a key lesson Jill Rubin learned as a student in the Focus Program in her first year at Duke. She graduated with the class of 2015 as a history and Spanish double major after an undergraduate career marked by generous faculty mentorship.

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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Taking Note is a series of multimedia profiles of Duke humanities faculty and their work. The latest feature is about composer John Supko and his musical and technological quest for music that changes with each performance.

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Can a MOOC Be a Work of Art?

Artist and Duke professor Pedro Lasch and Creative Time chief curator Nato Thompson are excited to present a free Massive Open Online Course, ART of the MOOC. This class functions as both a socially-engaged public art form and a survey course on the subject. It will merge traditional classroom practices with new technology and aesthetic experimentation and allow students to contribute to the field by completing creative assignments and participating in collective art projects.  The course is now active.

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Speaker Series on Incarceration

The Mass Incarceration and the Carceral State speaker series for 2015-16 has been announced. The next speaker will beLisa Guenther, "Carceral Dreams, Nuclear Afterthoughts," on Thursday, November 11, 6:30 p.m., 209 East Duke.

Future speakers are:

  • February 25:  Regina Kunzel, "Sex Panic and the Expansion of the Carceral State," time and location TBA.
  • April 14: Vesla Weaver, "No Name in the Polity: The Carceral State and Black Citizenship," time and location TBA. 
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