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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pSearch Humanities Returns for Year Two

Project Search: Humanities—“pSearch”—is a pre-orientation program designed to introduce incoming students to research methods and opportunities in the humanities and interpretive social sciences at Duke. The session this year begins on August 3… Read More...
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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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  • Tom Parker is a visiting fellow from Vassar College working this year in Humanities Writ Large on the 'Subnature and Culinary Culture' project: . Parker's book "Taste, Identity, and Nation: A Cultural History of French Terroir" is forthcoming from the UC Press.

    The Subnature and Culinary Culture project's fall events:

    September 3rd, 2014 - Wednesdays at the Center Lunchtime Series, John Hope Franklin Center, rm 240 12pm-1pm :

    September 9th, 2014 - Subnatural Histories from Building to Palates with David Gissen and Ashley Rose Young, Forum for Scholars and Publics, 12pm-2pm

    September 16th, 2014 - Subnatural Cultures in and Around the Creamery from Science to Animals and Art, Jameson Gallery 6pm-7:30pm

    September 18th, 2014 - Subnature and the Culinary Campus, Marketplace Café, East Campus, 5pm-9pm

    October 2nd, 2014 - Copenhagen's Nordic Food Lab and North Carolina Chefs, Cotton Room, 807 E. Main St., Durham 7pm-10pm

  • 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.

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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