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 Literature; President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI); and former Dean of Humanities at Duke University.

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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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Former Visiting Faculty Fellow Yvonne Welbon Returns This Fall With Her Latest Project

Yvonne Welbon, a Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow last year, will return to Duke in December to screen her latest project, The New Black. The film, directed by Yoruba Richen, explores the… Read More...
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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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Upcoming Subnatural Events

Subnature and Culinary Culture is hosting events on September 16 and 18 and October 2. See the project calendar for details. The project's recent writeup in the Duke Chronicle is well worth a read.

  • 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 Buildings 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.

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