Hightlights Archive

Highlights Archive

Aug 12 2016
Howard University Classics professor Norman Sandridge drew on the experience of his 2014-15 Visiting Faculty Fellowship to help create a collaborative online syllabus for a course on leadership in the ancient world. He recently unveiled the project on...Read More about Leadership in the Ancient World, The Greatest Hits
Aug 9 2016
Writing for Duke Magazine's special late-summer issue on storytelling and language, classical studies professor Jed Atkins traces the Roman roots of some recent presidential campaign rhetoric. In Republican Rome, as in modern democracies, effective communication was vital for winning elections, and Cicero was the most accomplished public speaker in Roman history....Read More about Ancient Rhetoric Meets Post-Modern Politics
Jun 17 2016
While others are preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics, a Duke research team is working in Rio de Janeiro to study the effects of the Brazilian government’s expansion of the university system.  As part of Duke’s Global Brazil Lab, students and faculty are working alongside Brazilian scholars and students at the Multidisciplinary Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. The team—which formed from a Bass Connections program—is residing and working in Baixada, a lower-income...Read More about Duke's Global Brazil Lab Works to Create Partnerships With Brazilian Universities
May 19 2016
The Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee has selected three Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. They are:...Read More about 2016-17 Visiting Faculty Fellows
May 5 2016
“The humanities and social sciences bring an understanding of people, communities, agency and culture that has to inform development for it to be successful," says Duke anthropologist Charles Piot....Read More about Development Goes Wrong When It Misses the Humanities
May 4 2016
First-year students come to Duke filled with ideas. The Thompson Writing Program is designed to help them express those ideas.  Program director Kristen Neuschel says few instructors do it as well as philosopher Matthew Whitt. His most recent first-year course used discussions of mass incarceration to explore tensions between American ideals and practices. In all Thompson courses, students share ideas and discuss readings, but Neuschel said Whitt found extra ways for student engagement. Whitt...Read More about Philosopher Matt Whitt Wins Excellence in Teaching Writing Award
Apr 12 2016
For the last half of a year, Art, Art History and Visual Studies professor Pedro Lasch convened 7,000 students from around the world to answer one question: “Can a MOOC be a work of art?”...Read More about 7,000 Students, 900 Hours, 29 Lecturers, 1 MOOC
Mar 17 2016
The term “genocide” was coined by Raphael Lemkin in the midst of the epic brutality of the Holocaust. Its use, misuse, and evolution was the focus of the HWL project The Language of Genocide. Project leaders convened an interdisciplinary research team that “met regularly to examine various facets of the [term], focusing on a range of arenas, including current government practices, legal uses in international courtrooms, representations in film, and its multiple meanings through psychological...Read More about Naming a Problem from Hell: the Language of Genocide Workshop
Feb 26 2016
In a note from 2014-15 HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, she writes, "I am continuing to revel in the connections Duke brought me as I watch graduate students I met, talked with and advised, heading off to new things." One student she's watching with particular pride is Tara Trahey. Trahey, who was a senior during Langridge-Noti's fellowship year, is now in her first year at Oxford University, pursuing an MSt in Classical Archaeology, and she recently published her first...Read More about Former HWL Undergraduate Fellow's Distinction Research is Published
Feb 25 2016
In the New York Times, Brown University literature professor Arnold Weinstein meditates on the impact of our data-driven culture on the Humanities. As one of a pair of identical twins, he writes, "I began life with a blurrier, more fluid sense of my contours than most other folks."...Read More about Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life