Hightlights Archive

Highlights Archive

Sep 30 2015
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 University Maryland on September 25, 2015. His speech is presented here in its entirety. I wish a happy fiftieth birthday to the National Endowment for the Humanities. For fifty years, the NEH has helped scholars open the human record to new understanding, made our...Read More about The NEH at Fifty: On the Fate and Fortunes of Public Goods
Sep 29 2015
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 community. It sought "to offer means for the Latino community to have greater access to the university and to have Duke students engage the...Read More about Two Way Bridges Documents the Undocumented
Sep 24 2015
An ongoing 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 members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leading force in the fight for minority voting rights in the 1960s. According to its organizers, the project "will encourage...Read More about Voting Rights, Then and Now: The SNCC Legacy Project
Sep 17 2015
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 hinges on "the skill of rereading." A first reading allows the students to absorb the broad themes but not all of the richness. The key is a second reading, in which "[a] good professor brings the complexities back...Read More about The Secret of Good Humanities Teaching
Sep 15 2015
The Franklin Humanities Institute will have some newcomers to it space, and this isn't a fairytale. The Story Lab will begin its tenure as a Humanities Lab in FHI staring in Fall of 2015....Read More about The Latest Humanities Lab: Story Lab
Aug 28 2015
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 Art Biennale. It is part of a larger series of highly collaborative projects called Abstract...Read More about Pedro Lasch's Curricular Intervention in Venice
Jun 25 2015
"If salary is important to you, make that your goal. But it doesn't have to be your major."  This advice is from Elizabeth Djinis, a rising senior at Duke, who penned a column in the Tampa Bay Times, where she is interning this summer.  She wrote in defense of humanities majors, even at publicly funded universities. This in the wake of a vote by the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors to discontinue or consolidate 56 degree programs that "fell below established...Read More about Future Salary Doesn't Have to Be Your Major
May 21 2015
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...Read More about Creating a Living Archive of the Fight for Voting Rights
May 21 2015
2015-16 Visiting Faculty Fellows The Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee has selected four Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year.  They are:...Read More about 2015-16 Visiting Faculty Fellows
May 21 2015
Visiting Faculty Fellow Frank Graziano's new book, Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico, will be published next year by Oxford University Press. The beautiful companion website, however, is already online. Graziano was based at the Department of Religious Studies while at Duke during the 2014-15 academic year. His collaborations centered on the development of colloquia on “Economies of the Sacred” — which focused on the material culture...Read More about Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico