Hightlights Archive

Highlights Archive

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
May 20 2015
Over the millennia, some 7,000 human languages evolved around the world, offering 7,000 vantage points on views of what it is to be a human living on planet Earth. Now that number is shrinking. About every two weeks, another language goes extinct, says linguist Julie Tetel Andresen...Read More about Vanishing Languages
May 6 2015
Jon Favreau, former chief speechwriter for President Obama, brought his incomparable experience to Duke on April 21. Favreau had his “stamp on all the great speeches from 2005 to early 2013,” according to former Obama chief advisor David Axelrod. Over the course of a full, productive day, he engaged with several groups of Duke undergraduates and delivered a public talk....Read More about Presidential Rhetoric Comes to Duke
Apr 23 2015
Project Vox, a website associated with the Humanities Writ Large Emerging Network Philosophy’s Gender in Historical Perspective, is attracting attention well beyond the confines of academic philosophy. Most recently, it was the subject of a Washington Post op-ed written by Andrew Janiak and Christia Mercer, philosophy...Read More about Project Vox Travels the Internet
Mar 23 2015
Nicole Barnes' freshman seminar, Chinese Medical Beliefs and Practices, recently made a trip to the National Library of Medicine in Washington, D.C. "The students consulted the library's collections of Chinese public health posters—one of the largest in the world—and will use these materials to write papers showing transitions in medical beliefs and practices in 20th-century China," according to an article in Duke Today....Read More about Chinese Medicine Class Research Trip to Washington, D.C.
Mar 18 2015
The editors of The Conversation asked four former university presidents – of Clemson University, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech – to give their perspectives on the ongoing "attack on the humanities." J. Bernard Machen, President Emeritus at the University of Florida cites three purposes of a university education: "helping one understand who they are and what excites and motivates them; helping understand one’s...Read More about Why Do We Need the Humanities?

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