Hightlights Archive

Highlights Archive

Dec 12 2014
The audience overflowed the Nasher Museum's auditorium at a recent screening of The New Black, a film produced by former Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Yvonne Welbon. The film, directed by Yoruba Richen, explores the ambivalent reactions of African Americans to the LGBTQ community's civil rights campaign and the marriage equality movement. A panel discussion moderated by MSNBC host...Read More about Visiting Faculty Fellow Returns to Consider The New Black
Dec 10 2014
In a column on the Forbes website, University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman makes a data-driven case that "humanities degrees are still worth a great deal." Using data from payscale.com on the average salary of college graduates broken out by major, Dorfman calculated...Read More about Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment
Nov 25 2014
Nicola Twilley, food blogger and contributing writer at the New Yorker, visited Duke to partake in the Subnature and Culinary Culture events this past September. She and journalist Cynthia Graber discuss the experience on their Gastropod podcast. They incorporate interviews with project organizer Thomas Parker and David ...Read More about Subnature Featured on the Gastropod Podcast
Nov 14 2014
I researched how German museums present immigration and integration and how this impacts public understanding.  I visited around thirty museums and memorials and interviewed museum curators, whose museums specifically focused on migrants or oppressed groups, and migration experts.  One thing I found compelling is the difference in the extent that nationally funded museums present immigration and migration from district-funded and/or nonprofit museums.  While nationally funded museums present...Read More about Immigration and Integration in German Museums
Nov 13 2014
This research project is about German public opinion of racism in children’s books- based on a small selection of opinion and other newspaper articles pertaining to the topic....Read More about Racism in German Children's Literature
Nov 12 2014
What exactly does it mean to map multiculturalism? Perhaps even more difficult is, what exactly we mean when we say multiculturalism? When I decided to apply for the Mapping Multiculturalism grant, these were the first two questions I needed to engage. After much deliberation I finally decided that I wanted to focus on racial multiculturalism in Germany, specifically Afro-Germans. I set out to put the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s words to the test that Germany was indeed a multicultural...Read More about Afro-Germans: Bridging the Gap Between 29 Years
Oct 23 2014
On October 8, Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Kimberly Stern and Jay O'Berski, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Theater Studies presented Oscar Wilde's controversial play Salome. The informal staging featuring students, faculty, staff, and professionals. Wilde once wrote: "If I were asked of myself as a dramatist, I would say that my unique position was that I had taken the Drama, the most objective form known to art, and made it as personal a mode of expression as the Lyric...Read More about An Informal Staging of Oscar Wilde's Salome
Sep 25 2014
Eric Ferreri's survey of the first three years of HWL in Duke Today shows that the initiative has facilitated innovative, cross-disciplinary classes and projects all over Duke's campus. The result is a deeper, richer experience of the humanities. The breadth and depth of the initiative’s reach is impressive: Thus far, it has underwritten more than 40 new courses, 18 visiting fellows and myriad lab projects, class trips and other ventures that faculty members simply wouldn’t otherwise have the...Read More about The Many Tentacles of Humanities Writ Large
Sep 25 2014
“How does media shape a child’s perception of race, both of herself and others?” “How has domestic and global international policy concerning direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising for pharmaceuticals affected the use of prescription drugs in the U.S. and around the world?” “How do the economic pressures on Broadway affect how new plays are presented to the public? What, in the end, is the relationship between commerce and art?” “What caused the 2008 Financial Crisis?” “Does migration change the...Read More about What Do These Six Questions Have in Common?
Sep 19 2014
Brazil is an increasingly important player on the world stage. Its profile at Duke is rising as well. A Humanities Lab launched this semester, Global Brazil: Culture, Nature, Politics, joins a new major in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies and the Duke Brazil Initiative....Read More about New Humanities Lab Takes On the World's Largest Unknown Country, Brazil