Our Goal:

Emerging Networks are a culture change mechanism intended to shift humanities research towards broadly collaborative, interdisciplinary engagements in contrast to the largely solitary efforts that tend to characterize traditional humanities research. Our goal is for nimble and opportunistic cross-disciplinary collaboration to become part of our ethos in realizing humanistic scholarly curiosity. Emerging Networks funding supports short term collaborative projects that must involve faculty, graduate students and undergraduates from multiple disciplines—across humanities departments and/or the social and natural sciences at Duke.

The Emerging Networks are meant to broaden the footprint of our traditional humanities departments, which abound in excellence in faculty research and doctoral studies. By providing small faculty/student groups access to modest funding, emerging ideas, projects, and networks may be launched, increasing the visibility of humanities efforts, giving faculty the incentives to be engaged in the creative and the experimental edges of their research, and generally fomenting humanities synergy across campus. These efforts will encourage innovative approaches to teaching and experimental collaborations organically arising within our humanities departments.

Duke's New Human Rights Certificate

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The HWL Emerging Network RightsConnect was integral to the development of the Human Rights Certificate, a recent addition to Duke's curriculum. Robin Kirk, co-director of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, reports on the process: RightsConnect allowed a diverse group of faculty, students and staff…

Two-Way Bridges Documents the Undocumented

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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…

Voting Rights, Then and Now: The SNCC Legacy Project

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The 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…

Presidential Rhetoric Comes to Duke

    • Jon Favreau at Kenan lectern
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…

Pictures from the Subnature and Culinary Culture dining event, September 17, 2014.


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    • Dancing the African Diaspora
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    • Photo Credit: Cornelio Campos
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    • Rapping The Revolution
    • Course Poster Rivalrous Masculinities
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    • Photo Credit: Donald Haggis
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