The Many Tentacles of Humanities Writ Large
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 funds for.
“The idea is to give a boost at a critical moment and connect one thing with another,” said Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke’s former Dean of the Humanities and the chief architect of the initiative. “HWL is impure—in a really good way. It mixes itself up into a lot of different things.”