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Duke University recognizes the need for citizens and leaders to be able to obtain knowledge, to analyze it, and to think and act collaboratively in innovative ways to address growing interdisciplinary and global challenges. The humanities are vital to providing the training and skills necessary to understand cultural similarities and differences, to sift through the daily fire hose of incoming information, and to make the imaginative leaps in research, scholarship, business, and policy to address the very many complex issues arising around us in our global world. Humanities Writ Large is a 5-year initiative that brings people together on projects to facilitate this new and innovative research and knowledge production.

Projects

Visiting Faculty Fellow
2017 - 2017
Starting in 2011, with the support of the Mellon Humanities Writ Large Grant, Duke University has hosted resident fellows from Liberal Arts Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to pursue their research...Read More about "Humanities at Large" Conference
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 launched a mass migration of Arabs out of their homes in order to escape violence. This has been exacerbated by foreign occupation, political instability and revolution, civil war, and Islamic...Read More about Arab Refugee Oral History
Undergraduate Research
2014 - 2016
Assistant Professor of History Nicole Barnes brings archival research into her first-year seminar, Chinese Medical Beliefs and Practices.  Starting in Spring 2015, and now funded again for Spring 2016, she led a trip to...Read More about Chinese Public Health Posters
Humanities Lab
2011 - 2012
The Haiti Lab cholera project was launched shortly after cholera appeared in Haiti in October of 2010. It resulted in a November 2011 article in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases and a digital map by Deborah...Read More about Cholera TimeMap
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
The history of filmmaking in Africa is rooted in the tradition of ethnographic representation of the peoples and cultures of the continent by Europeans. When sound came to film in 1927 or so, the French recognized the power...Read More about Cinéma Numérique Ambulant
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
Creation and Re-Creation: Great Works through a Prism (MUSIC 290S) will develop a class in which students study a dramatic work in its original form and then study reinterpretations of the work in other media. In the initial...Read More about Creation and Re-Creation
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large is a departmentally based project in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), where faculty are convinced that as the borders of the world open and the frequency and intensity of cross...Read More about Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
Of the 34 Level-1 Conflict Scenarios highlighted by a 2015 Council on Foreign Relations study, a staggering 32 are in Asia. Why do these conflicts persist despite seemingly endless and repeated interventions and negotiations...Read More about Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large II
Emerging Networks
2014 - 2016
Although one would think that simple questions such as “What did Dante’s copies of Virgil and Aristotle look like?” and “What images of the Crucifixion had he seen?” have already been answered, they remain surprisingly...Read More about Dante's Library
Emerging Networks
2014 - 2015
Classical studies is in some ways one of the first structurally interdisciplinary fields in the modern academy. For years, its productive ties to fields such as literature, philosophy, political science, or law were an...Read More about Democracy and Law

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