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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

Emerging Networks
2012 - 2013
Growing out of an ongoing international conversation about art markets, the conveners designed a team project to study the driving factors for the premium paid for the more significant works of art by period, geographical...Read More about Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative
Undergraduate Research
2016 - 2017
Recent events at Duke and on campuses around the United States have highlighted students’ concern about understanding our own institutional history.  Campus conversations about the culture and values of Duke University often...Read More about Duke History Revisited
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Professor Carla Antonaccio and PhD candidate Timothy Shea are collaborating with Professor Donald Haggis and PhD candidates Cicek Beeby and Catharine Judson of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to implement the...Read More about Duke-UNC Archaeology Network
Emerging Networks
2016 - 2017
Environmental Humanities (EnHu) is a cross-disciplinary approach that brings skills, methods, and theories from several humanities disciplines to the analysis of problems and issues of high relevance for society in the...Read More about Environmental Arts & Humanities Network
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Maurizio Forte, William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies and Visual Studies, is a pioneer in the field of digital and virtual archaeology with research projects in Italy, China, Ethiopia, Mexico, Egypt, Peru, the...Read More about Envisioning Landscape Archaeology
Emerging Networks
2014 - 2015
This project will connect Duke students who are heritage speakers with students in other colleges in the USA and in Mexico who have similar backgrounds (a heritage speaker speaks English and also speaks or at least...Read More about Framing Identities in Motion
Emerging Networks
2012 - 2014
This project investigates the cultural exchange between African American and German culture during the 20th century, from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement and beyond. Interdisciplinary as well as...Read More about From Harlem to Hamburg
Undergraduate Research
2015 - 2015
As the number of living Holocaust survivors shrinks, the urgency to document their life stories increases. In 2012, the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel found that one Holocaust survivor died every...Read More about Holocaust Education Mobile Application
Emerging Networks
2014 - 2016
Until the last decade or so, African-American and working-class white women cleaned the houses of the well-off in the American South. There has been a striking changeover in recent years. Thanks to the massive influx of...Read More about Housecleaner Project
Emerging Networks
2012 - 2013
Most humanities faculty members unilaterally determine the themes, authors, books, blogs, and other materials to appear in an undergraduate level syllabus. Conversely, within most humanities classrooms, the same faculty...Read More about Humanities on Demand

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