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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
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
Ongoing
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One of Norman Sandridge’s projects as an Visiting Faculty Fellow was to work with Duke philosophy professor Joshua Sosin to improve Cyrus’ Paradise, a collaborative online commentary to Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus or...Read More about Cyrus’ Paradise
Ongoing
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The aim of Dante's Library: Rebuilding a Medieval Network of Knowledge was to reconstruct in virtual form what would have been Dante's library in the broadest sense of the word—the literary, theological, philosophical,...Read More about Dante's Library
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
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

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