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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
2011 - 2012
This project will develop "Civic Engagement Knowledge Maps" - a novel, university-wide resource conceptualized and designed by the Duke Center for Civic Engagement (DCCE) to identify, build, and strengthen links between...Read More about Knowledge Maps
Emerging Networks
2012 - 2013
Empathy, or the ability to understand and participate deeply in another person’s experience, is considered a critical skill for physicians, both for clinical competence and for patient (and physician) satisfaction.  Yet over...Read More about Learning to Listen
Undergraduate Research
2015 - 2017
The Lee D. Baker Scholars Program offers a select group of outstanding Duke undergraduates the opportunity to extend and deepen their Writing 101 work in the form of an enhanced, intensively mentored research and writing...Read More about Lee D. Baker Scholars Program
Undergraduate Research, Visiting Faculty Fellow
2013 - 2014
Professor Sheila Dillon leads a project that seeks to produce a database and digital map of the archaeological remains of ancient Athens. This project is a collaborative multi-disciplinary endeavor based in the Wired! Lab,...Read More about Mapping Athens
Undergraduate Research
2012 - 2014
ARTHIST 390S/HIST 390S - Mapping Knowledge in Renaissance Rome: Raphael's School of Athens, was co-taught by Professors Sara Galletti and John J. Martin during Spring 2013.  In the class, students stepped through the portal...Read More about Mapping Knowledge in Renaissance Rome
Ongoing
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During her time as Visiting Faculty Fellow, Meredith Goldsmith created a map of locations referenced in Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence. In order to do this she had a great deal to learn about the tools and...Read More about Mapping Literary Visions
Undergraduate Research
2014 - 2015
The German Department provided support for undergraduates to undertake 3 - 6 week research projects in Berlin seeking to answer specific questions in the following fields: What is the relationship between American and German...Read More about Mapping Multiculturalism in Berlin
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
The United States has by far the highest incarceration rates in the world, with approximately 1 in every 108 American adults (2.3 million) currently in jail or prison. It is deeply divided by race: 1 in 15 African American...Read More about Mass Incarceration
Ongoing
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Charles Edward McGuire's main project as a Visiting Faculty Fellow a book, The British Musical Festival, 1695-1940: A Social History of Taste, that investigates the musical festival in Great Britain. In the course of that...Read More about Musical Festivals Database
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Muslim Publics: Religion and Revolution examines the aesthetics of political change in the Middle East through three distinct but interrelated projects on social media and social movements (Negar Mottahedeh), Islamic...Read More about Muslim Publics

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