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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

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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During his 2014-2015 Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Frank Graziano—a scholar of the material culture of religion—finished a book, Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico. With the assistance of the indispensable Brian...Read More about Miracles in Mexico
Ongoing
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Charles Edward McGuire's main project as a Visiting Faculty Fellow is a book, The British Musical Festival, 1695-1940: A Social History of Taste, that documents the rich history of musical festivals in Great Britain. In the...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
Humanities Lab
2015 - 2016
If you have a story bursting to be told, it’s time to gear up for National Novel Writing Month. If you are new to NaNoWriMo, the concept is simple. Writers from around the world pledge to write 50,000 words in the month of...Read More about NaNoWriMo@Duke
Undergraduate Research
2015 - 2017
This project is focused on transforming an inaccessible audio archive of historic North Carolina folk music into a vital, publicly accessible digital archive and museum exhibition. Nearly 97 years ago and into the 1930s,...Read More about NC Jukebox
Emerging Networks
2012 - 2013
The History Department has recently re-structured its major to provide undergraduate students with a framework for connecting their studies with their broader social, ethical, and professional objectives.  The Department now...Read More about Networks of Knowledge

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