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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
2015 - 2016
This HWL project expands the undergraduate research component of two major projects by Pedro Lasch, Associate Research Professor in Duke's Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. The first is HOW TO KNOW: The...Read More about Public Art & Socially Engaged Education
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Human rights fires the imaginations of peoples around the world struggling for greater political, social and cultural space even as the phrase escapes a one-fits-all definition, with activists constantly reinterpreting and...Read More about Rights Connect
Emerging Networks
2012 - 2013
This project put together an international network of scholars and students based in German departments to provide the opportunity to build strength in linguistic fluency, cross-cultural literacy, and deep historical...Read More about Rivalrous Masculinities
Humanities Lab
2013 - 2016
The Sonic Dictionary is a multi-course, multi-institution collaborative experiment initially hosted by the Audiovisualities Lab and then migrated into Story Lab. The project's goal is to build a digital database of sounds...Read More about Sonic Dictionary
Emerging Networks
2012 - 2013
John Supko, Hunt Family Assistant Professor of Music, provided the impetus for the Sound Studies Project. He sees the two courses included, Audio Technology and Sound Studies Seminar, as a laboratory in which to test what...Read More about Sound Studies
Humanities Lab
2011 - 2013
Speculation is a science fiction game directed by Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and Patrick LeMieux that explores the greed-driven culture of Wall Street investment banks and the 2008 global economic collapse....Read More about Speculation
Emerging Networks
2011 - 2012
For Staging Cultural Networks in the Language Classroom, the entire group of Italian Language Lecturers and Lecturing Fellows will redesign the third semester of Italian toward a student-centered pedagogy based on...Read More about Staging Cultural Networks
Humanities Lab
2016 - 2017
Story Lab Fellows are a group of ambitious, energetic student storytellers and scholars, both undergraduate and graduate, who are a key component of the lab's community. Appointed for one semester (potentially renewable),...Read More about Story Lab Fellows
Emerging Networks, Visiting Faculty Fellow
2014 - 2015
“Subnature” is a word coined by architectural historian David Gissen for aspects of nature that the architectural discipline has traditionally shunned, such as dankness, darkness, mud, weeds, smoke, puddles, dust, debris,...Read More about Subnature and Culinary Culture
Emerging Networks
2014 - 2015
The 99 Percent: Poverty, Justice and Human Rights creates an intellectual framework for addressing the nexus between poverty and human rights and includes research as well as curricular and practice-based strategies for...Read More about The 99 Percent

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