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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, 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
Undergraduate Research
2014 - 2016
Since 2014, the Emergence Lab has been a site of interdisciplinary teaching, research, and collaborative creative work at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. Through its cross-listed seminars, workshops,...Read More about The Emergence Lab
Emerging Networks
2014 - 2015
The term “genocide” is a mainstay of contemporary human rights discussion and policy. It is applied to a diverse swath of ethically charged human atrocities, from slavery to microbial disease. But, as Michael Ignatieff ...Read More about The Language of Genocide
Undergraduate Research
2011 - 2012
Professor Charles Piot (Cultural Anthropology, African and African American Studies and Women's Studies) formed a small research team – four undergraduate students – that spent two months in Togo in summer 2012 working on...Read More about Togo, Summer 2012
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Through three cooperating classes, culture-language-media workshops, a group documentary conducted by artists from the Latino community, and partnerships between Duke students and local high school and community college...Read More about Two-Way Bridges
Emerging Networks
2011 - 2012
The co-conveners of this project, Sheila Dillon, Associate Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, and Elizabeth Baltes, PhD candidate in Art History & Visual Studies, have begun with a series of questions...Read More about Wired!
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Until recently “academic writing” was primarily understood as a discipline-specific, closed access, single-medium communication produced for a limited audience of academic specialists. In our digital age, however, the...Read More about Writing in a Digital Age

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