Hightlights Archive

Highlights Archive

May 5 2016
“The humanities and social sciences bring an understanding of people, communities, agency and culture that has to inform development for it to be successful," says Duke anthropologist Charles Piot....Read More about Development Goes Wrong When It Misses the Humanities
May 4 2016
First-year students come to Duke filled with ideas. The Thompson Writing Program is designed to help them express those ideas.  Program director Kristen Neuschel says few instructors do it as well as philosopher Matthew Whitt. His most recent first-year course used discussions of mass incarceration to explore tensions between American ideals and practices. In all Thompson courses, students share ideas and discuss readings, but Neuschel said Whitt found extra ways for student engagement. Whitt...Read More about Philosopher Matt Whitt Wins Excellence in Teaching Writing Award
Apr 12 2016
For the last half of a year, Art, Art History and Visual Studies professor Pedro Lasch convened 7,000 students from around the world to answer one question: “Can a MOOC be a work of art?”...Read More about 7,000 Students, 900 Hours, 29 Lecturers, 1 MOOC
Mar 17 2016
The term “genocide” was coined by Raphael Lemkin in the midst of the epic brutality of the Holocaust. Its use, misuse, and evolution was the focus of the HWL project The Language of Genocide. Project leaders convened an interdisciplinary research team that “met regularly to examine various facets of the [term], focusing on a range of arenas, including current government practices, legal uses in international courtrooms, representations in film, and its multiple meanings through psychological...Read More about Naming a Problem from Hell: the Language of Genocide Workshop
Feb 26 2016
In a note from 2014-15 HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, she writes, "I am continuing to revel in the connections Duke brought me as I watch graduate students I met, talked with and advised, heading off to new things." One student she's watching with particular pride is Tara Trahey. Trahey, who was a senior during Langridge-Noti's fellowship year, is now in her first year at Oxford University, pursuing an MSt in Classical Archaeology, and she recently published her first...Read More about Former HWL Undergraduate Fellow's Distinction Research is Published
Feb 25 2016
In the New York Times, Brown University literature professor Arnold Weinstein meditates on the impact of our data-driven culture on the Humanities. As one of a pair of identical twins, he writes, "I began life with a blurrier, more fluid sense of my contours than most other folks."...Read More about Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life
Feb 2 2016
Meredith Goldsmith's fellowship project, creating archival research exercises for undergraduates, yielded an unexpected benefit: Edith Wharton's translation into Italian of one of her short stories....Read More about HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Finds Edith Wharton Typescript at the Rubenstein Library
Jan 14 2016
Pedro Lasch's new Visual Media Studies course, Social Art Practice and Socially Engaged Humanities, will encourage students to use art to actively interact with our society's cultural and political practices.  ...Read More about New Course Teaches Socially Engaged Art in Concept and Practice
Dec 2 2015
In a recent interview, Visiting Faculty Fellow Max Cherem discusses his work, which focuses on the ethical challenges created by “externalized” state border controls: policies that try to prevent migrant arrival by projecting or outsourcing a nation’s authority over migration beyond its regular territorial borders....Read More about HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Max Cherem On Teaching and Writing about Human Rights Law
Nov 26 2015
Max Cherem is one of a select group of philosophers and political theorists to comment on the Syrian refugee crisis in a recent installment of the  "Philosophers On" series on dailynous.com, which features news for and about the philosophy profession.  He addressed structural issues underlying current policy debates, specifically the definition of a refugee (as distinct...Read More about Philosophers on the Syrian Refugee Crisis