Hightlights Archive

Highlights Archive

Mar 18 2015
Why Do We Need the Humanities?
The editors of The Conversation asked four former university presidents – of Clemson University, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech – to give their perspectives on the ongoing "attack on the humanities." J. Bernard Machen, President Emeritus at the University of Florida cites three purposes of a university education: "helping one understand who they are and what excites and motivates them; helping understand one’s...Read More about Why Do We Need the Humanities?
Mar 15 2015
Social Stoplighting: Participatory Methods for Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Social Stoplighting is a participatory planning method that combines community assessment workshops with digital geo-referenced maps. The goal is to create tools that facilitate participatory politics and community development, tools that can be scaled up for national or international policy making and scaled down for village level planning, monitoring and evaluation....Read More about Social Stoplighting: Participatory Methods for Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Mar 10 2015
The discipline of philosophy has a notoriously low rate of participation by women. The Emerging Network Philosophy’s Gender in Historical Perspective has just produced a website to help rectify the discipline's unfortunate distinction. The project, directed by philosophy professor Andrew Janiak, was recently the subject of a profile in Duke Today...Read More about Finding Philosophy's Female Voices
Mar 9 2015
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Mary Ziemba is a Duke first-year student who writes for The Chronicle.  In her March 6, 2015 column she explains that "The value of a study of the humanities lies not only in the acquisition of knowledge but also in the critical thinking, ethical questioning, self-reflection and social analysis that comes during that acquisition." ...Read More about Engineering Student's "In Defense of the Humanities" Column
Mar 1 2015
One of the outcomes of this project is a pair of videos that Andrew Janiak has recorded and made available through the Youtube Channel "Wireless Philsosophy." Wi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject. In the first two videos, Andrew Janiak introduces Émilie du Châtelet, a French philosopher, and her contribution to the...Read More about Project Vox Video Introductions
Feb 5 2015
The Housecleaner Project on The State of Things
On WUNC's The State of Things, Frank Stasio interviewed three Latina women involved in The Housecleaner Project, an HWL Emerging Network. He also spoke with Liliana Paredes, linguist and director of Duke's Spanish Language Program; Yuri Ramirez, a doctoral candidate in history at Duke. They were joined by Luke Smith, psychiatrist and executive director of...Read More about The Housecleaner Project on The State of Things
Dec 12 2014
Visiting Faculty Fellow Returns to Consider The New Black
The audience overflowed the Nasher Museum's auditorium at a recent screening of The New Black, a film produced by former Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Yvonne Welbon. The film, directed by Yoruba Richen, explores the ambivalent reactions of African Americans to the LGBTQ community's civil rights campaign and the marriage equality movement. A panel discussion moderated by MSNBC host...Read More about Visiting Faculty Fellow Returns to Consider The New Black
Dec 10 2014
Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment
In a column on the Forbes website, University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman makes a data-driven case that "humanities degrees are still worth a great deal." Using data from payscale.com on the average salary of college graduates broken out by major, Dorfman calculated...Read More about Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment
Nov 25 2014
Nicola Twilley, food blogger and contributing writer at the New Yorker, visited Duke to partake in the Subnature and Culinary Culture events this past September. She and journalist Cynthia Graber discuss the experience on their Gastropod podcast. They incorporate interviews with project organizer Thomas Parker and David ...Read More about Subnature Featured on the Gastropod Podcast
Nov 14 2014
Immigration and Integration in German Museums
I researched how German museums present immigration and integration and how this impacts public understanding.  I visited around thirty museums and memorials and interviewed museum curators, whose museums specifically focused on migrants or oppressed groups, and migration experts.  One thing I found compelling is the difference in the extent that nationally funded museums present immigration and migration from district-funded and/or nonprofit museums.  While nationally funded museums present...Read More about Immigration and Integration in German Museums