Video Archive

Hi-Phi Nation Podcast, Episode One: The Wishes of the Dead

Trillions of dollars of the US economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the needs and values of those living now. In the first episode of his podcast series Hi-Phi Nation, HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Barry Lam investigates and seeks answers to the philosophical question; do we really have obligations to continue honoring the wishes of the dead at the expense of the living?

Story Lab: an Introduction

Eric Barstow
Proceeding from a conviction that there is an urgent need to talk about, reflect on, and critically engage with the phenomenon of storytelling, Duke's Story Lab is a dynamic space for exploring what it means to make story, embody story, analyze story, talk story, and live story.   

Global Brazil Lab Research Trip to Baixada

Eric Barstow
As part of Duke’s Global Brazil Lab, a team of eight students and two faculty went to Brazil during the summer of 2016. They lived and worked in Baixada, a lower-income region in the city’s lowlands, and collaborated with scholars and students at the Multidisciplinary Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro to assess how changes to higher education will impact social mobility in the country.  

Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute

Eric Barstow
The Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, staff and students to promote new understandings about global human rights issues. The initiative is dedicated to teaching and practicing human rights both at home and abroad. It encourages students to think deeply about human dignity and rights as they study the conceptual and historical foundations of the concept.

Wired! Lab: an Introduction

Eric Barstow
Wired! is a group of faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students at Duke University who apply cultural and historical visualization technologies and methods to the study of material culture, art, architectural, and urban history.  

Defining Lines: Cartography in the Age of Empire at the Nasher

BorderWork(s) Lab ( students Elizabeth Blackwood, Mary Kate Cash, Katie Contess, Rachel Fleder, Lauren Jackson, Jordan Noyes, and Jeremy Tripp led a gallery tour of Defining Lines: Cartography in the Age of Empire ( Defining Lines is on view at Duke's Nasher Museum from September 9 - December 15, 2013. This student-curated installation draws exclusively from the holdings of Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and explores the mutual relationships between maps and empires.  As imperial colonial structures rose, consolidated, and ultimately collapsed, the legacy of how their maps delineated colonial holdings, visualized spaces, and reinforced control remains with us. As varied and conflicted as their purposes and perspectives may be, maps continue to function as a powerful and popular medium through which we understand the world and the man-made lines that define and ultimately control it.  

Duke University Students Digitally Document Ancient Tomb

Students in the Duke in Tuscany program (Duke University) were at an archaeological site this month in Italy's Vulci Naturalistic Park when local archaeologists discovered a rare ancient and intact Etruscan tomb. The find allowed the students to use the digital documentation skills they were learning from Duke Professor Maurizio Forte. The result was a 3D model of the burial site, which Forte believes is the first such model of an Etruscan tomb. Read more at

Subnature and Culinary Culture

Tom Parker is a visiting fellow from Vassar College working this year in Humanities Writ Large on the 'Subnature and Culinary Culture' project. Parker's book "Taste, Identity, and Nation: A Cultural History of French Terroir" is forthcoming from the UC Press.

One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights

Center for Documentary Studies
The mission of the SNCC Legacy Project (SLP) is to preserve and extend the legacy of the freedom struggle, assuring that it is passed from generation to generation. To that end, SLP is partnering with Duke University Libraries and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke to create a pilot program focused on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The project will bring SNCC veterans to campus for extended periods in 2014–15 to work alongside students, faculty, and archivists in establishing a new archive on the SNCC organizing efforts that led to the Voting Rights Act. We hope in this way to create a living freedom archive that will be publicly accessible through the web and include K–12 outreach. One Person, One Vote is a collaboration between the SNCC Legacy Project and, at Duke University, the Duke University Libraries, John Hope Franklin Research Center, and Center for Documentary Studies, with support from the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Women’s Studies, Department of History, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Office for Institutional Equity, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.

Joshua Nadel and the The Haiti Project

"Humanities in Humanitarianism: the Haiti Project" is a new year-long course taught by Joshua Nadel, a 2012-13 Visiting Faculty Fellow with the Humanities Writ Large initiative at Duke University. Here he talks with Haiti Lab co-director Laurent Dubois about the class, in which students first study the history and theory of humanitarian aid in Haiti and then, during the second semester, organize an international symposium on the subject. It is offered jointly by Duke and North Carolina Central University, Nadel's home institution.

Joshua Nadel: Research on Haiti and Humanitarian Aid

Joshua Nadel is a 2012-13 Visiting Faculty Fellow with the Humanities Writ Large initiative at Duke University. His home institution is North Carolina Central University. Here he talks with Laurent Dubois, a co-director of Duke's Haiti Lab, about his research.

The Haiti Lab at Duke: Taking Stock and Wrapping Up

Laurent Dubois on the situation in Haiti three years after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The Haiti Lab, which he co-founded, was the first of Duke's Humanities labs and is currently wrapping up its three-year term.  

Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow Joshua Nadel Talks About His Fellowship

Exploring the Relationship Between Leadership and Psychopathy

Norman Sandridge on the deeply interdisciplinary research he has pursued at Duke as a Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow. "Sometimes even a 5 minute conversation... can put you on an exciting new trajectory." Sandridge is an Associate Professor of Classics at Howard University.

Food and Judaism

Laura Lieber, a professor in Duke University's Religious Studies department, likes to design courses that are deeply engaged with the past but cognizant of the present. For example, Food and Judaism...  

Connect with your professors—they want you to succeed!

Professors are not intimidating people! That's a key lesson Jill Rubin learned as a student in the Focus Program in her first year at Duke. She graduated with the class of 2015 as a history and Spanish double major, after an undergraduate career marked by generous faculty mentorship.    

Trading Races and Flipping the Classroom

During her 2012-13 Visiting Faculty Fellowship with the Humanities Writ Large initiative at Duke University, Adeline Koh is developing a historical role-playing game called Trading Races. The game is set at the University of Michigan in 2003. Players contest the fate of affirmative action there, taking on the roles of specific historical figures and a student assembly. In this video, Koh talks about her game, about the "Reacting to the Past" pedagogy that it's based on, and about the RTTP conference she has organized for Jan. 19 & 20, 2013 at Duke's Franklin Humanities Institute.

A New Duke Website Spotlights Forgotten Female Philosophers

A Duke University team develops an online tool featuring largely forgotten female philosophers. In this video, associate professor of philosophy Andrew Janiak explains how the new website will expand philosophy education.

Émilie du Châtelet, Part 2

In part 2, Andrew Janiak (Duke) further introduces Émilie du Châtelet, a French philosopher, and her contribution to the debate about the principle of sufficient reason. This video is a part of a series of videos coming from Project Vox (Duke), a project recovering the lost voices of women philosophers.

Émilie du Châtelet, Part 1

In this first of two videos, Andrew Janiak (Duke) introduces Émilie du Châtelet, a French philosopher, and her contribution to the debate about the principle of sufficient reason. This video is a part of a series of videos coming from Project Vox (Duke), a project recovering the lost voices of women philosophers.

Introduction to the Art of the MOOC

Duke Smokehouse

Duke Student Broadcasting
Abhi Shah, Connor Gordon, and Rebecca Dickerson tell the story of the Duke Smokehouse that came to campus in the fall of 2014.

John Supko: Musical disruption

Duke Today
Duke University assistant professor John Supko composes music, but not in the way you might think. He uses software and technology to create pieces that are never played exactly the same way twice. Read more in this profile, part of the “Taking Note” series highlighting humanities professors at Duke University.

Vietnam veteran Ronnie Stokes at Duke University

Vietnam Veteran Ronnie Stokes interviewed Feb. 21 2012 at Duke University for Sharon Raynor's oral history project "Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans."

The Paper Hat Game

Can you fit an entire city in a theater? How about inside a paper hat? Torry Bend tells the story of notorious Chicago prankster, The Paper Hat Guy through the language of Toy Theater and projection. With dreamlike video, a gritty soundscape and live puppetry, Bend offers a voyage into the psychological and physical workings of a large city. The Paper Hat Game is a kaleidoscope of visual delights with video design by Raquel Salvatella de Prada, Sound by Colberts S. Davis and lighting design by Jeanette Yew.

Breaking Down Walls

The humanities lab BorderWork(s) encourages faculty and students to explore what keeps people apart. Read the full article in Duke Today.

Breaking the Silence

A group of veterans participating in Sharon Raynor's oral history project, "Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans," visited Duke classes in History and Documentary Studies on February 21, 2012. Here she talks about the visit with Tom Rankin of the Center for Documentary Studies.

The Miles

Steven Li, Duke University
"The Miles" tells the story of the disruption of the lives of married couple Sam and Emma when an old friend shows up from the past. The one act examines the nature of love, duty and desire and what happens when they collide. Steven Li authored & acted in the play as his senior distinction project. "The Miles" ran from Feb. 14-16, 2013 in Brody Theater on Duke’s East Campus.

Waltz - A Puppet Show

Don Tucker
Don Tucker's Theatre Studies Distinction project. The performance occurred in East Duke 209, March 21-24, 2013.

One Person, One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights

Center for Documentary Studies
Video documentary made for the One person, One Vote Project.