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.


"Humanities at Large" Visiting Faculty Fellows Conference March 23-24, 2017
Visiting Faculty Fellow
2017 - 2017
Starting in 2011, with the support of the Mellon Humanities Writ Large Grant, Duke University has hosted resident fellows from Liberal Arts Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to pursue their research...Read More about "Humanities at Large" Conference
Arab Refugee Oral History
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 launched a mass migration of Arabs out of their homes in order to escape violence. This has been exacerbated by foreign occupation, political instability and revolution, civil war, and Islamic...Read More about Arab Refugee Oral History
Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia: An Ancient Imagining of the Future of Leadership
Using Digital Humanities skills he developed as a Visiting Faculty Fellow, Norman Sandridge helped to create a collaborative online syllabus for a course on leadership in the ancient world. From a post to his blog at the...Read More about Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia
Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia
C. Pierce Salguero used his HWL Visiting Faculty Fellowship to explore the impact of Buddhism—its doctrines, practices, and cultural orientations—on the healthcare landscape of Philadelphia. Since returning from the...Read More about Buddhist Healing in Philadelphia
abandoned prison scene
Mass incarceration is a burgeoning area of scholarship but it can be a difficult one to navigate because it is relatively new, responds to emerging issues, and crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. A wide variety of...Read More about Carceral Studies Network
Chinese Public Health Posters - National Library of Medicine Archival Research
Undergraduate Research
2014 - 2016
Assistant Professor of History Nicole Barnes brings archival research into her first-year seminar, Chinese Medical Beliefs and Practices.  Starting in Spring 2015, and now funded again for Spring 2016, she led a trip to...Read More about Chinese Public Health Posters
Cholera TimeMap
Humanities Lab
2011 - 2012
The Haiti Lab cholera project was launched shortly after cholera appeared in Haiti in October of 2010. It resulted in a November 2011 article in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases and a digital map by Deborah...Read More about Cholera TimeMap
Cinéma Numérique Ambulant and Social Change in Francophone West Africa
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
The history of filmmaking in Africa is rooted in the tradition of ethnographic representation of the peoples and cultures of the continent by Europeans. When sound came to film in 1927 or so, the French recognized the power...Read More about Cinéma Numérique Ambulant
Creation and Re-Creation
Emerging Networks
2015 - 2016
Creation and Re-Creation: Great Works through a Prism (MUSIC 290S) will develop a class in which students study a dramatic work in its original form and then study reinterpretations of the work in other media. In the initial...Read More about Creation and Re-Creation
Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large
Emerging Networks
2013 - 2014
Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large is a departmentally based project in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), where faculty are convinced that as the borders of the world open and the frequency and intensity of cross...Read More about Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large