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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 bring people together on projects to facilitate this new and innovative research and knowledge production.


NC Jukebox
Undergraduate Research
This project is focused on transforming an inaccessible audio archive of historic North Carolina folk music into a vital, publicly accessible digital archive and museum exhibition. Nearly 97 years ago and into the 1930s, Frank C. Brown, a Duke...Read More about NC Jukebox
One Person, One Vote
Emerging Networks
In a pilot initiative that is part of a longer-term collaboration, Duke University and the SNCC Legacy Project plan to chronicle the historic struggles for voting rights that youth, converging with older community leaders, fought for and won.   In...Read More about One Person, One Vote
Pop Art in the Americas, 1965-1975
Humanities Lab
Brazilian art is emerging as a major player in top international museums, the art market, and histories of modern and contemporary art. This group will research these circuits, ask which Brazilian artists are featured and why, and pay close...Read More about Pop Art in the Americas
Project Vox
Emerging Networks
Most humanistic disciplines underwent a profound transformation during the challenges to the academy associated with second wave feminism, between the early 1960s and the early 1980s. The canon in many fields was overturned, pedagogy was rethought,...Read More about Project Vox
pSearch - Humanities
Undergraduate Research
Perhaps the best way to get a jumpstart on your four years at Duke is to participate in a pre-orientation program. One of these, pSearch, is designed as an introduction to undergraduate research.  Professor Philip Stern leads a humanities/social...Read More about pSearch - Humanities
Art Biennials, Global Humanities, and Socially Engaged Education
Undergraduate Research
This HWL project expands the undergraduate research component of two major projects by Pedro Lasch, Associate Research Professor in Duke's Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. The first is HOW TO KNOW: The Protocols and Pedagogy of...Read More about Public Art & Socially Engaged Education
Sonic Dictionary
Humanities Lab
The Sonic Dictionary is a multi-course, multi-institution collaborative experiment initially hosted by the Audiovisualities Lab and then migrated into Story Lab. The project's goal is to build a digital database of sounds that can be accessed and...Read More about Sonic Dictionary
Story Lab Fellows
Humanities Lab
Story Lab Fellows are a group of ambitious, energetic student storytellers and scholars, both undergraduate and graduate, who are a key component of the lab's community. Appointed for one semester (potentially renewable), each fellow receives a...Read More about Story Lab Fellows