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Franklin Gallery @ History Exhibits

John Hope Franklin was one of the most well-known and influential scholars of his era and broke countless professional barriers…

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Slavery’s History in the Age of the Database: Interface Design for Corrupted Files

By responding creatively to the archival challenges presented by the social history of slavery, Harvard Professor Vincent Brown hopes to…

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The Sapient Paradox: Social Interaction as a Foundation of Mind

Colin Renfrew (University of Cambridge) discussed evolving social behaviour as an indicator of the expansion of intelligent thought in the…

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On Close Reading and Sound Recording

The emerging interdisciplinary nexus of sound studies has brought us rich sound-centered histories and ethnographies and opened up illuminating theoretical questions about the ontologies of sound, music, and the voice.

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The Black Outdoors: Fred Moten & Saidiya Hartman at Duke University

The Black Outdoors: Humanities Futures after Property and Possession seeks to interrogate the relation between race, sexuality, and juridical and…

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Shayla Vie Jenkins on Duke Dance’s “Power/Full”

Shayla-Vie was in residence at Duke re-staging Bill T. Jones’ “Power/Full” for the Modern Dance Repertory course from September 13th-22nd,…

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Duke University Dance Program: November Dances 2016

The Duke Dance Program’s fall concert featuring a re-staging of Power/Full by legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones. Also, with original…

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The Rise of the Paranormal with Jeffrey Kripal

"The Garden Next Door: How One Woman Was Struck by Lightning, Talked to God, and Came Back to Dream the…

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Ancient Comedy, Women’s Lives: Finding Social History and Seeing the Present in Classical Comedy

This essay proposes that the study of Classics, the ancient Greco-Roman world, remains vital for the future of humanities and, indeed, for the future of the university.

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Why a Humanities Lab in Angola? A Few Remarks on Critical Thinking and the Relevance of a ‘Public Humanities’ Concept

This working paper is structured around five topics: (i) a brief summary of Angola’s contemporary history and a presentation of Angola’s main human development indicators; (ii) a brief presentation of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Agostinho Neto University (Luanda); (iii) a more detailed presentation of CIESO (Centre for Sociological Studies and Research) and its main activities and projects; (iv) a presentation of the Humanities Lab project and (v) the Humanities Lab project’s philosophy.

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Words and Music: A Conversation with Author Richard Powers

The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics hosted a casual discussion with novelist Richard Powers, violist…

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Project Orfeo at Baldwin Theater

Novelist Richard Powers (“The Time of our Singing” and “The Echomaker”) joins Duke faculty composer Scott Lindroth, the Horszowski Piano…

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Black History, Islam, and the Future of the Humanities Beyond White Supremacy

Interpreting Islam as a form of Black history offers a scholarly framework for reimagining the humanities beyond white supremacy. This paper theorizes such a framework first by showing how modern Black people in Africa and the African diaspora constructed Islam as a religion and civilization of resistance to Euro-American imperialism and anti-Black racism.

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Project Orfeo at Duke University

Duke University faculty composer Scott Lindroth shares his anticipation for the multimedia concert, Project Orfeo, featuring famed National Book Award-winning…

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The Art of the Faculty Meeting

In this "Academic Futurology" discussion on "The Art of the Faculty Meeting," Michael Merson (Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health…

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Global Humanities in Theory and Practice: The Bologna Summer School

The Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory is a joint project of Duke University, the Department of History…

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Disciplining Opinion: The American Revolution in Education

Geoffrey Harpham identifies an “American” system of education that emerged at the end of the second World War. This system–universal,…

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The Education of Bruno Latour: The Anthropocene

Famed modern French philosopher Bruno Latour spoke at Duke on his recent work regarding "critical zones" in the earth sciences,…

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Monica Huerta on the Humanities Postdoctoral Experience

Monica Huerta is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke (2014-16). In this presentation for the Postdocs in the Humanities event…

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Achille Mbembe | Frantz Fanon & the Politics of Viscerality

Delivered as the keynote for the Frantz Fanon, Louis Mars, & New Directions in Comparative Psychiatry Workshop (April 26-27, 2016),…