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“Starving the Beast” University Finances and Public Education Colloquium

This Humanities Futures colloquium opened with the projection of Steve Mim’s 2016 documentary “Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt…

End of Translation

Translation lies at the core of contemporary humanistic study and serves also to define and guard its boundaries.

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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…

Re-imagining World Spaces: The New Relevance of Eurasia

Mark Bassin

Although we often think about geographical continents as fixed natural entities, they are in fact also the product of imaginative construction. The most recent example of this process is the emergence of the continental concept of "Eurasia."

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Symposium on Race & Transgender Studies

Transgender Studies + Humanities Series Symposium on Race and Transgender Studies, at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke…

An Alternative Paradigm for Studying and Performing Athenian Drama

Using the communal rather than professional paradigm for the study of this drama yields important results…

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HIV/AIDS and Global Health at Duke University

Art, AIDS Activism, and Archives: From the Global History of HIV/AIDS in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to…

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Rethinking Slavery: 21st Century Research of Slavery, Sex & Gender

This one and half-day symposium examined the archival and popular representation of chattel slavery, as altered by the cultural and…

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Rethinking Slavery in the 21st Century: Representing Slavery

This one and half-day symposium examined the archival and popular representation of chattel slavery, as altered by the cultural 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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.