Searching for empathy in the humanities: what's in a narrative

Monday, November 23, 2015
By Chris Lee | Thursday, October 15 When I was in eighth grade, I had an English teacher named Mrs. Johnson. During the last period of the school day, I would sit in the back corner of her classroom and listen while she led recitations of “Julius Caesar” or discussions of film scenes from “... Read More »

Alumna Takes Her Skills To Silicon Valley

Monday, November 16, 2015
ENGLISH ALUMNA TAKES HER SKILLS TO SILICON VALLEY When I ask Brea Davenport (English ‘12) her take on English majors, she describes her sophomore year experience of strolling into the Academic Advising Center to declare her major just as the deadline was passing. “We’re late,” she says of... Read More »

Salon an evening of poetry

Monday, November 16, 2015
The Archive hosts Salon: an evening of poetry to showcase and celebrate Duke's literary community of poets. The program will include poetry readings of Duke faculty Nathaniel Mackey, the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing, and Joseph Donahue, the Helen L. Bevington Professor of the... Read More »

Beyond Reformation? by David Aers

Monday, November 16, 2015
In Beyond Reformation? An Essay on William Langland’s Piers Plowman and the End of Constantinian Christianity, David Aers presents a sustained and profound close reading of the final version of William Langland’s Piers Plowman, the most searching Christian poem of the Middle Ages in English.... Read More »

Brodhead, Faculty Step Up for a Marathon Reading of 'Paradise Lost' Friday

Thursday, November 12, 2015
DURHAM, NC – It’s probably the most famous text ever written about devils and their doings. So it’s fitting that when a bunch of Blue Devils gather Friday for a 10-hour reading, they will read from the pages of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”. The reading, organized by the Duke English department,... Read More »

The Humanities: What's The Big Idea?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
October 26, 2015 by Tania Lombrozo for An article in The Guardian earlier this year declared: "A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia." It pressed on, stating that "currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities." Read more

100 Careers for English Majors: They Exist (Really)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Anyone with an English degree will tell you that picking this major can lead to a lot skeptical questions: “What are you going to do after school?” or “What kind of a job can you really get with an English degree?” Read more

Journal Publishing at Duke University Press

Friday, October 30, 2015
Published on Oct 29, 2015 Many hours of hard work go into publishing a single journal issue. With over 50 journals at Duke University Press, get to know more about how we work with editorial offices to create beautifully designed, easy-to-read, and readily available journal issues. This... Read More »

Library Writing and Research Award Winners

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 Library Writing and Research Award Winners! The Duke University Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014-2015 library writing and research awards. The Aptman Prize, the Middlesworth Award, and the Holsti Prize recognize excellence in student... Read More »

Talking Jazz with Nathaniel Mackey and Abdullah Ibrahim

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Duke professor and acclaimed poet Nathaniel Mackey, left, talks with South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim, right, about his remarkable career in music as part of Duke's "Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists" series on Thursday. The event was co-... Read More »