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Sidney Poitier, who was the first Black man to win an Academy Award for best actor, has died at age 94. Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies, says the actor was a “trusted racial interlocutor” who provided a “template” for other Black men. “There's a scene in the 1963 film ‘Lilies of the Field’ where Sidney Poitier, who earned his first Oscar for his performance and the first for a Black American, painstakingly teaches a group of German nuns the song ‘Amen… read more about Sidney Poitier ‘Carried a Unique Burden of Representation,’ Professor Says »

This semester Professor Faulkner Fox had the opportunity to finally include a field trip to see a play in-person in her creative writing course, "Plays that Change the World." Professor Fox designed "Plays that Changed the World" as an opportunity for students interested in playwrighting to learn that plays are more than just stage productions. As part of the course, she planned to include at least one field trip to attend an in-person production.  However, the first time the course was offered in the fall of 2020, it had… read more about Class Field Trip: "Peace of Clay" at Raleigh Theatre »

Writer Caryl Phillips, Professor of English at Yale University, returned during Fall Semester 2021 as the Blackburn Writer-in-Residence in the English Department at Duke.  During his visit, Phillips participated in a roundtable discussion, visited Duke English classes, and read from his work along with two English faculty members. The Fall 2021 residency kicked off with a roundtable discussion focused on the topic “Race from an International Perspective.”  The panel consisted of three… read more about Caryl Phillips, 2021 Blackburn Writer-in-Residence Visit »

As the semester draws to a close and we approach the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a close look at how learning and classroom environments adapted to the pandemic. Even as students returned this semester to in-person learning, many of the lessons from 18 months of remote learning continued to shape the classroom experience. Faculty and students together used the pandemic to reimagine the traditional classroom. read more about Inside Class 'Room' Learning »

Duke English and the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (IID) held a “Digital Humanities Open House,” featuring presentations by three English faculty members and two undergraduate students. Astrid Giugni, Lecturing Fellow in English, and two of her students presented two projects supported by the Data+ Program.  Associate Professor of English Aarthi Vadde presented her Fictionality and Fandom After the Social Web project. Julianne Werlin, Assistant Professor of English, focused her presentation on her read more about “Digital Humanities Open House” Invites Collaboration Between Literature and Quantitative Methodology »

Check out some of the PhD student research being supported by The Graduate School's fellowships in 2021. read more about Fellowship Snapshots 2021 »

This week's episodes of Novel Dialogue features novelist Caryl Phillips and critic Corina Stan, Associate Professor of English at Duke University.   read more about Stitching the Past to the Present: Caryl Phillips speaks with Corina Stan (JP) »

Duke Alumni Engagement and Development announced 81 honorees for its 2021 awards. The awards, presented each fall, honor outstanding achievement and commitment to Duke and its alumni around the world. Awardees will be honored during Homecoming Weekend, Nov. 5-7, 2021. read more about New Alumni Awardees Announced, Including New Changemaker »

There are times when a Duke author has knowledge to share but it just won't work as a scholarly publication. The books below all address large issues, from fighting tyranny to facing death, but they come through the personal stories of the authors.  These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop. No Cure for Being Human (and other truths I need to hear), by Kate Bowler Kate Bowler believed that life was a… read more about 10 Duke-Authored Memoirs Have Stories to Tell »

Moderated by Dr. Ranjana Khanna, professor and director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute here at Duke, the panel discussion “What Can the Humanities Contribute to the Global Energy Transition?” explored the potential of humanities fields to help supplement perspectives offered by the sciences, teaching us about new ways of living for a greener world. read more about Will the Humanities Save the World? »

This fall, Welsh novelist Sophie Mackintosh, American poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi, and Mexican novelist Fernando Flores visited Professor Maren’s English 290S class, “World Building: From Genesis to Lil Nas X.”  Students had the opportunity to ask these authors questions about elements of their writing.  Each writer shared their experiences with working through pieces from beginning to end, including how they overcome writer's block or editing concerns.  Professor Maren explained why she selected these particular writers… read more about In English 290s, Conversations with Authors Enhance Assigned Readings  »

In summer 2021, Duke Ph.D. students continued to grapple with COVID-19 and pandemic-related disruptions. Some were able to make research trips that had been postponed, while others sought out alternative means of conducting research, accessing source material, making progress on their dissertations, and gaining important new skills and experiences. read more about Summer Research Snapshots 2021 »

StudioDuke is a two-semester creative lab and mentorship program providing students the opportunity to take their advanced, ongoing creative projects to the next level. StudioDuke is a collaboration between Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network), and Duke Arts. Students are matched with creative industry professionals (including Duke alumni) for one-on-one mentorship. The fifth year of this arts mentorship program pairs twenty students with professional mentors to… read more about 2021-22 StudioDuke Student Cohort »

Founded in 1906 by George Wall, a formerly enslaved man who worked for Trinity College, Walltown has long been an important, affordable enclave for the Black working class of Durham. It thrived in the 1960s following the arrival of Northgate Mall. Now a Duke alumnus is leading the effort to ensure the community avoids gentrification as developers make plans to renovate the area around the mall. read more about Walltown Forever: Alumnus (English) Organizes to Protect Community's Future »

In this interview for the Duke Entertainment, Media, and Arts Network (DEMAN), Maureen Farrell ‘01 (English Alum)  offers advice for students and alumni hoping to pursue a career in journalism after Duke. This Thursday, Oct 7 at 8pm, Farrell will be in conversation with her co-author Eliot Brown about their recently published book, “The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion.” read more about Q&A with Maureen Farrell ‘01, Reporter, The New York Times »

Upon reaching milestones of 10, 15, 20 or more years, staff and faculty reflect on their paths read more about Celebrating Staff and Faculty Career Milestones at Duke »

In this interview with the alumni network DukeJournos, alumna Kristen Bellstrom shares how she has navigated her career path in print media since her graduation from Duke in 1998. “Journalism has changed a lot since I got my first reporter job and I’m doing my best to change with it,” she says. read more about Q&A with Kristen Bellstrom ‘98, Features Editor, Fortune Magazine »

Outrageous Fortune, the country's first nationwide online literary magazine for and by undergraduates, is currently accepting submissions. They accept all areas of work, including digital files such as video-recorded spoken word and short films. Each semester, they look for fiction, non-fiction, drama, film, art, photography, and poetry. As professors and department heads, we would greatly appreciate it if you let your undergraduate students know about this opportunity to submit their work for publication. While… read more about Outrageous Fortune Online Magazine Calls for Submissions »

During Season 2, Novel Dialogue will alternate between blog posts and new episodes of the podcast series on Thursdays.   English Ph.D. candidate James Draney's blog post "On the Audio Culture of Letters" is this week's Novel Dialgoue's feature.  Novel Dialogue will feature blog posts on the weeks without new episodes of the podcasts.  read more about Season 2 of Novel Dialogue: "On the Audio Culture of Letters"  »

Abby Seeskin received her Ph.D. in English from Duke in 2017. For the past three years, she has been an Upper School English teacher at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. In July 2021 she started a new position as an Upper School English teacher at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina. read more about Duke the Graduate School Alumni Profiles Series: Abby Seeskin »

If you don’t think a laboratory is the ideal place to explore complex themes and methodologies like valuing care, ethnography, urbanism or games and culture, you may need to expand your definition beyond beakers and microscopes. Labs are hives of communication, cooperation and active collaboration. They are driven by a commitment to curiosity and exploration that often produces unanticipated paths and solutions. And utilizing those features for research in the humanities – a scholarly area that has traditionally focused on… read more about Innovative, Interdisciplinary Labs Reshape Humanities Research and Teaching »

Four visiting humanities scholars from historically Black colleges and universities and liberal-arts institutions arrived at Duke this August to collaborate with Duke students, faculty and staff. Their projects will cover commemoration practices, early Christian manuscripts, a 17th century Mexican philosopher and the ephemeral nature of digital projects. The fellows are part of Humanities Unbounded, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiative designed to nurture collaboration and inventive expressions of the… read more about Duke Welcomes New Cohort of Visiting Humanities Scholars from HBCUs and Liberal-Arts Schools »

Professor Sussman's "Peopling the World" is amongst the list of global perspectives books by Duke-authors. read more about 11 Duke-Authored Books On Global Perspectives »