Feedback from students on their learning experiences in Spring and Summer 1 can aid in planning flexible courses for Fall. The Trinity Office of Assessment conducted a far-reaching student survey followed by focus groups, and has a data-driven list of suggestions to consider. Read our blog post for an overview of the results and expanded suggestions for Fall 2020. read more about Lessons from Spring for a Successful Fall »
Now that the salt of their blood
Stiffens the saltier oblivion of the sea . . .
We leave Gulfport at noon; gulls overhead
trailing the boat—streamers, noisy fanfare—
all the way to Ship Island. What we see
first is the fort, its roof of grass, a lee—
half reminder of the men who served there—
a weathered monument to some of the dead.
Inside we follow the ranger, hurried
though we are to get to the beach. He tells
of graves lost in the Gulf, the island split
in half when… read more about Poem of the Day "Elegy for the Native Guards" »
Once when I was harmless
and didn’t know any better,
a mirror to the front of me
and an ocean behind,
I lay wedged in the middle of daylight,
paper-doll thin, dreaming,
then I vanished. I gave the day a fingerprint,
I sat naked on a towel
on a hot June Monday.
The sun etched the inside of my eyelids,
while a boy dozed at my side.
The smell of all oceans was around us—
steamy salt, shell, and sweat,
but I reached for the distant one.
A tide rose while I slept,
and soon I was alone. Try being
a figure in… read more about Poem of the Day "Photo of a Girl on a Beach" »
I am the woman often found alone
—or not found. If you think of me,
in your mind’s eye, see no one standing near.
See me filling the space where I am
easily, as an animal does, moving
among the hills and trees.
Part of things, but mistaken for none.
Strong legs, strong lungs, deep sleep
alone at night in a single bunk.
Mornings I take off my shirt in the sun,
dig my toes in cool sand. Giving way
underfoot, the earth answers back: I am.
There is a world apart from what we call
“the world,” where we are alive in… read more about Poem of the Day "From the Dunes" »
Excerpts from a timely and thought-provoking essay by Trina Jones, the Jerome M. Culp Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law, and Kimberly Jade Norwood, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Read the full essay in Duke's Medium page. read more about What Do We Teach Our Students About Law and Justice? »
I’ve had enough
I’m sick of seeing and touching
Both sides of things
Sick of being the damn bridge for everybody
Can talk to anybody
I explain my mother to my father
my father to my little sister
My little sister to my brother
my brother to the white feminists
The white feminists to the Black church folks
the Black church folks to the ex-hippies
the ex-hippies to the Black separatists
the Black separatists to the artists
the artists to my friends’ parents…
I’ve got to explain myself
To… read more about Poem of the Day "The Bridge Poem" »
WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD is true. I was in his house. His wife carried
a tray of coffee and sugar. His daughter filed her nails, his son went
out for the night. There were daily papers, pet dogs, a pistol on the
cushion beside him. The moon swung bare on its black cord over
the house. On the television was a cop show. It was in English.
Broken bottles were embedded in the walls around the house to
scoop the kneecaps from a man's legs or cut his hands to lace. On
the windows there were gratings like those in liquor stores. We… read more about Poem of the Day "The Colonel" »
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
(America never was America to me.)
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
(It never was America to me.)
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air… read more about Poem of the Day "Let America Be America Again" »
with a line from Gwendolyn Brooks
Months into the plague now,
I am disallowed
entry even into the waiting
room with Mom, escorted outside
instead by men armed
with guns & bottles
of hand sanitizer, their entire
countenance its own American
metaphor. So the first time
I see you in full force,
I am pacing maniacally
up & down the block outside,
Facetiming the radiologist
& your mother too,
her arm angled like a cellist’s
to help me see.
We are dazzled by the sight
of each bone in your feet,
the pulsing… read more about Poem of the Day "Dad Poem (Ultrasound #2)" »
During times of widespread stress, one theory suggests, people are more likely to dream about similar imagery. Initiated by dance professor Michael Kliën, the Social Dreaming Matrix attracts people from around the world to explore the common metaphors of their dreams. read more about Dream a Little Dream »
As part of its commitment to health and wellness, Duke University will become a tobacco-free campus effective July 1, 2020. The policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products, including all electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes and vaping products, cigarettes, cigars, hookah, chewing tobacco, snuff, IQOS, and all other forms of tobacco.
What: Duke University will be a tobacco-free campus beginning July 1, 2020. This means the use of all tobacco-based products, including cigarettes, cigars,… read more about Duke Will Officially Become a Tobacco-Free Campus on July 1 »
A new grad student far away from home,
I took every step on trembling ground.
I knew no one. Who were my friends?
The other black student in the program
ducked and rushed away when our eyes met.
Seminar rooms were full of hungry dogs
snapping up scraps of nodding approval.
At the end of a campus reception
I accepted the offer of a ride
from campus to my downtown room-with-bath.
October. Evenings were getting cool.
The walk over the bridge downtown
felt dangerously long when it was dark.
Did the young man who offered me a… read more about Poem of the Day "Pigeon and Hawk" »
Our goal is to help Duke faculty design and develop courses that can be successful in any mode of delivery — face-to-face, online or hybrid. To that end, we are committed to helping you create the most resilient, flexible course(s) possible. We are calling this effort “flexible teaching.” read more about What Is Flexible Teaching? »
Kim Cato is hanging up her medical scrubs to play detective this summer.
In her imagination, that is.
Cato has read “State of Onion,” a suspense novel about a White House chef hunted by an assassin, and she plans to read “The Scent of Rain and Lightning,” which is about a woman who investigates her father’s murder 23 years later.
“Mysteries take me out of this world we’re in right now,” said Cato, a clinical nurse for Duke Gastroenterology. “I’m not usually right, but I love trying to figure out the question of whodunnit… read more about Books to Capture Your Attention This Summer »
... say we live on, say we’ll forget the masks
that kept us from dying from the invisible,
but say we won’t ever forget the invisible
masks we realized we had been wearing
most our lives, disguising ourselves from
each other. Say we won’t veil ourselves again,
that our souls will keep breathing timelessly,
that we won’t return to clocking our lives
with lists and appointments. Say we’ll keep
our days errant as sun showers, impulsive
as a star’s falling. Say this isn’t our end …
... say I’ll get to be as thrilled as a boy… read more about Poem of the Day "Say This Isn't the End" »