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Professor Aarthi Vadde will welcome esteemed writers like Teju Cole (author of Open City), Orhan Pamuk (winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature), and George Saunders (author of Lincoln in the Bardo) to her new podcast “Novel Dialogue,” which premieres today. Each episode pairs a novelist and a critic for lively, fun, and sophisticated dialogues about the art of novel writing. Vadde will serve as a co-host on the show alongside John Plotz, the Barbara Mandel Professor of the Humanities at… read more about Professor Aarthi Vadde Debuts New Podcast “Novel Dialogue” »

Learn how Duke's libraries have adjusted their services so that the community has access to the resources they need. read more about Keeping the Pages Turning at Duke Libraries »

The Children’s March, 1963 The water pressure from a fire hose  can stop a moving bullet, can ransack  a door wedged shut, and extinguish  any embers, including those we cannot  see. Bull saw us all as threat—the lot  of us, the endless stream that poured  out of our church and onto the street.  We sang and we held hands. We held  onto our purpose—to be true to our God,  true to our native land, to Birmingham,  like the thirsty sponges we were. We  sang a song we’d practiced and knew  by heart. We were not letting… read more about Poem of the Day "Six" »

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students are invited to apply to be a Young Trustee—serving on the Duke University Board of Trustees. An information session will be held today at 5:30 p.m. ET.  More about the Young Trustee position and the selection process is available here. Applications are due on Sunday, Feb. 28.  read more about You Could Be a Young Trustee »

As part of its event series tgiFHI, the Franklin Humanities Institute is conducting interviews with its faculty speakers in order to familiarize broader audiences with the diversity of research approaches in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social… read more about Meet Your Humanities Faculty: Jarvis McInnis »

Collen Flaherty's recent article in Inside Higher Ed looks at the growing diversity of what is being taught in English departments. read more about Not the Queen's English Department »

“America’s Best Employers 2021” list by Forbes, Duke University placed 23rd out of 500 employers with more than 5,000 employees in the annual ranking. read more about Duke Named a ‘Best Employer’ by Forbes for 2021 »

"Despite a struggling labor market and emerging technologies that emphasize the importance of STEM fields, an English degree is as useful as ever," says John Hopkins University Professor Mark Christian Thompson read more about Q+A The Enduring Value of An English Degree »

Professor Joseph Winters “Hope Draped in Black,” included amongst Duke Today's list of "10 Duke-Authored Books on Black History." read more about 10 Duke-Authored Books on Black History »

Duke English began the Spring 2021 semester by welcoming 30+ attendees to the first session of the Faculty Works-in-Progress Series on Friday, January 22nd.  Professor Joseph Winters presented his forthcoming article "Recovering the Irrecoverable: Blackness, Melancholy, and the Duplicities that Bind," which will be a part of the "Slave Religion: Histories and Horizons" special issue of the journal Religions. Winters opened the session with an overiew of his previous works and what… read more about Professor Winters' Faculty Works-in-Progress Series Session  »

This month, we present a collection of 10 Duke-authored books detailing the history of Black life in America. While this is not a comprehensive list of all Duke scholarship on Black history, it is intended to be an introduction to the multifaceted work of Duke scholars in public policy, history, documentary studies, religious studies, African and African-American studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, art, art history, and visual studies.  These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries,… read more about 10 Duke-Authored Books on Black History »

Duke Alum Sid Richardson's CD Borne by a Wind will be released on February 12, 2021 on New Focus Recordings.  Richardson's CD features Professor Nathaniel Mackey and performances by Deviant Septet, pianist Conrad Tao, violinist Lilit Hartunian, and Da Capo Chamber Players.   read more about Professor Nathaniel Mackey Featured on Duke Alum Sid Richardson's New CD  »

This month we offer a collection of Duke-authored works that reflect human experiences through fiction.  These books along with many others are available at the Duke University Libraries, the Gothic… read more about 10 Works of Fiction from Duke Authors »

Guardian's article, "Drexciya: how Afrofuturism is inspiring calls for an ocean memorial to slavery," features Professor Charlotte Sussman and Duke Bass Connections Project "Remembering the Middle Passage" work to memorialize the Middle Passage. read more about “Seascape: the state of our oceans - Drexciya: How Afrofuturism Is inspiring Calls for an Ocean Memorial to Slavery” »

On occasion, Duke faculty put their research on pause and and turn to writing fiction in a variety of genres. We feature 10 recent novels and short stories from authors across the university. PLUS: See a roundup of January publications from Duke authors on the DUKE TODAY BOOKS PAGE. read more about 10 Works of Fiction from Duke Authors »

As educational institutions seek ways to enhance opportunities for students during the pandemic, the College Board has tapped five Duke University professors to provide recorded lectures to millions of advanced high school students around the world. The new lecture series, called “AP Daily,” offers free, online videos across a variety of college-level topics to students who are learning in person, remotely or in blended learning environments. Students can view the videos independently or Advanced Placement (AP) teachers can… read more about In Pandemic, Advanced Placement Turns to Duke Faculty for Help in High School Lecture Series »

The first spring 2021 installment of the Duke English Faculty Works-in-Progress series will take place on Zoom this Friday, January 22, at 1:15 p.m. Professor Joseph Winters will discuss "Recovering the Irrecoverable: Blackness, Melancholy, and the Duplicities that Bind,” an article he is working on for an upcoming special issue of the journal Religion. Religion is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal on religions and theology from Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing… read more about January 22: Joseph Winters on Blackness and Melancholy »

Professor Faulkner Fox​ wrote a piece for Duke Medium about what it was like to be working in Georgia when she found out the Capitol was being attacked. read more about A Blue Georgia on My Mind »

In email messages sent to Duke faculty, staff and students Tuesday, President Vincent Price invited them to a series of online Leadership Conversations with to address concerns about the new semester. read more about Price Invites Duke Community to Leadership Conversations January 25-27 »

on the days the dark is vanta vicious enough to swallow whole every holy thing like my mother and the stigmata she bleeds from a totem of raising black on the days the cold is cold as all get out but there’s no place to get in when even breath is blade and hurts to think of thinking of breathing let alone laughing on the days I feel frayed and ‘fraid ripped and torn from the lot plucked from family and ‘nem and even myself sometimes my name is the name of a stranger my face still the face in the hole of a hoodie just… read more about Poem of the Day "Match" »

Silence with you is like the faint delicious Smile of a child asleep, in dreams unguessed: Only the hinted wonder of its dreaming,  The soft, slow-breathing miracle of rest.  Silence with you is like a kind departure From iron clangor and the engulfing crowd Into a wide and greenly barren meadow,  Under the bloom of some blue-bosomed cloud; Or like one held upon the sands at evening,  When the drawn tide rolls out, and the mixed light  Of sea and sky enshrouds the far, wind-bellowed Sails that move darkly on the edge of… read more about Poem of the Day "Silence" »

I knew for years the archaic term for refrain—                the part of the song you carry— is burden. It carries you. Refrain, also, as in               hold back. The burden holds me back.If I didn’t have you, my father said, passing                the fire, I’d get out to help. It made me imagine people inside. I lived instead.               Burden, I learned, after the bees began producing rust-honey in their rust-wax                hives, is also what you… read more about Poem of the Day "Rust Honey" »

An original poem written for the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at the Library of Congress. There’s a poem in this place— 
in the footfalls in the halls 
in the quiet beat of the seats. 
It is here, at the curtain of day, 
where America writes a lyric 
you must whisper to say.

 There’s a poem in this place— 
in the heavy grace, 
the lined face of this noble building, 
collections burned and reborn twice. There’s a poem in Boston’s Copley Square 
where protest chants 
tear through the air 
like… read more about Poem of the Day "In This Place (An American Lyric)" »

Something Else. Some one else Some where else That place is here, In my home, We are here. I am brown, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Like cookies Feather tells me, and I like to think it’s perfectly cooked Pueblo cookies. My kids are something else, 9 different shades of brown, All beautiful. My grandkids are something else, 4 brown eyes, 2 blue eyes, All Native, Definitely something else, as I watch them be rowdy, be loving, be here in this world. We are here On this earth In this time and place In our homes, On our lands… read more about Poem of the Day "More Than Something Else" »

In spring 2015, Francisco Ramos was a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching a course on advanced qualitative methods. During class one Tuesday that April, he noticed that discourse analysis and phenomenology seemed to be the last thing on his students’ minds. What occupied their thoughts instead was Freddie Gray, a young Black man in Baltimore who had died two days earlier from injuries he suffered while in police custody. read more about Graduate School Assistant Dean Writes Guidebook on Teaching Contentious Issues »

The days are beautiful The days are beautiful. I know what days are. The other is weather. I know what weather is. The days are beautiful. Things are incidental. Someone is weeping. I weep for the incidental. The days are beautiful. Where is tomorrow? Everyone will weep. Tomorrow was yesterday. The days are beautiful. Tomorrow was yesterday. Today is weather. The sound of the weather Is everyone weeping. Everyone is incidental. Everyone weeps. The tears of today Will put out tomorrow. The rain is ashes. The days… read more about Poem of the Day "Hum" »

To curate best practices for remote and hybrid instruction, Learning Innovation facilitated a discussion called Sharing What Works: One Good Idea from Fall 2020 Courses. During the discussion, we invited faculty to share successful teaching strategies from the Fall 2020 semester. We also administered a survey to Duke instructors to probe effective methods for flexible teaching. After synthesizing our findings from the discussion and survey, here’s what we learned: read more about Faculty Share Their Best Ideas for Hybrid and Remote Teaching »

It should have ended there, the coach turning soft and orange, her gown dissolving into a frothy cloud around her shoulders, the twelfth stroke of the clock in the tower falling like a meteorite, and the glass slipper slipping into the pond, raising a bubble like a frog breathing. Perhaps it is starting to rain. It should have ended there, the pumpkin at the gate, and the neighbors’ only son staring in amazement, riding out at dawn to work. From The Black Birch (Kelsay Books, 2017). Copyright © 2017 by J. R.… read more about Poem of the Day "Cinderella" »

A most unusual and painful year also brought us moments of joy and solidarity. We revisit some of the highlights in photos and videos. read more about 20 Moments From 2020 »

2020 has been a year unlike any other in our lifetimes. This article will reflect how Duke English addressed the challenges and opportunities presented by this historic year. Learning at Duke spread far beyond East and West campuses, for all of us.   Faculty and students learned to take advantage of Duke resources beyond the classroom and Duke campus. With our students dispersed worldwide during the pandemic, the Duke English experience expanded well beyond Durham with Zoom becoming a primary resource for helping hold… read more about Duke English:2020 in Review »