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Two Duke Seniors Named Rhodes Scholars

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Duke Today | November 22, 2015 DURHAM, NC – Duke University seniors Laura Roberts of Dallas and John “Jay” Ruckelshaus of Indianapolis were among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Roberts is a Global Human Rights Scholar and Lowell Aptman... Read More »


In Memory: Professor Emeritus Wallace “Wally” Jackson (1929-2015)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

We celebrate the life of Wallace "Wally" Jackson. He was our mentor, colleague, and a former chairman of the English Department. We continue to be inspired by his lifelong pursuit of learning and his passion for teaching. November 23, 1930 – November 29, 2015 Wallace “Wally”... Read More »


Poet and Editor Returns to Alma Matter with Advice

Monday, November 30, 2015

“I'll dent the garage door with my head, siphon Crown Royal from your liquor cabinet, jump from a gondola in Venice. I'll smash my ankle with a hammer, drive through stop signs with my eyes closed, cost you thousands in medical bills. Forget about sleeping. I'll dominate the prayers you keep... Read More »


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 “Amadeus... 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 her... 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... 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. His... 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, takes... Read More »


The Humanities: What's The Big Idea?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October 26, 2015 by Tania Lombrozo for NPR.org 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 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 Read More »


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