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Representing Migration Humanities Lab Fellowship Application 2019-2020!

Monday, July 1, 2019

ATTENTION STUDENTS IN THE HUMANITIES: We are delighted to announce that the REPRESENTING MIGRATION HUMANITIES LAB will be offering  SIX FELLOWSHIPS in 2019-2020! Come be a part of an exciting community at Duke exploring the art and politics... Read More »


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Close Reading: Whitman Makes His Mark

Monday, July 1, 2019

What History Can Tell Us Through a Single Document Walt Whitman was born two hundred years ago this spring (May 31, 1819) in West Hills, New York. In honor of his bicentennial, this is a page from the printer’s proof of the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass, the most famous work of America’... Read More »


Durham Tech faculty Lisa Blair (far left) and Marina DelVecchio (far right) will collaborate with Duke PhD students Patricia Bas

Duke Welcomes NCCU, Durham Tech, Liberal Arts Collaborators to Humanities Unbounded Initiative

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Six visiting scholars representing liberal arts institutions, historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and Durham Technical Community College will arrive at Duke this summer to collaborate with faculty as part of an innovative humanities initiative.   Read More »


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What’s Next for 2019 English Graduates?

Monday, June 24, 2019

A little over a month ago, thirty plus Duke English majors graced the stage of Reynolds Theater as part of the 2019 Duke University Department of English Graduation Ceremony the last phase before each of them takes the next step in their lives.  Five members of the 2019 graduating class, took a few... Read More »


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2019 English Department Graduation Ceremony in Review

Monday, May 20, 2019

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the 12:30 p.m., the Duke English Department said good-bye to the Class of 2019 and honored them along with family and friends who filed into Reynolds Theater to celebrate with Duke’s graduating English majors as they received their degrees. The graduates and their guests... Read More »


Claire Ravenscroft and Chandler Fry Are Co-Winners of the 2019 Stephen Horne Award

Friday, May 17, 2019

The English Department at Duke University is honored to announce that Claire Ravenscroft and Chandler Fry have been selected as co-winners of the 2019 Stephen Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This award is presented annually to a graduate student instructor in the English Department who... Read More »


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Locus Collection Tracks the Stars and Universe of Sci-Fi

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

“It’s a curious strength Duke has that I didn’t expect,” said D’Alessandro. “I taught this course previously at Harvard, and even the archives there didn’t have anything like this collection, which adds a whole new breadth and depth to the class.” Read More »


The English Department recently announced the winners of its Creative Writing competition.

Creative Writing Awardees Discuss Passion for English, Writing

Monday, April 29, 2019

On April 16th, Duke English announced the winners of its 2019 Creative Writing Contests. To learn more about the awardees and their relationships with creative writing, I reached out to the winners. I previously interviewed Aaron VanSteinberg, pictured top middle, to learn more about his thesis. I... Read More »


Aaron VanSteinberg wrote his senior thesis on William Carlos Williams, Robert Creeley and Denise Levertov.

WXDU DJ Breaks His Thesis Down

Thursday, April 25, 2019

In his last few days of class as an undergraduate at Duke University, senior Aaron VanSteinberg has a lot to reflect on. The Kansas native, studying English with a German minor, sat down to share his work on his thesis, experience as a DJ at WXDU, and his plans for the future. VanSteinberg chose to... Read More »


I accidentally stumbled into the English major—and I'm glad I did!

1800’s American Literature and Me

Thursday, April 25, 2019

It’s the first day of classes of my sophomore year. I take my seat in the front row of a lecture hall for a class about American politics. Computer screens immediately open to Netflix and online shopping pages reveal the truth about this class: it’s painfully boring. Still I brave the course for... Read More »


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