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The “Picture This!” event held by Duke History Hub witnessed an exciting talk about several historical pictures among the faculty and students from the History Department on the afternoon of March 28th. The panelists chose the photos in their research and provided contextual remarks on a website designed by Avrati Bhatnagar. Below the photos, the researchers proposed several questions to engage the audience in the discussion. The attendees actively shared their understanding of each image based on their personal focus and… read more about History Hub Presents "Picture This!" »

On Wednesday, March 27th, in light of the over 500 anti-trans, anti-queer, and anti-DEI bills that have been introduced into legislation this year alone, the History Graduate Student Association and the History Department organized to host an event built around advocacy, education, and fun. “Stop Anti-Trans Legislation: A Drag Performance,” featured professional drag performers, Stormie Daie, Mx. Princexx Peritwinkle, and G-Clef for a spectacular event, open to the public. Music was provided by DJ Webbie, with speakers Pete… read more about Dancing in the Halls! HGSA's Drag Event Shines a Light on Anti-Trans Legislation »

On February 29, Professor Barnes presented one chapter of her book script, “Think Before You Flush: Your Body’s Secrets to a Healthier Ecosystem”. The professors and students from the Duke and UNC history departments attended the meeting and raised interesting questions about 20th-century China’s manure disposal. Those whose fields lie in agriculture and commerce in modern Europe and America drove the discussion to understand China’s building of a modern face treatment system from a global perspective. They suggested the… read more about History Hub Workshop with Nicole Barnes: "Think Before You Flush" »

Jessica Borsellino presented a chapter of her dissertation, “Medicine for Generations: Healing Work in Kiowa Communities, 1867-1920,” on January 26. The professors and students in the history department attended her presentation and contributed their comments and suggestions on Borsellino’s work. After talking about the availability and possibility of using more materials of oral history records, the discussion's focus turned to the chapter's writing structure. Borsellino was suggested that she should bring some details and… read more about History Hub Workshop with Jessica Borsellino: "Medicine for Generations" »

We're pleased to announce that Nathan Strang is the inaugural winner of the Vasant Kaiwar Prize in Undergraduate Historical Research, for his paper entitled "Eugenics In the Press: Francis Galton’s Early Ideas and Public Responses (1870 – 1904)." Established upon his retirement in 2023, the Kaiwar Prize is meant to honor the beloved professor's deep commitment to undergraduate research- including the sharing of it through publication- over the course of his 30-year career at Duke University.… read more about First Vasant Kaiwar Prize Winner Announced! »

This story was originally posted to the Duke Libraries Blog.  Guest Writer Gabe Cooper is a first-year student from Columbia, SC.  He intends to major in Economics with maybe a French minor and an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate. What drew you to sign up for Scientific Revolutions: Music, Medicine, and Literature the Renaissance FOCUS program? And specifically Professor Tom Robisheaux’s class “Renaissance Doctors, Engineers, and Scientists”? I discovered this FOCUS… read more about Unraveling the Mysteries of the Renaissance: My Unexpected Journey in the Medieval/Renaissance FOCUS Cluster »

A multiyear Bass Connections team linking Duke and North Carolina Central University has been using innovative methods and a creative approach to collaboration to explore the links among education, hip hop and community building in Brazil and the United States.                                                                         … read more about Hip-Hop As Education and Inspiration in Brazil and the United States »

As Duke’s Centennial encourages a look back at the history of the university, Black History Month emphasizes the experiences and impact of Black people in local, national, and global histories. Of course, the work of preserving, uncovering, and highlighting Black history continues 12 months out of the year for those engaged in the field, as demonstrated by four Ph.D. students in Duke’s Department of History who are also pursuing the Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies (AAAS). Read below to learn… read more about Looking Forward, Looking Back: 4 Ph.D. Students Reflect on Black History »

Henschel leads an editing workshop. (John West/Trinity Communications) Lauren Henschel is flipping the script on traditional evaluation methods. As co-leader of an interdisciplinary Trinity initiative that gives students in certain courses the option to create a video project for their final as opposed to a written paper, she’s introducing students to new skills as directors, interviewers and producers. An Associate in Research in the Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies… read more about A Movie Script Ending: Bringing Film Into the Classroom »

The History Hub Faculty/Graduate Student Workshop met on Thursday, November 30 to discuss a draft chapter of Sarah Balakrishnan’s book manuscript, on spiritual ecologies in the precolonial Gold Coast, and early European-African struggles over control of the land. The chapter title was “The Land is Great.” Sarah’s chapter narrates the evolving relationship between colonial traders, military leaders, and settlers, and the complex landscape of divinity in the region. After some early clashes, Europeans were surprisingly… read more about History Hub hosts Sarah Balakrishnan »

A new bilingual history exhibit documenting Latinx student life at Duke opens this week as part of the Duke Centennial celebrations. Curated by students in Cecilia Márquez’s Latinx Social Movements class, "Our History, Our Voice: Latiné at Duke" is a collaboration of current and former cohorts of Márquez’s students from the past four years, each class building on the work of their predecessors’ research and insights. “I think the intergenerational aspect of this exhibit makes the project interesting — it’s creating Latino… read more about A New History Exhibit Documents Latinx Student Life at Duke »

The course of Esther Kim Lee’s scholarship was set by a book that didn’t exist. When she accepted the 2023 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) on November 11, Duke's Frances Hill Fox Professor of Theater Studies, International Comparative Studies and History recounted an experience from her days as a graduate student at The Ohio State University in the 1990s. While working on her dissertation, Lee searched the library for books about the history of Asian American theater. To… read more about Esther Kim Lee Wins American Society for Theatre Research’s Distinguished Scholar Award »

Our November 8th colloquium discussion featured a presentation by Dr. Simon Miles on his article “We All Fall Down: The Dismantling of the Warsaw Pact and the End of the Cold War in Eastern Europe.” After explaining aspects of his research into the decisions of Eastern European anticommunist activists and politicians at the end of the Cold War, Dr. Miles answered questions on a variety of topics, including how to assess the agency of these decision makers given their marginal status within the Cold War geopolitics, whether… read more about "We All Fall Down" with Simon Miles »

On October 26, faculty and students gathered in the Thomas Room in Lilly Library for a lecture by Bill Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. Professor Chafe reflected on his long career at Duke University (he has been a faculty member since 1971), and on his scholarship and activism in the Civil Rights Movement over a period of more than forty years. During that time, Professor Chafe and his colleagues trained almost thirty graduate students, who have gone on to become among the most… read more about History Hub presents Bill Chafe on "Lifting the Chains" »

On Friday, November 3, editor Brandon Proia from Basic Books came to give an informal talk about working with a trade publisher as an academic writer. After describing his background as a shepherd-turned-editor and his lengthy experience in the publishing industry at both academic and trade presses, Proia opened the floor for questions from an audience of mostly professors. The attendees inquired about a variety of topics, ranging from the strengths of trade presses, how to become a public-facing scholar, whether to include… read more about History Hub presents: Publishing Academic Research with a Trade Press »

On Monday, October 30th, History Hub was pleased to present the first in a series of Faculty/Graduate Student Workshops.  The event featured an informal talk by Dr. Dirk Philipsen, an Associate Research Professor of Economic History at the Sanford School of Public Policy, a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and a Secondary Faculty member of Duke History, about his creative new project. In the context of the climate crisis, Dr. Philipsen gave an enthralling presentation about what he has dubbed "the… read more about The Tragedy of the Private: Capitalism and the Climate »

On Monday, 10/23/23, Methods Labs welcomed Thomas Robisheaux and John Martin to discuss the historical methodology of Microhistory. Using the classic work The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzburg as a jumping off point, Drs. Robisheaux and Martin commented on their experiences--including, in the case of Dr. Martin, points where he came up short--in practicing microhistory. From there, discussion moved into other topics such as whether microhistory is a useful methodology, how to do global microhistory, advice for… read more about Cheese, Worms, and Microhistory »