Adriane Lentz-Smith, associate professor of history and African American studies, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the importance of language in reinforcing racial biases in culture. Lentz-Smith also cautions that changing language shouldn't be mistaken for real structural change. read more about Is the word ‘picnic’ racist? »
History Ph.D. Candidate Travis Knoll has been recognized by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for his new documentary tracing the incredible campaign of Catholic-inspired Black movement activists in Rio de Janeiro's urban periphery to expand education access to Brazil's political minorities. This campaign changed Brazilian society's discussion of race in the process. SSRC recently spotlighted Knoll’s work in its newsletter.
Written and produced by one of Brazil's most prominent Black journalists and edited by one… read more about History Graduate Student’s Documentary Work Gains Recognition »
What cancelled summer plans—and new ones—say about the Duke student body.
One was supposed to be saying goodbye to her childhood home on the other side of the Atlantic. Another was meant to be working with refugees in Ireland. Two more had plans for research projects in Africa. None of it happened… read more about Purpose from Disruption »
"As we honor Juneteenth and the spirit of emancipatory power, we free ourselves by freeing our language to speak back openly to recent communications regarding the loss of Black lives."
The Hurston-James Society wrote an open letter which was published in The Chronicle on June 19, 2020. Six of the signers are History graduate students: Aaron Colston, Tayzhaun Glover, Reina Henderson, Ayanna Legros, Joshua Strayhorn, and Kristina Williams.
"The Hurston-James Society is a forum of scholarship and fellowship…read more about Juneteenth: An open letter to Duke »
PhD Candidate Mohammed S. Ali recently placed an essay with the journal History and Theory. The essay is titled "Marking Time and Writing Histories" and asks historians to create new ways of expressing the multiplicity of time instead of relying on the Anno Domini or Common Era dating schemes in their work. The essay is scheduled for publication in the June 2021 issue. read more about Mohammed Ali placed a journal article in History and Theory »
Prof. Gunther Peck, Director of the Hart Leadership Program, spotlights some of the work his students in the Democracy have been doing this summer in a letter to the Duke community.
He highlights "some of the extraordinary history work that our students have been leading and instigating, using the past to make the present both coherent and livable. All of these students are members of the class of 2021 and are majoring in public policy. And all have expanded my sense of hope in this dire and extraordinary moment."
You can… read more about Gunther Peck shares inspiring work of Duke undergrads in letter »
Against a backdrop of dual crises of public health and racial justice, more than 50 Black faculty, staff and students shared personal stories of racism and discrimination, presented research on racial inequities, and issued urgent calls for change.
The day-long symposium, Living While Black, was attended by more than 6,300 members of the Duke community via videoconference. It addressed the national crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting communities of color, and the spate of police killings… read more about Living While Black: Raw Discussions on Race at Duke and in America »
In this article, Anderson Hagler talks about his new course, Disease through the Ages. The current pandemic pushed Anderson to reflect on the social and cultural impact of diseases over time. He realized that students could use their shared experiences of COVID-19 to analyze historically marginalized individuals like lepers and prostitutes and the policies used to treat these perceived contagions such as quarantine and exile. read more about 3 Summer Courses Show What Goes Into Planning a Duke Class »
Broad criminal justice reform is needed to change policing in the United States, and it should originate at the local level, Duke scholars said Thursday.
Three Duke experts spoke to media Thursday about a variety of policy and reform issues as well as about what can be learned about policing at the nation’s founding.
Here are excerpts:
ON POLICING, DEADLY FORCE AND REFORMBrandon Garrett, law professor
“Police in America have incredibly broad discretion to use deadly force. About 1,000… read more about Reimagining the Criminal Justice System »
Even with seemingly convincing video evidence, prosecutors may struggle to convict a former Minnesota police officer charged with the third-degree murder of a man he was restraining, a Duke law scholar said Tuesday.
Duke law professor James Coleman Jr. said the case against Derek Chauvin may come down to a jury’s interpretation of precisely what caused the death of George Floyd, who Chauvin restrained with a knee hold for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin is white, Floyd was black, and the incident led to mass race protests in… read more about Duke Scholars Examine Protests and Police Conduct »
Due to the cancellation of the Association of Asian Studies 2020 Annual Conference, 2019-20 AAS President Prasenjit Duara did not have the opportunity to deliver his Presidential Address in Boston.
We are pleased to announce that Duara’s talk, “The Art of Convergent Comparison: China and India in Modern Times,” is available as a narrated slideshow. read more about Prof. Prasenjit Duara delivers 2020 AAS Presidential Address »
Assistant Professor of History Nicole Barnes was recently honored with the William H. Welch Medal, which is awarded by the American Association of the History of Medicine. This award is bestowed upon “a book of outstanding scholarly merit in the field of medical history published during the past five years”. Nicole joins a prestigious list of past recipients.
This is the 2nd national recognition Nicole has received for her first monograph, Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937…read more about Nicole Barnes Awarded William H. Welch Medal »
Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.
African & African American Studies
John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland
Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam
Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn
Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »