Barbara Lau

Director, Pauli Murray Project

Location: Bay 5, Smith Warehouse

Barbara Lau is the director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center. Lau has more than twenty years of professional experience as a folklorist, oral historian, teacher, curator, radio producer and arts consultant. Lau earned a BA in Sociology/Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis (1980) and an MA in folklore at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2000). She previously held the position of Community Documentary Projects director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Lau’s past projects include the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life documentary public art project, curation of traveling exhibits about Durham’s Civil Rights Heritage and Historic Black Wall Street and guest curation of the collaborative exhibitions, From Cambodia to Greensboro: Tracing the Journeys of New North Carolinians for the Greensboro Historical Museum and From Cambodia to Carolina: Tracing the Journeys of New Southerners for the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina.

She published an exhibit catalog, From Cambodia to Greensboro: Tracing the Journeys of New North Carolinians, and co-authored an award winning children’s book, Sokita Celebrates the New Year: A Cambodian American Holiday. Her publications credits also include articles in the North Carolina Folklore Journal and Mid-America Folklore, and a chapter, “Meetings at the Buddhist Temple: Signposts to a Changing South” in the volume, Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Religion and Culture published in 2008 by the University of Kentucky Press.