How do we tell compelling stories about complex historical, cultural, and social realities - great stories that stay with the audience, and even change minds? Story+ is a 6-week summer research experience for students – undergraduate and graduate – interested in bringing academic research to life through dynamic storytelling. Undergraduates will work in small teams with graduate student mentors, in a collaborative and creative research environment. Each project will have a sponsor, which may be a Duke faculty member or community partner. Students will learn to conduct qualitative, humanities-based research (e.g. archival research, narrative analysis, visual analysis, ethnography, to name only a few) and to communicate their research through effective storytelling techniques. Final projects may take the form of writing, websites, exhibits, short films/videos, or other genres, depending on the project's goals. Story+ is offered through the FHI and Bass Connections, in partnership with Versatile Humanists at Duke.

Summer 2017 Project Teams
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  • A Pope Wrote a Dictionary: You Figure Out How
    Sponsor: Prof. Joshua Sosin, Classical Studies, Duke
    Graduate mentors: Alexander Fowler, Clinton Kinkade, Tori Lee, Classical Studies
    Undergraduates: Inessa Chandra + Lucian Lee + Hunter McGhee
  • Race and Ethnicity in Advertising
    Sponsors: Jacuqeline Reid Wachholz & Joshua Larkin Rowley, John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History, Rubeinstein Library, Duke
    Graduate mentor: Meghan O’Neil, English
    Undergraduates: Elizabeth Butcher + Jessican Chen + Cyan DeVeaux
  • RTI International 60th Anniversary Commemoration
    Sponsor: Dr. Jacqueline Olich, University Collaborations, RTI International
    Graduate mentor: Adela Deanova, Philosophy
    Undergraduates: Isamary (Lola) Telo + Claire Xiao
  • Suckers and Swindlers in American History
    Sponsor: Prof. Edward Balleisen, History / Vice Provost for Interdiscipinary Studies, Duke
    Graduate Mentor: Ashton Merck, History
    Undergraduates: Avery Boltwood + Claire Chen + Elizabeth (Elle) Eshleman
  • Talking Wages: The impact of Fight for 15 on the Political Discourse of Minimum Wage
    Sponsor: Allan Freyer, Worker's Rights Project, NC Justice Center
    Graduate Mentor: Felicia Arriaga, Sociology
    Undergraduates: Helen (Annie) Lo + Mitchell Ochse + David Pfeiffer