FHI's work unfolds through the connected programming of several centers and initiatives housed at the Institute.

The Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute (DHRC@FHI) brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, staff and students to promote new understandings about global human rights issues, placing special emphasis on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, income inequality, the environment, and artistic responses in teaching, programming and outreach. The DHRC@FHI is home to the undergraduate Human Rights Certificate, which offers students an in-depth and rigorous interdisciplinary study of human rights history, theory and practice, cultivating life-long learners and engaged citizens who have a deep and nuanced understanding of human rights.

Founded in 2013, the Forum for Scholars and Publics has served as a hub for intellectual exchange — a place where scholars and various publics — local, national, and global — can interact and intersect to generate greater exchange between the university and the broader world. By organizing programs (featuring artists, journalists, filmmakers, scholars, activists, organizers, entrepreneurs, curators, and more) at Duke, in Durham, and beyond, curating a dynamic digital space for sharing research and commentary, and hosting working groups and residencies, the Forum advocates for the dual and complementary roles in society of community expertise and scholarly knowledge.

The Franklin Humanities Institute’s Publishing Humanities Initiative (PHI) supports events and projects initiated by the FHI Humanities Labs, humanities faculty, and graduate students that provide new ways to engage in and learn about scholarly publishing, from its traditional expression in books and journals to new digital, visual, and nonlinear forms of publication.

The Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, housed at FHI from 2016-2023, introduced programming and learning opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members engaged with the impact of the digital turn on higher education, scholarly practice, and our broader culture. Beginning in 2023-24, rather than maintaining a separate “initiative,” FHI will be integrating support for the critical digital humanities into its ongoing core programs.