Upcoming Events

Conversation with the Authors Claire Messud and James Wood, On Fiction and Criticism
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

The English Department is pleased to present a new author event series titled Write Now! The inaugural event will feature novelist Claire Messud and New Yorker critic James Wood.Lunch Provided. This event is Free and open to the public, but registration is required.Claire Messud is a recipient... read more »

Religion, Race, and Readers: Writing African-American Inspirational Historical Romance
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:00pm
Friedl 225

For decades, genre romance novels featuring heroes and heroines of color were considered niche market fiction, and likewise for "inspirational" romance featuring characters facing spiritual challenges. Now Christian fiction accounts for a massive proportion of the US fiction market, while authors... read more »

Modernism's Disconnections: A Symposium
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 1:30pm
Westbrook 0014

This symposium explores new directions in the study of literary modernism by way of the fraught legacy of New Modernist Studies and increasingly globalized models of inquiry across the humanities. As scholars seek to expand modernist studies through multinational and translinguistic approaches,... read more »

Project HOPE: Fighting Inequality in South Africa -- A Fragmented Society
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
Old Chemistry 01

Join us for a conversation moderated by Duke History professor emeritus William Chafe about the Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler's experiences working with marginalized communities in South Africa through HOPE Cape Town.A light lunch will be served.Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the... read more »

When Romance Isn't "Trashy": Women's Fiction and Perception
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:00pm
Old Chemistry 011

"Women's Fiction" is a broad category including contemporary blockbusters like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook, as well as light popular comedy like Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary and rich historical narratives like Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. If... read more »

Breach of Peace, a Performance by Mike Wiley
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
Goodson Chapel

May 24, 1961 was the day 19-year old Jean Thompson's father had prepared her for her entire life. "My parents always talked about the injustice of segregation, but they were optimistic; they didn't feel like it was going to last forever," Thompson recalled. "They raised us to be ready. I remember... read more »

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:30am
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

A faculty seminar open to interested guests featuring Turkuler Isiksel, James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum in Columbia's Political Science department. These workshops are sponsored by the Mellon Foundation-funded yearlong Sawyer Seminar series on "Corporate Rights and... read more »

Hacking out the Noise of Global Asia: Experimental Music as Regional Cultural Policy
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
Biddle 104

This paper considers the rise of experimental music networks - from the longterm circulations of Noise music to recent booms in circuit-bending and analog synthesis - as a focal point for neoliberal subjectivity in the recent geopolitical "pivot to Asia." The recent emergence of local... read more »

Emerging Turning Points in the Global Open Project - Interrogating the Dakar Declaration to Knowledge in the Global South
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 5:30pm
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Is digital knowledge sharing truly universal? Join The West African Elibrary Collaborative (WAELC) Working Group at Duke University as they welcome Williams Nwagwu. He will discuss African universities over-realiance on a model of knowledge transfer that privileges one-directional closed access... read more »

Film: René Depestre - We Can't Miss an Eternal Life
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, Room 240

Dir. Antonin Arnold (2016). 120min. French and Creole with English subtitlesA poet as feisty in his beliefs as in his dissents, René Depestre was close to the most prominent political and literary personalities of this century. This film shows him in the company of his Haitian countrymen as well as... read more »