Highlights

Amit Chaudhuri performing at the Rubenstein Arts Center on Friday, September 27, 2019.

As part of its World Arts series, the Franklin Humanities Institute was pleased to welcome Amit Chaudhuri during the week of September 23, 2019. Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, poet, essayist, artist, musician, literary activist, and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East... read more »


Duke Class of 2020 logo

Each year, we hire a small number of undergraduate student assistants to help out with events and institutional communications. Usually we say good-bye to our seniors while gathering around a congratulatory cake, but this year we have to settle for wishing these graduates all our best from afar.... read more »


David Adjaye speaking at the Nasher Museum of Art

On September 12, 2019, the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University welcomed world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE, who delivered the second annual John Hope Franklin Lecture at the Nasher Museum of Art. Inaugurated in 2018 with the former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the... read more »


Christina Chia looks at a laptop with a presentation on screen.

In February 2020, after Duke Kunshan University closed its campus and shifted to online instruction in order to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, a group of DKU faculty became residents at Duke University. These included two new residents at the Franklin Humanities Institute: James Miller,... read more »


Titus Kaphar

On January 16, 2020, From Slavery to Freedom Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute welcomed Titus Kaphar at the Nasher Museum of Art as the keynote speaker of its two-day “Black Images, Black Histories” Conference. This event brought together art historians, scholars, and curators to explore... read more »


National Museum of African American History and Culture

[This article originated on the Duke Research Blog and is reposted with permission.] It’s been over three years since the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) opened in D.C. in September 2016, but the excitement around it doesn’t seem to have dimmed much. Chances are,... read more »


Still from Craig Quintero's "The First Time I Walked on the Moon" (2018)

Torry Bend and Craig Quintero invite you to plunge into the unknown. The two theatre directors are extending an open call for collaborators to join them in developing an experimental multi-media performance that will premiere at the Reynolds Theatre from April 18-20, 2020. The production, The... read more »


Elizabeth Butcher

As a senior English major, I’ve taken several creative nonfiction writing classes at Duke, during which my professors have encouraged us to seek out small local publications in Durham or Chapel Hill in the hopes of being published. I approached this event at the Franklin Humanities Institute (How... read more »


Omolola Sanusi

A Duke University student reflects on a conversation with Sir David Adjaye OBE by Omolola Sanusi Last month, I had the privilege of joining a student lunch with world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye at the Franklin Humanities Institute, as part of his visit to Duke University to deliver the... read more »


Giulia Ricco

Giulia Riccò became involved with the Franklin Humanities Institute as a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Romance Studies. During her time at Duke, she participated in community life at the FHI in a number of ways - applying for grants and other research funding,... read more »


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