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On January 14, 2022, Paul Jaskot (Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies) gave a talk entitled "Using Digital Methods to Analyze Humanities Sources: The Case of Nazi-Occupied Krakow" as part of our tgiFHI series. Here's the video: Here's an interview with Prof. Jaskot on his research... read more »

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On January 7, 2022, Iyun Ashani Harrison (Associate Professor of the Practice in Dance) gave a talk entitled "On Becoming: A Dance Research Presentation" as part of our tgiFHI series. Here's the video: Here's an interview with Prof. Harrison on his research interests, method, and practice.... read more »

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In a legal context, such as the war crimes tribunal held to address the Armenian genocide, why must we analyze culture? Why is a literary analysis vital to approaching issues of conflict that that are legal, political, and historical? And what kind of value do archives that are incomplete and... read more »

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As our world becomes increasingly more mixed-race, how does this trend tell another, more violent story about war, imperialism, and displacement? How can one's body be a site to investigate racial histories and their convergences? And why, if we truly want a less racist and less violent world, are... read more »

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Controversies over ancient texts are a hot issue, such as the recent case of a University of Oxford papyrologist who allegedly sold stolen manuscripts to Hobby Lobby’s Museum of the Bible. Duke’s Manuscript Migration Lab is diving into these kinds of controversies with Duke’s own collection. “We're... read more »

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What does “oppression” mean, and why is this concept not adequate to describe the nuances of race and gender? How might theorizing on race and gender through academic philosophy offer new insights to this question? And what do philosophers stand to gain from thinking about the social world in... read more »

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The term "yellowface" is widely understood in pop culture, but it's not a searchable term in the archive catalogs—the concept doesn't exist. What is the first known instance of yellowface? How do theater historians write about live productions that happened in the past? And why is the history of... read more »

Deonte Harris

Of the £100 million generated by London's Notting HIll Carnival each year, very little is seen by the artists who make up the carnival—so what keeps the artists coming back year after year? What kind of "value" does the carnival pose to the artists, outside of the typical economic framework? And... read more »

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Asian American Studies was founded upon the idea of “Third Worldism”—so why is this no longer the predominant sensibility among scholars in the field? How does the history of Asian American Studies, as a field, tell a larger story about multiracial solidarity in the United States? And how does ... read more »

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What do we mean when we use the word "trauma"? Did the ancient Greeks think of trauma in the same way? Why do we assume that Greek tragedy is somehow therapeutic, and how might the story be more complicated that that? Here we interview Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and... read more »