Collage of ancient manuscripts

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 »

Kevin Richardson headshot

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 »

Photo of Esther Kim Lee

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 »

Headshot of Calvin Cheung-Miaw

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 »

Headshot of Erika Weiberg

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 »

Headshot of Sophia Enriquez

How do we define Appalachia? What kinds of assumptions do we make about the people who live there, and how do they limit our view of human complexity? How can Latinx music deepen our understanding of regional culture(s), including our own?   Here we interview Assistant Professor of Music ... read more »

Headshot of Jakob Norberg

What do Grimms' fairy tales have to do with German nationalism? How did the Grimm Brothers' contemporary, the famed 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, react to that growing nationalism? Why is Schopenhauer considered "ahead of his time"...and why does he also seem retrogressive to us?... read more »

Headshot of Samuel Fury Childs Daly

As part of its event series tgiFHI, the Franklin Humanities Institute conducts interviews with its faculty speakers in order to familiarize broader audiences with the diversity of research approaches in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences at Duke University. Samuel Fury Childs... read more »

Graphic of a person with long hair writing at a desk. A thought bubble is suspended over the person.

Every fall and spring semester, the Franklin Humanities Institute issues a call for proposals for Faculty Book Manuscript Workshops. Funded by the Duke University Strategic Plan, “Together Duke,” this program allows regular rank faculty in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences who... read more »