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On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Franklin Humanities Institute – North Carolina Central Digital Humanities Initiative held its second annual symposium. Piloted over the 2016-2017 academic year, this Mellon Foundation-funded fellowship program, part of the multi-year grant Humanities Futures, provides... read more »

Report cover

Under the mentorship of Robin Kirk, co-chair of Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Bass Connections team Constructing Memory at Duke has released a 100-page report analyzing current memory sites on Duke's campus, and making recommendations for additional sites to... read more »

Catherine Coleman Flowers with "Designing Nature's Futures" class

Since 2015, Catherine Coleman Flowers, founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise (ACRE), has partnered with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Nicholas School of the Environment to find solutions for the lack of wastewater infrastructure in Lowndes... read more »

Story Con

As its final hurrah, the Story Lab presents a twelve-hour storytelling extravaganza, starting Friday night When was the last time you attended an all-night event? Running overnight from 8pm on Friday, April 20 to 8am on Saturday, April 21, Story Con is a one-of-a-kind, one-time-only, open-to-the... read more »

Lamonte Aidoo poses with his book cover

The Franklin Humanities Institute is pleased to congratulate Lamonte Aidoo, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Romance Studies, on his new publication Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History (Duke University Press, April 2018). Aidoo received an FHI Faculty Book... read more »

Emily Stewart

From left, Emily Stewart, Emily Meza, Bryce Cracknell, Catherine Coleman Flowers, Elizabeth A. Albright, Erika Weinthal, Patricia Means, Aaron Thigpen, Megan Mullin, Perman Hardy, and Katy Hansen on a visit to Lowndes County in summer 2017. "Solution-Centered Collaborative Research in Rural Alabama... read more »

Helen Yu

Natasha Trethewey discusses her collection Native Guard with a group of Duke students at the FHI on March 21, 2018. Helen Yu, this blog's author, is in the bottom left-hand corner. Photo by Dean Rhoades. Last week, I joined fifteen other students to sit down with Natasha Trethewey, two-... read more »

Juan Obarrio

Last semester, we started a new initiative at FHI called the Publishing Humanities Initiative.  Sylvia Miller, who has a background in publishing, and who has worked at FHI for some years now, is spearheading this program, which seeks to understand a variety of issues in publishing, such as new... read more »

Riot Grrls and Maker Culture at Zine Publishing Event

In December 2017, FHI’s new Publishing Humanities Initiative and the Story Lab collaborated on a workshop event focusing on the history and culture of zine-making, “Publishing It Yourself: Pamphlets, Zines, and Riot Grrls.” Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture curator Kelly Wooten... read more »

Kimberly Lamm, James Chappel, and their book covers

Two new books by Duke faculty to be released in February 2018 It may sound intimidating to walk into a room where up to fifteen people, among them experts in your field, are waiting to deliver critiques of your book-in-progress, but according to Duke faculty members Kimberly Lamm and James Chappel... read more »