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"Going There": Richard J. Powell on Black Visual Satire

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

In a recent episode of the Yale University Press podcast, Jessica Holohan interviewed Richard J. Powell to discuss his new book, Going There: Black Visual Satire, a groundbreaking study of the visual forms of satire produced by Black artists in 20th- and 21st-century America. Richard J. Powell is... read more about "Going There": Richard J. Powell on Black Visual Satire »


FHI Affiliated Courses Spring 2021

Spring 2021 FHI-Affiliated Courses

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Whether you're a student bookbagging for the Spring 2021 semester, or simply interested in the range of courses taught by our faculty affiliates, enjoy exploring the list below! FHI Faculty Saskia Cornes Food, Farming, and Feminism GSF 275 / ENVIRON 209 / GLHLTH 225 / HISTORY 221 Mo 12:... read more about Spring 2021 FHI-Affiliated Courses »


Housing is a Human Right protest

Announcing Two-Part "Right to Housing" Series

Thursday, September 10, 2020

A home is fundamental to the human condition. And yet many people—over time and across the world today—struggle to find, or keep, this most basic necessity. What does it mean to assert a right to safe, sustainable, affordable housing? And what are the political, ethical, and existential issues... read more about Announcing Two-Part "Right to Housing" Series »


Antigone Film Series over World Arts logo

Antigone Film Series

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

In collaboration with Screen/Society, the Franklin Humanities Institute is happy to announce an international film series on Antigone as part of its World Arts series. These four films are not strictly adaptations of Antigone (only one explicitly refers to Sophocles’ play), but each takes up the... read more about Antigone Film Series »


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Statement on the Ongoing Events Following the Murder of George Floyd

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Writing in the final chapter of Black Skin, White Masks in the spirit of international anti-colonial resistance, Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist and activist explains the “refusal to accept the present as definitive.”  Why does one revolt? he asks. “It is because ‘quite simply’ it was . . .... read more about Statement on the Ongoing Events Following the Murder of George Floyd »


Image of Haiti: History Embedded in Amber

Announcing Two New Humanities Labs

Monday, May 11, 2020

As part of its core commitment to support interdisciplinary humanities research at Duke University, the Franklin Humanities Institute will introduce two new humanities labs– the Amazon Humanities Lab and the Manuscript Migration Lab – in Fall 2020.* The Office of Global Affairs will contribute... read more about Announcing Two New Humanities Labs »


Amanda Starling Gould and Jules Odendahl-James

Story+ Shifts to Remote Research Model

Monday, May 11, 2020

On March 30, 2020, when Duke University announced that it would cancel onsite programming during Summer Session I due to COVID-19, Story+ co-directors Amanda Starling Gould and Jules Odendahl-James had already been planning ways to shift the program online for weeks.  “Jules and I started... read more about Story+ Shifts to Remote Research Model »


Saskia Cornes teaching her Duke Immerse Course "Imagining the Future of Food." Photo by Dean Rhodes, 2018.

Fall 2020 FHI-Affiliated Courses

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

One of the best ways for Duke University students​ to join the intellectual communities at the Franklin Humanities Institute is to take a class with one of our affiliated faculty!  Check out the list of FHI-affiliated courses for Fall 2020 below. FHI Faculty Saskia Cornes... read more about Fall 2020 FHI-Affiliated Courses »


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Poet Natasha Trethewey's John Hope Franklin Lecture Published in Southern Cultures

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The inaugural John Hope Franklin Lecture appears in the latest issue of Southern Cultures, a peer-reviewed journal published by the University of North Carolina Press for the Center for the Study of the American South. Pulitzer Prize-winner and two-term Poet Laureate of the United States... read more about Poet Natasha Trethewey's John Hope Franklin Lecture Published in Southern Cultures »


Ranjana Khanna

A Note from our Director on COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear friends, As we all shift into teaching, learning, and working online after our extended spring break, I wanted to write you a note about how the Franklin Humanities Institute is continuing its mission to affirm the central importance of the humanities within higher education and to... read more about A Note from our Director on COVID-19 »


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