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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 »


Cover of Southern Cultures Spring 2020 issue, The Documentary Moment

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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SUSPENDED: 3 Franklin Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2020-21

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

UPDATE 4/24/20: Due to COVID-19, Duke University has suspended new non-faculty searches. Our Franklin Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship searches have accordingly been put on pause. In the event that we are able to restart these searches at a later point, we will notify all applicants. Calling... read more about SUSPENDED: 3 Franklin Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2020-21 »


Christina Chia

Humanities Labs Project Sampler

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

[See our Humanities Lab CFP here - deadline Jan 27, 2020] At the risk of revealing my institutional vintage: it really does feel like yesterday when the Haiti Lab, the first Humanities Laboratory at the FHI, hosted its standing room-only Open House in late August 2010, with Smith Warehouse... read more about Humanities Labs Project Sampler »


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