Spring 2021 FHI-Affiliated Courses
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!
Food, Farming, and Feminism
GSF 275 / ENVIRON 209 / GLHLTH 225 / HISTORY 221
Mo 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Online and On Campus
Viewing "agriculture," "nature," and "consumption" as pressing feminist themes and exploration of various dimensions of the cultural and political ecology/economy of producing, processing, circulating, preparing, and consuming sustenance. Particular focus on the ethical impact of US policy on rural farm communities and developing nations.
The Documentary Turn: Southern Culture
DOCST 365S / VMS 365S
Tu 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Traces the convergence of traditional 20th c. documentary narrative (oral history, photography, film, and ethnography) with emergent 21st c. technologies (digital platforms, crowd-sourced communications, viral information) that expand and test definitions of documentary practice. Course looks for unexpected outcomes and future possibilities at the intersections of analog and digital practice. Focus is on the cultures of the American South with an understanding of that region as mapped within a global imaginary. Requirements include experimental documentary project that combines storytelling (visual/literary), performance (theater/dance/music) or investigative research (oral/archival).
The Art of Reading : The Black Atlantic
TuTh 1:45PM - 3:00PM
The idea of the “Black Atlantic” has been compelling for literary studies, and it had demanded close attention to issues of figuration, translation, responses to slavery, and the afterlife of the slave trade. The main text for this course will be Derek Walcott’s long poem Omeros. This major poem of the Caribbean, based loosely on Homer’s Iliad but referring also to other epics, asks us to place the question of race through the history of the literary canon, and does so through dense figurative language. We will ask, What is Figurative Language and why is it important to the study of race, the Black Atlantic, and the politics of Black Lives Matter? Through the course, we will address Omerosalongside related critical and literary texts of “the Black Atlantic,” (Homer, James Joyce, Edouard Glissant, Paul Gilroy, George Lamming, Maryse Condé, Paule Marshall), and critical texts on figuration (Erich Auerbach, Paul de Man, Brent Hayes Edwards). We will examine why we need to study figurative language (like metaphor, metonymy, or catachresis for example) and its importance to fictionality and of literature more generally in order to understand racial in/justice.
Human Rights: Back to the Future
CULANTH 104S / ICS 113S / PUBPOL 162S / RIGHTS 104S
WeFr 10:15AM - 11:30AM
Classroom Building 240
This is the Gateway course for the Human Rights Certificate. Students are introduced to the history, theory, practice of, and current issues in human rights. The course is interdisciplinary.
First Year Seminar in Portuguese
AAAS 89S / LIT 89S / PORTUGUE 89S
TuTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Both days synchronous online. Prereq: First year, First year with exception or Transfer students only.
Art of the United States
TuTh 1:45PM - 3:00PM
Course introduces the major art forms and aesthetic theories developed in the US from colonial period to present. Emphasis on architecture, painting, sculpture, graphic, and decorative arts. Structured chronologically, this course defines the characteristics of the different historical periods and the ways American artists both adopted and diverged from other models to create their own distinctive national identity.
ARTHIST 554S / AAAS 520S
We 10:15AM - 12:45PM
Variously called the “New Negro Arts Movement,” “Negro Renaissance,” or “Harlem Renaissance,” the blossoming of African American arts and letters in the 1920s and 1930s stemmed from multiple sources, motives, and cultural circumstances. The predominantly African American, NYC neighborhood of Harlem became the symbolic capital of the "New Negro." But other cities, especially Chicago and Paris, France, were also sites for black creativity in these years. This seminar explores this branch of early 20th century modernism – emanating out of a flowing black cultural diaspora – in its various permutations and artistic forms, with a special emphasis on the visual arts.
Writing 101: Disability and Democracy
WRITING 101-24: TuTh 3:30PM - 4:45PM
WRITING 101-25: TuTh 5:15PM - 6:30PM
Instruction in the complexities of producing sophisticated academic argument, with attention to critical analysis and rhetorical practices.
Ethics for Global Health Research
LEC: Mo 1:45PM - 2:35PM
DIS: We 1:45PM - 2:35PM / We 3:30PM - 4:20PM / Th 5:15PM - 6:05PM / TBA
Course presents overview of practical and theoretical approaches to bioethics from a range of perspectives, including humanities, law, philosophy, medicine and science. Students apply various resources, terminology and frameworks to case studies, preparing them for their own research. Course includes IRB and responsible conduct of research.
Global Health Research: Qualitative Field Methods
Tu 5:15PM - 7:45PM
Course builds on material from GLHLTH 702, but narrows focus to (1) qualitative field methods and 2) theories of the mixed method approach. A field-based, applied course designed to help students choose the qualitative field methods that best fit their project. Students will develop basic qualitative skills practiced by social sciences: ethnographic description, participant observation, interviewing. In addition, the course will introduce time allocation diaries and fieldnotes. Will discuss methods for collecting, analyzing, integrating, and reporting data from multiple sources. Finally, we will engage in ethical analysis as a core theme that unifies all stages of research.
Christian Manuscript Culture
CLST 881 / HISTORY 881 / RELIGION 885
Tu 10:15AM - 12:45PM
Investigating provenience & provenance of Christian manuscripts, esp. in Duke University collections. Manuscripts as windows into religious and cultural priorities of Christians from late antiquity to beyond medieval period. Books as liturgical objects; histories of transmission & reception of biblical & patristic texts; manuscripts as gifts and plunder; texts and paratexts as evidence of lived religion. Canon formation and representation, philological and aesthetic notions of “the authentic,” and scribal and scholarly expertise as aspects of book production and circulation will also be addressed as individual manuscripts are placed within their complex historical and material contexts.
Learning to Fail
TuTh 10:15AM - 11:30 AM
Most people spend their lives afraid of failing. Yet, many of the world’s most successful people failed numerous times on their paths toward success. The underlying question of this class is if failing is as antithetical to learning as we’re taught to believe. To explore this question, we will test ways of using failure as a strategy for learning. We will experiment with failure to learn how it can make us better as we develop our skills as innovators, specifically focusing on the earliest stage of creativity: ideation. We will use failure through experimentation as a technique for problem definition and needs discovery which, in turn, will help us validate the quality of our ideas.
ReDesigning the Future: Radical Innovation After COVID
Our current pandemic is, for many, revealing critical failures and design flaws in the foundational systems that guide our daily functioning. These revelations open problem spaces for entrepreneurial thinkers and tinkerers to ask What new techniques and technologies might we design in light of our current context? How might we think through the pandemic as we move through it? In this class, we will approach the world as creative designers and intentional inventors. We will take as our premise that Today is the beginning of Tomorrow, and we will work together to deliberately redesign that Tomorrow. A local entrepreneur has called our quarantine period a “Pause” but that feels a missed opportunity for those of us ready to break and remake the world. Novelist Arundhati Roy in April wrote in the Financial Times that “the pandemic is a portal” and Hala Alyan reminds us that “this is not a rehearsal”. If the pandemic were a portal, one that we are not rehearsing but are actively performing, what would we want when we emerge on the other side? More
Visualizing Cities: Representing Urban Landscapes, Cultures, and Environments
ISS 380S / VMS 380S
Fr 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Visualizing cities in theory and practice. Exploring digital and visual representation of landscapes, structures, environments, history, culture, architecture, events, and populations. Change over time, cultural heritage, possible futures, and alternate pasts from historical, cultural, documentary, and scientific evidence and archives. The idea of the city as a conceptual category and metaphor. Ubiquitous computing in urban environments as a medium for interaction. Global cities and diaspora. Visual imagery and written accounts. Use of mapping, imaging, 3D, augmented reality, games. Individual and group research and production of visualizing cities projects.
Introduction to Digital Humanities
ISS 222D / CMAC 222D / VMS 203D
TuTh 10:15AM - 11:30AM
Digital approaches to humanistic research and its expression, across disciplines and fields. Critical approaches to the digital turn in contemporary culture; theoretical approaches to digital creation and digital remediation of analog sources. Topics include aesthetics, cultural impact, opportunities for global circulation. Critical contextualization around access, authorship, diversity and inclusion, media effects, and evaluation. Exercises in text analysis, digital mapping, data visualization, databases, networks, online archives and exhibitions, immersive media, situated within broader cultural debates on digital cultures, and on best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration.
This course is co-instructed by Jesús Ruiz, 2020–2021 ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow at the Franklin Humanities Institute; History; and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.
Th 10:15AM - 12:45PM
Smith Warehouse Bay 12 A200
Drawing as integrative tool where ideas and processes are explored and expanded through a variety of media. Still life, figure, landscape, architecture. Representation, abstraction, and working from imagination. Through problem solving within a range of projects, development of a visual language, and drawing skills to be applied to conceptual, visual, and technical disciplines.