Spring 2022 FHI-Affiliated Courses

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Franklin Humanities Institute Affiliated Courses Spring 2022

Whether you're a student bookbagging for the Fall 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
ENVIRON 209 / GLHLTH 225 / GSF 275 / HISTORY 221
W 10:15am - 12:45pm
In person (Smith Warehouse Bay 6 B177)

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.

Industrial Animal Agriculture
Th 8:00pm - 9:30pm
In Person (Languages 208)

This course examines animal agriculture through the context of history, ethics, policy, biology, environmental science, social justice, and other integrative disciplines. Students will be introduced to issues in modern industrial animal agriculture in the United States, and some time will be reserved for exploring the consumption of animal products at Duke University and on a global scale. Although the course is guided by mostly vegan philosophy and aims to build a plant-based Duke community, all diets and lifestyles are welcome. The class will include experiential learning at the Duke Campus Farm and provide opportunities in food system advocacy for the cumulative final project.

Amazon Lab

Paul Baker

ECS 509S
Th 7:00pm - 9:30pm
In Person (LSRC A247)

Nature and mechanisms of climate variability throughout Earth history. Topics include general theory of climate, paleoclimate modeling and comparisons with observations, methodologies of reconstructing past climate variations, the observational record of paleoclimate extending from the Precambrian through the Ice Ages and Holocene to present, and the impact paleoclimate on biotic evolution/paleogeography and human cultural history.

Christine Folch

Decolonizing Social Theory
W 3:30pm - 6:00pm
In Person (Classroom Building 241)
Instructor: Christine Folch and Anne-Maria Makhulu

This course is the second in a two-semester sequence revised to address what was exposed by the murder of George Floyd (May 25, 2020); the global COVID19 pandemic; and in recognition of the necessary intellectual work to align the discipline with a social reality in tension with a “Great Books” approach. “Great Books” alone cannot account for a world connected by histories of empire, settler colonialism, indigenous genocide, white supremacy, racism, and misogyny. Instead we propose a decolonial reading of those traditional texts previously deemed formative to anthropological thought.

Gustavo Furtado

Memory and Documentary Cinema in Latin America
CINE 540S / DOCTST 540S / LATAMER 540S / LIT 544S / ROMST540S / VMS 540S
W 5:15pm - 7:45pm
In Person (Languages 305)

Course focuses on work of several leading Latin American filmmakers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. Explores problems such as construction of memory in the wake of repressive dictatorships, relationship between revolutionary imagination and urban decay in present day Cuba, cinema’s potential as a tool for cross-cultural explorations of memory and time, including relationship between past and present and our understanding of “contemporary.”

Digital Humanities Initiative

Amanda Starling Gould

Critical Digital Knowledge: Seeing Data Bodies and Practicing the Future
LS 780
Mon 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Online and In Person (GLS House, 2114 Campus Dr)

Through conversation, practice, and engagement with critical makers and thinkers, we’ll investigate how digital tools create knowledge, produce relations, and build worlds. We’ll look at how our digital tools, techniques, algorithms, search, and research are situated within and alongside systems of oppression (racism, sexism, ableism), both by design and by virtue of their being designed with/in those systems. We’ll interrogate how our tools are governing our actions and interactions as researchers, and how they are guiding our digital research insofar they are quietly influencing our projects. 

We’ll think together about how to tell the stories of our research and projects knowing they are co-authored by the tools we use, and we’ll think through methods for how those tools might be hacked, or refused, to manifest more just systems. At its core, this class-qua-learning-lab is really about how we experience the world. If you are already using a digital tool for your research project, you’ll be invited to do a self-study of that tool with the goal of producing a short statement about how the tool is participating in and co-authoring your project.

Duke Human Rights Center at FHI

Human Rights Certificate Course

From Slavery to Freedom Lab



Jasmine Nichole Cobb

Public Art, Public Culture
VMS 590S
Tu 12:00pm - 2:30pm
In Person (Smith Warehouse Bay 4 C106)

Richard Powell

Black Visual Theory
AAAS 589S / VMS 555S
Th 10:15am - 12:45pm
In Person (Smith Warehouse Bay 10 A266)

Approaches to studying and theorizing of African diasporal arts and black subjectivity, with a special emphasis on art historiography, iconology, and criticism, and a particular focus on slavery, emancipation, freedom, and cultural nationalism, as pertaining to peoples of African descent and as manifested in such visual forms as paintings, sculptures, graphics, and media arts from the early modern period to the present, as well as the political edicts, philosophical tracts, autobiographies, and theoretical writings of individuals similarly preoccupied with these ideas.