Jointly hosted by the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries since 2004, Faculty Bookwatch is an event series that promotes interdisciplinary conversations on notable recent books by Duke faculty in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Each program brings together a panel of distinguished colleagues from Duke and other universities, giving brief comments on the significance and impact of the featured book. The author also participates in the panel and the following Q&A.
Scroll below to browse featured books and videos from our Bookwatch archives, and see a chronological listing of all past Faculty Bookwatch programs here.
Yale University Press, 2020
The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries will host two virtual events on Richard J. Powell’s Going There: Black Visual Satire (Yale University Press, 2020). In this groundbreaking study, Richard J. Powell investigates the visual forms of satire produced by black artists in 20th- and 21st-century America. Underscoring the historical use of visual satire as antiracist dissent and introspective critique, Powell argues that it has a distinctly African American lineage. Taking on some of the most controversial works of the past century—in all their complexity, humor, and provocation—Powell raises important questions about the social power of art. Session One: Going There: Black Visual Satire Mon, Mar. 22, 2021 1:00 p.m... read more about Going There: Black Visual Satire »
Duke University Press, 2019
The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries hosted a Faculty Bookwatch panel on The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles (Duke University Press, 2019) on November 19, 2019. In this book, Duke anthropologist Charles Piot follows Kodjo Nicolas Batema, a visa broker—known as a “fixer”—in the West African nation of Togo as he helps his clients apply for the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery program. Through detailed and compelling stories, The Fixer illustrates the desire and savviness of migrants as they work to find what they hope will be a better life. Panelists included: Moderator: Ranjana Khanna, Director, Franklin Humanities Institute; Professor of English, Literature, & Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Ian Baucom,... read more about The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles »
Oxford University Press, 2018
The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries hosted a Faculty Bookwatch panel on David Morgan's Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment (Oxford University Press, 2018) at 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. This book explores our interaction with images and other objects as a form of enchantment--whether they are the ones motivating, inspiring, terrifying or seducing us, or we are seeking to use them (or destroy them) in order to act upon the world. Panelists included: Jessica Boon, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Alicia Jiménez, Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University Jennifer W. Knust, Professor,... read more about Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment »
All Bookwatch Programs
The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries presented a Faculty Bookwatch panel... read more about Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy »
The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries hosted a Faculty Bookwatch panel on... read more about Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination »
On February 23, 2016, the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries hosted a... read more about Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth, and the Human »
On November 4, 2010, the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries hosted a... read more about Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire »
The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries hosted its first Faculty Bookwatch... read more about Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America »