Story+ is a 6-week paid summer research experience for Duke students—undergraduates and graduates—interested in exploring humanities research approaches (archival research, oral histories, narrative analysis, visual analysis, and more). The program combines research with an emphasis on storytelling for different public audiences. In Story+, students are organized into small project teams and have the opportunity to participate in a flexible mini “curriculum” on research methods and storytelling strategies. Team projects may be led by Duke faculty, Duke librarians, or non-profit organizations, and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by graduate student mentors.

Story+ takes place during Summer Session 1. Undergraduate students will receive up to $3,000 to defray housing and living expenses. Please note that amounts may be lower for projects with off-campus components, as special arrangements for housing, meals, etc. will be made for students at the field sites. For participating students receiving need-based financial aid, Duke will assume responsibility for half of the "summer earnings" requirement. Graduate students can receive stipend or travel support up to $2,500. 

Please browse below to explore our 2019 offerings and to learn more about Story+ projects from 2017 and 2018. Story+ is offered through the FHI and Bass Connections, with support from the Duke University Libraries and Versatile Humanists at Duke.


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Summer 2019 Projects

Ordination of women continues to remain a controversial issue in numerous Christian denominations. In 1939, Duke Chapel welcomed its first woman preacher (Georgia Harkness), paving way for more than 75 illustrious women preachers who guest-preached... read more »


Oral History, Civil Rights, Archives, Education

23 and We is a 6-week research program that trains students in methods of visual content analysis research and applies those methods to public advertising for genetic ancestry testing. Students will explore background scholarship on themes... read more »


Visual Media, Mapping, History, African American Studies

As part of its larger public engagement initiative, the National Humanities Center (NHC) proposes the creation of an eight-episode podcast series that focuses on critical environmental issues and the role the humanities can play in understanding and... read more »


Public Humanities, Oral History

This project seeks to document the turbulent relationship between women, feminism, and the advertising industry. We envision a web-based tool that draws together a guide to collections within the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing... read more »


Women, Digital Storytelling, Civil Rights, Archives

For Harriet Tubman’s 1868 carte-de-visit she sits in a full gingham-patterned skirt with her textured coifs parted down the middle. Tubman’s image appears in the album of Emily Howland, a white abolitionist and teacher, whose photograph collection... read more »


Visual Media, Documentary, Civil Rights, African American Studies

Over 300 years ago, Daniel Defoe immortalized the survival story of Alexander Selkirk with the publication of The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe—transforming the real story of Selkirk into the fiction of Crusoe, Más a... read more »


Visual Media, Digital Storytelling, Mapping

In July 2020, Duke will join the national trend of university campuses becoming ‘smoke-free.’ Given Duke’s history of entanglement with the tobacco industry—from its foundations in tobacco profits to professors conducting research for the industry—... read more »


Public Humanities, Archives, History

From the removal of white supremacist Julian S. Carr’s name from an East Campus building to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1969 Allen Building Takeover, Duke’s complex history is at the center of campus dialogue. Teaching Duke History invites... read more »


Archives, Education, History

This project is an extended liner notes and online exhibition accompanying The Other Side Of Hungry River, a song cycle based on a closed mental asylum. The lyrical aspects of what is left behind at Dix Hill offer a vibrant entry point to... read more »


Women, Oral History, Documentary, Archives

​While most authors leave their texts largely untouched after publication, Walt Whitman ​continuously iterates on Leaves of Grass -- his most famous publication -- throughout the majority of his adult life. Upon completion of the ninth and... read more »



Completed Projects

Our story starts a millennium ago, in the ninth century. A... read more »

For the Story+ summer 2018 project, An Illustrated Memoir of... read more »

This Story+ project focused on empowering girls in Appalachia... read more »

This Story+ team collected oral histories about the last half-... read more »

The project involved mining the Left of Black archive,... read more »

Story+ Preaching and Protest investigated the... read more »

Advertising is a powerful force within society—both... read more »

For this Story+ program students used a series of new... read more »

Nearly sixty years ago, a group of visionaries from the North... read more »

Since opening its doors in 1932, the Duke Chapel has served as... read more »

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) has been working with... read more »

American capitalism has always created opportunities for... read more »

The United States has seen an explosion of efforts to raise... read more »

Students who participated in the Allen Building Takeover @ 50 (... read more »

Students explored materials from the Lisa Unger Baskin... read more »