Story+ | Harriet Tubman’s Life in Pictures

Story+ is a 6-week paid summer research experience for Duke students—undergraduates and graduates—interested in exploring interdisciplinary arts and humanities research topics and methodologies. The program combines hands-on research with storytelling to create dynamic outcomes for diverse 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.

Stipends All undergraduate student researchers and graduate student project managers receive a competitive award stipend for participation. Students generally receive half their stipend the last week of May and the other half at the end of June. For participating students receiving need-based financial aid, and any one concerned about how your funding will work for this program or other summer opportunities, please contact your financial aid counselor for further information and personalized advice.

Code of Conduct Statement Together we’ll aim to create a research environment that respects all cultures, backgrounds, identities, and views and a research community where belonging, respect, and reciprocity are at the heart of our communication and practice. Together we’ll honor our collaborators’ perspectives, identities, and diverse ways of thinking and we’ll hold each other accountable for doing so. Story+ is an inclusive space where all students have an equal right to research, learn, and express themselves. We will not tolerate harassment or harms of any form.

Please browse below to learn more about Story+ projects from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. Story+ is funded by Together Duke and administered by the Franklin Humanities Institute in conjunction with Bass Connections, with support from Duke University Libraries.

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Summer 2022 Projects

  Overview If we understand that “carbon” is only a symptom of the ecological crisis whose root cause is the broken relations between people, the earth, and each other, what stories and histories do we need to tell and illuminate... read more »


Art, Disability Studies, Environment, Environmental Sustainability, Medicine, Mapping

In this Story+ project, we will tackle diverse issues related to biodiversity conservation, humanitarian development, climate change, and international policies related to Madagascar. By highlighting the agency of local stakeholders in Madagascar... read more »


Environment, Environmental Sustainability, Public Policy, Human Rights, Global Health

Overview This project will document and communicate the history of racial inequities in the American South through an environmental justice lens. We aim to build a repository of oral histories that will provide evidence of the... read more »


Environment, Public Policy, Race, Oral History, Civil Rights, Global Health

Musical instruments are complex and historically revealing pieces of technology. They reflect both scientific knowledge and artistic practices of a given historical moment. The Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) comprise... read more »


Music, Digital Storytelling, Archives, History

This project seeks to examine and re-narrate the historical relationship of tobacco, race, and the Duke University Men’s Basketball program. This project will begin by looking specifically at the subjectivities of Stephen Slade, the enslaved Black... read more »


Race, Sports, Civil Rights, Archives, Education, History

Over the past two years students in classes taught by Prof. Cecilia Márquez and Prof. Joan Munné have worked to create the first-of-its-kind exhibit in the Chappel Family Gallery in Perkins Library entitled “Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz: Latinx at... read more »


Oral History, Digital Storytelling, Archives

On April 12, 1981, four men sunbathing along the Little River in north Durham were assaulted by a group of men and women in what was quickly understood to be an anti-LGTBQ+ hate crime. One of the men—Ronald “Sonny” Antonevich—later died from the... read more »


Documentary, Civil Rights, Archives, History

Overview As part of a multi-year initiative to study Duke University’s racial history, this project will document path-breaking student athletes and coaches, revisit watershed sporting events, and seek to understand these key... read more »


Duke Centennial, Race, Sports, Civil Rights, Education, History

Monuments commemorating politicians and soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War never stood silent. In our Story+ project, we will consider why people celebrate, protest, or decide to keep silent about aspects of our... read more »


Art, Monuments, Race, Sound, Civil Rights, History

Overview The ecological history of Duke Forest is embedded within the human history of plantation agriculture, fueled by violent chattel slavery. Hallmark insights about river ecology, biodiversity, community succession, and climate... read more »


Environment, Environmental Sustainability, Mapping, History

This Story+ project explores how Project Vox might visualize philosophers' networks: what could a network visualization look like, and how can it reflect the feminist mindset of the site? Over the course of its 2022-2023 project year, Project Vox... read more »


Networks, Philosophy, Women, Visual Media

Completed Projects

This team will be diving into the Blunt Family Papers, three... read more »

The Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library currently holds... read more »

  Ordination of women continues to remain a controversial issue... read more »

23 and We is a 6-week research project that trains... read more »

The Just and Equal Durham Project (JED) at the Pauli Murray... read more »

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 »

As part of its larger public engagement initiative, the National... read more »

During this collision of artistic and academic energies,... read more »

This is a project of inclusion, representation, and empowerment... read more »

From 1917 to 1926, the attending physician of a state-run... read more »