Story+ is a 6-week summer research experience for undergraduates interested in exploring humanities research approaches (archival research, oral histories, narrative analysis, visual analysis, and more) at Duke University. 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. The application process for Summer 2018 is now closed.

[ Updated 1/17/18 ] Story+ takes place during Summer Session 1 (May 16 - June 28). 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 for 2018 Story+ projects, and scroll down further to see Summer 2017 teams.  

Story+ is offered through the FHI and Bass Connections, in partnership with the Duke University Libraries and Versatile Humanists at Duke.

Summer 2018 Projects

For the Story+ summer 2018 project, An Illustrated Memoir of the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic:  Archives Speak, students will produce a modified graphic novel that tells a sweeping story of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, based on materials from... read more »


Visual Media, Archives, Human Rights, Global Health

[ OFF-SITE PROJECT: DIFFERENT PROGRAM DATES + STIPENDS ] Skylar Shelton is growing up in a community in Appalachian North Carolina called Laurel. She is being raised by her grandmother, who is an elderly woman struggling to make ends meet on social... read more »


Women/Girls, Visual Media, Public Humanities, Documentary, Digital Storytelling, Education

[ REQUIRES OFF-SITE FIELD WORK] Coal is still king in many parts of Appalachia, even if it sometimes seems like the throne has been abdicated. It informs identities, not only for the men and women who dig it, but also for those like Loretta Lynn,... read more »


Labor History, Public Humanities, Oral History, Energy

As it approaches its 10th year, the Left of Black (LoB) weekly webcast continues to grow and older episodes see less circulation. To remedy this and make use of the knowledge shared, the large LoB archive can be mined and re-engineered into lesson... read more »


Archives, Education, African American Studies

Every week, during the turbulent years of the African American Civil Rights Movement in the United States, a minister or ordained scholar preached from the pulpit of Duke University Chapel within Sunday morning services. Who were they? What did... read more »


Civil Rights, Archives, History

This Story+ program will invite students to use a series of new collections at Duke University Rubenstein Library about Caribbean migration to the United States. These include the Americans for Immigrant Justice, the Caribbean Sea Migration... read more »


Translation, Migration, Archives, Human Rights, History

Since opening its doors in 1932, the Duke Chapel has served as the spiritual and physical heart of West Campus. The magnificent space has been the site of convocations, inaugurations, musical performances, lectures, and more. The quad outside the... read more »


Archives, History

Student Action with Farmworkers has been working with young activists to improve farmworker lives since 1992. Each year, SAF trains approximately 25 students on farmworker issues, and places them to work full-time with migrant education programs,... read more »


Oral History, Documentary, Human Rights, History

February 13, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Allen Building Takeover, a protest by black students that forever changed Duke’s student body, its curriculum, and its future. The Allen Building Takeover @ 50 (or ABT@50) project will allow... read more »


Civil Rights, Archives, History, African American Studies

The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, acquired by the Rubenstein Library in 2015, documents women at work, broadly conceived, from the mid-fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Among the over 17,000 works in the collection are materials... read more »


Women/Girls, Labor History, Oral History, Civil Rights, Archives

Completed Projects

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

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

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

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

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