Story+ | Summer 2019 Full Presentations

Story+ is now online! Read more in this update on Summer 2020.

Story+ is a 6-week paid summer research experience for Duke students—undergraduates and graduates—interested in exploring interdisciplinary 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.

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. If you are concerned about how your funding will work for this program or other summer opportunities, contact your financial aid counselor for further information or advice.

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

Story+ Summer 2020 Program Dates: May 13 to June 26, 2020


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Summer 2020 Projects

This team will be diving into the Blunt Family Papers, three large boxes archived at the Rubenstein which include an African American family’s mid-20th century personal letters, photographs, greeting cards, furniture down payment booklets, church... read more »


Migration, Archives, Human Rights, African American Studies

The Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library currently holds more than 90 years of forestry data that has not been evaluated by contemporary researchers. The collection, largely focused on Duke Forest, includes historical data encompassing every... read more »


Art, Computation, Environment, Archives

During this collision of artistic and academic energies, students will examine U.S. policy responses to significant coal mining disasters during the 20th Century and experiment with methods of processing their research through dance. Drawing on... read more »


Art, Dance, Environment, Public Policy, Labor History, Oral History, Global Health

From 1917 to 1926, the attending physician of a state-run hospital for black North Carolinians in the segregated south photographed asylum life, keeping handwritten notebooks describing each image. These powerful portraits present a rare opportunity... read more »


Art, Documentary, Archives, History, African American Studies

Navigating the output of algorithms, and the contradictions they create, is an essential skill across a wide array of industries. In the healthcare industry, care managers are increasingly relying on artificial intelligence to determine patient... read more »


Medicine, Digital Storytelling, Global Health

As we enter into the long night of the coronavirus pandemic, many are “bracing-in” and struggling to see the dawn. The entertainment and service industries have been particularly hard hit as musicians, technicians, service staff, and venues struggle... read more »


Art, Dance, Ethnography, Music, Global Health

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES 100 YEARS MAKE? Working with Duke’s Story+ program, this project will engage students in learning about pandemics and different approaches to studying them, the history of Duke and of Durham, and qualitative methods.... read more »


Medicine, Archives, History, Global Health

The need for compelling, innovative ways to experience archival content is a pressing one—how can we activate data, give it a new life and a new audience? Experiential Archive will facilitate a deep dive in designing meaningful, interactive... read more »


Art, Computation, Digital Storytelling, Archives

HBCU Counterstories is a multiyear collaborative project documenting the lived experiences of North Carolina Central University’s adult nontraditional students. Over 200 students have participated so far in focus groups, surveys,... read more »



Between 1939 and 1941, representatives from the Rural Electrification Agency organized a carnivalesque roadshow designed to encourage families to purchase and use electrical appliances and other equipment in their homes and on their farms. A key... read more »


Environment, Women, Archives, Energy

The Story+ team for Manipulated Materials will be curating and preparing the fall 2020 exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery which will focus on documentary sculpture. The exhibition artists will be pre-selected, but team members will be interacting... read more »


Art, Visual Media, Documentary

Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) is home to an extensive collection of historical musical instruments from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Despite the potential DUMIC’s holdings have to inspire and complement the... read more »


Music, Archives

Migrant Roots Media (MRM) is a digital platform which amplifies the voices of migrants, children of migrants, and those struggling to thrive in their homelands to unearth the root causes of global migration. We strategically position intersectional... read more »


Oral History, Migration, Documentary, Human Rights

Completed Projects

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

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

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

This project seeks to document the turbulent relationship... read more »

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

For Harriet Tubman’s 1868 carte-de-visit she sits in a full... read more »

Over 300 years ago, Daniel Defoe immortalized the survival story... read more »

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