Story+ Project

Teaching Duke 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 a Story+ team to develop a 12-week house course, based on original documents from the Duke University Archives, that will explore, enhance, and challenge our university’s historical narrative. The team will also create a publicly-available website sharing the course materials—and might also include podcasts or other recorded presentations of course topics—so that their important public history work reaches beyond the house course to engage and educate the whole of the Duke community. Team members will be invited, but in no way obligated, to teach the inaugural house course—using the syllabus and associated class materials, learning activities, and assignments they create—in Spring 2020, with support from the University Archives staff.

Skills and Interests for Undergraduate Team Members


  • Interest in Duke history, in how Duke history can inform our present moment as a campus of multiple voices, and in the value of finding innovative ways to present challenging historical moments to a wide audience. 
  • A commitment to investigating the archival sources behind “settled” Duke history, which might sometimes involve dead ends, an incomplete historical record, and complicated and conflicting perceptions of events.
  • A skill for storytelling, for choosing key Duke historical moments that can help a course topic to “come alive” for students.
  • Creativity! The house course will teach Duke history through engaging, hands-on activities, creatively designed by the Story+ team.

Useful, but not required:

  • Previous participation in a house course, either as a student or an instructor.
  • Interest in education/pedagogy, history, or public history/archives as a major or future career path.


Project Sponsor(s): 

Amy McDonald, Assistant University Archivist, Duke University Archives

Tracy Jackson, Head of Center Manuscript Processing and Technical Services Archivist, Duke University Archives

Kelley Lawton, Head, East Campus Libraries and Subject Librarian for United States History, Duke University Libraries

Hannah Rozear, Librarian for Instructional Services, Duke University Libraries

Graduate Mentor(s): 

Amanda Lazarus, PhD Candidate


Bates Crawford, Frankie Pucci, Isadora Toledo


The students created a syllabus and educational course website for their Teaching Duke History project.

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  • Archives
  • Education
  • History