Story+ 2021 | A Just and Equal Durham Audio Documentary Project

Story+ 2021 | A Just and Equal Durham Audio Documentary Project

Learn more about Story+: https://fhi.duke.edu/programs/story

The Just and Equal Durham Project (JED) at the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice (https://www.paulimurraycenter.com/) is about history, accountability, and activism motivated by an evolving vision for our home community of Durham. Ten years ago, fifteen Durham community leaders, many of whom are still active social justice advocates, were asked to share their ideas about the power of story, specific and personally impactful stories of fairness and justice, and their vision for a just and equal Durham. Students in this project revisited those interviews and interviewees, inviting several of them to reflect on how Durham’s has or has not advanced in its journey toward justice and how their vision for a just Durham has changed.

Story+ is a 6-week summer research experience for Duke undergraduates 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.