Story+ | Remapping the Caribbean: Archives of Haitian & Cuban Migration, Detention & Legal Activism

Story+ | Remapping the Caribbean: Archives of Haitian & Cuban Migration, Detention & Legal Activism

This Story+ program invited students to use a series of new collections at the Duke University Rubenstein Library about Caribbean migration to the United States. Through these collections, students understood the history of Cuban and Haitian migration to the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s, the different treatment of the two groups, and the practices of interdiction and detention that were developed during this time, including the first use of Guantanamo Bay’s a detention center.

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.