Story+ | Summer 2019 Full Presentations

Story+ | Summer 2019 Full Presentations

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Humanities research and storytelling are at the center of FHI's Summer Session 1 program, Story+. This is a 6-week summer research experience for students – undergraduate and graduate – who are interested in bringing academic research to life through dynamic storytelling. 

03:35 - Pirating Text: From Robinson Crusoe to Cast Away, Tracking the Myth of Crusoe From Slave Trade Propaganda to Children’s Animation: Building upon last summer’s Data+ project, Pirating Texts, this Story+ team told the story of the publication of Crusoe, which has amassed over 13,000 different editions. Website:

13:44 - “After 33 y'rs of hackling at it”: The Echoes of Walt Whitman’s Entrepreneurial Publishing in Digital Content Creation: Through archival research, this Story+ project explored Whitman's primary source materials in order to discover ways the poet approached the 19th century publishing environment that, 150 years later, are echoed by the likes of entrepreneurial vloggers positioning themselves within thematic niches on YouTube, Instagram influencers building communities around their passions, and other similar entrepreneurial content producers.

33:19 - 23 and We: Stories of Race in Genetic Ancestry Testing Advertisements: Through this Story+ team, students will developed skills to: apply research methods to commercial advertisements, generate content analysis on phenotypical and racial markers in those advertisements, and translate initial findings into interdisciplinary academic outputs. The 23 & We team's research was profiled for Duke's Research Blog here:

44:07 - Photographic Life of Harriet: Tubman’s Life in Pictures: This Story+ project explored the visual life of Harriet Tubman in diverse illustrations of the abolitionist. Students who worked on this project organized the visual archive of Tubman’s representation from photographs to also her image in public memory, including statues, memorials, museums, murals and fine art. Website:

54:16 - #MyVoiceMyBody | Minoritized Bodies in the Pulpit at Duke Chapel: 2019 Story+ project #MyVoiceMyBody interrogated the intersections of body, place, and performance in the space of Duke Chapel. Students worked with the archival and digital contents of the Duke Chapel Recordings Digital Collection, conducted in-person/digital interviews with these pioneering women, and learned the basics of sermon analysis to reveal the connections between identity, rhetoric, and politics.

1:13:00 - Consuming Women, Liberating Women | Women and Advertising in the Mid 20th Century: This project documented the turbulent relationship between women, feminism, and the advertising industry. The team created a  web-based tool that draws together a guide to collections within the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, both in Duke University's Rubenstein Library, related to the scope of women’s experiences during the post-World War II consumer boom and the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Website:

1:23:52 - Teaching Duke History: Teaching Duke History invited a Story+ team to develop a 12-week house course, based on original documents from the Duke University Archives, that would explore, enhance, and challenge Duke University’s historical narrative. The team will also create a publicly-available website sharing the course materials so that their important public history work reaches beyond the house course to engage and educate the whole of the Duke community. Website:

1:33:44 - Stained University | From Duke's Entanglement with the Tobacco Industry to a Smoke-Free Campus: This Story+ team researched Duke’s ‘tobacco-stained’ history along two lines of inquiry. First, to examine how the campus was a market for tobacco products and, second, to research how Duke faculty were entwined with the tobacco industry. Website:

1:57:25 - The Other Side of Hungry River | Mental Illness Mapped Through Songs: Students, along with Grammy nominee Tift Merritt, created an online visual counterpart to The Other Side of Hungry River exploring the historical background, architectural drawings, intake records, oral histories, photographs and relics behind these songs. 

2:09:12 - Beyond Despair | Narrating the Environment through the Humanities: Members of the Story+ team were tasked with creatively engaging with the theme of critical environmental issues and the role the humanities can play in understanding and galvanizing action to create one or two proof-of-concept pilot(s) for the series by the end of the project.

2:29:22 - Final remarks from Vice Provost Ed Balleisen.