Melissa Neeley is a Duke Sustainability Leader

2016 Sustain Duke Award Winners

Sustainable Duke seeks to provide leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus, medical institutions, and within in the larger North Carolina community. Each spring Sustainable Duke awards members of the Duke community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the three pillars of sustainability: environmental stewardship, social justice, and economic viability.

This year the Franklin Center’s own Melissa Neeley was honored with the Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability award. Neeley’s efforts promote green actions in the Franklin Center. In the past year, Neeley coordinated Free Store events, advocated for the installation of water bottle refilling stations, and spearheaded recycling initiatives at the Franklin Center. Her leadership continues to provide an excellent example of conservation to her colleagues and the greater Duke and Durham communities.


Sustainable Duke recognized:

Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability – Faculty

Daniel Ahlquist, lecturing fellow, Thompson Writing Program

Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability – Staff

Melissa Neeley, operations support staff member, John Hope Franklin Center

Boyd Pickard and David Grizzle, control technicians, Energy Management Controls Shop

Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability – Student

Kelly Shen, senior

Outstanding Leadership in Waste Reduction

Sarah P. Duke Gardens Green Team

John Lohnes, physician assistant, Duke Orthopaedics

Zero Waste Game Day Recognition

Members of Duke Athletics and Duke football were also recognized at the event for their part in helping Duke become the first ACC school to achieve a zero waste gameday.


Fall 2016 Feature Courses, part 1


with Professor Carlos Rojas


AMES 439, AMI 439, CULANTH 439, LIT 439, VMS 439, WOMENST 439

This course examines queer discourse, cultures, and social formations in China, Greater China and the global Chinese diaspora from the late imperial period to the present. This course focuses on cultural representations, particularly literary and cinematic, but also considers a wide array of historical, anthropological, sociological, and theoretical materials.



with Professor Nayoung Aimee Kwon


AMES 471, AMI 256, CULANTH 255, LIT 212, VMS 234

The WORLD OF KOREAN CINEMA broadly defines national, generic, and theoretical boundaries, beyond conventional auteur, genre, one-way influence, and national cinema theories. This course also examines cinematic texts in local, regional, and global contexts and intersections. This course covers variable topics based in theoretical and political discourses on gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, global flows of people and cultures, and popular and “high” culture crossovers, traditional co-productions, remakes, translations and retellings. Previous knowledge of Korean language and culture is not required.



with Professor Ellen McLarney 


This course will look at how Middle Eastern identities blend with Latin American ones, through migration, institutions, popular media, transnational political ideologies (Marxist, leftist, socialist, populist, nationalist, religious, or feminist), as well as through conversions and proselytizing. Solidarities across the Global South central to Latin American projects to “decolonize the mind,” to mutually inspired “liberation theologies,”, and to new kinds of non-Western feminisms will be covered. This course explores the creative conjuncture of Middle Eastern and Latin American politics and cultures, through immigration and assimilation, institution building, political activism, media production, feminism, and conversion.


with Professor Erdağ Göknar

(CCI, FL) Prerequisite – Turkish 70

Advanced grammar and syntax with intense composition component. Analytical readings in the original. Prerequisite: Turkish 70 or equivalent.



with Professor Jocelyn Olcott

(CCI, CZ) – Gateway for Undergraduate Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate


This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the peoples, cultures, and burning issues of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a required course for students seeking the certificate in Latin American Studies.



Duke Flags Lowered: Humanities Advocate Srinivas Aravamudan Dies

Obituary from Duke Today

DURHAM, NC – Srinivas Aravamudan, professor of English and former dean of the humanities at Duke, died on Wednesday. He was 54.

Aravamudan, a scholar of 18th-century British and French literature and postcolonial literature, was also a champion of the humanities, committed to nurturing and promoting their role in contemporary society. At Duke, his leadership included serving as director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, as dean of the humanities and as director of the Humanities Writ Large initiative.

Aravamudan’s advocacy on behalf of the humanities also extended beyond Duke. He served as president of the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, an association of 207 humanities organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Rim.

At Duke, Aravamudan spearheaded Humanities Writ Large, a major Mellon Foundation-funded initiative focused on the humanities. The five-year initiative aims to redefine the role of humanities in undergraduate education. It emphasizes undergraduate humanities research and interdisciplinary Humanities Labs.

“I knew I would be changed as a person within the first few moments of meeting Srinivas,” said Valerie Ashby, the dean of Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. “He taught me great deal about the humanities. He was such a gracious person, and such a humble champion of the humanities. He had an immense impact on Duke through his leadership at Duke through Humanities Writ Large and his work at the Franklin Humanities Institute, and nationally through his leadership of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. He made a difference, helped us all to care about what matters, and he will be deeply missed.”

Before arriving at Duke, Aravamudan received his Ph.D. at Cornell University and taught at the University of Utah and the University of Washington. He joined the Duke faculty in the fall of 2000, teaching in the English and Romance studies departments and the literature program.

Aravamudan also published several prize-winning volumes on 18th-century and postcolonial literature. His book “Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency 1688-1804” won the Modern Language Association’s outstanding first book prize in 2000. In 2005, he published a new edition of William Earle’s antislavery romance “Obi: or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack.” His award-winning book “Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel” was published in 2012. He was at work on several additional volumes, including a book on the history of the university.

“We are very sad to have lost a greatly esteemed colleague, a delightful, playful and witty friend, and a leader of vision and compassion,” said Sarah Beckwith, a professor of English and religion who chairs the English department. “Srinivas served the department, the college, and the wider national and international constituencies of humanities centers with passion, dedication and a great sense of joy and fun. Our hearts go out to our dear colleague, Ranji Khanna, and to all of Srinivas’ family.”

Aravamudan’s wife, Ranjana Khanna, is a professor of English, women’s studies and literature at Duke.

“Srinivas made extraordinary and influential scholarly contributions amounting to whole-scale re-orientations of the field of 18th studies, post-colonial studies and the history and theory of the novel, one of literature’s most inventive, capacious and enduring forms,” Beckwith added.  “He brought his great intellectual gifts and his leadership skills together to unusual and marked effect.”