The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies is a unique consortium of programs committed to revitalizing notions of how knowledge is gained and exchanged.
Participants from a broad range of disciplines converge to explore intellectual issues, including some of the most pressing social and political themes of our time: race and race relations, the legacy of the African American experience, equality and opportunity among diverse populations, and the implications of accelerated globalization. At its core, the Center claims an intrepid mission: to bring together humanists and those involved in the social sciences in a setting that inspires vigorous scholarship and imaginative alliances. In this way, historians, artists, literary scholars, and philosophers contribute to a rich understanding of moral and ethical issues.
Inspired by the example of John Hope Franklin – Duke professor emeritus, historian, intellectual leader, and life-long civil rights activist—the Franklin Center fosters fresh approaches to scholarship and learning while offering stimulating opportunities to the larger community.
On the bus line and within walking distance to other parts of Duke’s campuses, the Center is easily accessible to residents from the Durham and Triangle area, who are invited to participate in and experience workshops, lectures, exhibits, and other public events.
In sum, the Franklin Center seeks to meld past knowledge and present questions, international perspectives and local concerns, timeless scholarship and timely issues.