Entries by Catherine Angst

Fall 2018 – Wednesdays at the Center

Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) is a topical weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with the audience. This semester the John Hope Franklin Center is proud to collaborate with partners across Duke and throughout the larger academic community to present a discipline diverse series. Join us on […]

Duke hosts “Dimensions of the Middle East”

Summer Institute provides professional development for 6-12 grade educators. by Catherine Angst The Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center in partnership with the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) hosted forty 6-12 grade educators for a five-day summer institute from June 24-29, 2018. “This institute will completely shift your perspective,” said […]

Cycles in Foreign Service

The Honorable Brian Nichols answers a question about the current trends in the foreign service. Nichols was the 2018 Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecturer on International Studies. He gave his lecture, “For Reasons Which Are Not Immediately Clear: Foreign Policy in a Time of Uncertainty” on March 27, 2018. Ambassador Nichols is former US […]

Alsarah visits with Duke students

Alsarah of Alsarah and the Nubatones visited with Duke students during her artist residency with Duke Performances. She met with students from Refugee Lives (AMES 320S, DOCST 321S) and Strategic Storytelling (PUBPOL 646S) to discuss her influences and her personal migration story.    

Drivers of Global Change with Thomas A. Shannon Jr.

  Thomas A. Shannon Jr., undersecretary of state for political affairs, spoke at Duke University on Thursday, Feb. 1 on the current state of the foreign policy. This video clip outlines the four factors driving global change. Shannon’s talk, “Buckle Up: Global Foreign Policy Trends and American Diplomacy,” was hosted by the Duke University Center […]

Arturo Schomburg and the Jim Crow South

This story was featured on Duke’s Council on Race and Ethnicity, https://sites.duke.edu/dcore/tag/vanessa-k-valdes/. Written by Camille Jackson On Wednesday, Vanessa K. Valdés of The City College of New York, presented her research on Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, whose personal collection became the foundation for the Harlem-based and world-renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Valdés is the […]

Video – Virtual Reality in the Arabic Classroom at Duke

Highlights from a panel’s conversation as part of the John Hope Franklin Center’s weekly Wednesdays at the Center series.   Panelists: Elizabeth Evans, Chip Bobbert, Leah Rothfeld, Thatcher Owen, and Maha Houssami This panel will describe what 360 video is and how it’s recorded, including some of the cameras you can use to capture an […]

Blood Letters Highlight Video

Highlights from Professor Xi Lian’s talk as part of the Wednesdays at the Center series at the John Hope Franklin Center. “Blood Letters” is the first authoritative biography of Lin Zhao, a poet and journalist executed in 1968 at the height of the Cultural Revolution. The only Chinese citizen known to have openly and steadfastly […]

Everyday Conversions: Attiya Ahmad

Highlights from Dr. Attiya Ahmad’s talk at the John Hope Franklin Center as part of our weekly Wednesdays at the Center series.   Why are domestic workers converting to Islam in the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf region? In this talk, Dr. Attiya Ahmad presents us with an original analysis of this phenomenon. Using extensive […]

Africa’s ‘Scramble for Europe’

by Angela Griffe As part of the Wednesday at the Center series, the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies and the Duke Africa Initiative welcomed Dr. Stephen Smith to speak about Africa’s changing “human geography.”   Smith addressed a packed room on how shifting African migration patterns are changing the European continent demographics. […]