Entries by Catherine Angst

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. […]

Whose Anthropocene? Global South Perspectives on Environmental Crisis

Course Number: LATAMER 590S, CULANTH 590S, ENVIRON 590S Course Attributes: CCI, EI, CZ, SS Course Time: Thursdays, 4:40pm – 7:10pm Course Description: The Anthropocene is defined as the epoch in which human activity has matched the scale of geological processes and disturbed Earth’s thermodynamic balance. Beyond introducing unprecedented environmental crises, the Anthropocene has revealed the inadequacy of Western scientific […]

Water and Society: Concepts and Controversies in Latin America – Fall 2018

Course Number: LATAMER 390, CULANTH 290, ENVIRON 390 Course Attributes: CCI, STS, CZ, SS Course Time: Wednesdays, 4:40pm – 7:10pm Course Description: Water is central to the past, present, and future of humanity. Latin America has been and continues to be a place where some of the most important discussions on and events related to water and human […]

Scripture: Judaism, Christianity & Islam – Fall 2018

Course Number: RELIGION 156, AMES 138, JEWISHST 156 Course Attributes: CCI, EI, ALP, CZ Course Time: Tues. & Thurs., 11:45am – 1:00pm Course Description: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are characterized as religions of the book. Their sacred texts are foundational to the faiths they represent. In spite of shared histories, overlapping contents, and parallel perspectives, their Sacred Scriptures […]

Indian Cinema – Fall 2018

Course Number: AMES 151, LIT 211, AMI 253, VMS 231 Course Attributes: CCI, R, ALP, CZ Course Time: Tues. & Thurs., 3:05pm – 4:20pm Course Description: This course will investigate sources of vitality in twentieth-century Indian cinema and the resilience of popular cinema in the face of Hollywood. Students will view both narrative and non-narrative expressive forms in […]

Contemporary Turkish Composition and Readings – Fall 2018

Course Number: TURKISH 305 Course Attributes: CCI, FL Course Time: Mon. & Wed., 4:40pm – 5:55pm Course Description: Advanced grammar and syntax with intense composition component. Analytical readings in the original. Prerequisite: Turkish 204 or permission of instructor. Placement guidelines. Faculty Biography: Didem Havlioglu’s research focuses on gender and sexuality in the early modern Ottoman culture production. […]