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September 2017

For Catalina’s Time

September 18 @ 8:00 am - December 6 @ 6:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Gallery, 2204 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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For Catalina’s Time is a time-based series of photographs and footage by anthropologist and filmmaker Sandra Luz Barroso. The exhibit is complemented by ten pieces of graphic work made by Oaxacan artists titled ARTEZA (Trough). The exhibition is part of the process of completing the documentary ARTEMIO (2017) by Sandra Luz Barroso. This project documents a decade of field work in the Costa Chica of Oaxaca, Mexico, where a number of communities of African descent live. Little research had been…

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October 2017

Mexican Contemporary and Interdependent Art Scene, Biquini Wax EPS: The Temple of Sub-Critique Studies

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Natalia De La Rosa

Speakers: Paloma Contreras Lomas, Julio García Murillo, Nika Chilewich, Natalia de la Rosa, and Roselin Rodríguez   Biquini Wax EPS is an interdependent contemporary art space in Mexico City run by artists Paloma Contreras Lomas, Ramón Izaguirre, Israel Urmeer, Cristóbal Gracia, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba, and Eric Valencia, writers Gustavo Cruz, and Sandra Sánchez, art historian Natalia de la Rosa, and curators Roselin Rodriguez Espinosa Julio García Murillo, and Nika Chilewich, also directors of the Yacuziz, a collective of Sub-Critical Studies. The Yacuziz began with…

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Left of Black with Daniel José Older

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Daniel José Older

Watch this week's episode of Left of Black on the Franklin Center's YouTube page: https://youtu.be/nnqBTk-6bEg Left of Black host Dr. Mark Anthony Neal sits down with novelist Daniel José Older to talk about Older's book, "Battle Hill Bolero" and his Bone Street Rumba series. Dr. Neal teaches Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Older is a novelist, editor and composer whose work can be found at http://ghoststar.net/ .

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November 2017

Mongols, Marco Polo, and Pu’er Tea: China’s Southwest Silk Road as a Gateway to Southeast Asia

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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James Anderson

Speaker: James Anderson, Ph.D.   In the northeast corner of Dali Prefecture in modern-day Yunnan one finds “Stone Gate Pass (shimen guan)” in a steep mountain valley along the ancient Southwestern Silk Road. Located in the southern region of modern-day Yanjin county on the southern foot hills of Dali Mountain (Dalishan), the pass is located on a mountain section of the trade route which runs along the western bank of the Guan River (Guanhe). The pass and this trade route, known as the…

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Law, Dynasty, and Islam in Arab Monarchies, 1860s-1930s

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Adam Mestyan

Speaker: Adam Mestyan, Ph.D. This talk focuses on the legal codification of dynasties in Arab monarchies between the 1860s and 1930s. In a sweeping survey, it compares how the succession order and the members of the ruling family were defined in laws, decrees, and constitutions in the new national kingdoms of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia with comparisons to older monarchies, equally impacted by European imperialism, such as Morocco and Oman. The argument I would advance is that constitutionalism…

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How Far is 100 Miles? An Update on US-Cuban Relations from a Cuban Diplomat

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Miguel Fraga

Speaker: Miguel Fraga Miguel Fraga, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C. since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations on July 2015. He has worked for the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2006 in Cuba, the United States, and Canada. This event is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center, and Duke's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd.…

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Looking at Scholarly Issues from Diverse Angles: Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues Panel

November 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Grad Working Groups

Speakers: 2017-2018 International Graduate Working Groups A panel of students from selected working groups in the 2017-2018 academic year will present work they have been doing during the Fall semester and share their plans for the Spring. For the past two decades, the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) has supported the formation of interdisciplinary, student-driven working groups that meet throughout the academic year to discuss a wide range of topics on global themes. These working groups produce…

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December 2017

The Making and Measure of a Judge: The Honorable Sammie Chess Jr.

December 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Judge Joe Webster

Speaker: Judge Joe L. Webster The Making and Measure of a Judge: Biography of the Honorable Sammie Chess, Jr. is the definitive biography of North Carolina’s first African American Superior Court Judge. It is a vivid historical journey of Chess’s humble beginning on the dirt floor of a tenant dwelling, in the midst of the Great Depression, in rural South Carolina. Chess’s journey continues through the Jim Crow era and the civil rights struggle as a civil rights attorney, and his rise to an…

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