Wednesdays at the Center – Fall 2017 Schedule

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 Wednesdays throughout the semester from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Franklin Center’s Ahmadiah Family Conference Hall, room 240. A light lunch is served at each event.

New Gaza Short Films: The Student Eye

A film screening and discussion with Ahmed Mansour, NYU and Nancy Kalow, Duke CDS

September 6, 2017, 12:0pm – 1:00pm

Muslims in South Asia

A lecture with Ali Mian, Ph.D., Seattle University

September 13, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

When Global Health Comes Home: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa and Refugees in the U.S.A.

A lecture with Brandon Knettel, Ph.D, Duke Global Health Institute

September 20, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Intercultural Learner @ Duke

A panel featuring Darla Deardorff, Ph.D., Sarah Russell, Ph.D., Bethzaida Fernandez, M.A., Samira Wellenmeyer, M.A.

September 27, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Cyber Sufism: Lessons from the Landscape of American Digital Islam

A lecture with Robert Rozehnal, Ph.D., Lehigh University

October 4, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Chronicling Marcus Garvey and the UNIA: The Process of Research and Writing the African Diaspora

A conversation betweeen Robert A. Hill, Ph.D., UCLA and Michaeline A. Crichlow, Ph.D., Duke University

October 18, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


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

A presentation with Paloma Contreras Lomas, Julio García Murillo, Nika Chilewich, Natalia de la Rosa, and Roselin Rodríguez

October 25, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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

A lecture with James Anderson, Ph.D. from University of North Carolina, Greensboro

November 1, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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

A lecture with Adam Mestyan, Duke University

November 8, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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

A lecture with Miguel Friga, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C.

November 15, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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

A panel of International Graduate Working Groups

November 29, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm



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

A lecture with Judge Joe Webster, Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina

December 6, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Wednesday at the Center – Fall 2016

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. The series is organized and presented by the John Hope Franklin Center with the support of partner organizations. All events in the series are free and open to the public. A light lunch is served at each event and an one hour parking voucher given to attendees.

September 7, 2016

Hamilton and Malcolm X: Radical Race Representation in Opera and Musical Theatre

Speakers: William Henry Curry, Durham Symphony Music Director and Raleigh Medal of the Arts Recipient; and Jackson Cooper, Classical Music and Theatre Critic for Classical Voice of North Carolina and the Greensboro News and Record

September 14, 2016

Whither Austria? Whither Europe? The Austrian Elections, Brexit, and the European Future

Speaker: Erhard Busek, President of the Vienna Economic Forum

September 21, 2016

The Western Hemisphere Policy Agenda: A View from Washington

Speaker: Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas

September 28, 2016

What Duke’s collections can do for you; or, what is it we collect?

Speaker: Sean Swanick, Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, Duke University

October 5, 2016

The sacred and the healing potential in Ancient Oriental Music & Movement Therapy

Speaker: Dr. Oruc Guvenc, Turkish Music Therapist

October 19 2016

Adolescent HIV: How to Break the Mortality Wave

Speaker: Dr. Dorothy Dow, Duke Global Health Institute

October 26, 2016

From Isolation to Open-Access: Painting Myanmar in the 21st Century

Speaker: Catherine Raymond, Director of the Center for Norman Studies at Northern Illinois University

November 2, 2016

The Political Consequences of Terrorism

Speakers: Laia Balcells, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke University

November 9, 2016

The Crucible: From Politics to Process

Speaker: Mark Perry, Dramaturg of THE CRUCIBLE; 

Ray Dooley, Actor, playing Giles Corey in THE CRUCIBLE

Jeffrey Blair Cornell, Actor, playing  Deputy Governor Danforth in THE CRUCIBLE

Jules Odendahl-James, Director of Academic Engagement, Humanities, Duke University

November 16, 2016

Cuba and U.S. Relations: One Year Later

Speaker: Joan Perkins, Deputy Director, Office of Cuban Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

November 30, 2016

 The Koran in English: A Biography

Speaker: Bruce Lawrence, Emeritus, Duke University

December 7, 2016

Global Graduate Working Groups

Speakers: 2016-2017 Duke University Center for International and Global Studies’ Graduate Working Groups

Leonor Leal’s Contemporary Flamenco

On March 23rd, Leonor Leal gave a casual performance during a lecture on “The Art of Contemporary Flamenco” at the John Hope Franklin Center’s Wednesdays at the Center series. Leal was accompanied by guitarist, Jose Lois Rodriguez and vocalist/cajón player, Francisco “Yiyi” Orozco. All three of the artist have training in classical Flamenco, but now perform with more modern interpretation of the movement and music.

During the presentation, Leal touched on the international aspects of Flamenco which borrows motifs from Arab, African, and South American cultures. Leal playfully unpacked traditional Flamenco movements for the audience at the Franklin Center explaining the difference in postures from Tango and Flamenco.

Leal’s visit to Duke University was part of a 3-day residency supported by the Duke Dance Program, Spanish Studies, and the Program in Women’s Studies. Aside from her lecture at the Franklin Center, Leal also gave a public demonstration and held a master class in the Ark Dance Studio during the residency.

Venezuela: New Political Realities, Continuing Challenges

Ambassador Patrick Duddy will present his thoughts on the 2015 Venezuela parliamentary elections during the Wednesdays at the Center series on February 10, 2016 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

On December 6, 2015, Venezuela held its first parliamentary elections since the death of President Hugo Chávez. The incumbent party, The United Socialist Party of Venezuela, was voted out of power as the Democratic Unity Roundtable took the majority of seats and over 56% of the popular vote.

Duddy served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 2007-2010 under both President Bush and President Obama. At his retirement Ambassador Duddy was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management.