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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