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Senior year for Duke’s Class of 2020 did not go as expected. As they look toward their long-delayed, eagerly anticipated, in-person commencement ceremony on Sept. 26, members of the Class of 2020 share their memories of Duke and how they learned to cherish ordinary moments of connection and community.  Katie Cassedy  Katie graduated in 2020 with an economics major and a minor in visual media studies.  She is currently a UK Agency Associate in LinkedIn’s Business Leadership Program… read more about The Class of 2020 Remembers Duke »

“Repairing the Past, Imagining the Present Otherwise” is a three-part conversation series, organized by doctoral candidate Alexander Strecker, which brings together an interdisciplinary group of artists and scholars from Greece and the United States. Using the idea of repair as a point of departure, these dialogues trace how oscillatory movements between Athens’ multiple pasts and diverse presents can help us envision alternative ways of inhabiting the world together. Each event will center around the multi-disciplinary… read more about Conversation Series »

The Aesthetics of Reaction Tradition, Faith, Identity, and the Visual Arts in France, 1900-1914 Neil McWilliam This study focuses on anti-modernist artists, critics and political theorists in Belle Époque France hostile to secular democracy and its allegedly decadent culture of individualism. It examines their reassertion of social and artistic values which, they claimed, had been distorted and repressed by the 1789 revolution. Exploring the cultural implications of the Catholic revival, the impact of the… read more about New Faculty Publication »

Four visiting humanities scholars from historically Black colleges and universities and liberal-arts institutions arrived at Duke this August to collaborate with Duke students, faculty and staff. Their projects will cover commemoration practices, early Christian manuscripts, a 17th century Mexican philosopher and the ephemeral nature of digital projects. The fellows are part of Humanities Unbounded, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiative designed to nurture collaboration and inventive expressions of the… read more about Duke Welcomes New Cohort of Visiting Humanities Scholars from HBCUs and Liberal-Arts Schools »

If you don’t think a laboratory is the ideal place to explore complex themes and methodologies like valuing care, ethnography, urbanism or games and culture, you may need to expand your definition beyond beakers and microscopes. Labs are hives of communication, cooperation and active collaboration. They are driven by a commitment to curiosity and exploration that often produces unanticipated paths and solutions. And utilizing those features for research in the humanities – a scholarly area that has traditionally focused on… read more about Innovative, Interdisciplinary Labs Reshape Humanities Research and Teaching »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 22 faculty members representing seven Duke colleges and schools.   “Our honorees are recognized as international leaders in a diverse range of fields,” said President Vincent Price. “Their research has already had a significant impact on broader society, helping to improve lives and shape our understanding of the world.” The honorees are the “successors of faculty leaders who helped define the university’s commitment to ethical scholarship, leadership and public… read more about Duke Awards 22 Distinguished Professorships »

When he was an undergraduate political science student, Kerry Haynie was never taught about the 1921 Tulsa massacre. Nor was there much discussion about the role of race in the founding political documents of this country or much examination of how race influenced public services such as sewer lines and zoning. In one sense, a lot has changed. In 2021, Duke’s faculty includes a strong lineup of leading scholars who examine how race is embedded in issues that cross all the schools of the university. This fall, many of… read more about University Course Raises Race as a Central Element of Undergraduate Education »

Professor William Seaman has received the 2021 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art for his pioneering work “Recombinant Poetics / Recombinant Informatics / Neosentience” from The Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH).                                                          The award citation notes: “Seaman has been interested in meaning production and has explored ideas around computational meta-meaning… read more about ACM SIGGRAPH 2021 Awards  »

Sheila Dillon, professor of art, art history and visual studies, has been named the Anne Murnick Cogan Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History. Dillon is completing her second term as chair of the Department and was Acting Director of the Duke Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab (formerly Wired! Lab) in 2020-21.   Professor Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and archaeology… read more about Distinguished Professorship  »

Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society for 2021.  Election to the American Philosophical Society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its membership is composed of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines. The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the… read more about American Philosophical Society »

African American Literature in Transition 1800-1830 (Cambridge Press), edited by Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Bacca Foundation Associate Professor, was published in April. Contributors include Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Maurice Wallace, William L. Andrews, Prithi Kanakamedala, Joseph Rezek, Britt Rusert, Bryan Sinche, Teresa Zackodnik, Brigitte Fielder, Stefan Wheelock, Sarah Blackwood, Aston Gonzalez, and Martha J. Cutter.   From Cambridge Press: “African American literature in the years between 1800 and 1830 emerged from… read more about New Faculty Publication »

A new Trinity College of Arts & Sciences program offering peer mentoring to Ph.D. students in their first, second or third year at Duke will begin hosting meetings this fall, and has selected the inaugural class of fellows to lead those groups. Designed as small, interdisciplinary mentoring groups each facilitated by a peer fellow, the program aims to help students flourish in their respective doctoral programs – providing a confidential space to navigate frustrations, offering a diversity of perspectives, encouraging… read more about Trinity Launches Peer Mentoring Program for Early-Stage PhD Students »

END OF YEAR STUDENT EXHIBITION DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY & VISUAL STUDIES RUBENSTEIN ARTS CENTER, DUKE UNIVERSITY APR 21-30, 2021 featuring works by: Breanna Collins Sarah Derris Mila De Souza Katja Gilman Hannah Homma Tong Andy Ju Polin Liu Adeline Monaghan Pavel Pivarshev Yukai Qian Sofia Zymnis   https://sites.duke.edu/spring2021exhibition/ Download AAAHVS-Capstone-Distinction-DigitalPublication (pdf - 8.47 MB)   Special thanks… read more about 2021 Online Showcase, Works from the 2021 Visual Arts Capstone and Graduation with Distinction Students »

Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network (DEMAN) is partnering with Duke Boston, Duke Asian Alumni Alliance, and the Art, Art History & Visual Studies department to present a virtual preview of Yuri Shimojo’s Memento Mori, a monumental painting series premiering in the US on the tenth anniversary of the Japanese Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear crisis. A Conversation on Art & Healing: US Exhibition Premiere of Memento Mori Thur, March 11, 2021 at 8–9 p.m. EST via Zoom.… read more about Yng-Ru Chen ‘01 on Why She Opened Praise Shadows Art Gallery »