Students in Shambhavi Kaul's "Expanded Cinema" course created immersive, large-scale installations in the Rubenstein Arts Center in Fall 2021. Their work demonstrates the value of designated spaces for instructional arts learning, experimentation, and practice. read more about Expanded Cinema »

Two Duke University students and one Duke Kunshan University student -- have been named Schwarzman Scholars, a program that funds one year of study in Beijing.  They are among 151 scholars that will begin the program in August of 2022.  Seniors Jessica Edelson and Jessie Xu are recipients from the Durham campus. Wanying He, a senior in Duke Kunshan University’s inaugural undergraduate class, has become the first student from DKU to be named a Schwarzman Scholar. The scholars develop leadership skills through a funded one… read more about Three Students from Duke, Duke Kunshan Receive Schwarzman Scholarships for Graduate Study in China »

Graduate Student-Organized Symposium “Inclusion/Exclusion: A Panel on Cultural Practices and Responses to Otherness and Marginalization.” This year’s event will be held via Zoom on Friday, November 19, from 1-5 PM EST   Schedule of presentations:  1:00 PM Introduction with opening remarks by Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History, Duke University 1:20 PM Zirwat Chowdhury,… read more about ARPEGGIO »

A new sculpture years in the making by Duke professor Stephen Hayes honoring Black soldiers in the Civil War will be unveiled at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, this Saturday, Nov. 13. The museum was the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a Civil War skirmish whose victory was won by the United States Colored Troops and led to the fall of Wilmington. Hayes, assistant professor of the practice of art, art history & visual studies at Duke, created "Boundless," a life-size bronze sculpture, from the cast features… read more about Duke Artist's Tribute to Civil War Black Union Soldiers to be Unveiled in Wilmington »

Sometimes the challenge isn’t finding your passion, but figuring out how to follow it. For first-year student Noelle Garrick, that challenge just got a little easier. In fall 2021, the Departments of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Computer Science introduced a new interdepartmental major in Computational Media. The major includes 14 courses — seven from Computer Science and seven from Visual and Media Studies. “We found that a lot of undergraduate students were already creating their own interdepartmental… read more about Art Meets Tech in New Major »

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 »