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Job Opening
FSP is hiring a Social Media & Digital Projects Specialist.
The Social Media & Digital Projects Specialist will be responsible for the creation of content marketing and social media programs that support and promote Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics. The Social Media & Digital Projects Specialist will create and manage a web of digital media – audio, video, and textual. Areas of work may include graphics, public relations, writing, interviewing, blogs, design for print and digital media and social media strategy and implementation.
For more details and to apply, visit the Duke HR site. Search by Requisition Number: 401243477.
Applicants should also send a copy of their resume and cover letter to Lou Brown, director of programs, at
For more information, visit our FSP Job Opening page.

Featured Video

Talking Music: A Conversation with Kassé Mady Diabaté

Talking Music: A Conversation with Kassé Mady Diabaté

With our upcoming Tuesday event featuring the Haitian band Lakou Mizik, we look back at a similar music conversation from last April. Kassé Mady Diabaté, a descendant of the most distinguished griot family of the ancient Manding Empire, joined Duke Professor Laurent Dubois, a historian of the Black Atlantic and author of the recently released book The Banjo: America's African Instrument, and Amadou Fofana, then Visiting Fellow at Duke University and specialist on West African cinema and culture, in a discussion about the roots of Diabaté's music in the griot tradition. 

Upcoming Projects

L’Après 1er tour: An Open House Discussion on the French Elections - Stakes & Consequences
Monday, April 24
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Old Chem 011

Concerned about the French elections and over-committed at the end of the semester?
Interested in the voting results, for Europe, for Trump’s America, and the wider world?
Inquiets et insoumis?

As we head into the last week of classes, millions of voters are going to the polls in France on Sunday, April 23. The first round of the presidential election marks another major test in the rise of the far Right worldwide, of white populism, and yet another challenge to Europe in a global framework. Join us for an open forum for those who would like to get together to talk about the first round. 

Free & open to the public! Cookies and refreshments available. 


Haitian Band Lakou Mizik
in Residency at Duke

Speakers: Steeve Valcourt, Sanba Zao,
Jonas Attis, Zach Niles, Dasha A. Chapman

Tuesday, April 25
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Old Chem 011

Lunchtime conversation with members of the Haitian band Lakou Mizik to discuss music, culture and politics. Formed in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Lakou Mizik is a diverse coalition of musicians representing a cross section of generations, faiths and musical styles. Their music reflects the African, French, Caribbean and U.S. influences that collide in Haiti. Band Members Steeve Valcourt, Sanba Zao, and Jonas Attis will present alongside creative director Zach Niles. Moderated by Dasha Chapman (Duke, African and African American Studies). 

Free & open to the public! Light lunch served.


Haitian band Lakou Mizik at Duke Coffeehouse
Speaker: Lakou Mizik
Tuesday, April 25
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Duke Coffeehouse

Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united through an eclectic but rooted sound that is driven by their mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture. This show is sure to be a vibrant dance party. Join us at the Duke Coffeehouse!

Free & open to the public!
Facebook Event (optional RSVP)


More FSP Events

Other Exciting Events!

The Black Outdoors: "There is No End to Out"
Monday, April 24
Goodson Chapel
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Women Warriors: Revolutionary Love in the Era of Enormous Rage
Monday, April 24
Goodson Chapel
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


In Human Scale:
Climate Change and the Immeasurable 

Tuesday, April 25
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.


Reception, Reading, and Book Signing with Abbie Gascho Landis:
Immersion: Diving into the Stories of Science

Thursday, April 27
Center for Documentary Studies
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


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