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We hope that you can join us for this week of FSP events, as well as other vital discussions going on elsewhere in Durham and at Duke! Make sure to keep checking our calendar for the latest FSP news. We've got a lot of great discussions coming your way this month and later in April.

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Featured Video

Witnessing War: A Conversation about War and Writing with Matt Gallagher

Witnessing War: A Conversation About War and Writing with Matt Gallager

14 years ago this week, the war in Iraq began. Over the past few years, we've hosted a series of writers who are also veterans of that war. In this video, Iraq war veteran Matt Gallagher talks about his novel, Youngblood, and the purposes of different forms of writing about war. The discussion was moderated by Duke Divinity student Giovanna Meek, who is also a military veteran. Giovanna will be back at FSP this week talking about her experiences of living a life of leadership and service.

Upcoming Projects

A Woman's Perspective on
Leadership & Service

Speakers: Giovanna Meek, Kelsey Graywill
Thursday, March 23
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Old Chem 011

Join us for a discussion focusing on women and leadership with Duke University Divinity School student Giovanna Meek. Moderator Kelsey Graywill (Trinity '18) will lead the discussion about Meek's experiences leading a life in leadership and service as a military officer, arts entrepreneur, competitive sailing captain, and ordained member of the clergy 

Light lunch served. Free & open to the public! 


Translating Fiction
Speaker: Achy Obejas
Tuesday, March 28
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Old Chem 011

In this conversation, Obejas will talk about the challenges and rewards of her work as a translator of fiction. Obejas is highly unusual, in that she has earned accolades both for her translations from English to Spanish and for those from Spanish to English. Her translation into Spanish of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benítez Translation Prize, and her translation into English of Papi by Rita Indiana was listed among World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2016.

Light lunch served. Free & open to the public! 


Critique of Black Reason: A Discussion with Achille Mbembe & Laurent Dubois
Wednesday, March 29
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Old Chem 011

Join us for a discussion with Achille Mbembe's about his Critique of Black Reason, recently translated by Laurent Dubois and published by Duke University Press. The discussion will explore the core themes of the book as well as the process of its translation into English. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Tsitsi Jaji.

Light lunch served. Free & open to the public! 


More FSP Events in April

Other Exciting Events!

Caribbean Awareness Week
March 25 - March 31, 2017
The Kickoff: Saturday, March 25
Duke Coffeehouse
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Race, Place and Community
Thursday, March 30
Great Hall, Trent Semans Center
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Pauli Murray Family Home Celebration
of Nat'l Historic Landmark Designation

Saturday, April 1
906 Carroll Street
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Songs of Faith from Women in Prison

Friday, April 7
Raleigh Little Theatre
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


"Black on Black" Exhibit
February 27 - April 30, 2017
American Tobacco Campus,
Reed Building Lobby


Scholarly Communication Institute
November 5 - November 9, 2017
Rizzo Center
Proposals due April 10


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