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Spring 2018 Highlights

May 16, 2018

Thank you to the panelists, partners, community members, and Duke faculty, staff, and students who made Spring 2018 a success at FSP!

Over the summer, check our online calendar to find out what we have cooking for the Fall (we'll be adding new events closer to the start of the semester). Find a complete list of our programs, both recent and ongoing, in our Archive. Browse videos on our Youtube channel and subscribe to receive alerts when we post new recordings. As always, stay in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Semester Review

The Story of Durham’s African American Quilt Circle  UNSUITABLE #19: Queer Romance Goes Mainstream Bits of Borno with Fati Abubakar FSP@PPG: Creative Responses to the Threat of Nuclear War  The Struggle for EqualityiIn Global Women's Soccer Eugene Chadbourne's Dreamory Pharoahe Monch’s PTSD: Hip-Hop, Black Men, and Mental Health The Hip Hop South: A Conversation with Regina N. Bradley Seeing Black Panther IN/VISIBLE WOUNDS: Representation and Disability Alsarah and Saba Taj Emeline Michel: The Music of Hispaniola Taking Down the Monuments Women, Social Enterprise, and Sustainability Image Map


Revisit Some Highlights!

Events on African-American Live and Art

Events on African-American Life and Art

We talked with the Nasher's Trevor Schoonmaker about the Prospect New Orleans art exhibit. We pondered the art and design of the Black Panther film and explored the life of choreographer-activist Katherine Dunham. At the Hayti Heritage Center, we celebrated new fiction by Dr. Regina Bradley and the 20th anniversary of the African American Quilt Circle of Durham.


The Series on Translation

The Series on Translation

Elena Langdon and Maha El-Metwally explained what it takes to be an effective translator in a refugee camp or a doctor's office. Erin Lyons roadmapped the difficulties of medical translation across genre. Lisa Dillman dived into the trials and rewards of literary translation and writer-translator collaboration.


Symposium on Women's Soccer

One-Day Symposium on Women's Soccer

Coaches, former players, activists, and scholars, joined by a sports agent and a sports writer, charted the path of women's soccer in the U.S. and chronicled the very real struggles that women players around the world still face today.


The Unsuitable Series

The Unsuitable Series

We heard from publicist Caroline Perny and African-American inspirational historical romance writer Piper Huguley. Damon Suede discussed why queer romance matters — now more than ever. Barbara Claypole White teased out the differences between Romance and Women's Fiction. Erin Gloria Ryan and Charlotte Sussman examined popular fiction's longstanding fascination with rape.


Black Atlantic

Arts and Context, a Collaboration with Duke Performances

The Black Atlantic music festival was a resounding success. In addition to the nightly performances, DP and FSP hosted a public conversation with Alsarah and Saba Taj on music, diaspora, and activism. Emeline Michel and Joan Soriano recounted their musical journeys. Michael Veal spoke with Ned Sublette about the global trajectories of African rhythms and dance and their transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean.



EXHIBIT: African American Quilt Circle of Durham


EXHIBIT: African American Quilt Circle of Durham


About the Exhibit


Quilts on loan from the African American Quilt Circle of Durham (AAQC) will be on rotating display in the FSP meeting space through Fall 2018.

The  AAQC was founded in Durham, NC, in 1998 as a way of preserving the heritage of quilting in the African-American community. Over the past 20 years, the AAQC has grown into an arts group of over 60 quilters and quilt aficionados, some of whom hail from as far away as Panama. The group meets monthly at St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham to share quilting tips and resources, provide instruction for new members and support for experienced quilters, and extend the bonds of sisterhood.

AAQC members work in a range of styles, from traditional block designs and hand quilting to original designs, machine quilting, and contemporary three-dimensional fiber arts. Their artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally and have been featured in magazines and quilt publications and on local television. In 2008, the AAQC self-published a book entitled The African American Quilt Circle of Durham.

The AAQC takes seriously its charge to maintain the heritage of quilting in the Black community and is committed to supporting community projects. The group’s contributions to local and statewide organizations have been numerous and include making donation quilts, sponsoring Community Quilt Days, providing quilt demonstrations, and participating in local cultural festivals. The AAQC has received local and national recognition for the creativity and skills of its members. The Durham Herald Sun voted their 2003 quilt exhibition among the 10 Best Art Exhibitions of the year. In 2010, the AAQC was one of the recipients of the Indies Arts Award, an honor bestowed annually by the Independent Weekly to celebrate extraordinary contributions to the cultural life of the Triangle.



Currently On Display

Kimberley Cartwright, Khamet Land of the Blacks

Kimberley Cartwright

Khamet Land of the Blacks
"This quilt is my tribute to ancient Egyptian Blacks. It is my way of connecting my spirit to African ancestors. It is a self-portrait crystal clear and melanated. Africa forever. Black land. Black People."
Nancy Cash, Every Woman Shares a Season

Nancy Cash

Every Woman Shares a Season
"Unity of women, balance and strengthen our lives through all seasons from winter storms through spring sunshine. As sisters, we offer the hand of eternal friendships guiding each other through the weather. Forecasting the intertwining of our lives is often beyond our own understanding. Although some enter your life for only a season, all come for a predestinated reason."
Jacqueline Hicks Richardson, It Takes Two

Jacqueline Hicks Richardson

It Takes Two
"This piece was originally created as part of an AAQC exhibit fabric challenge. It was also my first attempt at appliqué and the use of embellishment. The couple is appliquéd in the center with the huts appliquéd and pieced into the traditional “court house steps” style blocks. As a scientist, I also included fabrics that remind me of our cellular structure and mitochondrial DNA."


Shirley Bullock, The Harvest

Shirley Bullock

The Harvest
"This quilt celebrates the vegetable garden. From early childhood, my dad always had a garden. My favorite vegetables were squash and tomatoes. They are represented using raw edge appliqué and machine quilting with cotton fabrics and bead accents."
Veronica A. Carlisle, Swirly Fro

Veronica A. Carlisle

Swirly Fro
"This quilt serves as a milestone in my quilting journey. It was the result of a small group challenge with the goal of using an aspect of a painting as the focus of a quilt. I chose a yellow block with a red swirl from the painting and carried the theme throughout, including in the hair, jewelry, and background. Application of embellishments and “new to me” quilting techniques were also utilized. This sister is swirling her fro."
Kim F. Hall, Mermaid Party: A Celebration of Fernand Pierre

Kim F. Hall

Mermaid Party: A Celebration of Fernand Pierre
"This quilt recreates the work of Haitian artist Fernand Pierre (1919-2002). His vibrantly colored mermaid paintings are among his most valued works. Whether dancing, playing music or enjoying scenery, they are always having a good time! In addition to the colors, I love his flowering trees abundantly laden with fruit. I made most of the quilt while at Myrtle Beach with my extended family. This is my third mermaid quilt."


Veronica A. Carlisle, Threads of Africa

Veronica A. Carlisle

Threads of Africa
"This is called a sting quilt because of the small strips of fabric making up the inner blocks. I found cutting and sewing the strips of colorful African fabrics into blocks meditative. The combination of colors and fabric design reminds me of the beauty of Africa."
Sauda A. Zahra, Calling the Ancestors

Sauda A. Zahra

Calling the Ancestors
"Masks are often used in African culture to represent the spirit of the ancestors. African masks serve as a reminder of the relationships we can have with those beyond our earthly realm, if we seek their guidance and wisdom. A connection with the ancestors can provide a sense of security that strengthens you and reminds you that you are never alone."



EXHIBIT: African American Quilt Circle of Durham


March - December, 2018
Quilts of the African American Quilt Circle of Durham
011 Old Chemistry, Duke West Campus Quad
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The Struggle for Equality in Women’s Soccer

In the photo above taken on June 3, 2011, members of the Iranian women's national soccer team withdraw from their qualifying match against Jordan for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Iranian team withdrew in the second round of qualifiers in protest of the FIFA dress code guidelines that prohibit the wearing of head scarves on the pitch. PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji


Planet Futbol with Grant WahlLISTEN to a podcast of the second panel, "Global Struggles for Equality in Women's Soccer," on Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl.

Listen to PART 1

Listen to PART 2


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Friday, April 6, 2018
12 pm - 3 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem
Map & Directions

Join us for The Struggle for Equality in Women’s Soccer, a one-day symposium to be held on April 6, 2018, at the Forum for Scholars and Publics. A light lunch will be served.

Panel 1: US Women’s Soccer and the Struggle for Equality, 1970-2000
12 pm - 1:15 pm


Jeffrey Gerson, University of Massachussetts Lowell

Dan Levy, Senior Vice President of Wasserman's Action Sports and Olympics Division

Carla Overbeck, Former Captain of U.S. National Team and Assistant Coach of Duke University Women’s Soccer

Anson Dorrance, Head Coach of the North Carolina Tar Heel Women’s Soccer Team


LUNCH 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm


Panel 2: Global Struggles for Equality
1:45 pm - 3 pm


Shireen Ahmed, Writer and Blogger

Gwendolyn Oxenham, Writer, Filmmaker, and Former Professional Soccer Player

Jean Williams, University of Wolverhampton/JJHeritage Consultancy

Grant Wahl, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute as part of the RightsWatch program.

Seeing Black Panther


Click to Download the PosterTuesday, March 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem
Map & Directions

A light lunch will be served.

Explore the visual references and global resonances in Ryan Coogler's blockbuster film Black Panther (2018) in a conversation with Daphne Lamothe (Africana Studies at Smith College), Samuel Fury Childs Daly (Duke African and African American Studies), and Jerry Philogene (American Studies at Dickinson College). Mark Anthony Neal (Duke African and African American Studies) will moderate the discussion.

Sponsored by Duke African and African American Studies and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Celebrating Twenty Years of Quilting


Saturday, March 10, 2018
4 pm - 6 pm

Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27701

Join us for a public conversation with members of the African American Quilt Circle (AAQC) of Durham, NC. Founded in 1998 as a way to preserve the heritage of quilting in the African American community, the AAQC has grown into an arts group with over 60 members, some hailing from as far away as Panama. The group meets monthly at the Hayti Heritage Center and has been featured in local and international magazines and on local television. Our discussion with long-standing members Marjorie Diggs Freeman, Jereann King Johnson, and Sauda Zahra will be moderated by Kim Hall and will explore the history of the group, the different practices and techniques of its members, and the importance of quilting to African American life and politics.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke.

FSP@PPG: Creative Responses to the Threat of Nuclear War


Click to download the posterFebruary 15, 2018
12 pm - 1:15 pm

Power Plant Gallery
American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street
Durham, NC 27701

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A light lunch will be provided.

This discussion will focus on the intersection of activism and art in response to the threat of nuclear war. Held in conjunction with the Power Plant Gallery's exhibit of artist Erin Johnson’s The Way Things Can Happen, which revisits the 1983 made-for-tv movie The Day After, the discussion will include Erin Johnson, UNC-Chapel Hill artist and professor elin O’Hara slavick, Durham-based freelance photographer, activist, and former social worker Jenny Warburg, and Mandy Carter, a life-long member of the pacifist-based War Resisters League. In addition to looking back to reactions to nuclear proliferation in the 1980s, we'll talk about the role of documentary and experimental arts in activism, connections and disjunctions among anti-war activism of the past and today's local social movements, and the role of women in documenting and resisting state-sponsored violence.

Photo credit: Erin Johnson, The Way Things Can Happen.

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom

Photo credit: Visionary Aponte installation view by Yolanda Navas.

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom focuses on an extraordinary - and now lost - historical artifact: a "Book of Paintings" created by José Antonio Aponte, a free black carpenter, artist, and former soldier who was also the leader of an ambitious antislavery movement in Cuba during the Age of Revolution. During his trial, Aponte was forced to provide testimony describing each of the pictures in his book, which portrayed a wide array of subjects, from Biblical scenes to landscapes to episodes in the history of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Using those descriptions, 15 contemporary artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, video, mixed media, and textile have reimagined Aponte's book for our present, inviting us to think about the role of art and history in shaping social and political change.

The exhibit is based on a digital humanities project called Digital Aponte.

José Bedia, Leonardo Benzant, Sanford Biggers, Juan Roberto Diago, Edouard Duval Carrié, Alexis Esquivel, Teresita Fernández, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Nina Angela Mercer, Clara Morera, Glexis Novoa, Marielle Plaisir, Asser Saint-Val, Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, and Renée Stout

Curated by:
Édouard Duval Carrié, Tosha Grantham, Marie Vickles, Ada Ferrer, Linda Rodríguez, and Laurent Dubois

Exhibit Schedule

Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL
December 8, 2017 - January 20, 2018

New York University, King Juan Carlos of Spain Center
February 21, 2018 - May 22, 2018

Duke University, Power Plant Gallery
Opens September 20, 2018

Recent Press

BOMB  |  Monica Uszerowicz  |  Jan 15, 2018

Reanimating History: Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom

It was a warm spring day in Havana when Spanish authorities recklessly searched the home of José Antonio Aponte, eager to implicate his role in a slave uprising. In what became known as the "Aponte Conspiracy" of 1812, a group of assembled slaves and free people of color set fire to several sugar mills, the first step in their plan to overthrow the plantation system. The government swiftly ended it. Aponte, who reportedly organized the rebellion, was a free black carpenter, military activist, and—it was soon discovered—an artist continue reading >>

What Everyone Needs to Know About Climate Change


Download the PosterThursday, April 19, 2018
6:30 pm - 8 pm

Durham County Library
Southwest Regional Branch
Meeting Room
3605 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707

Please join us for a conversation with journalist Sara Peach about how climate change could affect you and your family — and what communities can do to prepare. Sara Peach's reporting has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, and the News & Observer, and she's now an editor for Yale Climate Connections, a nationally syndicated radio program. She will be joined for a Q&A by Lou Brown of the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Find more information HERE on the Durham County Public Library website.

Co-sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Suggested reading:

Climate change: What Everyone Needs to Know by Joseph Romm – A great primer on climate science, with digestible explanations of the greenhouse effect, sea-level rise, and other crucial concepts.

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell – Journalist Jeff Goodell traveled the world to find out how sea-level rise – already starting to flood coastal communities – will shape our lives in the coming decades. Includes a lot of material on South Florida that will resonate with those who care about North Carolina’s coast.

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert – For those who care about the plants and animals around us, this Pulitzer prize-winner is a must-read about how climate change and other human-caused problems are pushing species to the brink.

Drawdown by Paul Hawkins – Readable, attractive book that lays out the most effective solutions to climate change.

Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael R. Bloomberg and Carl Pope – This book, by former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and the former executive director of the Sierra Club, argues that in the Trump era, climate action is still possible – and necessary – at the local level.

It's Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change by Bridget Heos – A climate primer aimed at young adults.

The Trouble With Dragons by Debi Gliori – A children's book about dragons who are chopping down too many trees and polluting too much. The other animals help them learn a better way.

The Unknown Soldier by David Jay



The Unknown Soldier by David Jay

The Unknown Soldier by David Jay

Fredric Jameson Gallery, Duke's East Campus
 November 7 - 17, 2017

Gallery Hours:
MON - FRI, 9 am - 6 pm
~ Open as well for scheduled talks and events ~

From November 7 – 17, 2017, Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics will host THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, the groundbreaking photography exhibit created by award-winning photographer David Jay. The exhibit will be held in the Fredric Jameson Gallery on the first floor of the Friedl Building on Duke’s East Campus.

I hope the images transcend the narrow and simplistic confines of “war” and encourage us to examine the way we engage each other – both friend and stranger – at its most basic, day-to-day level. —David Jay

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER is a series of large-scale photographs of young and severely wounded soldiers returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jay photographed his subjects in military hospitals, in their homes, and with their families, in an attempt to capture their lives following their injuries. “Ultimately,” writes Jay, THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER “is not about war. It presents an opportunity to open a dialogue about issues we are not necessarily comfortable with … and also issues that we are responsible for. The images can be uncomfortable for the viewer. It forces us to confront our fears and inhibitions about life, death, sexuality, sickness, relationships, etc. Reality is not always pretty. This is reality. Let’s address it.”

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Pharoahe Monch’s PTSD: Hip-Hop, Black Men, and Mental Health


Post-Event Coverage

Gabby Bulgarelli | The Durham VOICE

Pharoahe Monch Reflects on PTSD, Performs With PitchBlak Brass

The day after his 45th birthday, Queens-based rapper Pharoahe Monch settled into his seat in the Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. Monch is no stranger to Durham, his most recent visit being last spring when he performed at Art of Cool Fest. This time, however, his purpose was greater: a week in residence at Duke University. Monch spent his week attending Duke’s renowned History of Hip Hop Class (co-taught by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and 9th Wonder), offering guidance to students, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and performing at the Reynolds Industries Theater. CONTINUE READING

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem

A light lunch will be served.

In this wide-ranging talk, acclaimed Queens-based hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch discusses his career, musical influences, and struggle with depression — a theme whose broader social and political implications he explored on his 2014 concept album, P.T.S.D. Moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Photo credit: Peter Goodbody.


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