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UNSUITABLE #22: From Harassment and Assault to Happily Ever After


Monday, April 23, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Pink Parlor
East Duke Building
Duke's East Campus
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A light lunch will be served.

When a girl protests that a boy is harassing her, how often does she hear from others, "He just likes you!"? The Western tradition of romantic fiction has long reinforced this scenario, from the birth of the modern novel in the eighteenth century with books like Samuel Richardson’s Pamela to recent blockbusters like Fifty Shades of Grey. As we grapple now with seemingly endemic sexual harassment and abuse across government, entertainment, education, medicine, sports, and other industries, we’ll look at the origins of the enduring trope that promises a woman a future full of romantic bliss and financial security—if only she submits against her will. Featuring senior editor at The Daily Beast Erin Gloria Ryan and professor of feminist literature Charlotte Sussman, and moderated by professor of African-American History Adriane Lentz-Smith, this conversation is open to all in the Duke community and the public.

Co-sponsors include Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, African & African American Studies, History Department, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Religious Studies, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, #Artstigators, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

Women, Social Enterprise, and Sustainability



Women, Social Enterprise, and Sustainability

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics

Duke's West Campus Quad

011 Old Chem

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A light lunch will be served.

Join us for a discussion about local and global strategies for creating sustainable communities through women-centered social enterprise. Our three panelists will guide us through examples from their work to help us understand and explore the role of women in reducing energy poverty, providing healthy local food and community gathering spaces, and developing a global supply chain of sustainably produced tea. We'll talk about the theory and practice behind focusing on women in community development programs as well as some of the challenges involved in social enterprise-based projects. 

This program is a collaboration between the Forum for Scholars and Publics and SwitchPoint.

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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Listening to the Black Atlantic


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12 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem
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Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served.

In this lunchtime discussion, and official kickoff to Duke Performances’ week-long Black Atlantic festival, noted musicologists Ned Sublette (Afropop Worldwide) and Michael Veal (Yale) discuss the impact of the African diaspora on the music and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean. Moderated by Laurent Dubois (Duke).

Co-sponsored by Duke Performances, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Duke University Africa Initiative.

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

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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
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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
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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.

Choreographing Diaspora: Katherine Dunham as an Artist-Activist

Cover photo courtesy of the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis.

Download the PosterMarch 6, 2018
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Rubenstein Arts Center (the Ruby)
SLIPPAGE Studio 202
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

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Join us for a public conversation with Joanna Dee Das, professor of Dance at Washington University in St. Louis. She will discuss her recent book, Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora (Oxford University Press, 2017), about the life of African-American choreographer Katherine Dunham (1909-2006).

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the SLIPPAGE LAB at Duke University.


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 thinnk 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 >>


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