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The Women's March: The Long View


Monday, February 6, 2017

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chemistry Building 011)

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Light lunch served

On Saturday, January 21st, massive demonstrations took place in 660 cities in the United States and throughout the world in one of the largest days of global protest in modern history. Join us for a wide-ranging panel discussion with Duke University scholars Laura Micham, Jocelyn Olcott, Deondra Rose, and Ara Wilson on the Women's March. We will discuss the place of the event within longer histories of feminist organizing, the cultural and symbolic politics at play in the march, its broader political and policy implications, and the possible futures of the movement. The event will be moderated by Laurent Dubois.

The event will take place at the Forum for Scholars & Publics, 011 Old Chemistry Building on Duke's West Campus.

For information on how to find us and where to park visit this page.

A light lunch will be available for all participants starting at 11:45. No registration is required.

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars & Publics, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University.

Talking Music: Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder in Conversation


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forum for Scholars & Publics (Old Chemistry Building 011)

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Light lunch served


GRAMMY-winning producer, DJ, and Duke professor 9th Wonder leads this discussion with acclaimed Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, which will explore Kweli’s career and wide-ranging artistic collaborations. Free & open to the public.

Kweli will perform a two-night stand on February 16 & 17 at Motorco in downtown Durham, accompanied by opening act Actual Proof. Info and tickets available HERE.

Presented as part of Duke Performances’ Hip-Hop Initiative, made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

FSP@PPG: Hostile Sounds


Thursday, February 2, 2017

12:00-1:00 pm

Power Plant Gallery

320 Blackwell St.
American Tobacco Campus
Durham, NC 27701

(For parking information here, click here.)

Light lunch served beginning at 11:45

Event is free and open to the public.

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In conjunction with the current Power Plant Gallery exhibit, Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent, we'll have a discussion about the subversive, creative, disruptive, unifying power of sound. Panelists include Christopher DeLaurenti, whose work is represented in the exhibition, and local activists and artists Tina Haver Currin, Jess Dilday, and Rodrigo Dorfman.

This program is the third in a regular series of public discussions co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery. The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Photography and Social Advocacy


Thursday, December 8, 2016

12:00 - 1:00

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chemistry Building Room 011)

Light lunch served beginning at 11:45 am

Join us for a discussion with Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi, both of the internationally acclaimed VII Photo group, about photography and social advocacy. How can photographs tell stories that spur social change? What challenges do photographers face in reaching audiences in a media-dense world? Drawing on their experiences photographing political, social, and ecological crises and conflicts, Haviv and Kashi will share their thoughts about the possibilities of photography to effect social change.

Presented in collaboration with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC.

Sponsored at Duke by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, with co-sponsorship by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for Documentary Studies.

As part of the exhibition Dispatches, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is pleased to present the work of Ed Kashi and Ron Haviv, and to host them as guest speakers in locations across North Carolina, including Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics. Dispatches is a multi-platform exhibition gathering and generating artistic responses to the news by contemporary artists and photojournalists. For more information, please visit:

The Past, Present, & Future of the Electoral College


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem Room 011)

Light lunch served starting at 11:45

Join us for a discussion with political scientist John Aldrich and historian Reeve Huston about the role of the electoral college in US politics. Why and how was it created? What have been the justifications for it and arguments against it? What is its role in contemporary politics? Are there feasible alternatives for the future? 


Gallery Talk: Artist Mel Chin and Author Roy Scranton


Banner image: Mel Chin, Terrapine Carolina (Hillbilly Armor), 2005. Photo by John Lucas.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Nasher Museum of Art

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Join us for a discussion about climate change, war, and questions of responsibilty and sustainability, with artist Mel Chin and author Roy Scranton.

This discussion is presented in collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art.

Both Chin and Scranton are participating in other related programs at Duke:

Mel Chin's work, Terrapene Carolina (Hillbilly Armor), is included in the Nasher's current exhibit, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. An interview with him can be heard in their podcast.

Roy Scranton will discuss his recently released novel, War Porn, at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham at 7:00 pm on November 18. He first visited the Forum for Scholars and Publics in March 2016 and talked with Jennifer Ahern-Dodson about his writing. He also recently published an essay in the New York Times about the future implications of America's failure to prepare for catastrophic storms along the Gulf Coast.

Admission to the Nasher Museum is free to all active duty military personnel and military veterans with I.D. 


The Jemima Code


Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries, Center for Documentary Studies


Join us for a reception, artist's talk, and book signing with Toni Tipton-Martin and the Jemima Code exhibit. 

Women of African descent have contributed to America’s food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement and expertise is still overshadowed by the demeaning stereotype of an illiterate “Aunt Jemima” who cooked mostly by natural instinct. Culinary journalist Toni Tipton-Martin spent years amassing one of the world’s largest private collections of cookbooks published by African American authors, seeking to discover the true role of black women in the creation of American, and especially southern, cuisine, and to reclaim their skills and knowledge from this culinary caricature.

Tipton-Martin’s Jemima Code exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies (September 22–November 5, 2016) features the first known photographs of African American cooks along with interactive installments, cookbooks, and other related ephemera. The exhibit builds upon her award-winning book, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbookswhich offers firsthand evidence of African American cooks’ impact on American food, families, and communities.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. 

Words and Music: A Conversation about "Project Orfeo"


Friday, September 23, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH & DISCUSSION: Old Chemistry Building Room 116 *NOTE NEW LOCATION*

Lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Join us for a casual discussion with novelist Richard Powers, violist Jonathan Bagg, and composer Scott Lindroth about collaborations between musicians and writers, and these artists' experience working together on "Project Orfeo", a mixed-media concert that combines readings by Powers from his 2014 novel, Orfeo, with music composed by Lindroth and performed by musicians including Bagg, the Horszowski Piano Trio, clarinetist Benjamin Fingland, and flutist Laura Gilbert.

Read the Boston Globe's coverage of "Project Orfeo".

A performance of Project Orfeo will take place on Sunday, September 25, at 4 pm in Baldwin Auditorium. More information may be found here. Powers' visit and the performance of Project Orfeo are co-sponsored by Duke University's Department of Music and the Humanities Futures Initiative at the Franklin Humanities Institute. Development of the Orfeo Project was supported by Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, NH, Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH, and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Witnessing War


Monday, April 11, 2016

noon - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Light lunch served at 11:45

Join us for a discussion about "boots on the ground" in contemporary American military conflict. Duke Divinity School student and veteran Naval Officer Giovanna Meek moderates this conversation with acclaimed author and Army veteran Matt Gallagher about his experiences being a soldier and a writer. As an officer in the Army, Gallagher served in Iraq from 2007 to 2009. During six months of that time, he also maintained, under a pseudonym, a popular blog, "Kaboom: A Soldier's War Journal", which was ultimately shut down by his superiors. Gallagher later published his blog as a memoir, and has continued to write about war in the form of newspaper commentaries, short stories, and his recently-published novel, Youngblood.

In this conversation, Meek will talk with Gallagher about the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by soldiers on the ground, the military/civilian divide in the United States, and the reasons for using different genres to write about war.

Copies of Youngblood are available for purchase at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham. On Monday evening, April 11 at 7 pm, Matt Gallagher and writer, Iraq war veteran, & active-duty Army officer Jessica Scott will be at The Regulator talking about how they write about war. More information here.


Border Story Fest: The Dominican Republic and Haiti


Header image: 2014 Border of Lights Art Installation by Johannil Napoleon, Previous Artist-in-Residence for Mariposa Foundation
Photo by Edison Suero, Director of MOSCTHA (Movimiento Socio Cultural para los Trabajadores Haitianos)

Update: Read our blog post about this event!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics 

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Light lunch served at 11:45 a.m.

Join for a conversation about the history of the border between the Domincian Republic and Haiti.

How is it that borders perform? Two scholars who have written works of theatre about the Dominican and Haitian border will be joining us in a conversation. Novelist and playwright Évelyne Trouillot (Université d'Etat d'Haïti) and historian Edward Paulino (CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice) will discuss why they chose the form of theatre to write about this topic. Through characters and the personification of the border itself, Professor Trouillot's play, The Blue of the Island, and Professor Paulino's one-man show, Eddie's Perejil, explore the shared history and present-day tension between both countries. These theatre practitioners will also reflect on a series of monologues about the 1937 Parsley Massacre that will be performed at Duke the evening prior to this panel. (Performance March 29 @ 6:30pm, Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage). The event will be moderated by Duke PhD student, Nehanda Loiseau (Romance Studies, Francophone Theatre). We look forward to an enriching conversation.

Co-sponsored by Duke University's Department of Romance Studies, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Haiti Lab, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke's Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Telling Our Stories of Home” conference.

Additionally, Nehanda Loiseau directed and produced a series of monologues centered about the DR-Haitian Border:


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