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The Possibility of a Public

April 7, 2017

On March 3, 2017, the Forum for Scholars and Publics hosted a conversation between Corey Robin and Jed Purdy about the purpose and promise of public intellectuals in the United States today. In this guest post, scholar/activist Peter Pihos reflects... more

Generous Listening

December 19, 2016

“You know how you’re not supposed to be thinking while the other person is talking, right?

A Musical Passage Across Time and Place

August 4, 2016

In Musical Passage: Voyage to 1688 Jamaica, historian Laurent Dubois, composer David K. Garner, and literary scholar Mary Caton Lingold tell the story of a travel document and provide recordings that interpret the fascinating music unexpectedly ... more

Forces of Change against Forces of Death: The Jean Rabel Massacre in the Radio Haiti Archives

July 22, 2016

In this blog entry, guest author Laura Wagner draws on documents and recordings from the Radio Haiti Archive to guide us through the tragic story of the Jean Rabel Massacre in northwest Haiti which began on July 23, 1987. Wagner, a scholar of... more

Crossing Borders: Experience, Scholarship, and Art

April 17, 2016

On March 30, 2016, the Forum for Scholars and Publics was privileged to host a discussion about the Dominican Republic and Haiti, featuring Évelyne Trouillot, Edward Paulino, and Samantha Galarza, and moderated by Duke doctoral student Nehanda... more

Talking About War, Veterans, and Society's Responsibility

April 3, 2016

On March 8, 2016, the Forum for Scholars and Publics hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Veterans Observed/Veterans Observing.” Panelists brought different frameworks and experiences to the table: Zoë Wool, a cultural anthropologist who recently... more

What is Brussels? Laurent Dubois puts terror attack in context.

March 23, 2016

Over the past couple of years, we've held several discussions at the Forum for Scholars and Publics about global terrorism.

Marco Werman and Alex Harris in Conversation

February 2, 2016

On Thursday, November 5, Duke alumnus Marco Werman, journalist and host of Public Radio International’s show, “The World,” and Alex Harris, Duke University professor and acclaimed documentary photographer, looked back at Werman’s early work in... more

PRACTICE: Listening to Nathaniel Mackey and Abdullah Ibrahim in Conversation

November 24, 2015

Tsitsi Jaji is Associate Research Professor in the Department of English at Duke University, where she teaches courses on African American, African and Caribbean expressive cultures and exchanges among them throughout the global black world. Her... more


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