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"Her efforts increased the presence of women in leadership positions and contributed to making Duke a trailblazer in Women’s Studies." Elizabeth A. Clark, 82, the John Carlisle Kilgo Professor Emerita of Religion and Professor of History at Duke University, passed away Sept 7, at Duke Hospital.  Liz was an eminent scholar of Late Antiquity and early Christian history. Her work has been crucial to transforming the field formerly known as “patristics” — the study of the church fathers — into “early Christian studies,” an… read more about DUKE FLAGS LOWERED: ELIZABETH CLARK, TRAILBLAZER FOR WOMEN'S STUDIES AT DUKE, DIES AT AGE 82 »

Four visiting humanities scholars from historically Black colleges and universities and liberal-arts institutions arrived at Duke this August to collaborate with Duke students, faculty and staff. Their projects will cover commemoration practices, early Christian manuscripts, a 17th century Mexican philosopher and the ephemeral nature of digital projects. The fellows are part of Humanities Unbounded, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiative designed to nurture collaboration and inventive expressions of the… read more about Duke Welcomes New Cohort of Visiting Humanities Scholars from HBCUs and Liberal-Arts Schools »

  Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed Recommended by Professor Jennifer Nash “Ahmed insists that feminism is a life question—how do you make a feminist life? What kinds of friendships, collaborations, and acts of solidarity sustain that kind of life?  And how can we remind ourselves – again and again – that feminism can be life-changing and life-saving?”  In Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed shows how… read more about GSF Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations »

First Year Seminar:  Asian American Feminisms  GSF 89S.03 / AMES 89S / AADS89S ALP, CCI, W Anna Storti  This seminar will investigate the theoretical and political interventions of Asian American feminist thought, activism, and culture. Through interdisciplinary examinations of imperialism and racial justice, the study of 20th and 21st century Asian America has gained new significance; in particular, feminist scholars offer context as we navigate sexual… read more about GSF FALL COURSES »

For much of US history, Juneteenth has been a date observed mostly by Black Americans commemorating the symbolic end of slavery. Since the reckoning reignited by the killing of George Floyd last year, though, the tide has changed enormously. All but one state, as well as the District of Columbia, recognize the milestone of Black liberation in some form or another. Numerous companies mark the occasion by giving their employees the day off. And on Thursday, President Joe Biden signed into law legislation that would… read more about Activist Opal Lee and Juneteenth's path to becoming a federal holiday  »

When he was an undergraduate political science student, Kerry Haynie was never taught about the 1921 Tulsa massacre. Nor was there much discussion about the role of race in the founding political documents of this country or much examination of how race influenced public services such as sewer lines and zoning. In one sense, a lot has changed. In 2021, Duke’s faculty includes a strong lineup of leading scholars who examine how race is embedded in issues that cross all the schools of the university. This fall, many of… read more about University Course Raises Race as a Central Element of Undergraduate Education »

". . . became an important way to stay in touch with each other from afar.  The GSF Graduate Scholars Colloquium carried on through the turbulence of this pandemic year and, though we missed food and in-person fellowship, became an important way to stay in touch with each other from afar. Picking up on the final cancelled event from the 2019-2020 season, co-leader Maggie McDowell (Duke English) led our transition to virtual colloquia with her talk “F*cking Machines: Wish Fulfilment for the Unimaginative.”… read more about Graduate Scholars Colloquium »

GSF Professor Gabe Rosenberg has won the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award for his article "No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, Eugenics, and the State in the Early 20th Century United States," Journal of American History 107.2 (September 2020). The award is given annually by the Agricultural History Society and recognizes the best article on agricultural history published in any journal other than Agricultural History.   No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, Eugenics, and the State in the Early 20th Century United States On… read more about GSF Professor Gabe Rosenberg wins the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award  »

You're invited to "march" in our Virtual Pride Parade on Thursday, June 24 at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT.  There is no place that showcases the diversity, spirit and inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities quite like a Pride Parade. It is a celebration of what makes us unique while binding us together to form a beautiful tapestry. This year we can all be together. March with us and express what Pride means to you. Your participation could be a simple "Hello from _____" or maybe you want to educate people on… read more about June 2021 Pride Month »

Labriculture Now It’s time to disrupt the toxic animal agriculture industry with bioreactor-brewed meat. Americans will eat about two billion chicken nuggets this year, give or take a few hundred million. This deep-fried staple of the nation’s diet is a way of profiting off the bits that are left after the breast, legs, and wings are lopped off the nine billion or so factory-farmed chickens slaughtered in the country every year. Like much else that is ubiquitous in contemporary life, the production of nuggets is… read more about It's Time to Disrupt the Toxic Animal Agriculture Industry »

Women of Color as Legislators “I was working with a colleague who was working on women and legislators, and we decided to do a joint project. We published a piece early in our careers looking at the role of race and gender and representation; before that time, the conventional thinking was that race and gender didn’t matter that much in terms of how legislators did their job or what institutions produce. “And what we found in those early studies is that both race and gender make a difference. Black legislators are more… read more about How Race and Gender Are Shaping Politics »

India’s surge of COVID-19 cases is amplifying the global burden of illness and death and straining the country’s healthcare system. As treatment supplies of oxygen and medicine run low, the workers caring for patients are increasingly overtaxed. Care work should be valued as an infrastructure of COVID-19 treatment, and hospital workers and families deserve greater support for their labor, says Harris Solomon, a medical anthropologist at Duke University. The following quotes are available for use in your coverage of the… read more about Pandemic Response in India Should Focus on Care Workers, Too, Duke Expert Says »

GSF Major Graduate of the Class of 2021 and a Baldwin Scholar, quoted in The New York Times on the surprising life lessons of the pandemic. “It’s made me realize that not knowing the next step doesn’t mean my world is going to crumble. I think it made me less scared to face the unknown.”   It was the year of college without the college experience. No packed stadiums and arenas. No intimate, small-group seminars or serendipitous encounters with strangers. No (or fewer) ill-advised nights of beer pong and… read more about GSF Madison Alvarado quoted in The New York Times on Lessons of the Pandemic »

EXCEPTIONAL FACULTY NAMED AS 2021 CAREER ENHANCEMENT FELLOWS BY INSTITUTE FOR CITIZENS & SCHOLARS AWARDS SUPPORT CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENURED, ADJUNCT FACULTY IN THE HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, AND ARTS PRINCETON, NJ (May 5, 2021) – The Institute for Citizens & Scholars has named 39 new Career Enhancement Fellows for the 2021–22 academic year. The 2021 Career Enhancement Fellows work in such disciplines as African American studies,… read more about GSF Professor Patrice Douglass wins prestigious Career Enhancement Fellowship »

In a challenging year for collaboration, three members of the Class of 2022 are being honored for using the moment to ask big research questions and produce scholarship that shows originality and creative thinking. Katherine Gan, Logan Glasstetter and Xinyu (Norah) Tan are the recipients of this year’s Faculty Scholars Awards, the highest bestowed by Duke faculty on undergraduates with a record of independent research and scholarship. Working across three different disciplines, the students have already produced… read more about The 2021 Faculty Scholars: Three Undergraduates Showing an Exceptional Research Record  »

Following the long wave of movements for racial justice and for Black Lives, and the debate arouse around the mass shootings in Atlanta in March 2021, the 14th Feminist Theory Workshop, organized by Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Committee at Duke, explored, through three online webinars, the newest and most radical feminist perspectives on critical race and queer theories. Dr. Sharon P. Holland, Chair of the Department of American Studies at UNC, in conversation with Dr. Jennifer Nash, Duke Gender Sexuality and… read more about 14th Feminist Theory Workshop Virtual Webinar Series Highlights »

Each year, Duke University awards Benenson Awards in the Arts, which provide funding for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates, including graduating seniors. This year, the Benenson selection committee awarded prizes to fourteen students for creative projects spanning music, film, theater, visual arts, audio, and writing. read more about GSF Major Katherine Gan wins the 2021 Benenson Award »

Anna Storti will join the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies,  as assistant professor. Storti will join Duke from Dartmouth College, where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She completed her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in 2020 with research focused on critical mixed-race studies, empire studies, performance studies and transnational queer studies. Centering her work on the violence of racial fetishization and explorations of “racialized anger” at white supremacy, Storti argues… read more about Anna Storti to Join GSF Faculty »

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 ACLS Fellowships. The longest running program in the organization’s portfolio, the ACLS Fellowship program supports outstanding scholarship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences with the potential to make significant contributions to knowledge within and across fields. Fellowships totaling nearly $3.6 million have… read more about GSF Alumni Receive the American Council of Learned Societies Prestigious Fellowship »

The Trinity College of Arts & Sciences has hired two new faculty members specializing in Asian American studies. Calvin Cheung-Miaw will join the Department of History and Anna Storti will join the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, both as assistant professors. Their positions are supporter by a $4 million grant from The Duke Endowment, a private foundation based in Charlotte, dedicated to hiring up to six new scholars with expertise on Africa, Asian American studies or Latinx studies. Cheung-Miaw… read more about Trinity to Add Two Asian-American Studies Scholars »

We are deeply saddened and angered by the loss of eight lives on March 16, 2021, extinguished by a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, that targeted Asian women massage workers. We first and foremost want to express solidarity and support for the families and friends of these eight victims and for those who relied on them, loved them, and will grieve them. We recognize and acknowledge the pain, anger and fear of Asians and Asian Americans produced by xenophobia, racism, and racist misogyny. This tragedy exemplifies the… read more about A Note from GSF Studies regarding the Georgia Massacre »