Beka Steorts: Human Rights Meets Big Data

Last updated: May 12, 2017

Beka Steorts

Statistician Beka Steorts is developing new techniques for a more accurate accounting of human rights abuses in Syria and other conflicts. Photo by Megan Mendenhall/Duke Photography

Measuring the human costs of war is notoriously difficult. Dangerous conditions and difficult access can overwhelm hospitals, morgues, law enforcement and non-governmental groups responsible for counting the dead.

Tsitsi Jaji: Finding Unexpected Musical, Cultural Connections

Last updated: May 12, 2017

Tsitsi Jaji in class

New Department of English faculty member Tsitsi Jaji in a seminar she's teaching this semester. Photo by Megan Mendenhall/Duke Photography

Among Tsitsi Jaji’s memories of growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, one moment in particular shines bright: She is in a packed concert hall, dressed in a home-made purple gown, and she’s stepping onstage to perform as a solo pianist with the city’s symphony orchestra.