AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES 89S / PUBLIC POLICY 89S / ETHICS 89S
What Now? Race and Education
Education has been linked to societal inequalities in health, income, and other life-chance measures. Thus, schools play a central role in social and economic well-being, particularly for minority groups. Given that the minority population within the U.S. has been steadily increasing and is projected to comprise 45 to 50 percent of the U.S. population in 2050, understanding racial differences in achievement is important for scholars, educators, and policy makers. This seminar will focus on the role of education in both the production and amelioration of social inequality. Particular attention is given to racial achievement gaps. By engaging both quantitative and qualitative studies, you will acquire 1) knowledge of the historical trends and understanding of racial differences in achievement, and 2) a broad understanding of the current issues/debates in the literature. In addition to focusing on the relative underachievement of Blacks and Latino/as, this course will also focus on the academic success of Asian Americans and Asians living within the U.S. Part of the
Professor: Angel Harris
BIOLOGY 89S / ETHICS 89S
DANCE 89S / ETHICS 89S
What Now? Visionary Thinking: On Becoming an Ordinary Genius
A recent study from University of Pennsylvania suggests that Nobel Prize winning scientists are 22 times as likely as their peers to engage in dance, theatre or magic. What we often call “genius” is an ability to see possibilities and connections that elude most of us, most of the time. But this kind of creativity can be cultivated. This seminar is an exploration of boundaries, connections, how we see, and what we do. Its structure will encompass multiple forms, including a practice-based studio, outdoor work and discussions. It introduces numerous established and experimental artistic methodologies as tools to aid process of creative, associative thinking and development of new ideas in any chosen field. Through the cultivation of awareness, perception and imagination and the exploration, experience and application of embodied thought, students will gain tools to unlock creative potential and visionary thinking in the personal and social realm. No movement or artistic experience required. Students of all abilities welcome. Part of the
Professor: Michael Kliën
Michael Kliën, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh) is a Professor of the Practice of Dance. He is a choreographer and artist. His work is concerned with the theoretical and practical reworking of choreography and dance and its contribution to society.
EDUCATION 89S / ETHICS 89S
EDUCATION 89S / ETHICS 89S / PUBLIC POLICY 89S
What Now? Organizing for Equity: Ethics, Education, and Social Change (CZ, SS, CCI, EI)
How do communities, schools, and neighborhoods organize for social change? How do individuals organize their own commitments and energies to change the world around them? This course examines political activism, ethics, and education in the contemporary United States. It will introduce students to central philosophical and practical approaches to political organizing, help student develop skills in understanding and critiquing segregation and resegregation in the US, and enable students to locate their own commitments, callings, and aptitudes within the variety of accounts of organizing for social change. Part of the
Professor: Adam Hollowell
ETHICS 89S / PHILOSOPHY 89S
What Now? Leading through Change: The Science of Leadership for Social Action (EI)
Nowadays, we can broadcast our thoughts to the world, yet creating the change one wants to see in the world requires leadership. In this class, we will examine the skillsets and mindsets of effective leaders in order to hone our own abilities to make change. Drawing on the interdisciplinary work business schools use to train students, we will study dimensions of leadership in theory and practice, particularly as it pertains to responding in moments of crisis or uncertainty. Through discussions, reading, reflection and experiential assignments, students will learn how to lead effectively and develop their leadership abilities in general, specifically focusing on leading social change. Part of the
Professor: Moran Anisman-Razin
Moran Anisman-Razin, Ph.D. (Bar-Ilan University) is a Research Associate at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her research and teaching interests include Organizational Psychology, Leadership, Courage, Power, Social Psychology.
What Now? The Beatles Duke Ellington and the Magic of Collaboration (ALP, CZ)
This course will explore two of the greatest musical collaborations in music history, The Beatles and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. We will pay close attention to the nature of the collaboration, which was unique in each case, and we will learn about two great periods in the history of popular music, Big Band Jazz from the 1920s through the 1950s and Rock and Roll in the 1950s and 1960s. Ellington worked with his musicians and with Billy Strayhorn to transform dance music into art music that helped define a modern identity for African Americans. Similarly, the Beatles turned rock into art. Without collaboration, these musicians would have been good; with it they make claims to the status of genius. Part of the
Professor: Thomas Brothers
Jessica Harrell, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) is Director of Academic Engagement for the Natural and Quantitative Sciences. Her background includes helping undergraduates build their research skills and confidence to be successful in a research lab. She is a trained facilitator for the National Research Mentoring Network’s Entering Research curriculum, and her interests include making science and research accessible to students from all backgrounds.
CLASSICAL STUDIES 89S / ART HISTORY 89S / CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 89S / RELIGION 89S
Energy & Society (CZ, EI, STS)
This course examines how the production, transmission, and use of energy transform our daily lives. By reflecting on the centrality of energy in humanity's interaction with nature, we will explore questions at the very core of the environmental, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of society. Readings, discussions, hands-on activities, and visiting experts will introduce students to subjects and themes that will include power systems, energy access, energy in pop culture, energy and the environment, as well as topics with contemporary salience such as intensive extraction techniques (fracking, mountaintop removal, etc.), microgrids, energy storage, and the current dimensions of energy consumption on Duke's campus. Through this seminar, students will gain knowledge and understanding of the major connections between energy and society, develop skill in the analysis of secondary sources and current events, and begin to explore the landscape of energy scholarship at Duke.
Professor: Tom J. Cinq-Mars
Tom J. Cinq-Mars, Instructor in History, is an historian of modern (Soviet) Russia interested in questions at the intersections of business, energy, and the environment.
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 89S
Environmental Change in the Big-Data Era (NS)
A revolution in how we understand environmental change is underway, from the type and amount of data that are available to the ways in which it is synthesized and interpreted. The training needed for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and decision makers includes a blend of modeling, computation, and the capacity to exploit large data streams, often accessed through the internet. Students will be introduced to sources of data, their strengths and limitations, and interpretation through readings and discussions of scientific literature and data exploration. Examples will introduce basic concepts in R software applied to climate change, human impacts, and biodiversity loss.
Professor: James Clark
Jim Clark, PhD (University of Minnesota), is the Nicholas Professor of Environment Science, Professor of Statistical Science, and Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences. His research focuses on how global change affects populations, communities, and ecosystems using long-term experiments, monitoring studies and modeling to forecast ecosystem change.
GENDER, SEXUALITY & FEMINIST STUDIES 89S
Gender and Science
This seminar provides an overview of research that puts science and scientists themselves under the lens to be studied in relation to gender, sexuality, race, and colonialism. We consider questions such as: How does inequality affect scientific practice and knowledge? Do colonial, racist, or sexist contexts matter for the science produced? Does the identity of the scientist matter? In addition to scientific papers, our readings center on an interdisciplinary field known as Feminist Science Studies, that draws on sociological, ethnographic, historical and literary approaches to science. We also consider how scientists themselves are creating feminist and decolonial approaches to their research. This course is designed for those interested in combining feminist and other social justice perspectives with careers in STEM as well as students curious about feminist humanities and social-science approaches in general. As a seminar, classes will focus on discussions of readings and participation is required as well as some regular written work.
Professor: Ara Wilson
Ara Wilson, Ph.D. (City University of New York) is an Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies. Her work focuses on the feminist ethnography of globalization through description and analysis of various market economies. Her work examines the cultural, social, and sexual aspects of Bangkok economies, as well as illustrating the inaccuracies of Eurocentric ideology
Irish Questions (ALP, CZ)
Topical introduction to the history of Ireland from its entry into the United Kingdom through the present. Class sessions will be devoted to discussions of questions with global ramifications for our understanding of nationalism and racism, religion and violence, empire and the postcolonial. Was Ireland a kingdom or a colony? What caused the Great Famine? When did the Irish become “white”? Were members of IRA and/or UDI terrorists or freedom fighters? What is the difference between history and heritage, memory and commemoration? What are the prospects and preconditions for “truth and reconciliation” in Northern Ireland today?
Professor: Susan Thorne
Susan Thorne, Ph.D. (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor), is an Associate Professor of History. Her research and teaching interests are most broadly put in the imperial history of industrial capitalism. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersecting histories of poverty, race-thinking, and class formation in nineteenth century Britain.
Math and Medicine: Applications of Mathematics to Medicine (NS, QS, R)
This seminar uses the Socratic method with discussions of how to apply mathematical and statistical principles to understand human health and disease. Topics include: the heart and circulation, immune system and infectious diseases, precision medicine and big data, cancer prevention and evolutionary game theory in cancer. There will be particular emphasis on the multi-scale nature of human health and disease, from biologic mechanism to clinical management and public health. Students do background reading and work in groups on problem sets, presenting their group work to the class and writing short papers. Each student conducts a research project, gives two 25-minute lectures to the seminar, and writes a 15-page paper in article format. On the final exam students write essays about group work and each others projects.
Professor: Marc Ryser
Moral Change and Human Nature: How Are Moral Conversions Possible?
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 89S
POLICY JOURNALISM & MEDIA STUDIES 89S / PUBLIC POLICY 89S / POLITICAL SCIENCE 89S
Information, Technology and Policy (SS)
This is a course about the politics and policy surrounding information and technology. It will focus on how politicians, policymakers, economies, citizens and society watchers talk about, worry about and understand the internet and other technologies, such as phones, networks, etc., as well as uses, artificial intelligence, social media and more. The course will address information privacy and security, global information flows, technology in campaigns and elections, how technology has changed journalism and news, and how our identities are changed by our media use. Students will research, analyze and write about technology policy issues.
Professor: Ken Rogerson
Kenneth S. Rogerson, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina) is Professor of the Practice at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, and former Research Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University. He is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the Sanford Master's of Public Policy Program and the Director of Duke's Policy Journalism and Media Studies Certificate Program. He has served as chair of the American Political Science Association’s Information Technology and Politics Section and the International Studies Association's International Communication Section.
POLITICAL SCIENCE 89S
Race, Region, and Republican Principles (SS)
The "Great Experiment" in American democracy has, since even before the Founding, balanced two imperatives. One was to live up to our Founders' calls that "all [people] are created equal" and that the Constitution was designed to achieve a "more perfect union." The other was how to deal with that liberty and equality in a multi-racial society that, from the beginning, was without liberty or equality for many. This class will consider classic and contemporary writings on this topic, from the Federalist Papers and Slave Narratives on to today's questions about voting rights and Black Lives Matter, to seek to understand how we got to today's circumstances and how we might expect America to move forward.
Professor: John Aldrich
John Aldrich, Ph.D. (University of Rochester) is the Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science, John Aldrich specializes in American politics and behavior, formal theory, and methodology.
POLITICAL SCIENCE 89S
PORTUGUESE 89S / AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES 89S / LITERATURE 89S
ROMANCE STUDIES 89S / GENDER, SEXUALITY & FEMINIST STUDIES 89S / HISTORY 89S / ITALIAN 89S
Feminisms Past and Present (ALP, CZ, CCI)
What is feminism? How are feminist ideas expressed in different forms? Does the meaning of the term change across centuries? Can “feminism” exist before the word was first used in the 1800s? This course explores these questions by analyzing feminist thought produced in the Western world – from fourteenth-century letters to twenty-first century Instagram posts. We won’t isolate the study of feminism to particular time periods or decades; instead, we will explore the genealogies of feminism and their relationship to the present by pairing texts and images from various time periods. Through letters, poetry, novels, theoretical essays, and film, we will explore what kinds of expression have been considered “feminist” or not and why. This will allow us to analyze themes in feminist thought more broadly, such as sexual difference, the woman writer, and the tension between theory and politics. Our study will include works and authors from various national and linguistic traditions (Anglo, French, Italian, Spanish).
Professor: Alyssa Madeline Granacki
Alyssa Madeline Granacki, Ph.D. (Duke University) is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Romance Studies. She teaches courses on medieval Italian literature and gender studies. Her research interests include Dante, Boccaccio, feminist thought, and women writers. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, "Boccaccio's Women Philosophers: Defining Philosophy, Debating Gender in the Decameron and Beyond," which examined the relationship between women and philosophy in early Italian literature.