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We're Self-Interested: The Growing Debate in Black America

Friday, November 8, 2019
William Darity Jr., a professor at Duke University, has written a series of reports about wealth inequality cited by Mr. Moore and Ms. Carnell. In one report, Dr. Darity found that the median net worth of white households in Los Angeles was $355,000, compared with $4,000 for black... Read More »

Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, A 'First Five' African-American Undergraduate at Duke, Dies at Age 72.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, one of the first five African-Americans undergraduate students at Duke, died Oct. 22 at age 72. Reuben-Cooke entered Trinity College of Arts and Sciences in 1963 along with Gene Kendall and Nathaniel "Nat" White, Mary Mitchell Harris and Cassandra Rush. With Reuben-Cooke... Read More »

With Plans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Two Seminaries Prompt A Broader Debate

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
"The case-by-case approach can't encompass the full range of effects of slavery in producing racial inequality in the United States," says William Darity, a professor of public policy and African-American studies at Duke University who has written extensively on reparations. LISTEN

9th Wonder, Our Tar Heel of the Month, Goes Beyond Making Music. He Preserves Its Legacy.

Friday, October 25, 2019
But more than being a musician, he is committed to preserving hip-hop music, culture and history using the classroom as one of his platforms. He’s a professor at N.C. Central University and Duke University and has taught classes at Harvard University through a fellowship with the W.E.B. Du... Read More »

Shaking Off Outmoded Ideas on Race

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Several panelists said the popularity of genetic testing services such as Ancestry.com has further clouded many people’s thinking about race and genetics. “People are conflating ancestry with race, and they’re not equivalent,” said Duke geneticist and bioethicist Charmaine Royal. Read More

Seminar Series to Raise Awareness of Language Discrimination

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The project has been designated a Sawyer Seminar Series and awarded a grant of $225,000 over two years. Institutions must be invited to apply for the opportunity. Leading the effort are professors Edna Andrews, chair of Linguistics; Lee Baker, chair of Cultural Anthropology;... Read More »

Elijah Cummings, 'Red Table Talk,' and Chelsea Handler's White Privilege

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Cummings was born to sharecroppers, and during his more than 20-year career in congress, he became known as someone who often spoke truth to power. On this installment of #BackChannel, The State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context, popular culture experts Natalie Bullock... Read More »

When Faculty of Color Feel Isolated, Consortia Expand Their Networks

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Like others in this field, Kerry L. Haynie drew from personal experience to develop what became Duke University’s Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement. One day, two years into his first job, he was walking across campus with a senior colleague who mentioned that Haynie should... Read More »

New Writing 101 Class Teaches First Years Through Feminist Lens

Monday, October 21, 2019
Jessica Covil, a third-year doctoral candidate studying English, African and African American studies and gender, sexuality and feminist studies, is the creator and instructor of the Black Feminism in Pop Culture course. This class presents the principles of effective communication through the lens... Read More »

Actress Kim Coles to Visit Duke Comedy Class, Oct. 24

Friday, October 18, 2019
Actress and comedian Kim Coles, perhaps best known for her five-season turn as “Synclaire” on the FOX series, “Living Single,” will be special guest for the Duke University course “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy,” Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6:15 p.m. Read More

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