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How Black Feminism Saved This Duke Professor From Himself

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Neal’s feminism is deeply rooted in the model his mother set for him when he was growing up in the Bronx. Speaking with Quartz, Neal explains why he’s a byproduct of women’s critiques, and which black feminist literature has proven most influential in his life. Read More

State Fair Time! Lee Baker on the Four F's of the Fair

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Rules typically go out the window at the annual state fair. As Duke Cultural Anthropology Professor Lee Baker explains, fairs are about family, food, fun and farming. WATCH

Integrating Schools By Income, Not Race

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
William Darity is a professor of economics, public policy, and African-American studies at Duke who has conducted research into integration programs. He believes that socioeconomic integration, while an improvement over a traditional neighborhood-based assignment regime, is nevertheless a... Read More »

#BackChannel: Cosby Sentence, Serena Williams & Colin Kaepernick, ‘Say It Loud’ Anniversary

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Cosby was the first high-profile celebrity to stand trial in the #MeToo era, and his sentencing has renewed debate about the power and limitations of the movement. What’s the significance of Cosby’s case, and is it a turning point? Popular culture experts Natalie Bullock Brown and Mark Anthony Neal... Read More »

Karin Shapiro Receives Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Also to be honored during the ceremony is Karin Shapiro, associate professor of the practice in the Department of African and African American Studies, who will receive this year’s Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. Shapiro teaches a range of courses on the histories of the... Read More »

Why Europe Should Focus on its Growing Interdependence With Africa

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Emmanuel Macron raised these points in a recent interview. The French president was recommending a new book, “The Rush to Europe”, published in French by Stephen Smith of Duke University, which models past international migrations like that of Mexicans into America to show that the number of Afro-... Read More »

Anthropology Professor Discusses Ballet Background

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Anne-Maria Makhulu did not always plan to become an associate professor of anthropology and African American studies. Originally from the U.K., she began training as a ballerina when she was just four years old, like many girls do.  “Perhaps what was a little unusual was that I continued,”... Read More »

Apollo Theater To Present Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Additional programming for Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50 includes Live Wire: re-Volution Live - 50 years since Say it Loud on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at The Apollo. The free event will feature a night of music and conversation with Christian McBride and Mark... Read More »

Diary (London Review of Books)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso, was shot dead in the presidential buildings in Ouagadougou on 15 October 1987. I was the West Africa correspondent at the time for Radio France International and Libération, based in neighbouring Ivory Coast. The day before the... Read More »

Racial Wealth Inequality Overlooked as Cause of Urban Unrest, Study Says

Monday, September 10, 2018
More than 50 years ago, riots tore through many U.S. cities, prompting national scrutiny of the root causes. Yet a half-century later, says new research, a key contributor to the social upheaval of the 1960s remains under-explored: racial wealth inequality. Meanwhile, the racial wealth gap that... Read More »

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