Transdisciplinary Course Creativity

"Science and society have influenced and have been influenced by the creation, reproduction and maintenance of racial hierarchies."

That is the catalyst behind the creative programming for the Race, Genomics and Society course at Duke. Charmaine Royal, the Robert O. Keohane Professor of African & African American Studies and Biology and director of the Duke Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, has taught the course since 2009. The creative portions of have grown to include partnerships with Duke Arts. Students of the course help translate the findings of scientific research into music, spoken word, dramatic skits and dance. The culminating student performance, "Race and Genetics: Past-Present-Future," was held at Page Auditorium to close the Fall 2023 semester.

These photographs showcase both the preparation and the performance. 

Student holding pamphlet