Duke's global centers & initiatives

John Hope Franklin Center

Mission Statement

The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies (JHFC) is a unique consortium of programs committed to revitalizing notions of how knowledge is gained and exchanged.

Participants from a broad range of disciplines converge to explore intellectual issues, including some of the most pressing social and political themes of our time: race and race relations, the legacy of the African American experience, equality and opportunity among diverse populations, and the implications of accelerated globalization. At its core, the Center claims an intrepid mission: to bring together humanists and those involved in the social sciences in a setting that inspires vigorous scholarship and imaginative alliances. In this way, historians, artists, literary scholars, and philosophers contribute to a rich understanding of moral and ethical issues.

Summary of 2019-2020 Programs

Wednesdays at the Center is JHFC’s signature series, a weekly gathering in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with Duke students, staff, faculty, and community members. The series, which began in March 2006, typically welcomes around 50 audience members every week throughout the academic semesters over the lunch hour. In the 2019-2020 series, which was cut short due to COVID-19, DUCIGS hosted 19 lectures ranging in topics from web archiving to why people see immigrants as threatening to non-academic job possibilities for PhDs. Additionally, this year DUCIGS established a new mini-series within the series titled Conversations with Religious Life Leaders at Duke, which focused on the role of faith leaders, creating community, and examining religiosity on campus. In fall of 2020, DUCIGS hopes to hold the series virtually, hosting events that focus on racial issues both within the United States and abroad. The Wednesdays at the Center Series is hosted by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies. Recordings from the events are made available on the Franklin Center’s YouTube channel.

2019-2020 Notable Programs

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