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 2020-2021 Programs

Wednesdays at the Center is the 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 2020-2021 series, which was held entirely virtually due to COVID-19, DUCIGS hosted 17 lectures all focused under the rubric: JHF | Global Anti-Racism (histories of action). Inspired by the legacy of John Hope Franklin, this special series was centered on addressing one of the most pressing social and political problems of our time: ongoing structural racism against people of African descent and issues of racial inequality. Topics included in the series ranged from racism in economics to race and gender in STEM. Additionally, a number of previously recorded Wednesdays at the Center lectures featuring John Hope Frankin were rebroadcast. 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.

2020-2021 Notable Programs

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