May - Jun 2007

Up they go: Museum preparators mount the works for "Street Level," including, from left, Mark Bradford's BlackWall Street; Robin Rhode's Untitled, Dream Houses; and Bradford's Untitled (Shoe). Michael Zirkle
 At first glance, Me Against the World is little more than a repeated pattern of stacked discs forming towering, teetering columns. Drawn with... Read more
What were the lacrosse players thinking about as they raced onto the field, in late February, for the first game of the new season? This should have... Read more
Danuta Otfinowski
 In May 2004, Robert Satloff flew from Morocco to Tunisia in search of Khaled Abdelwahhab. Not the man himself, but information that would... Read more

May - Jun 2007

Departments

Gazette

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Neal Bell started writing plays in the late 1960s, so it's no surprise his plays address the human condition in times of turmoil. In his latest work, however, he has reached back in history—to 2700...
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Rally for McCallie: "This has been a dream job of mine for many years." News & Observer/Chuck LiddyJoanne P. McCallie has traded in her Spartan helmet for a pair of Blue Devil horns. After seven...
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Portrait in courage: Full Frame award-winning film Lumo follows a rape survivor on her uncertain road to recovery. Copyright 2006 Goma Film ProjectDocumentaries chronicle important events,...
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In the 1970s, less than 25 percent of middle schools included sixth grade. Now, the figure is 75 percent nationwide and 90 percent in North Carolina, which has led the trend toward middle schools...
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More than a golfer: Panel pondered what Woods represents. David CannonDescribed as possibly "the first-ever academic conference on Tiger Woods," a spring gathering of faculty members, athletes, and...
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Making the world a better place: scholars Levin, Cunningham, and Forwand, from leftLes Todd, Chris Hildreth, Megan MorrThree Duke students—two undergraduates and a graduate student—have been awarded...
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 According to new statistics that would make Bob Vila cringe, the number of injuries from nail guns has almost doubled since 2001. And researchers say that more and more often it is do-it-...
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The collector: Byrne stands in front of The uncertain museum, an installation he helped the Nasher Butch UseryOn the occasion of his 50th reunion at Duke, and in honor of Raymond D. Nasher '43, the...
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The Crown family of Chicago has contributed $5 million to Duke to support scholarships and summer fellowships for undergraduate students. The gift will provide $4 million in endowment for need-based...
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Arch march: "Five Women," three generations, one architectural detail. Top, middle: Duke University Archives; bottom: Kadi-Ann BryanIt all started with two pictures, taken thirty years apart. The...
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In the early 1970s, Ann Atwater, a black civil-rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, were asked to work together toward the desegregation of the Durham public-school...
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Hutton ArchiveMilk does the body good—and may help smokers break the habit, according to a new Duke Medical Center study.In what researchers say is the first study to explore the taste-altering...
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Allison Haltom '72, vice president and university secretary, will step down at the end of December. Haltom has been at Duke for almost forty years. After graduating from the Woman's College, she...
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New research findings now online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology began with a professor's desire to understand why her husband often seemed to ignore her requests for help around...
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Shared grief: Brought together by tragedy, the Duke community sought solace in prayer and unity. Jon GardinerOn April 17, the day after the shootings that killed thirty-three at Virginia Tech, Duke...

Forum

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Kevin SackBecause fewer and fewer Americans read for their news, and because those who do see no reason to pay for content they can get for free, U.S. daily newspaper circulation has dropped from 62...
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Swooping InI generally set my Duke Magazine aside for some future date to read, and it eventually migrates to the recycling bin. The January-February story on "Helicopter Parents" caught my...

Gallery

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Early Century Southern Fiction. The 2007 San Francisco International Antiquarian Book Fair offered a treasure trove of nineteenth-century Southern fiction. Twenty-six pre-Civil War novels from the...
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Green Apples, 1868, by Winslow Homer. Engraving, 5 7/8 x 3 5/8 inches. Von Canon FundWinslow Homer illustrated articles, fiction, and poetry for popular illustrated magazines, especially Harper's...

Mini-profiles

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Sam NicolsThere is no workplace sexier than Wall Street. But the hunt for money, power, and status can drive financiers to hellish work hours. When I-bankers get out of the office, they have plenty...
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 Bill PetrosAlan Jabbour fell in love with the old-time fiddle when he was a graduate student at Duke, but it was hardly his first encounter with the instrument. A violinist from the age of seven,...
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Capito: celebrating with husband, Charlie Capito, on election night, November 2006. Craig Cunningham / Charleston Daily MailShelley Moore Capito likes to joke that her major in zoology from Duke...

Campus Observer

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Jon GardinerIt was late on a Saturday night, and Lee Cahow was stumped. Duke Libraries' Edible Book Festival was fast approaching. She'd been trying for days to think of an idea for a book she could...

Syllabus

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Megan MorrJunior John Crowell is standing at the front of a Hudson Hall classroom, fielding questions from his classmates about the water catchment his team is designing to harvest rainfall for a...

Retrospective

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Strike up the band: observing the lowering of the class flag. Duke University ArchivesFor generations Trinity College and Duke University students celebrated the end of the academic year by lowering...

Updates

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Toast of the town: Loomis, center, surrounded by well-wishers at the Random House gala. Hiroko Masuike / The New York Times / ReduxIn 1990, Duke Magazine explored the publishing world through the...

Alumni Register

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Whether you're already a long-standing member of a book club or simply drawn to intellectual discourse, a new program called Duke Reads offers a number of enticing reasons to join other Duke alumni...
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Sack: questioning what's lost when in-depth reporting is eclipsed by new media. Les ToddIgnore the hoopla about blogs and other "new media." Despite their struggles, print newspapers remain your...
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I've been told that before I accept a job, I should look at the total compensation package. What does that mean?Compensation consists of salary and benefits. If you're young and healthy, it's...
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More than 3,500 alumni, family members, and guests gathered on campus for Reunions Weekend in April. Here's a roundup of attendance: Class of 1957, 278 attending; Class of 1962, 110; Class of 1967,...
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Tangible teaching: Reiter helps students understand how statistics apply to everyday life. Megan MorrIn Jerry Reiter's introductory statistics classes, his students say, it doesn't matter whether...
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Two new staff members have joined the Office of Alumni Affairs, the better to enhance and expand alumni career options. Louise Giordano, formerly a career counselor at Brown University, is the new...

Between the Lines

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On a single day, the magazine received promotions for two conferences. The themes created a curious juxtaposition. One conference was on "How Colleges Can Obtain National and Regional Publicity"—as...

Books

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 A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports By Brad Snyder '94. Viking, 2006. 480 pages. $25.95.Heroes are always more interesting when presented as fully formed...

Q&A

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Megan MorrHenry Petroski sees opportunity in catastrophe and all the small mistakes along the way. The Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of civil engineering and a professor of history at Duke, Petroski...

Student Snapshot

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Les ToddJunior Cameron Williams has three passions that some might consider counterintuitive, if not downright contradictory. She is a premed student who plans to specialize in oncology, an art-...