Sep - Oct 2003

"Record of Truth": The Karen, an ethnic group of Burma, have been oppressed by the military dictatorship of Burma (Myanmar) for more than fifty years. The civil war in the mountainous eastern part of the country has resulted in an exodus of over 120,000 Karens across the border into refugee camps in Thailand. Photo: Kate Moxham
National Geographic, the gold standard of global photography, recently featured in its Explorers Hall in Washington the sort of shots it doesn't... Read more
Photo: Les Todd
This summer produced a career milestone for James D. Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor at Duke Law School. Boyle received the annual World... Read more
Phenomenal fans: brothers Terry, left, and Edwin Murray with some of their cache of comics Photo: Jim Wallace
For the record, Edwin and Terry Murray would probably not consider their childhood asthma anywhere near as debilitating as Daredevil's blindness or... Read more
Illustration by Adam Niklewicz
With this summer's qualified affirming of affirmative action, the Supreme Court capped a quarter-century of legal opinions. Back in 1978, in Regents... Read more
A block behind home plate at the old Durham Athletic Park, close enough to smell the hot dogs on game day but too far back to snag a long foul ball,... Read more
[caption][/caption]Goodwin: immersed in training a cypress vine around a rose bush to create an arbor Photo: Les ToddSeven-year-old Nancy... Read more

Sep - Oct 2003

Departments

Gazette

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 Ironclads: Currier & Ives' Terrific Combat Between the Monitor 2 Guns & Merrimac 10 Guns, 1862 Thirty years to the day after a deck officer aboard Duke's RV Eastward noticed a curious,...
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Memorial services were held in Chapel Hill and Atlanta for three generations of the Brumley family who were killed in a plane crash in Kenya on July 19. All twelve family members, including five...
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 Awarded for good teaching: from top, Quinn of anthropology;Vadhat of computer science; Leachman of economics; and Shannon of English. Photos: Jim Wallace  Even as the university was recognizing its...
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Pop QuizSavage Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol's first-hand examination of public schools in the U.S., comparing the educational experience in poor urban areas with that in wealthier suburbs, was...
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Duke received $296,827,306 in charitable gifts during 2002-03, more than $32 million--or 12.2 percent--above last year's total. Some 84,648 donors, 44,327 of them alumni, gave to the university." We...
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Roy. J. Bostock '62 is heading a thirteen-member committee to search for the university's next chancellor for health affairs, who also will serve as the president and chief executive officer of the...
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Plug in a device. Pour in a reagent. And now, Duke is asking its researchers to do something else: check whether they are using equipment or materials that may pose legal problems. In the aftermath...
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The appointment of the Reverend V. Gene Robinson as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church is a historic moment for mainline Protestantism in America and for more liberal...
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From the threats of SARS to bioterrorism-by-smallpox, the world's population has become far more vulnerable in recent years to deadly attacks by marauding microbes. Reasoning that the nation's...
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For its 2003-04 Broadway at Duke series, the Duke University Union will present Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; three hit Broadway musicals, Fame, Saturday Night Fever, and Kiss Me, Kate; and a...
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Hailed as the most diverse ever, with a record-breaking number of international students, the Class of 2007 came to campus in August. Of the 1,635 enrolled, 374 are in the Pratt School of...

Forum

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Last fall, Stanford President John Hennessy and I wrote a joint op-ed article on intercollegiate athletics. Duke and Stanford are generally acknowledged to be models in combining both academic and...
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  TimelyI read with interest your article on "Empires" [March-April 2003]. Thanks for such a timely and thought-provoking look at the topic.I found your choice of cover also quite interesting. At a...

Gallery

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During the months of June and July, East Campus is enlivened by the sound of lively African drums warming up American Dance Festival participants, who land solid, flat-footed on the Earth, their...
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 The Madonna Interceding for Souls in Purgatory1762-1769Francesco FontebassoOil on canvas41 x 22.25 inchesDuke University Museum of Art purchase, 2001 The painter behind The Madonna Interceding for...
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I do not think it will be profitable for me to give further advice which will not be followed. The conference is yours and you will naturally constitute it as you choose. I must of course reserve...
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   Roundabout by night: Duke's newest traffic circle, at the intersection of Towerview and Wannamaker drives, in front of the West-Edens Linkphoto:Jon Gardiner 

Campus Observer

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  Illustration by James Yang Orienting oneself in a new city is a challenge only made more difficult when the power goes out, as it did in New York City in mid-August, right when people from Taipei...

Syllabus

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History courses tend to take on the seismic and sweeping. Tom Robisheaux's "Magic, Religion, and Science" aims for the timeless and invisible--what he calls the three "ways of knowing." One senses,...

Retrospective

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  Re-belling: original installation, top; crane assistance, above. Photo Top: Duke University Archives. Photo Above:Les Todd An East Campus fixture since 1911 was restored and reinstalled in July....

Updates

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Nine years ago, Luke Dollar ’95 was chasing lemurs with a dart gun and a burlap bag. Then a rising senior, he was a fledgling member of a Duke Primate Center project in Madagascar’s Ranomafana rain...

Mini-profiles

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Some Duke graduates are watching with interest as the Atlantic Coast Conference fights a lawsuit brought against it by the Big East, a rival college athletics league. For Erik Albright, it's more...
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Merel HarmelProfessor emeritus and founding chairman of the department of anesthesiology, co-inventor of the first worldwide computerized vital-signs monitoring system, advocate of resident and...
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 Photo:Chris Hildreth By all appearances, Lois Ruppenthal Wethington is a genteel Southern lady, filled with courtesy and enough maternal pride for a roomful of grandmothers. But deep within her...
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Next to a hulking mass of twisted steel splayed on the floor of a hangar-like building outside Washington, D.C., Frank Gayle keeps a haunting picture from September 11, 2001.The photograph shows the...

Between the Lines

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Our cover story looks at affirmative action not as a legal or policy concern but as something that students think about and live with. Many of the students who assembled for a magazine-sponsored...

Alumni Register

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From Boston to San Diego, from Seattle to Miami, thirty-one "send-off" parties, held from June to August, welcomed new students into the Duke family. Organized and sponsored by the clubs and alumni-...
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Meeting in May, the Duke Alumni Association's board of directors witnessed via video the success of Duke's Neighborhood Partnership Initiative, received an update on the early stages of selecting...
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 New DAA President Sales: " It's an awesome responsibility". Photo: Joel Levin Michele Miller Sales, the new president of the Duke Alumni Association, has perhaps the ideal credentials to represent...

Books

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Hunting Midnight By Richard Zimler '77. Delacorte Press, 2003. 512 pages. $24.95.Last of the Amazons By Steven Pressfield '65. Bantam Dell Publishing Group, 2003. 416 pages. $13.95, paper....

Student Snapshot

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Sporting a fire-engine-red, wing-collared shirt with his name stitched above the left breast, David Arthur looked more like a bowler than anything else. But this was April, and he had made it to the...