Fifty years ago this fall, a black third-grader sat in the balcony of a Charlotte movie theater, segregated from the white children seeing the same... Read more
Illustrations by Arlen Schumer
One morning last semester, a Duke undergrad peeled off from a busy day on campus to hustle to a basement office in the Sociology- Psychology Building... Read more
On Good Friday in 2009, Mary Ann Harrison made a phone call that changed her life.Harrison was suffering from fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, and... Read more
(All photos: Les Todd)
Ingrid Daubechies’ eyes dart down at her plate of mixed salad greens. She stabs a hefty chunk of endive hiding beneath an arugula leaf and chews it... Read more
Bridget Booher
Catherine Clabby
Chris Vitiello

Spring 2013

Departments

The Quad

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A $50 million gift from Anne and Robert Bass of Fort Worth, Texas, will launch an initiative to encourage students and faculty members to collaborate across academic boundaries—and to give them the...
David Mayer never knew much about his grandfather, Paul. He knew his grandfather had escaped a Nazi labor camp in eastern Germany during World War II and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949. But Paul...
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What are the most significant years in Duke history? By my count, there are three. The first is 1892, when Trinity College moved from Randolph County to Durham, leaving its rural birthplace to seek...
  • Circle of concern: gathering to proclaim "Race Is Not a Party" (Credit: Megan Morr)
About 200 people participated in an early-February protest sparked by a fraternity party that they said denigrated Asians. The protest sought to hold Kappa Sigma responsible for its “Asia Prime”...
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From late November to early December, a bit of United Nations alphabet soup hit the sweltering heat of Doha, Qatar. As part of the course “U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum,” ten select ...
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The catalyst: Economics professor Neil De Marchi began to teach the course in the early 1990s as an outgrowth of his fascination with the art market and the ways in which it fits and breaks...
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Duke Law School’s Guantanamo Defense Clinic has been granted observer status by the Defense Department. Some clinic students are getting the chance to see military commissions in action. Law...
For the discerning Duke student who wanted to jumpstart his or her international exposure and couldn’t get enough of the freshman Focus experience, last year’s Duke INtense Global (DIG) fit the bill...

Ideas

In the ongoing struggle to find a better way to treat cancer, the hopes of doctors and patients have been buoyed recently by the revival of an old idea—using the body’s immune responses to attack...
For millennia, African lions ruled a seemingly boundless kingdom, a sprawling, unbroken stretch of savannah onethird larger than the continental U.S. But today, 75 percent of that vast savannah is...
As winter recedes, millions of Americans renew their pledges to eat better and exercise more. And hundreds of scientists work to discover the keys to make those efforts more successful. Here’s the...
Newly arrived at Duke from King’s College in London, Luke Bretherton brings a fresh perspective on how Christian churches and faith-based causes intermesh with American political life. In a recent...
So you’ve settled into the bathroom for a few minutes only to realize—too late!—you have nothing to read. Bryan Silverman ’15 and his brother Jordan share your frustration. It’s why they started...
Birds do it. People do it. Now, Duke researchers are convinced that mice, too, can learn how to imitate songs to woo a mate. The surprising conclusion comes from a team of Duke neurobiologists who...

Observer

Imagine, just for a second, the night before the first finals period of your freshman year. Your first semester of Duke has gone by in a flash; there are only seven more to go. Between trying to...

Muse

When the Swiss-based group ensemBle baBel began planning its headline presentation for the 20 Heures de Musiques-Romont music festival this past fall, it first considered performing a work by avant-...
Betsy Prioleau Ph.D. ’80 explores what women really want from men in Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them. Photographer and Center for Documentary Studies faculty member Alex Harris...
Steve Johnson M.H.S. ’02 is the new artist-relations’ manager for MerleFest, a four-day celebration of bluegrass, old-time music, Americana, country, blues, and rock. He’ll be in charge of selecting...

Sports

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Here’s to you, Mrs. Merritt, onetime lunch lady at Banks High School, Birmingham, Alabama. It is the day before the 2012 Belk Bowl at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, and coach David Cutcliffe...
LACROSSE: Lacrosse players Casey Carroll ’07, Jake Tripucka ’13, and David Lawson ’13 were selected in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. The 18th overall pick, Carroll is pursuing a...

Forever Duke

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Here’s another reason to return for Reunions Weekend: The annual Duke Magazine Forum, planned in conjunction with Alumni Education, will feature a probing and wide-ranging conversation with longtime...
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Three alumni have been nominated to Duke’s board of trustees by the executive committee of the board of directors of the Duke Alumni Association—two for the first time and one for a renewed term....
For Aisha Taylor ’05, Duke provided a clear life-changing experience: a “Women as Leaders” course. The course was taught by Betsy Alden ’64, who spearheaded service-learning at Duke and is now an...
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Credit: ACTFL¡Felicitationes! Noah Geisel ’01is the 2013 National Language Teacher of the Year, selected by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Geisel, right, who...
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Forbes “30 Under 30” is a who’s who of people who are changing music, media, the sciences, education, finances, food, biotech, and other fields. The most recent list includes an impressive...

Retro

One of the most notorious pieces of Duke’s theatrical history—an anonymously written play titled The Vision of King Paucus—never actually appeared on a campus stage. But when 300 copies of the three...
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1891: Students of Trinity College in Randolph County put on The Womanless Wedding—an appropriate production for the all-male student body.1922: Female students in the Dramatic Club played all the...

Devil's Own

  • World View: Sanuto was a Venetian mathematician and geographer who intended Geografia to be the first in a series of maps of the world. (Credit: Mark Zupan)
Livio Sanuto’s Geografia, published in 1588 in Venice, is the first edition of the first printed atlas of Africa. It contains twelve double-page engraved maps showing the continent. For its date,...