On January 10, 2016, John Danowski stood on the sideline of a soggy lacrosse field in Bradenton, Florida, where most of the day before hard rains had... Read more
On the day of a show, even an empty theater has a peculiar energy. It’s as though a wild thing has escaped, and no one knows quite when it will... Read more
On an overcast morning in December, Jedediah Purdy pulls his gray Subaru hatchback into a small gravel parking lot at the base of Occoneechee... Read more
Chad Dickerson ’93 discovered the Duke Coffeehouse as a freshman, and for the next three years he hardly left. A Southern-born kid with an... Read more

Spring 2016

When I enter my lab, I’m greeted by the pops and crackles of mantis shrimp smashing snail shells with tiny hammers moving at bullet-like accelerations. Other days, I listen to their eerie, low-...
The main quadrangle of West Campus—from the steps leading to Clocktower Quad, to those leading to Davison Quad, and the Chapel Quad— will become Abele Quad, named for architect Julian Abele, the...
Each August, we take an astonishing photo of Duke’s new freshmen, gathered in block numbers spelling out their class year on the East Campus quad. It’s an unforgettable image of the first time this...
THE CATALYST: As vice provost for the arts at Duke, Scott Lindroth has an interest in finding points of intersection among engineering, natural sciences and social sciences, and the arts. A few...
Henry Petroski, Vesic Professor of civil engineering and professor of history, is the author of nineteen books—most recently, The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure.What’...
The only signs of the splendor that was Vulci, Italy, are the network of tombs, the abandoned foundation of a grand temple, and the ruins that now dot the fields of swaying grass.Students in...
When Pascual Di Tella, a fencing phenom from Buenos Aires, talks about maneuvering his saber during a match, he falls into the lingua franca of the sport, an intricate terminology of attacks and...
FEATURED BOOKBuilt in the far western slums of Kabul by the persecuted Hazara minority, the coed Marefat School is an improbable success story. For years American soldiers helped keep the dangers of...
Living her passion pays offWhen Geeta Patel ’98 travelled to India on a family vacation six years ago, she took along a camera she had just purchased.Fresh from producing a PBS documentary about the...
As the executive director of wealth management for the Boston offices of UBS Financial Services, Troy Erickson ’90 hardly needs another meeting on his calendar. Whatever time he has left after...
Why do you volunteer for Duke?I love Duke. I had a really good experience at Duke. I gained a lot of wisdom and insight and knowledge that prepared me for life after Duke. I grew as a person. As a [...
Whether owning retail stores or designing statement necklaces, Duke alumni have cut a swath through the style world. We sought out some and asked a few questions tailored just for them.Whitney...
As you travel past East Campus on Main Street and glance at the train tracks, you may not know that they were the site of a presidential visit 110 years ago, when Theodore Roosevelt brought his...
A forward-looking public scientistJohn Howard “Jack” Gibbons Ph.D. ’54 was a likeable guy. During his 1993 confirmation hearing to become the science adviser to President Bill Clinton, members of...
Early in A Poet of the Invisible World, the recent novel by Michael Golding ’80, the young protagonist, Nouri, is shaken awake, swept up in the clattering movement of the busy fictional city Tan-...