It’s weirdly warm on campus—late winter, late at night. Or early in the morning. The distinction is murky. So is the atmosphere. I think the fog is... Read more
On a narrow concrete terrace leading into the shoebox apartment where Hannah Bonner M.Div. ’08 has lived since moving to Houston two years ago, more... Read more
CLICK. A video of R&B musician Jill Scott fills the screen. She’s belting out “Strange Fruit,” a ballad written in the 1930s to protest the... Read more
This might be hard to hear, but you are not an individual.Really, you’re more like a very fecund, populous ecosystem—your moist, oxygenated, constant... Read more

Summer 2016

When she’s not fencing, she’s so charming; when she’s not fencing, she’s so lovable; when she’s not fencing, she’s so adorable,” Peter Westbrook says of Ibtihaj Muhammad ’07. “When she’s fencing,...
After twelve years as president of Duke, Richard H. Brodhead announced that he will leave his post at the end of June 2017. “Dick Brodhead is one of Duke’s transformative presidents,” said David...
This winter I had lunch with a Duke couple in the Bay Area. The husband had recently retired at an early age and was still marveling at the unfamiliar experience of freedom. He quoted to me a line...
THE CATALYST: In 2008, English department professor Marianna Torgovnick and now-retired theater studies professor Michael Malone jointly launched this survey course to explore the role of movies in...
Eric Toone, vice provost and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, leads the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Initiative. He’s listed as an inventor on more than thirty biomedical...
To those who have studied Brazil’s complicated history of environmentalism, the fact that Rio de Janeiro has struggled to get its bodies of water Olympics- ready has come as no surprise. A year...
Shortly after dawn on a brisk April morning, steam rises from the cold, calm surface of Lake Michie. Except for the honking of Canada geese overhead, the lake is quiet. Two wakeless launches—quiet...
Featured book: The beast in meHow did a family dog breed favored by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and The Little Rascals come to be seen as dangerous? In Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon...
Were there any favorite classes at Duke or professors who were particularly formative?When I got to school, I was, like a lot of Duke kids, dead set on continuing to be a 4.0 student, which didn’t...
Behind the scenes on BroadwayOn a January afternoon, in the otherwise deserted offices of Broadway producer Jeffrey Finn, Jamie Kaye-Phillips ’10 has called to pitch a former classmate on a $10,000...
MAC or PC?Why choose? Both Apple and Microsoft are powered by alumni!Apple115,000 employees >100 are Blue DevilsHeadquarters: Cupertino, CaliforniaTim Cook M.B.A. ’87, CEOJeff Williams M.B.A. ’91...
Sprinter Dave Sime, left, and hurdler Joel Shankle both won Olympic events.
In 1956, the man to watch at the Olympic trials was sprinter Dave Sime, Duke sophomore and athletic wonder. He arrived at Duke on a baseball, not a track, scholarship; he had been offered twenty-two...
A garden of musings and storiesOne would be hard-pressed to find a better origin story than the one that led Allen Lacy ’56, Ph.D. ’62 to gardening. “My love affair with horticulture began in the...