Margaret Greer: Spain’s debt of gratitude to departing King Carlos

Spanish King Juan Carlos made the right decision to abdicate his throne.

The 76-year-old long-time king suffers both from visibly ailing health and a plummeting approval rating. Of late, family members have been linked to economic and political corruption. And a 2012 elephant-hunting expedition to Botswana — during which the king broke his leg — didn’t help either, given its appearance as a luxury during lean years in Spain.

And yet, the Spanish people owe him a debt of gratitude.

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Durham Herald-Sun and the Providence Journal, 2014

Congratulations to Giuseppe Prigiotti!

For the second time, he has been awarded the Perilman Fellowship by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, which will \allow him to study in Jerusalem in Summer 2014!

He is the recipient of the Bass Online Apprenticeships Fellowship for Fall 2014. He has been selected for the 2014 Emerging Leader Institute Program, co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.

Join us in congratulating him!

2014 Edition of the Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory to be held in Bologna, June 23rd – July 4th 2014.

You can visit our 2014 Edition page to see the full program: <>.

The School on Global Studies and Critical Theory is a summer program jointly promoted by Duke University and the Department of History, Cultures and Civilization of the University of Bologna in the conviction that the so-called global age makes necessary a radical rethinking of our theoretical tools and critical exchange among different research fields. Each year, in a lively and stimulating intellectual and cultural environment, outstanding scholars will offer to faculty, postgraduate and graduate students, lectures, intensive courses and seminars on one specific topic of this contemporary global turn, encouraging the collective production of knowledge and critical thought.

 For 2014, the topic of the Summer School will be Space and Politics in the Global Age.

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The Bolgona-Duke Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory

A new program on the transformations of Politics in the Global Age. An intellectual space for the production of collective knowledge and critical thought.\

Duke University & the Department of History, Cultures and Civilization of the University of Bologna  announce the first edition of their joint Summer School to be held in Bologna from June 23rd to July 4th.

Students from all over the world, together with prestigious Professors from the two Universities, will  spend two weeks in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities and host of the oldest University in the Western World (since 1088).

Lessons will take place in the amazing location of the Department of History, Culture and Civilization – Piazza San Giovanni in Monte 2, Bologna.

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Courtside Seats: Student Engagement with Central African

Refugees Leads to Basketball Outing

After spending a semester working with African refugees in the Triangle, students in a French/Global Health class wanted to treat the men to a special evening at Duke. The result was courtside seats Feb. 25 for the Duke-Virginia Tech men's basketball game.

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12-13 Romance Studies Newsletter

Dept. of Romance Studies

2013-2014 Newsletter

Summer 2013 News and Events

Consulate Welcomes Duke University to Montreal

[We] welcomed Duke University students taking part in a summer academic exchange focusing on the French language and Quebec culture. Along with a reprieve from the city’s mid-July heat wave, the students spoke with Vice-Consuls Angela Gjertson and Lawrence Pixa about professional opportunities in the U.S. Foreign Service, and what it is like to work at diplomatic posts around the world. The students were accompanied by Deborah Reisinger, program director for Duke in Montréal, now in its second year. The students are all experienced French speakers. During their stay, they also met with prominent Quebecois leaders in business, government, education, and the arts.

The Humanities in Transition

Duke humanities faculty affirm their importance in an era of interdisciplinarity

In 2006, Duke University made an emphatic statement about the central role of the humanities in tackling the world's largest and most complex social issues.

It adopted interdisciplinarity as a centerpiece of its new strategic plan. New ideas for cross-discipline collaboration quickly sprouted. The digital humanities blossomed. A collection of new "humanities labs" took root.

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The Elephant in the Room:   Machine Translation in Language Learning at Duke University

"The (mis)use of the Internet by students to buy term papers or plagiarize others’ writing is a major concern in Higher Education today. In the foreign language classroom, when it comes to the use of the Internet, the “elephant in the room” is the students’ use of websites like Google Translate or apps such as iTranslate to complete their work. This semester, four lecturers in Romance Studies released their findings on the use of these kinds of translation tools by Duke students."

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The Wall Street Journal recommends Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat series

The Wall Street Journal recommends Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat series. Read the article or watch the slideshow!
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Pascale Casanova : A Digital Discussion

An experimental forum, brief, and – in keeping with our colleague’s mode of thinking—combative.  It will introduce several topics generated by her abiding engagement with debates over world literature.  With the Department’s work in French/Francophone, Italian, Spanish/Latin American, as well as other traditions, Romance Studies offers the initial framework.   And discussion is open to all those interested in thinking collectively about the functions of fiction, once upon a time, as now.

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Kafka – the subject of her last book, is the topic first up.

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Humanities Head into the Lab

Duke News recently featured the Haiti Lab in a story about the Franklin Humanities Institute's new Humanities labs. Professors Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson are two of the directors of the lab. For more information, please see the full story.

French Language Program in the News:

Assistant Director of the French Language Program Deborah Reisinger's blog post on "Using the iPad to edit and annotate documents" was recently featured on blog for the Center for Instructional Technology.

Haiti: One Year Later

Professors Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson were both recently interviewed on the ongoing aftermath of the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti:

Haiti: Rebuilding an Image

Hope, horror in Haiti

For more information on Language Program Events, please see the webpages for Club Pura Vida, La Tavola Italiana, and La Table Francaise.

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