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