More than 1,000 Duke students from across the globe logged on to Zoom over the first two weeks of January to participate in an academic gateway for students of any major to explore new topics in a short form and without the pressure of grades Open to all Duke students- undergraduates, graduates,… read more about Students Find Interdisciplinary Exploration and Connection in Winter Breakaway Courses »

The Graduate School has announced eight recipients for the 2021 Dean’s Awards, recognizing outstanding efforts in mentoring and teaching. The recipients will be honored at a virtual ceremony on March 31. More details about each recipient will be posted closer to the event. Dean’s Award for… read more about 8 Graduate Students, Faculty Receive 2021 Dean’s Awards »

Anna Tybinko has been selected to receive the 2021 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The review committee of deans, graduate faculty, staff, and graduate students chose Anna from a highly competitive pool of nominees to receive this award, which recognizes graduate students who best exemplify the characteristics of effective college teaching described in the purpose statement and award criteria.  In addition, the review committee strives to recognize students who have engaged in professional development… read more about Anna Tybinko Receives 2021 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching »

Celebrating Latinx Culture with a Spanish-language Reading Program (CLC) / Celebrando la Cultura Latinoamericana con un Programa de Lectura en Español Consider applying for this 2021-2022 Bass Connections project that celebrates Latinx cultural heritage and maintaining the Spanish language. It promotes the forging of relationships through shared language journeys. CLC engages and connects Spanish-language users, namely Latinx children (~10 years old) and Duke undergraduate students, as “peer tutors” and… read more about Apply for 2021-2022 Bass Connections: Celebrando la Cultura Latinoamericana con un Programa de Lectura en Español »

As educational institutions seek ways to enhance opportunities for students during the pandemic, the College Board has tapped five Duke University professors to provide recorded lectures to millions of advanced high school students around the world. The new lecture series, called “AP Daily,” offers free, online videos across a variety of college-level topics to students who are learning in person, remotely or in blended learning environments. Students can view the videos independently or Advanced Placement (AP) teachers can… read more about In Pandemic, Advanced Placement Turns to Duke Faculty for Help in High School Lecture Series »

ArtReview named Felwine Sarr, a research professor in the Department of Romance Studies, as the third most influential person in the contemporary art world in 2020, alongside his… read more about Felwine Sarr Third Most Influential in Art World »

Nicolás Sánchez-Rodríguez, recent Romance Studies Ph.D graduate has been named to the Princeton Society of Fellows for Fall 2021.  The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts seeks to support innovative interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Each year, the Society chooses a new cohort of postdoctoral Cotsen fellows, who are appointed for three-year terms to conduct research and to teach in a home department, frequently also a program, at… read more about Nicolás Sánchez-Rodríguez to Join Princeton Society of Fellows »

Please join Romance Studies in congratulating Samar Miled for receiving the highest honors in the American Journal of French Studies 2020 national writing competition in French! Samar received 20th place for her poem, "Je ne l'ai pas choisie" in response to the prompt, "Why did you start learning French?" Her playful and elegant description of  her relationship with the French language secured her top honors: "Je ne l’ai pas choisie. C’est elle qui m’a saisie" (I didn't choose it. It's she who… read more about Samar Miled receives highest honors from American Journal of French Studies »

Associate Professor of Romance Studies, Dr. Lamonte Aidoo has been awarded the Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Outstanding Book Award for his book, Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History. The prize is to be awarded to an author whose contribution to Caribbean thought is through the medium of the novel, poetry, theater, or cinema.  His extraordinary book examines sexual violence as a technology of enslavement in Brazil and its impact on Brazilian society—especially its notion of “racial… read more about Lamonte Aidoo Receives Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Outstanding Book Award »

One important thing that hasn’t changed in a semester of the pandemic is the arrival of new faculty members. They come with new ideas, research problems and classes. Their importance in sustaining existing strengths and guiding Duke toward new areas of excellence can’t be underestimated. “We welcome and celebrate our new faculty this year in the most unusual ways and circumstances, but with no less enthusiasm,” says Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth. “We have selected these faculty, and they have chosen to join us, to be a part… read more about Meet Duke's new faculty of 2020 »

Virginie A. Duzer is a scholar of late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century French literature, art and culture. She received her Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Duke in 2008. Currently, Duzer is Associate Professor at Pomona College where she also serves as the Chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department. Her research deals with the relation between texts, images and aesthetics in avant-garde movements. She is author of L’Impressionnisme littéraire (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2013) and is… read more about Alumni Profiles Series: Virginie A. Duzer »

The Purpose Project at Duke has announced the inaugural cohort of the Race and the Professions Fellowship, a year-long program that will explore the challenges of racial inequities and the work of antiracism in the professions, the broader community, and the world.   More than 200 graduate and professional students applied to the fellowship. The 28 fellows represent eight schools, eight Trinity departments, and three interdisciplinary programs, including Romance Studies Phd student Ofelia Lopez. Ofelia's research focuses… read more about Ofelia Lopez Named a Race and the Professions Fellow with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke »

Adriana Méndez Rodenas is a scholar of Latin American literature. Born in Havana, she received her master’s degree in Romance Studies from Duke and her Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell. Dr. Méndez Rodenas has authored groundbreaking work on Cuban anti-slavery narrative and nineteenth-century travel writing. Her books include Severo Sarduy: el neobarroco de la transgresión (1983); Gender and Nationalism in Colonial Cuba: The Travels of Santa Cruz y Montalvo, Condesa de Merlin… read more about Alumni Profiles Series: Adriana Méndez Rodenas »

Wellness is an underappreciated aspect of academic performance, often overlooked in the never-ending deluge of experiments, readings, papers, and exams in the lives of graduate and postdoctoral researchers. Maintaining optimal physical and mental health is important; when wellness is neglected, mental wellbeing can suffer, and performance often follows. Mental health concerns continue to see a gradual rise among graduate students. A recent working paper by Harvard economists showed that a graduate student is three times… read more about Unity in Diversity: Leading through a Crisis »

August 26, 2020   Amanda Suhey received her Ph.D. in Romance Studies in 2016, with a focus on Latin American culture and visual studies. Her doctoral research sparked interests that took her on an unexpected career trajectory, eventually leading to her current role as Senior Analyst of Marketing Analytics at AbbVie, a research-driven pharmaceutical company. Fluent in Spanish and data-driven research skills, Dr. Suhey has charted a career path that allows her to tell stories with data,… read more about Alumni Profiles Series: Amanda Suhey »

No matter what you’re studying, there’s no escaping the role of language. It’s just how humans communicate. Yet, there is a generation of students whose experience with language classes consists almost entirely of conversations about a single subject: travel. “Language used to be taught in a… read more about A Practical Way to Learn a Language, and a New Perspective » read more about Putting the ‘Global’ Back Into Global Pandemic, Part 6 & 7 »

By the time Summer Session I started on May 13, Duke’s educators had already been at work for weeks. Before a class can be taught, it must be planned. There are readings to select, assignments to create, questions to prepare, schedules to set. And this year, there was an additional challenge: the… read more about 3 Summer Courses Show What Goes Into Planning a Duke Class »

Most often, when graduate students talk about “the academic job market,” what we really mean is the “U.S. academic job market.” But what about the academic job market in the United Kingdom or the countries of the European Union? What challenges and opportunities might be… read more about Discovering Possibilities for a Mobile, Multi-Lingual Academic Career »

Congratulations to Romance Studies Ph.D. candidate, Anna Tybinko, who was awarded the 2020 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her dissertation project, “Urban Borderlands: African Writers in Precarious Spain, 1985-2008.” The fellowship provides a stipend, research funds and a faculty-led academic job market seminar to further prepare fellows for their postgraduate careers. This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. More information… read more about Anna Tybinko Awarded the 2020 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship  »

Congratulations to Dr. Nicolás Sanchez (Duke Ph.D. 2020), who has been awarded a one-year residential postdoctoral fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown University. The topic of this year's Pembroke Seminar is "Narrating Debt" and candidates were selected on the basis of their scholarly potential and the relevance of their work to this research theme. Last year, Nicolás was also the recipient of the ACLS Mellon Award. Congratulations, Nicolás!   read more about Dr. Nicolás Sanchez Awarded Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown University »

Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.   African & African American Studies   John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells   Art, Art History & Visual Studies        Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 29 faculty members from eight Duke colleges and schools. While the annual University Distinguished Professors dinner will be postponed until social gathering restrictions are lifted, Provost Sally Kornbluth is ready to congratulate this year’s recipients now. “I am thrilled to honor this wonderful cohort of scholars, teachers, and members of the Duke community,” Kornbluth said. “Becoming a distinguished professor at Duke is a great achievement, and one that is… read more about Duke Awards 29 University Distinguished Professorships »

In 2011, at the unveiling of a highway marker honoring Pauli Murray — the lawyer, priest, civil rights advocate, and Durham native — Helen Solterer began a literary journey through time and place. It was there that Solterer, a professor of… read more about Duke Guggenheim Fellow Asks What Makes Literature Feel Timely »

Looking for ways to maintain your mental and physical health in the time of coronavirus and social distancing? You could try some no-equipment workouts. Or visit a virtual museum. Or take some free online courses. Those are just a few of the wellness resources you will find from… read more about Graduate Students Turn Leadership Project into a Timely Wellness Resource for Students »