Sam Hunnicutt

How can you develop a professional profile that makes your teaching and research skills relevant in Europe? With the help of a Professional Development Grant, Romance Studies students Elia Romera-Figueroa and Anna Tybinko organized an event to identify strategies, recounts Sam Hunnicutt, Ph.D.... 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,... 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... read more about Dr. Nicolás Sanchez Awarded Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown University »

Helen Solterer standing against a wall with large photos in Belleville, France

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 Romance Studies, first learned of Murray’s poetry.... read more about Helen Solterer Wins Guggenheim Fellowship »

Prof. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot and Emmanuel Hondré  from the Philharmonie de Paris

Arts and Cultural Citizenship is spearheaded by Prof. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot and aims to understand the crucial role of arts in weaving a more inclusive social fabric on both sides of the Atlantic. Through customized internships, performances, collaborative projects and research programs, the... read more about The Arts and Cultural Citizenship Initiative is launching a Bass Connection »


Currently on display at Duke University’s Fredric Jameson Gallery, is Connected Diaspora: U.S. Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media, a wide-ranging exhibition featuring the creativity and expression of the culture of Central American.  The idea for the exhibition... read more about Connected Diaspora: U.S. Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media »

The letter J with a palm tree

Professor Helen Solterer explores the process of opening family archives long kept under wraps in University College Dublin.   The Irish Times featured her piece on the Curran collection, Lucia Joyce, the daughter of James Joyce, and the open-ended histories of those people who make the... read more about Professor Helen Solterer and Franco-Irish Joycean Connections »


Deborah Reisinger, Romance Studies professor and director of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum at Duke, discusses students using a second language in their studies. Read the full article in the Washington Post. read more about What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian? »

Brexit Sign

Cristina Garcia Ayala, a student in French and Italian, surveys Duke students to discover how Brexit, taking effect on Jan.  31, registers on them.  The date for Brexit, Duke students now note, has been set for January 31st, 2020, exactly 3 months after the previous date of Oct. 31, 2019... read more about Romance Studies student chronicles the Brexit effect »

Mellon Grant Paredes

Professors Liliana Paredes, Edna Andrews and Lee Baker featured in Duke Today for their work on raising awareness of language discriminiation in fragile communities. Their seminar series received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a Sawyer Seminar. read more about Professor Liliana Paredes and Sawyer Seminar Series on Language Discrimination »