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The International House & the Duke University Center for International Studies will host Cultural Crossroads, a live story telling event.  At Cultural Crossroads, members of the Duke community will share their stories about a time they had to navigate a cultural encounter and the lessons they learned.

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library (floor 1)

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP here.

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The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program aims to encourage the study of regions and cultures that are not commonly explored.

Duke University Campus Deadline: Monday, April 26, 2016

For more information, please visit the AY-2016 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad webpage below:

AY-2016 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
John Hope Franklin Center
Room 240, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall

Light lunch will be provided.

Since the 1990s, the Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) has supported a number of thematic working groups that are both interdisciplinary in membership and student-driven in design. These working groups are encouraged to share their individual perspectives on issues of a global nature. Within these working groups, graduate students have the opportunity to share their own research and to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.  In 2015-2016, the Duke University Center for International Studies awarded the following working groups on global issues: Forest Elephant, Global Environmental Health and Energy, Global (In)Humanities, Humor and Politics, Informed Choices for Equitable Development, Ocean Policy, People and Nature, and Transboundary Water Resources. At this presentation, students from various working groups will present on the work and research they have completed throughout the year.  For more information on the 2015-2016 working groups, please visit the following website.

This event is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International Studies.  A light lunch will be served and parking is available in nearby parking decks.

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Latin America: Development Challenges and Opportunities


Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Location: Fuqua School of Business-RJ Reynolds Auditorium – Map
Cost: Free and open to the public.
When: 04/20/2016 at 06:00 PM to 04/20/2016 at 07:30 PM
Contact: jprather@duke.edu
Phone: 684-6054

Eduardo Wallentin is the Senior Manager of the Strategy Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the arm of the World Bank that lends to the private sector.

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For more information, please click here.

Join the Ocean Policy Working Group for a day of presentations and discussions with working professionals surrounding the issue of marine debris and how this contemporary challenge is being confronted.  To register for the event, visit http://sites.duke.edu/opwg

Featured organizations include:
The Environmental Protection Agency
The Ocean Conservancy
5 Gyres
NOAA Marine Debris
The American Chemistry Council
University of Georgia
Duke Marine Lab
Onslow County, NC

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The Honorable William Joseph Burns
President of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and former US Ambassador to Russia & Jordan

 Will speak on:

American Leadership in a Changing International Landscape


Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Location: The Nasher Museum of Art – Auditorium at Duke University 
This lecture is free and open to the public.

Article in the Duke Chronicle

Bill Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.

Prior to his tenure as deputy secretary, Ambassador Burns served from 2008 to 2011 as under secretary for political affairs. He was ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. His other posts in the Foreign Service include: executive secretary of the State Department and special assistant to former secretaries of state Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright; minister-counselor for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Moscow; acting director and principal deputy director of the State Department’s policy planning staff; and special assistant to the president and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.

Ambassador Burns is the recipient of three Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and a number of Department of State awards, including three Secretary’s Distinguished Service Awards and two Distinguished Honor Awards. He has also received the highest civilian honors from the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him “Diplomat of the Year”.

Ambassador Burns earned a bachelor’s in history from LaSalle University and master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. He is a recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Nancy Hare Robbins at nhare@duke.edu.

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Futures & Ruins poster

This two-day interdisciplinary event, March 25 and 26, 2016, will bring together approximately 35-40 graduate students and faculty, as well as artists, designers, practitioners and policymakers in fields from architecture to design. Organized into four thematic groups – mediation, violence, imagination, and materiality – participants will present their work and engage in collective round-table discussions, as well as workshop pieces of writing in progress. We envision this event as a creative, collaborative, and constructive space to discuss the increasing public worry over ecological, social, and political crises from all over the world, as well as possibilities of ethnographically engaging with these crises and the possibility of better or different futures. The workshop will harbor interdisciplinary collaboration, and we have specifically organized the workshop to emphasize global diversity. The participants work all across the world, and thus the workshop also concerns how crisis and destruction take shape differently across the globe.

In this collaborative space, we will consider several questions: Is it possible to account for the coeval feeling of pending global ecological and economic disaster, and the emergence of optimism and discussions of the “good life” in a single discussion? What methodologies can incorporate both large-scale uncertainty about the human future and the everyday, grassroots strategies through which individuals cope with and attempt to modify crisis? How may attention to these themes reshape what it means to live and persist within precarious and exhaustive conditions on the one hand, and aspirations towards a better future on the other? What might an interdisciplinary theoretical framework offer studies of crisis worlds and political uncertainty? Finally, how can scholars and practitioners collaborate to more holistically address such large-scale processes and problems?

For more information, please click here.

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“Global Asia: Re-Visioning Area Studies for Our Times”
Friday, March 25, 4:00 pm @ Holst-Anderson Room, Rubinstein Library 153, Duke West Campus

The Global Asia Initiative (GAI) at Duke will be launched with a plenary session featuring three prominent Asia scholars exploring connections, comparisons and convergences between different Asian societies and their links with the world outside. The inaugural event will also mark the signing of an agreement between GAI and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) as GAI joins the SSRC’s InterAsia Partnership as a Coordinatng Partner and a hub for nodal research activities.
The Speakers:
Karen Thornier (Professor of Comparative Literature & East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University),
Ho-Fung Hung (Associate Professor of Sociology at John Hopkins University, and
Edmund Malesky (Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University).
For more information, please click here or contact Timothy McDermott at timothy.mcdermott@duke.edu.
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To view the full length video and article summary of Ambassador Fernandez’s public talk at Duke University, “Beyond Hysteria or Apologia, the ISIS Challenge in Perspective,” please click here.

Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
5:15 – 6:45 PM
John Hope Franklin Center 240
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall

The ideological/propaganda challenge of the Islamic State is unique in terms of both message and propagation.  Much hyperbole has gone into either exaggerating or minimizing this challenge for reasons sometimes only tangentially connected with the threat.  Fernandez’s remarks place the potent ISIS narrative within the broader context of a deep crisis of authority in the Sunni Arab Muslim world, facilitated by regional events and amplified by historic, regional political-military shifts and an ongoing global revolution in the use of social media.

To access documents written by Ambassador Fernandez, please visit the links provided below:
The ISIS Caliphate and the Churches
The Islamic State
“Contesting the Space”: Adversarial Online Engagement as a Tool for Combating Violent Extremism
Here to stay and growing: Combating ISIS propaganda networks

Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez is Vice-President of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and board member of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. He retired in 2015 after 32 years in the U.S. Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. Ambassador Fernandez served as Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Khartoum, Sudan and Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and was Coordinator at the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) from 2012 to 2015. He also served in senior public diplomacy positions in Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala, Syria, Kuwait, and in the State Department’s Near East Bureau (NEA) in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS).

Visitors may use the parking lot across the street from the Franklin Center, the Duke Family Medicine “Marshall I. Pickens Building” parking lot on Trent Drive between the Durham Freeway and Erwin Road, which is FREE and available at 5:00 PM.
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The out-of-nowhere arrival of refugees and migrants at the doorstep of Europe and the US – their sheer mass, the horrors of the journey, their inhospitable reception, the centrality of this to all that is political today – is the issue of our time.  Slicing into this complex reality – now compounded by the mass exodus from Syria (and other regions of the Middle East) – will not be easy.  Do we tackle this from the African side (and which African)?  From the European?  From both?  And from which disciplinary vantage-point?  Our workshop has the modest aim of opening the conversation – of doing some of the important mapping work to describe this vast and ever-shifting reality, then of raising key theoretical issues from a number of disciplinary standpoints – and of doing so with some of the leading academic lights working on African migration and refugees today.


Maurizio Albahari (Notre Dame), Jennifer Cole (University of Chicago), Amadou Fofana (Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University), Carla Hung (Cultural Anthropology, Duke University), Ranjana Khanna ( Literature & Women’s Studies, Duke University), Hans Lucht (Danish Institute for International Studies), Stephanie Maher(University of Washington), Achille Mbembe (WITS & Harvard), Olufúnké Okome (CUNY & Max Planck Institute), Charlie Piot (Cultural Anthroplogy, Duke University), Line Richter (University of Copenhagen), Anja Simonsen (University of Copenhagen), and  Stephen Smith (African and African American Studies, Duke University)

Monday, March 7

Film Screening: Mediterranea, 3pm

Keynote Speaker: Achille Mbembe, 5:30pm

Tuesday, March 8

First panel: 9 – 10 am

Second panel: 1:30 – 12:30 pm

Third panel: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Wrap-up: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

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