Working Groups on Global Issues

Duke University received funding from the Ford Foundation in the mid-1990s to establish a program that focused on interdisciplinary training for graduate students. The Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) has supervised the Working Groups on Global Issues almost from the beginning, and long after the funds from the Ford Foundation were expended.

Within this program are a number of thematic working groups that are both interdisciplinary in their membership and student-driven in their design. Meetings are held roughly four times each semester, during which students are encouraged to share their individual perspectives on issues of a global nature. They decide how they want to run these meetings. Often selected readings are discussed. Students have the opportunity to share their own research with the group and to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.

The Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) invites proposals for these working groups at the start of each academic year. The deadline for submission for Academic Year 2015 – 2016 was Monday, October 5, 2015. DUCIS provides up to $2,000 per working group for expenses related to meetings, including food, readings and audio-visual materials.

The following groups have been selected to run in the current academic year:

  • Forest Elephant
  • Global Environmental Health and Energy
  • Global (In)Humanities
  • Humor and Politics
  • Informed Choices for Equitable Development
  • Ocean Policy
  • People and Nature
  • Transboundary Water Resources

General information can be obtained by contacting the staff coordinator:

Nancy Hare Robbins, Assistant Director
Duke University Center for International Studies
2204 Erwin Road, Box 90404
Durham  NC  27708-0404
919.684.6454 (p); 919.684.8749 (f)