Since the fall of 2008, the Chautauqua lecture series has replicated the spirit of 19th-century Chautauqua assemblies that took compelling cultural education to rural communities. Now in its sixth year, the series brings luminary Duke professors into residence halls on both East and West Campuses for an evening of discussion with students, with a special emphasis on those professors who connect their research to current political, social, scientific and environmental issues. We seek to blur the lines between academic space and residential space so that our students understand that the intellectual life does not end in the classroom, and that their academic experiences have great relevance to current events. Past speakers have included academics such as political scientist Peter Feaver and Biology professor Mohamed Noor. These seminars don't occur in lecture halls, but in residential spaces, with the goal of fostering greater faculty-student interaction. They include catered dinners. We seek to blur the lines between academic space and residential space so that our newest students understand that the intellectual life does not end in the classroom, and that their academic experiences have great relevance to current events.
2013 Chautauqua Lecture Series
"How Evolutionary Anthropology Will Save The World"
Brian Hare, Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Anthropology
Giles - Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 6:00 PM
"Military Strikes or Peace Talks? - How Math Can Help in Political Decision Making"
Anita Layton, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Mathematics
Alspaugh - Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 6:00 PM
"Ultrasonic Imaging: Making Pictures with Sound"
Kathy Nightingale, James L. Vincent Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Brown - Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 6:00 PM
"Refugees and Radical Hope"
Suzanne Shanahan, Associate Director, Kenan Institute of Ethics & Associate Research Professor, Sociology
Southgate - Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 6:00 P
"Prophets in America"
Richard Brodhead, William Preston Few Professor of English & President, Duke University
Randolph - Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 6:00 PM
"Noor's Meanderings of Evolution and Species Formation"
Mohamed Noor, Earl D. McLean Professor and Associate Chair, Biology
Blackwell - Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 6:00 PM
"'I Seen the Promised Land': The Sound of the Spirit in Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Mountaintop' Sermon"
Maurice Wallace, Associate Professor, English
Wilson - Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 6:00 PM
"Between Worlds: Choreographing Liminality"
Ava Vinesett, Associate Professor of the Practice, Dance & Co-Director, Baldwin Scholars Program
McClendon Tower, Floor 5 - Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 6:15 PM
"Solving the World's Four Major Food Problems"
Kelly Brownell, Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy
McClendon Tower, Floor 5 - Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 PM
"Tales from Our Genome"
Hunt Willard, Director, Duke Institute for Genome Science & Policy
McClendon Tower, Floor 5 - Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:00 PM