Fall 2014 Chautauqua Talks (Dates TBA)

  1. Anita Layton (Mathematics), “Ebola, MERS, SARS… Can Math Tell Us When the Next Doomsday Plaque Will Come?”
  2. Emily Klein (Environmental Science), “Volcanoes and Vents: A Hidden World beneath the Sea”
  3. Kathy Nightingale (Biomedical Engineering), “Ultrasonic Imaging: Making Pictures with Sound”
  4. Kristine Stiles (Art History), “Robert Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting”
  5. Lee Baker (Cultural Anthropology), “Deconstructing the Reality of Race”
  6. Mohamed Noor (Biology), “Meanderings on Evolution and Species Formation”
  7. Victor Strandberg (English), “The Secret Life of William Shakespeare

First-years—coming to a dorm near you! Check back early September to RSVP.

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.