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Archivist Chuck Eldridge teaches tattooing’s history at Durham’s Choice Tattoo

(11/15/19 5:01am)

Tattoos have undergone a revolution within the past two decades. This form of body modification once associated exclusively with bikers, sailors and criminals is now considered an art form, found on people of diverse backgrounds and professions. According to the 2013 documentary “Tattoo Nation,” one out of every three adults under 40 in the United States now has a tattoo. The history behind tattoos, however, often goes ignored. How long have humans been decorating their skin? Why did negative stigmas develop? C.W. “Chuck” Eldridge answered these questions Nov. 10 during his “Tattoo History 101” presentation at Choice Tattoo in Durham. 

Student filmmakers find diversity in the AMI program

(11/14/19 5:02am)

For anyone looking to parlay their secret TikTok skills into an academic setting, look toward Duke’s Arts of the Moving Image program. The 34-year-old program, which offers a variety of courses, workshops and internships, aims to attract students of all interests. In recent years, the growing diversity of students engaging with the AMI program, alongside the opening of the Rubenstein Arts Center (which houses a 35mm projector, offering students a rare chance to view certain films as intended), has kindled a quasi-renaissance in the study of the filmmaking medium at Duke.

20 years later, ‘The West Wing’ still holds up

(11/14/19 5:00am)

Twenty years after it first premiered, “The West Wing” remains one of the most influential shows in modern TV history. The show not only set the standard for sky-high production budgets (around $3 million an episode) and pioneered the “walk and talk” technique, but it also inspired thousands of young liberals to take up politics and, for better or for worse, helped shape how they currently work within American institutions. In fact, some of the show’s biggest fans are former Obama administration staffers. A popular podcast entitled “The West Wing Weekly” underscores the lasting impact of the show, managing to draw in guests including Senators Tammy Duckworth and Bob Casey, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and South Bend, Ill., mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

Start-Up University: Going beyond a 'Duke education in China'

(11/15/19 6:54am)

Undergraduate students at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) in China will be contributing written and multimedia content to The Chronicle to be published every other Friday. DKU, a joint venture university between Duke and Wuhan University in China, began its undergraduate program in 2018 and currently enrolls over 550 students from 40+ countries. DKU students receive Duke undergraduate degrees and become part of Duke’s alumni network. We are eager to get the word out about Duke Kunshan and the people, programs and unique perspectives of the community there through this upcoming series of biweekly articles, op-eds, and more.