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Q&A: Duke alum Prashanth Kamalakanthan on creating his first feature film

(05/22/21 4:00am)

After graduating from Duke, Prashanth Kamalakanthan, Trinity ‘14, went on to pursue a career as a journalist and filmmaker. Over the past few years, he has been working on his first feature film “Have a Nice Life,” of which he is writer, director and editor. The film, mostly shot in Durham — Kamalakanthan’s hometown — is a fresh take on the archetypes of the stoner comedy and the road film, bringing together the odd couple of Sophie, an unemployed artist played by Lucy Kaminsky and Jyothi, an Indian housewife played by Kamalakanthan’s mother, Jagathi Kamalakanthan. It will premiere for North American audiences at the 2021 Maryland Film Festival on May 23 at 4 p.m. EST. 

The costs of non-renewability in the Thompson Writing Program to students, faculty and the university

(05/21/21 4:00am)

As Writing 101 instructors, we are writing to raise awareness about an issue that threatens our jobs at Duke, as well as our ability to provide our students with the high-quality education they expect. We care deeply about students’ experience in our classes, not only because of the writing instruction that we offer, but also because the small-group setting of Writing 101 allows first-year students to get to know professors, receive personal attention and feedback and build connections that often last their entire career at Duke.  

Q&A: President Vincent Price on his first four years at Duke, post-pandemic life, ongoing initiatives

(05/21/21 5:03am)

Vincent Price took office at Duke in 2017 as the University’s 10th president. He has guided Duke through a difficult year during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as the University prepares for some semblance of normality, many are wondering: where do we go from here?