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Freshman Hannah Godefa takes part in World Economic Forum

(01/28/16 7:02am)

Freshman Hannah Godefa is a Robertson scholar and plans to pursue a double major in International Comparative Studies and Economics. She founded the Hannah Godefa Project, which funds nonprofits in Ethiopia and South Sudan and helps distribute school supplies in partnership with Ethiopia Airlines. Last week, Godefa took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss issues of gender equality along with influential figures such as Melinda Gates, Trinity ‘86, Fuqua ‘87 and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and actresses Emma Watson and Freida Pinto. The Chronicle’s Stephanie Wu spoke with Godefa about the experience.

Brodhead interviews Dr. Damon Tweedy about complex intersection of race, medicine

(10/30/15 7:00am)

President Richard Brodhead and Dr. Damon Tweedy, psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the School of Medicine, exchanged thoughts on the intersection of race and patient care at a public discussion Thursday afternoon at Rubenstein Library.

Thesis exhibition explores identities of hyphenated Americans

(04/16/15 12:59pm)

Duke takes pride in its efforts to foster diversity. Although much can be criticized about the way diversity on campus is embraced, one cannot deny the attempts our university has made to accommodate a diverse student body. Despite this, what are often lost are the perspectives of those students who struggle to reconcile their minority heritage with being what is socially considered "American." These stories and perspectives offer insight into the extent that the so-called melting pot of American culture pressures these students to conform.

Editor's Note, 2/26

(02/26/15 8:35am)

My mom always told me that I was born during one of the great snowstorms of Ann Arbor, Michigan—a storm that brought into existence snow so plentiful, my parents had to wait a few extra days before they could leave the hospital and introduce me to their—now, our—cozy apartment. They gave me a Chinese name, my middle name: ?? (Xue Ni), which means “snow girl.” If you look carefully at the character for Xue, you can see the snow that was falling past the window as I entered this world.

Moving through Miró

(01/15/15 10:05am)

My eyes widen, blinking at the enormity of the painting before me which engulfs both the gallery wall and the relatively tiny stature of my being. For an unconscious second, my breath pauses as the canvas’ enormity translates into a physical weight upon my body, stapling my feet to the concrete floor. The only movement it allows me is that of my eyes, which dart from one end of the canvas to the other, following the thick black line which races across. My eyes dart from one end to the other as if challenging the brushstroke’s liveliness, yet unable to deny its energy.

Reflection on "Appropriate or Appropriation: Native American fashion show"

(11/21/14 12:48am)

As consumers, we tend to make our purchase decisions based on little more than what the hottest trend is, failing to see that as a result of this simple mindset, we often wear and display cultural symbols in an inappropriate way. When fashion designers commodify cultural or religious symbols, they cross the fine line between inspiration and cultural appropriation.

Hoof 'n' Horn presents Urinetown

(10/16/14 8:35am)

With a name like Urinetown, Hoof 'n' Horn's latest musical undoubtedly brings to mind a bodily function that we regard as indecent in public, one that we would rather do in private. Yet the over-the-top nature of its musical numbers and the suited businessmen with serious faces who throw around the word “pee” in conversation make the musical a comedic portrayal of serious questions which need to be seen, sung and discussed.

Editor's Note, 10/9

(10/09/14 8:04am)

“What’s that?” he wondered out loud to his friend. Unintentionally within eavesdropping distance behind the two students walking before me, I followed their gaze and likewise directed my attention to a small tent situated on the lawn near the West Campus bus stop. Four people were sitting next to the tent, which prominently bore a sign that read in bold letters, “Hunger Strike.”

Google Hangout with alumni in arts and media

(09/18/14 8:50am)

Born out of the student-driven desire to meet and connect with Duke alumni working in arts and medial-related fields, a live Google Hangout will allow students to make these connections. Although a personal autograph from famous names such as Bryan Unkeless, the Los Angeles-based producer of The Hunger Games, or from Matt Greenfield, the producer of NBC’s Today Show, may not be possible, there will nevertheless be invaluable opportunities to speak with them and to listen to their stories.

Editor's Note, 9/4

(09/04/14 7:32am)

George Seurat’s "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette," 1884, is one of the most well-known examples of pointillism, a painting technique born in the 1880s involving the application of dots of pure color to create an overall image. Devotees of the principles of color theory—a guide to color mixing that places emphasis on the purity or ideality of colors, as well as the juxtaposition of complementary colors, as defined by the color wheel—pointillists dot their canvases with blue and orange straight from the tube to create a radiant lake; with purple and yellow to create a sunflower and its shadow, or with red and green to create the leaves of a tree.

Rauschenberg exhibit at Nasher creates unexpected conversations

(08/28/14 8:29am)

An extremely prolific artist who created works in a wide range of media from printmaking to sculpture, American artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) created art over the course of 60 years. Most people know Rauschenberg exclusively from his “Combines,” which he began in 1954. Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting at the Nasher Museum of Art aims to show the public a more comprehensive range of Rauschenberg's work.