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Abbas Benmamoun explains role as first vice provost for faculty advancement

(03/06/17 5:27am)

Abbas Benmamoun, currently at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was named vice provost for faculty advancement last week. The new position was announced at a community forum in November 2015 following several racist and homophobic incidents on campus, and the position was conceived as promoting "diversity and inclusion" among faculty. The Chronicle’s Adam Beyer sent Benmamoun a few questions about his plans for the new role.







Abroad but not alone: Religious studies professor Mohsen Kadivar describes being affected by Trump's executive order

(01/29/17 10:04pm)

UPDATE: Kadivar has returned to North Carolina, confirmed Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. The Religion News Service reported that Kadivar got back Thursday evening, cutting short his fellowship in Germany that would have lasted until July.




Literature professor examines Duke’s role in globalization, future of DKU

(12/12/16 5:04am)

Walter Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker professor of literature, has been the director of the Duke Center for Global Studies and the Humanities since 2000. Mignolo, who has appointments in both the cultural anthropology and romance studies departments, has an honorary degree from the National University of Buenos Aires, in addition to his Ph.D. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. The Chronicle’s Adam Beyer sat down with Mignolo to talk about the globalization of American universities and American politics.


President Richard Brodhead promises support for undocumented immigrants, but not for Duke becoming a sanctuary campus

(12/08/16 7:55pm)

In a message to the Duke community Thursday afternoon, President Richard Brodhead expressed the University's support for undocumented students, but also noted that the concept of a sanctuary campus has no legal basis.







Durham-based architect Phil Freelon spearheads design for Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

(11/01/16 4:04am)

Phil Freelon is a Durham-based African American architect who was on the team that designed the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Chronicle spoke with Freelon about the new building, his involvement with Duke's recognition of Julian Abele and his thoughts about the future of architecture.