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Duke freshman directs media for new Presidential Youth Council

(04/02/13 10:49am)

Freshman engineering student Grant Jirka represents young adults’ voices in politics as director of media on the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, an initiative to establish a group to represent the opinions of young adults in national political discussions. The effort is currently garnering support from Congress and youth throughout the country to make the council a reality. The Chronicle spoke with Jirka about his role on the campaign and how he sees the initiative progressing in the coming years.

Razia Said protests deforestation through song

(12/05/12 11:54am)

What singer-songwriter Razia Said remembers about her native land in Antalaha, Madagascar, before leaving at age 11 is the thriving rainforests. But when she returned nearly 35 years later in 2005, Said saw her former home transformed by deforestation, caused by illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture. The experience inspired Said to change her music’s sound in order to raise awareness about Malagasy people and the environmental destruction of Madagascar. Monday, the Duke Lemur Center and the Kenan Institute for Ethics hosted a symposium to discuss conservation in Madagascar, where Said spoke about Madagascar and its influence on her music. After her discussion, The Chronicle sat down with Said to discuss deforestation in Madagascar and her music.

Duke professor discusses HASTAC, education award

(10/31/12 8:29am)

Cathy Davidson, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute professor of interdisciplinary studies and Ruth F. Devarney professor of English, was recently awarded Educator of the Year by the World Technology Network. The award recognizes her contributions in education as a co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), a peer-produced virtual network that has its central administrative offices at Duke, and co-director of the annual Digital Media and Learning Competition, run by the MacArthur Foundation, which awards money to projects that explore how digital media affect the lives of young people. Davidson is also the co-founder of the Information Science and Information Studies certificate at Duke. The Chronicle sat down with Davidson to discuss receiving the award, her work with HASTAC and her views on the intersection between science and the humanities.

NC State student discusses support group for women post-abortion

(10/31/12 8:23am)

Tianna Spears, a junior at North Carolina State University, started the Beautiful Pain Movement—a support group for women who have had abortions, as well as for their friends and family—in September. After running the support group for five weeks, Spears is angling to make the program into a club in order to continue open dialogue about abortions on campus. The Chronicle sat down with Spears to discuss the Beautiful Pain Movement, what influenced her to create the support group and how it was received on campus.