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Q&A with Amartya Sen

(03/29/10 8:00am)

Economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen was at Duke this weekend as part of a two-day series of events honoring the work of Craufurd Goodwin, James B. Duke professor of economics. Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University, gave the keynote address of the celebration, speaking on “The Uses and Abuses of Adam Smith” in the Goodson Chapel Friday afternoon. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his work in welfare economics. Born in present-day Bangladesh, Sen is known for his work on the economic principles of poverty, famine and gender inequality. Sen sat down with The Chronicle’s Naureen Khan before his lecture to talk about his economic theories.

Beauty and the Ballad

(03/17/10 8:00am)

  “Mother dear, may I go downtown         Instead of out to play,  And march the streets of Birmingham In a Freedom March today?” “No, baby, no, you may not go, For the dogs are fierce and wild, And clubs and hoses, guns and jails Aren’t good for a little child.” “But, mother, I won’t be alone. Other children will go with me, And march the streets of Birmingham To make our country free.”  

Nasher partners with Weatherspoon, Ackland for Warhol exhibit

(02/18/10 10:00am)

Olympic ice skating champion Dorothy Hamill, doe-eyed and with her characteristic chestnut bob, holding up an ice skate. Iconic fashion designer and Durham native Andre Leon Talley—now editor-at-large for Vogue—almost unrecognizable in black and white, circa 1980, wearing a Christmas sweater. A youthful Bianca Jagger, bare-shouldered and sporting bright red lipstick, pouting for Andy Warhol’s Big Shot Polaroid camera.

The Road

(02/10/10 10:00am)

The sign for the Latinos Mart on Hillsborough Road is strangely dilapidated. Barely hanging on to the roof of the building, undulating where the ‘o’ meets the ‘s’, it threatens to fall on the next unsuspecting passerby. The Hispanic grocery store has seen better days.

The Beer Summit

(10/28/09 8:00am)

You can tell a lot about a person’s worldview from their Facebook statuses. OK, maybe not a lot. But definitely something. Take, for example, what Ben Bergmann and Vikram Srinivasan—arguably the most visible political figures on campus as far as Duke students go—had to say on their respective pages the day it was announced President Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Bergmann, a junior and the president of Duke Democrats for two years running: “Ben will have a permanent quizzical expression for the day because of the Nobel Prize pick. But isn’t it great when the RNC, John Bolton, Hamas, and the Taliban can agree on something?”

Blue Devil Crossing: Casey Edwards

(09/23/09 8:00am)

Except for the most politically astute, you may not recognize the name Dwight Drake. He’s a prominent pro-education lawyer in South Carolina, a little reminiscent of Matlock, but only one in a crowded field of Democratic gubernatorial candidates trying to claim the seat of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford come 2010. (Yes, Mark Sanford. The one whose erratic, AWOL behavior and love letters to his Argentinean mistress dominated media coverage for a good chunk of June. That one.)

duke royale

(04/03/09 7:00am)

Several hundred Duke students passed on the foam at Shooters II in favor of the fanfare of Duke Royale Thursday evening. The Duke University Union-sponsored event transformed the Sarah P. Duke Gardens' Doris Duke Center into a veritable Monte Carlo with gambling, swing dancing and freely flowing libations. The weather was cold and dreary, but the tables were red-hot. Blackjack and Roulette tables were in place, but classy was the name of this game.