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Al Bloom became DKU executive vice chancellor July 1, succeeding Denis Simon. 

Q&A: Meet new DKU Executive Vice Chancellor Al Bloom

On July 1, Al Bloom took office as executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. The Chronicle reached out to the DKU community to gather questions for the university’s newly inaugurated administrator and caught up virtually with Bloom to talk about his new position.

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Students from Duke Kunshan University. Photo taken by Ray Zhu, a DKU student.

Scattered to the wind

With the students of Duke and Duke Kunshan scattered the world over, there has also arisen the opportunity to find commonalities in unsuspecting places—from waking up at ungodly hours for Zoom discussion groups to gripes about the inconveniences of online assignments, shared experiences do help in creating an almost communal resilience against letting these circumstances affect us.

A hall at Duke Kunshan University.

To stay or not to stay

In recent days, the Duke Kunshan University Campus has been unusually quiet. You still see the odd person walking about, but they tend to silently hide their face behind a school-distributed N-95 mask.