Bass Connections brings together Duke faculty and students to explore real-world issues in interdisciplinary research teams.


“Tracking is endemic in all schools and can perpetuate disparity,” says Kamilah Legette, a leader of a Bass Connections project team that explored tracking and perceptions of academic identity. “Students are aware that they are tracked. That impacts how they view themselves and how teachers view them. And that affects how they’ll perform in the classroom.”

Duke awarded distinguished professorships to 13 faculty members and inducted another five into the Bass Society of Fellows for Excellence in Teaching and Research. Among the recipients were three Bass Connections team leaders.

A Bass Connections team collaborated with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to investigate health hazards in the auto repair industry. Most mechanics work without gloves and dispose of used motor oil by pouring it into the ground.


Sep 14

Through keynotes, panels, interactive workshops and performances, the conference will engage with four central areas of concern: arts, humanities and healing; access and voice; health and its environments; and unsettling/resettling the human.

Oct 11
Cathy Davidson

Cathy Davidson, a distinguished scholar of the history of technology who served as Duke's first vice provost for interdisciplinary studies, will lead an interactive discussion on why we need a “new education” for the world we live in now, and how to make that transformation.

Nov 17
Katherine Hayles, Nathan Brown, Melody Jue, Alan Liu, Kate Marshall, Colin Milburn, Jessica Pressman, Rita Raley

This workshop in honor of Professor Katherine Hayles is part of the FHI Humanities Futures grant exploring future trajectories of humanities disciplines in the wake of the interdisciplinary developments of recent decades.