Watch Highlights from the Story+ Summer Research Symposium

August 31, 2018

Student members of nine Story+ teams presented their outcomes at the second annual Story+ Summer Research Symposium. Speaking in front of a packed crowd of faculty, staff, students and community members, each team shared what it was like to complete six weeks of intensive summer research on humanities-based topics, offering highlights of time spent digging through Duke’s archives, developing educational curricula, designing multimedia exhibits, crafting graphic memoirs and conducting oral history interviews.

Check out each team’s presentation and learn more about project outcomes and team composition.

Student Action with Farmworkers Documentaries

This team worked with Student Action for Farmworkers to produce a three-part video series featuring oral history interviews with farmworkers. Check out Part I: Farmworkers Are... and Part II: Telling My Truth: Farmworkers Share Their Stories, and stay tuned for Part III.

Coal & America: Stories from the Central Appalachian Coalfields

This team traveled to Kentucky to collect oral histories from individuals and families in current and former coal mining communities. Their storytelling work will continue through the 2018-19 Bass Connections project team Coal in America: Chronicling and Analyzing Its Economic and Social History. The stories this team collects will be archived and made publically available. Jonathan Free was also interviewed about the project by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Remapping the Caribbean: Archives of Haitian & Cuban Migration, Detention & Legal Activism

This team created a digital timeline of the history of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights.

Stone by Stone: Who Built the Duke Chapel?

This team created the website Stone by Stone, which tells the stories of laborers and craftsman who built Duke’s Chapel as well as other structures on West Campus. Team sponsor Valerie Gillispie and undergraduate team member Caroline Waring were also featured on WUNC’s The State of Things.

The Allen Building Takeover @ 50 Exhibit

This team mapped the layout, format and content for Black Students Matter: Taking Over Allen ’69, an exhibit that will be featured in Perkins Library in 2019. The team also created an accompanying digital exhibit.

Preaching and Protest: Sermons from Duke Chapel during the Civil Rights Era

This team analyzed nearly 100 sermons preached at Duke Chapel during the 1960s to explore the intersections between preaching and public protest during an era of social change.

Left of Black Story+ Project

Left of Black is a weekly webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced by the John Hope Franklin Center. This team dove into Left of Black’s extensive video archives to unearth interesting stories from previously aired shows that could be turned into online teaching modules for middle and high school students. The team produced four modules (which include videos and lesson plans) that have been gathered in the online repository Left of Black Enrichment.

An Illustrated Memoir of the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic: The Maria de Bruyn Papers Speak

This team examined the Maria de Bruyn Papers in order to create a zine that explores how narratives about HIV and AIDS have changed from the early-1980s to the present. Each chapter of the zine, HIV & AIDS, A Global Pandemic: Illustrating the Maria de Bruyn Archives, works to debunk popular myths about the virus as well as analyze how it continues to impact populations across the globe today.

Women in Labor Movements

This team explored the recently acquired Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, which documents women at work, broadly conceived, from the mid-15th century to the mid-20th century. In order to make this large collection of items more accessible to researchers and the public, the team created a digital research guide and a series of online exhibits highlighting materials from the collection related to women, labor and labor organizing.

Learn More

  • Explore how students are describing and leveraging their Story+ research experiences.
  • Read more about the Story+ Summer Research Program. Faculty can begin submitting proposals for Summer 2019 Story+ projects on September 4.
  • Visit the Franklin Humanities Institute’s Open House on September 4 to learn more about Story+ and other opportunities to get involved in humanities research at Duke.