Bass Connections Open

For faculty whose research falls outside the scope of the existing themes, Bass Connections Open provides a new way to participate. Faculty may now affiliate team-based, interdisciplinary courses with Bass Connections and propose year-long project teams that do not align with one of the five themes but that otherwise align with the Bass Connections model of interdisciplinary, collaborative inquiry around societal challenges.

Bass Connections Open is not a permanent feature of the program, but rather an experimental channel that we anticipate opening approximately every five years as a means of identifying percolating areas of interest not addressed by the current themes. Faculty may propose projects through Bass Connections Open during the Fall 2018 proposal cycle, by November 5, 2018.

Project Teams

America’s Sacred Spaces (2018-2019)

Building Duke: The Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to the Present (2018-2019)

Cheating, Gaming and Rule Fixing: Challenges for Ethics across the Adversarial Professions (2018-2019)

Expressive Writing for Resilience in Adult Pediatric Oncology Survivors and Their Caregivers (2018-2019)

The Moral Economy of Markets: Constituting and Resisting Relations of Power (2018-2019)

Patients’ Journey to Medication Adherence (2018-2019)

Prevention of Sexual Misconduct on University Campuses (2018-2019)

Project Vox (2018-2019)

Sowers and Reapers: Gardening in an Era of Change (2018-2019)


These semester-long interdisciplinary courses address issues that cut across Bass Connections theme areas. Learn more.

Gateway Courses

Engineering Design and Communication

Undergraduate Courses

Stories for Social Change: Confronting Sexual and Domestic Violence at Duke and in Durham

Managing Networks

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward

Introductory Machine Learning for Data Science

Summer Programs

Story+ is a six-week summer research experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in bringing academic research to life through dynamic storytelling.


Bass Connections Open is managed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Bass Connections, with input from the Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council and existing Bass Connections themes. For more information, contact Laura Howes, Director of Bass Connections at or 919-684-9021.