Duke University

Fueled by creativity, informed by scholarship


Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

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It's outdoor class season! ☀️🌸


Next month, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival returns to downtown Durham! Hear from Emily Foster, one of the event's co-directors, as she shares what makes this event special.


Alice Mary Baldwin arrived on campus in 1923 to serve as Dean of Women. Around that time, 200 women lived in Southgate dorm. By the time she retired in 1947, the Women’s College was all of East Campus and included 1,128 students.

As a dean, Baldwin worked to give women on campus the same opportunities as men and to give women faculty and alumni more recognition. In 1926, she became the first faculty member to offer an upper-level course to both women and men.


Why do you vote?
We are down to the last few days of early voting on campus at the Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center. Make sure to cast your ballots before March 2 or vote on election day on March 5 at your assigned polling location.


A building you may have seen in the background of the class photo or enjoyed a meal in with your first-year friends is getting a new name. Beginning this fall, the East Campus Union will be known as the George and George-Frank Wall Center for Student Life.

“As we mark Duke’s Centennial, renaming the East Union building in honor of George and George-Frank Wall is a timely and meaningful way to recognize the significant contributions these dedicated and long-serving staff members made to the building of Duke University,” Duke University President Price said.

George Wall, a formerly enslaved person, was hired in 1870 in Randolph County by Trinity College President Braxton Craven. When Trinity College moved to Durham in 1892, he followed, becoming a leader in his community, a now-historic neighborhood that became known as Walltown, honoring George Wall’s leadership in establishing the neighborhood.

George-Frank Wall grew up in Durham and also worked at Trinity College and Duke as a custodian for more than 50 years. When George-Frank Wall wrote his will in 1946, he left $100 to Duke University. Wall’s gift was added to the scholarship fund—decades before there were Black faculty members on campus and before Black students were first admitted to the university.

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As we celebrate , we are highlighting the leaders bringing us into our next century. Tap or click each photo to learn more about these Duke trailblazers.


Listening to Mary Lou Williams on the piano will make you fall in love with jazz. Learning about her life will help you understand how important she was in bringing change to Duke in the 1970s and beyond.

“She was so instrumental in helping us understand the music and the history of it,” said Hamida Jackson-Little, one of her students at Duke. “It wasn’t just a class where you listened to music. … She was a treasure.”

Williams died in 1981 and Duke established the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture in her name. For generations of students over the past 40 years, “The Lou” has been a cornerstone of their Duke experience.

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First signs of spring!


Sixty years ago, Mary Mitchell Harris, Gene Kendall, Cassandra Smith Rush, Nathaniel White and Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke made history when they crossed Duke’s academic color line and became the first African American undergraduate students.
Learn more about the First Five: https://100.duke.edu/story/the-first-five/


Every day at 5, the bells of Duke University Chapel chime to signal the end of another academic day. From 1968 until 2018, J. Samuel Hammond was the man behind those bells -- the university’s carillonneur.

At the time of his death in 2021, Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, dean of the Chapel, said: “It is fitting that Sam made music in the tower because he was a towering human being, full of grace, charm, humility, dignity, wisdom and faith.”

As we celebrate , we are shining a spotlight on some of the people who left a lasting impact on the university. Read more of their stories at https://100.duke.edu/our-stories.

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Hudson Hall | then and now


Samuel DuBois Cook offered sage advice that still resonates: Have a vision of excellence, dream of success and work like hell.

Cook lived by those words of wisdom. When he joined Duke in 1966, Cook became the first African American to hold a regular faculty appointment at a predominantly white university in the South.

Learn more about Samuel DuBois Cook: https://duke.is/n/793q

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Early voting on campus at the Karsh Alumni and Visitor’s Center and runs now through March 2. Voting at this location is available for anyone registered in Durham County and same-day registration is available.

North Carolina voters are required to show a valid form of photo ID at the polls including a NC driver’s license, US Passport or a Duke student voter ID card. The Duke student voter ID card is a physical card, separate from the DukeCard, and will be provided to students for free upon request.

Request a Duke voter ID card (current students): https://duke.is/m/9ykq
Learn more about voting: https://duke.is/8/zqfr


There are so many restaurants to love around Duke! What places in Durham do you love? Let us know in the comments!

Duke Flags Lowered: Art History Professor Hans J. Van Miegroet Dies | Duke Today 02/13/2024

Duke mourns the passing of Hans J. Van Miegroet, a long-serving faculty member in Art, Art History and Visual Studies and a pioneering scholar of the history of art markets. His colleagues share stories of Van Miegroet and his impact:

Duke Flags Lowered: Art History Professor Hans J. Van Miegroet Dies | Duke Today Duke Flags Lowered: Art History Professor Hans J. Van Miegroet Dies Image Art historian Hans Van Miegroet’s studies had him talking with both art and science scholars. Pictured, he spoke at a 2014 symposium at Duke’s Fitzpatrick Center on ”Frontiers in Photonics Science and Technology.” Van ...


Afternoons on East 💙

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Duke Athletics is growing the game for National Girls & Women in Sports Day!

More than 250 boys and girls visited Cameron Indoor Stadium over the weekend to work on their skills with Duke athletes in free training clinics.

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On this day in Duke history: the start of Duke Forest

The first work done in the forest was by a crew of nine people who, under the direction of Clarence Korstian, worked to plant trees in what had once been farmland.
“Today, the Duke Forest is shaping how the world understands forests, contributing to our understanding of climate change, and serving as a laboratory for groundbreaking research of tomorrow,” Duke President Vincent E. Price said when honoring Duke Forest’s 90th anniversary in 2021.


"We are hopeful that this discovery will help get the HIV vaccine across the finish line for the public," said Ashley L. Bennett, explaining new research from the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

Learn more about the newest development in fighting HIV: https://duke.is/m/64a7


Have you ever taken a walk through the Duke Forest? Thank Clarence Korstian!
As the first director of the forest and founding dean of the School of Forestry, Korstian was recruited in 1930 to care for nearly 5,000 acres of mostly abandoned agricultural and non-producing land.
He and his team worked to restore the land, planting loblolly pines or allowing natural regeneration to take place. They then created research plots.
Those plots were rediscovered in the 1970s, allowing researchers to determine how the forest had changed since it began.

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Winter blooms in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens 😍


Fake spring, real smiles 💙

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Alice Mary Baldwin was the first Dean of the Women’s College at Duke University (formerly Trinity College) from 1923 – 1947. One of the most prominent buildings on East Campus is named in her honor.
Have you ever caught a performance in Baldwin Auditorium?


Esteemed civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis Jr., recently sat down with Duke Provost Alec Gallimore to discuss the connections between racial inequity, climate change and environmental activism.

Chavis is Duke's first fellow for environmental justice and racial equity and a Duke Divinity School alumnus. He completed his master’s degree and graduated with honors while serving a 34-year prison sentence as a member of the Wilmington Ten – a group of civil rights activists unjustly imprisoned after a riot.

Read the highlights and view the full conversation: https://duke.is/9/w57n


Pediatric cardiologist Brenda Armstrong came back to Duke for residency in 1975, almost a decade after her time as an undergraduate, to address her “unfinished business.”
For Armstrong, that unfinished business was about “making Duke live up to the greatness that I knew it had the potential to have".
When she first arrived at Duke in 1966, Armstrong’s class was only the third at Duke to include African Americans. Decades later she would become dean of admissions for the medical school at Duke, where she helped recruit some of the best students of color in the country.

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A new Duke University Libraries exhibit features 100+ objects that share the story of Duke's history.
This exhibit was curated by a 2023 Story+ humanities research team including four undergraduate students. Explore the collection virtually at https://duke.is/2/wzvn or check it out in Perkins Library next time you are on campus!


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Vincent Price
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