Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute

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Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 04/24/2024

Last monday we hosted the second of three teacher workshops focused on highlighting the importance of integrating human rights concepts in the teaching of history in North Carolina.
Led by Frances Starn, this workshop focused on the history of voting rights, with guest speaker Robert Korstad, a historian and professor of public policy and history at Duke. Korstad spoke about his book, “Fragile Democracy.”

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 04/09/2024

Join us on Monday, April 15 for a screening of The Legend of the Underground followed by a panel featuring Micheal Ighodaro and Chris Beyrer!

03/26/2024

Duke Alumna Erin Edmiston shares her professional experience working in human rights advocacy and refugee settlement. Read her interview on our website and attend her panel as part of the Global Ideas, Local Impact event next Wednesday, March 27!

article link: https://humanrights.fhi.duke.edu/human-rights-alumni-erin-edmiston/

03/26/2024

Duke Alumna Laura Webb shares her professional experience working in human rights advocacy as a part of the Fair Chance Criminal Justice Project. Read her interview on our website and attend her panel as part of the Global Ideas, Local Impact event next Wednesday, March 27!

interview link: https://humanrights.fhi.duke.edu/human-rights-alumni-laura-webb/

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The Fall 2024 shopping cart is open! Check out our wide array of human rights certificate courses! Many of these are cross-listed in departments such as Political Science, Public Policy, International Comparative Studies, and more. All additional information can be found on DukeHub. We hope you’ll add some of these great offerings to your schedule!

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Global Ideas, Local Impact is this Wednesday! Meet our incredible student researchers, who will be presenting their work in a lightning talk format at the event!

03/21/2024

Duke disabiilty studies graduate, student fellow and PhD student, Bryan Rusch, shares his journey as a student with disabilities advocating for himself and his community. Read his interview on our website and attent his panel as part of the Rights! Camera! Action! Film series.

Quote: “To fight for disability rights is to work for others, and yourself...Making sure people with all types of disabilities have a seat at the table in their communities, and can advocate alongside each other is of the utmost necessity.

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 03/20/2024

Global Ideas, Local Impact is one week from today! We’re so excited to announce our incredible alumni panelists who are working in human rights careers.

This year, we will also be hosting an item drive in collaboration with The Bridge International. The items collected will go toward outreach kits for migrant farmworkers to support labor trafficking outreach efforts in North Carolina. We will have a collection box at the event and will also be collecting items on BC Plaza from 11:30-1 PM next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Additionally, we will have collection boxes outside the Duke Store in the Bryan Center and at the DHRC@FHI in Smith Warehouse.

03/20/2024

Duke Divinity student and disability rights advocate, Tatum Tricarico , shares her journey as a Blind person in higher education and activism. Read her interview on our website and attend her panel as part of the Rights! Camera! Action! Film series tomorrow at 7pm.

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 03/07/2024

Part 3 of the Maplewood Cemetery Research Series! Maplewood Cemetery is located in the West End neighborhood of Durham, at the cross-section of Kent Street and Morehead Avenue. It was established in 1872 - though this founding date has been disputed - and grew rapidly, as did the surrounding area. It covers an area of approximately 120 acres, and houses around 22,000 deceased. Some of Durham’s most prominent figures such as members of the Washington Duke Family were originally buried there, though some were later exhumed and moved to the Duke Chapel. The Duke Mausoleum is pictured in the 2nd photo of this post.

Nearby is the Pauli Murray Center (PMC), a site dedicated to preserving the legacy of Pauli Murray, a pioneering civil rights activist and lawyer from the 20th century. The center was designated a historical landmark and is located in Murray’s childhood home which her grandparents built in 1898 in Durham, NC. This house holds profound significance, not only as the childhood home of Pauli Murray, but also for its proximity to Maplewood Cemetery where both the Fitzgerald and Henderson cemeteries exist (Image 4). Even though these cemeteries are a part of Maplewood, they were historically segregated spaces for Black individuals, reflecting the broader racial divisions of the time. Today, PMC, Fitzgerald, and Henderson stand as reminders of the past and beacons of Black, feminist, LGBTQ+, and activist history.

Maplewood Cemetery also historically and currently imposes upon the Pauli Murray Family home. The cemetery is upslope from the house, leading to drainage and foundation issues in PMC that were only addressed by Durham in 2012. Alexis Gumbs also highlights the sheer irony where Pauli Murray lived next to Maplewood, an all-white cemetery, but could not be buried there herself. Thus, it is important for the students of our class to be mindful while acknowledging and honoring the legacies of these families and also confronting the history of their mistreatment.

Photo Credits: UNC Library - North Carolina Collection, Pauli Murray Center

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 03/06/2024

Join us two weeks from today for our film screening of I Didn’t See You There with special guests Bryan Rusch and Tatum Tricario! This event is free to all and ASL interpretation will be available.

02/23/2024

Check out this interview with Dr. Robert Korstad, and join us in learning from him tomorrow at Uneven Ground: The Foundation of Housing Inequality in Durham, NC. More information on our website!

02/21/2024

Join the Student Advisory Board and the CSGD for a screening of Rustin, based on the true story of civil and human rights activist Bayard Rustin!
 
Synopsis: Bayard Rustin, advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., dedicates his life to the quest for racial equality, human rights and worldwide democracy. However, as an openly gay Black man, he is all but erased from the civil rights movement he helped build.

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 02/19/2024

Welcome to Week 2 of the Duke Human Rights Course Maplewood Cemetery Research Instagram Series! Our class is diving deep into Durham’s rich history of human rights struggles. We’re researching at the Fitzgerald Home where Pauli Murray grew up and the Maplewood Cemetery behind it. To understand the context, we explored resources like Proud Shoes, Pauli Murray’s documentary, and Durham directories. We were fortunate to learn from experts like Kamau Pope, Professor Robert Korstad, Angela Mason of the Pauli Murray Center, and Tom Miller who gave us an excellent tour of Maplewood.

With this knowledge, we split into two teams and started preliminary research into some important figures of this story. The Fighting Temptations will research Dempsey Henderson (Stagville, land, family plot), Richard Burton Fitzgerald (Murray’s great-uncle, landowner, Black Wall Street), and Cornelia Smith (Murray’s grandmother, links to Smith plantation). The Great Debaters will research Ritta Geer (segregation, possibly enslaved at Stagville), Julian S. Carr (white supremacist, Duke donor, and trustee, possible land donor), and the Markham family.

We’re excited to explore these lives, events, and themes in Durham’s history. We’ll do interviews with Durham community members and families, too. As we continue this important research, we look forward to keeping you updated on our discoveries about Durham’s long struggle for human rights. (Photo Credits: Ryan Parks, Robin Kirk)

01/31/2024

The Oliver W. Koonz Prize is live! Send in your submissions of an essay or project relating to human rights for a chance at a $500 prize! More information is available at the link in our bio!

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 01/29/2024

The announcement you’ve all been waiting for! This year’s Méndez Book Award Ceremony will be held on February 29th at 6pm in Smith Warehouse Bay 4. It’s exactly 1 month from today, so put it on your calendars! Come hear from Alexa Hagerty about her award-winning book Still Life with Bones. The event is free and open to all!

01/26/2024

Last week, the DHRC had the pleasure of engaging with Dr. Franke in a thought provoking lecture about the rise of religious liberties at the expense of the common good. Dr. Franke visited as part of the Rights and the Humanities lecture series, a series designed to explore the possibilities of the connections between human rights and the humanities.

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 01/11/2024
Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 01/10/2024

We are very excited to announce our 2024 Méndez Book Award winner: Still Life with Bones by Alexa Hagerty! More information is coming soon regarding the book award ceremony so stay tuned!

12/22/2023

If you're thinking about end-of-the-year donations, please consider the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. The center is a pioneer in not only telling Durham’s history (both the degradation and dignity of our ancestors, as Murray would say). The Center also works at the grassroots level to empower communities to tell their own stories: in art, in poetry, in celebrations, and in sermons.

2023 has been a year of increase and evolution – the Center has a new executive team and new programs like the Social Justice Teaching Fellowship. Murray’s childhood home will be open to the public by Summer 2024! It’s one of the only national historic sites uplifting the legacy of a q***r woman of color.

Contributions to the Center’s work, no matter how big or small, go a long way in helping the Center do its vital work.

Thank you!

12/10/2023

It’s Human Rights Day! The Student Advisory Board at the DHRC@FHI got together to celebrate 75 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thank you to everyone who has been following along with our Countdown!

Photos from Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice's post 12/09/2023
Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 12/08/2023

Day 8! The Student Advisory Board had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Wesley Hogan, and for our final faculty feature, here are some of the highlights.

12/07/2023

I had a great time with this crew from Human Rights in the Americas. Patient (with zooming as I recovered from an ankle break), interesting, creative, committed: the best. Thank you!

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 12/07/2023

Announcing the finalists for the Juan E. Méndez Book Award! These 5 nonfiction books about different Latin American countries are about human rights, democracy, justice, gender violence, and reconciliation. Click on the link in our bio to read more about each book and find links to purchase online!

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 11/28/2023

Interested in human rights and q***r mental care? Check out this house course on Q***r mental care, offered this upcoming semester! This course builds on fundamentals of clinical psychology and q***r studies to emphasize health, law, language, and psychology; providing students with the opportunity to analyze the ways in which identity shapes mental care alongside q***rness. This house course features research and a multitude of approaches to explore these topics. No prior knowledge is required!

Photos from Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute's post 11/16/2023

Duke University Amnesty International recently published a guest column in the Chronicle highlighting Duke’s lack of investment transparency and human rights due diligence. Take a look at what they had to say. They have since submitted a formal report to the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility (ACIR) on the matter. You can read the full article with our link in bio.

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