Anne-Maria Makhulu Discusses New Book on "Left of Black"

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
"Left of Black" host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Anne-Maria Makhulu to discuss her latest book, “Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics, and the Struggle for Home”.  Makhulu is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University... Read More »

Professor Starn's new on-line course available

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Duke Cultural Anthropology Professor Orin Starn’s new on-line course, “Sports and Society,” has just gone live through Coursera.  The original version of the course drew more than 45,000 students, and this is a new version with more lectures.   The lectures and readings are free... Read More »

"An Open Letter of Love" to Our Students

Friday, November 20, 2015
Inspired by the events on Duke’s campus, and Rae Paris’ “An Open Letter of Love to Black Students,” the Department of Cultural Anthropoloy collectively authored an open letter to mark its solidarity with calls for fuller accountability on matters of social justice at Duke.  "We're writing... Read More »

Weather, Ritual, and Dia de Los Muertos in Jachitan

Friday, October 30, 2015
Stephanie Friede, a PhD Candidate in the department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, wrote the following article that appeared in EnviroSociety.  

Interview with Rebecca Stein: The Intifada, Viral Death, and the Facebook Fallacy

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
There are varying explanations for the uptick in violence in Israel-Palestine over the past few days, but one explanation that appears to have caught on with the Israeli government and much Western media, according to Duke University cultural anthropologist Rebecca Stein, is incitement through... Read More »

Yasmin Cho wins 2015 Elsie Clews Parson Prize

Friday, May 1, 2015
Yasmin Cho wins the Parson Prize for best graduate student paper. 2015 winner: The Ontology of Improvisation: Hut/Tent-Building Practices of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Post-Mao China

My Tibetan Childhood

Friday, May 1, 2015
Professor Ralph Litzinger was instrumental in bringing My Tibetan Childhood (Duke Press, 2015) to print.  He writes the Preface to the book.  In My Tibetan Chldhood, Naktsang Nulo recalls his life in Tibet's Amdo region during the 1950s. From the perspective of himself at age ten, he... Read More »

Carl Lawrence, a Cultural Anthropology major, was awarded a Fulbright Student Research Grant

Friday, May 1, 2015
Carl is one of only two Duke undergraduates to be awarded a Fulbright undergraduate student research grant his year.  His project "Engaging Alternatives in South African Medical Education: A Study of the Hidden Curriculum" will examine the informal messages conveyed at South African medical... Read More »

Eric Oberstein is a star behind the scenes

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Instruments of destiny can take many forms. For Eric Oberstein, it was an audience-response card filled out at a concert. In the fall of 2007, Oberstein was in New York as a Columbia University graduate student after earning his undergraduate degree at Duke. He went to a show by the Afro... Read More »

Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Orin Starn is the editor of a new book from Duke University Press, Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology, which features essays by Duke professors Anne Allison and Charles Piot.  The book grew out of a Duke Cultural Anthropology-sponsored conference several years ago; its others... Read More »