The Fires Burning Now

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The fires James Baldwin predicted in his letter to his nephew are burning now.  At this writing, the fires of love, which inspire protesters to march for lynched neighbors, still burn brighter than literal fires kindled in anger when property receives more protection than black and brown... Read More »

Modern Love Together

Sunday, June 14, 2020
Cultural Anthropology major Carter Teng was featured in Sunday’s Modern Love short blurbs about togetherness during coronavirus (scroll down to see her photo and blurb titled "My brother and I had a bare-bones relationship".  Read more

Duke’s Cultural Anthropology Department Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Duke’s Cultural Anthropology Department Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives The connections between research and teaching, advocacy and activism in Cultural Anthropology date back to the early days of our discipline and remain a critical aspect of what many of us work on, write about, and... Read More »
Food in the Time of Covid-19

Food in the Time of Covid-19

Monday, May 4, 2020
In the twelve years I have taught the documentary studies and cultural anthropology seminar “Our Culinary Cultures” (DocSt 344S/CulAnth 285S), the course has morphed from focusing on the ways in which food holds and sustains communities throughout history and across the globe into a class that... Read More »

Family in the Ruins of Nuclear Risk

Monday, May 4, 2020
Society for East Asian Anthropology Jieun Cho April 29, 2020 This piece is part of the SEAA series “An Anthropology of Ethics in East Asia.” The articles highlight different aspects of moral values and ethical practices in a range of Asian regions. They examine how individuals cope with... Read More »


Monday, May 4, 2020
Cultural Anthropology   Celebrating 2020 Graduates AWARDS Judith McDade Prize in Cultural Anthropology Awarded to the graduating senior(s) majoring in cultural anthropology judged to have the most distinguished record in the major. Isabel Panno Shepard Paul Farmer Award for... Read More »

The Moral Economy of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The initial COVID-19 outbreak, first identified in southern China in December 2019, subsequently spread throughout Asia then westward into Iran and Europe, across the Atlantic to the US, and more recently southward into Latin America and the sub-Saharan region to become a full-blown pandemic.... Read More »

COVID-19 Cultural Anthropology Faculty Thought Pieces

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Various members of Duke's Department of Cultural Anthropology reflect on the current COVID-19 situation and provide some insights and opinions. Life as Otherwise In the compound disaster of 3/11 in northeastern Japan—earthquake, tsunami, nuclear meltdown—time literally stopped for 16,000... Read More »

COVID-19 and Climate Change

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Many have remarked on the striking parallels between COVID-19 and anthropogenic climate change, crises that: spill across national borders; require coordinated interventions between scientists, civil society, the private sector, government, and individuals; and are met with skepticism or outright... Read More »

CANCELED: Trade, Improvement, Survival

Monday, March 16, 2020
CANCELED:  Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:00pm Speaker(s):  Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj This talk will address the theme of migration from an indigenous perspective within a larger context of racial oppression. Dr. Velasquez states: "My argument stems from a recognition of the... Read More »