The RACE: Are we so Different? A Project of the American Anthropological Association has been in Durham for the past few months and was here through January 22. I recommend people to go see it as it provides many different perspectives and insights on the topic of race. However, this is not simply a plug for an art exhibit. I was excited to attend a private viewing of the exhibit on behalf of one of my colleagues early in the fall. There were various community members in attendance, some university employees, some city hall staff, volunteers, and museum staff as well.  I found myself engaged in conversation with a person who worked in city hall.  The person was telling me about the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration they were going to have the next day.

Multitudes, an interactive photo project and exhibition will be featured in the Perkins Student Art Gallery. The 40 potraits of Asian students at Duke aims to display diversity and subvert stereotypes. A.B. Duke scholar Tong Xiang is a project co-director and A.B. Duke scholar Andy Chu is a participant in the exhibition.

Perkins Library - Student Art Gallery
Currently on display

During Blue Devil Days, a number of people asked me about the Focus Program. I was so excited to talk to them about it; I decided I was going to blog about it. So what’s the Focus Program really like? While each Focus graduate will give you a different answer, I can say with confidence that Focus was the second best Duke-related decision I’ve made so far – the first of course being my commitment to Duke University.

So what’s it like living on East Campus? Do you feel safe? What’s the best dorm to live in? Do you like that freshman have their own campus?…These are just a few of the questions I’ve been asked by some prospective students and their parents during Blue Devil Days about East Campus and the first-year experience.

They do good stuff. Check out what's becoming a yearly collaboration and has become an awesome series.

Zimbabwe  is a landlocked country of southern Africa. It shares a 125-mile border on the south with the Republic of South Africa and is bounded on the southwest and west by Botswana, on the north by Zambia, and on the northeast and east by Mozambique. The capital is Harare (formerly called Salisbury).


Dear students,

As we approach the end of this academic year, I write with a few updates, some encouragement and considerable well wishes. It’s hard to believe that this academic year is nearly over and I know that those of you who are graduating are finding hard to believe that your undergraduate years are nearly complete. Having graduated myself in 1972, I can barely believe that I'll be celebrating my 40th year in Student Affairs! Every year has been special and fulfilling and this past year I've enjoyed many, many opportunities to be of support to all of you.

Morocco, located in North Africa, has a population of more than 32 million and also primarily administers the disputed region of the Western Sahara. It is part of the Maghreb region, in addition to Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, and Libya, with which it shares cultural, historical and linguistic ties.


Iris Jing Hu is a Philosophy graduate student from China. She talked to us about the biggest differences between American and Chinese educational culture and how she is adjusting to life at Duke.

Among several Passover celebrations taking place on and around campus, Duke student Jeremy Moskowitz and six AEPi brothers hosted a spirited AEPi celebration on Friday April 6, the first day of Passover. More than 75 current and former AEPi's attended.