Parents & Families

Family Weekend Schedule

All Family Weekend 2020 events occured virtually. Starred (*) events were recorded, and respective recordings are posted within the event descriptions below.

10:00am– 11:00am

* Student for a Day Lecture – Plagues & Pandemics

Plagues and pandemics have been a part of human history since the beginning of civilization. Dr. Carol Hamilton will delve into several high-profile diseases that wreaked havoc among humans over the millennia, while highlighting ways in which they shaped our governments, health approaches, and culture. She will call out universal, cross-cutting themes that participants will recognize from pandemics of the day. 

Watch the event recording.

11:30am– 11:45am

* President’s Welcome

Join President Price as he provides a brief welcome to Duke families and kicks off Family Weekend 2020.

Watch the event recording. 

12:00pm– 12:30pm

* Study Away with Duke’s Global Education Office

In this session, professional staff from the Global Education Office will share advice on planning an international study abroad or U.S.-based study away experience that will earn credit toward the Duke degree. Staff will outline the many opportunities and benefits of study away available to Duke students and leave time to respond to questions. 

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12:30pm– 1:30pm

In the Archives: Economics Students Hands-On with Suffrage History

How did thirty-eight economics students end up curating an exhibit on the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, and what was the process like? While numbers and charts might be the first things to come to mind when thinking about economics, it is a social science that intersects with many other disciplines. The Fall 2019 class, “Women in the Economy,” explored the historical and present realities of the status of women in relation to labor and the economy with the suffrage movement as the focal point and a major library exhibit as the culminating project. Please join the faculty member and librarians who facilitated this project to hear their story and have an on-camera tour of some of the materials that are featured in the exhibit, Beyond Supply and Demand: Duke Economics Students Present 100 Years of American Women’s Suffrage.

1:30pm– 2:30pm

* Student for a Day Lecture – Duke Mind Hunters: A Case Study on Forensic Psychology

Join Dr. John Blackshear, Dean of Students, and Instructor in Psychology & Neuroscience for an interactive case study on forensic psychology. Dean Blackshear has been referred to as the “psychopath whisperer” based on his work as a forensic psychologist working with criminals and serial killers. Join this interactive lecture and case study for an overview of the field and a bit of insight into the mind of Duke University’s Dean of Students.  

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3:00pm– 4:00pm

* Career Everywhere: Integrating Career Readiness Through the Entire Duke Experience

This session will connect families with some of the staff at the Duke Career Center who will share about the career everywhere philosophy, the competencies that students will build during their time at Duke, resources and tools that your Blue Devil can access, and how you can partner with the Career Center to help develop your student's career readiness.  The content of this session will be similar to Parent and Family Orientation 2020.

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4:00pm– 5:00pm

* Pratt Family Weekend Seminar: How Engineering Will Lead the Way in Design and Innovation

You’re invited to a candid conversation between the Vinik Dean of Engineering, Ravi Bellamkonda, and Pratt’s Executive in Residence, Steven McClelland. They will discuss how Pratt’s newest academic building will open opportunities for departments, faculty, and students from across the university to collaborate on design, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Join this session for a glimpse of the Pratt School of Engineering’s new space.

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5:00pm– 5:15pm

Duke Chapel Carillon Bells Livestream
A Duke Chapel carillonneur plays a recital lasting about fifteen minutes. The music from the instrument’s fifty bells is a selection of hymns and popular songs. Listen live to this longstanding Duke tradition on the Chapel’s Facebook page at

No event recording, but this occurs each weekday at 5:00pm.

5:00pm– 6:00pm

* COVID-19 Research at Duke

Join two Duke clinicians and researchers, Dr. Thomas Holland and Dr. Christina Barkauskas, as they discuss current COVID-19 research, therapeutic discoveries, and Duke’s contributions to curbing the pandemic.

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5:30pm– 7:30pm

Virtual Family Weekend Shabbat with Jewish Life at Duke 

Parents, grandparents, siblings, and family members are invited to join Jewish Life at Duke and your Duke students for a virtual Family Weekend Shabbat experience. Join for all or part of the evening to experience what Shabbat is like for Duke's students. Services begin at 6:00pm Eastern, but all are welcome to drop in for a half-hour mingle prior to services.

8:00pm– 9:00 pm

* Leadership Conversation with the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Undergraduate Education

Mary Pat McMahon, Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs and Gary Bennett, Vice Provost for the Office of Undergraduate Education will host a conversation on fostering student success. This session will cover a wide range of topics focused on Duke’s holistic support both inside and out of the classroom.

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Family Weekend Concert: Duke Jazz, Djembe, and Afro-Cuban Ensembles

Attend the annual Family Weekend concert featuring the Duke Jazz Ensemble (John Brown, Director and Evan Roberson, Assoc. Director) and the Duke Djembe and Afro Cuban Ensembles, directed by Bradley Simmons. This virtual concert will feature highlights from the groups' past performances.

Watch the recording here:

10:30am– 11:30am

* Teaching in Trinity: Committed to Excellence in Any Environment

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Dean Valerie Ashby will be joined by a panel of faculty from across the college to reflect on how Trinity continues to deliver a world-class liberal arts education and transformational experience for every Duke student, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. Speakers will include Brandon Fain, assistant professor of the practice in Computer Science; Christine Folch, assistant professor in Cultural Anthropology; and Anthony Kelley, assistant professor of the practice in Music.

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12:30pm– 1:30pm

* The Academic Advising Center: How Students Can Benefit from Duke's Specialized Academic Advisors

This session will provide an overview of how students' advising network provides access to a range of advising supports and helps students find the academic path that is right for them. In particular, families will learn how the Academic Advising Center’s specialized academic advisors, called Directors of Academic Engagement, work with students across four years to enrich their experience at Duke.

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 2:00pm– 3:00pm


DukeCreate Online Presents Dance Cardio for All Levels

Join DukeCreate for this special Family Weekend dance cardio workout to ignite your creativity and boost your physical and mental health! In this workshop, families will learn basic dance moves that are simple, uplifting, and fun to do with the whole family. A special Family Weekend playlist will string together these moves in a guaranteed workout for your heart and soul.

3:00pm– 4:00pm

* DukeEngage: The Inside Story from Students and Staff 

Through DukeEngage, students and faculty collaborate with communities – locally and globally – to address critical social issues. During this fully-funded summer program, students work with Duke faculty and local partners; study how communities develop solutions and create change; and reflect on connections between purpose, action, consequence, and transformation. The program’s themes include public health, engineering, education, human rights, youth services, and many more. Make time for this popular info session to hear the inside story from staff and a panel of students who have been through the program from application to accomplishment. Bring your questions for a Q&A at the end of the session. 

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Duke Football vs. NC State

Join together with Blue Devil fans from across the globe to cheer on Duke Football. Check your local networks for airing options.

4:30pm– 5:30pm

* A Moment of Mindfulness with DuWell

Developed right here at Duke, Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based program specifically designed for teaching mindfulness and meditation as a way to manage stress and reduce anxiety. Join staff from Duke’s wellness promotion office to experience specific skills that help calm and focus the mind. Families will have the opportunity to follow in the steps of over 700 Duke undergraduate and graduate students who have been trained through Koru. This session will end with time for questions and answers about Duke’s approach to wellness.

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6:00pm– 6:30pm

* Winter Breakaway - Family Weekend Preview

Duke’s Winter Breakaway offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students learning opportunities between semesters. The Winter Breakaway enables students to combine skills such as collaborative leadership, compelling communication across audiences and media, and complex problem solving with technical skills like digital competencies and data analysis. Some students will add a technical component to their repertoire while others will strengthen their humanistic skills; some students will do both.

Noah Pickus, Duke's Associate Provost and Senior Advisor will outline Winter Breakaway and answer questions.

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7:30pm– 8:30pm

* A Community Commitment   

The Global Pandemic has not taken our focus away from the critical work to develop an equitable and inclusive Duke community. Join the Office of Institutional Equity and leaders from the Division of Student Affairs as they discuss several new initiatives and reflect on the past six-months of Duke’s ongoing anti-racism work. This session will provide updates since the University President’s call to action this summer with special attention to those most impacting students. 

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Family Weekend Concert: Duke Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony

Attend one of Family Weekend’s annual concerts featuring three of our largest student ensembles– the Duke Chorale (Rodney Wynkoop, Director), Symphony Orchestra (Harry Davidson, Music Director), and Wind Symphony (Verena Mosenbichler-Bryant, Director). This virtual concert will feature highlights from the groups' past performances as well as new recordings made with the Duke Chorale this semester.

Watch the recording here:

11:00am– 12:00pm

Duke Chapel Worship Service
Duke Chapel is home to a long—and living—tradition of faithful preaching and inspiring sacred music. Join in online for hymns, organ music, prayers, and a sermon from Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery. Watch live here:

1:30pm– 2:15pm

* Pre-Health Profession Information Session for Parents and Families of First- and Second-Year Students

Join the discussion of applying to health profession schools with pre-health advisor, Dr. Chris Roy. 

Video recording coming soon. 

3:00pm– 4:00pm

* Live Cameron Indoor Stadium Tour

Join Mikaela Ryan, Associate Director of Game Operations & Championships, for an exclusive Family Weekend tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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4:30pm– 5:30pm

* Pre-Law Profession Information Session

Come join Dean Gerald Wilson for a discussion of the pre-law program at Duke.

Video recording coming soon. 

7:00pm– 8:00pm

* COVID-19 Risk Mitigation and Student Support

Hear from Duke staff leading campus-wide COVID-19 risk mitigation planning, student support, and processes. Staff will provide an inside look into Duke’s approach to surveillance testing, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation.

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Rec & PE Trial Digital Membership

Duke Recreation & Physical Education invites you to join other Blue Devils and participate in virtual programs during Family Weekend! During this event, families will have access to all of Rec & PE’s virtual offerings at no cost. The Digital Membership includes virtual fitness programs, personal training, esports, Outdoor Adventure's trip plans, and much more.


Nasher Museum of Art Virtual Tours

The Nasher Museum of Art may be closed to the public, but families can still explore two of their exhibits: Cultures of the Sea and Ebony Patterson.

Access the tours here:


Duke Chapel Virtual Tour

Take a twelve-minute virtual tour of Duke Chapel to see its dramatic architecture, hear its grand organs, and learn about its history. Watch here: