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Since 2013, the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke has hosted over 300 conversations, performances, and workshops and has welcomed more than 500 guest speakers from around the world.

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Through faculty engagement, deep community partnerships, and international collaborations, we provide leading examples of new ways to connect scholars and publics locally and globally.

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We are people weavers. We explore new ways of bringing scholars into dialogue with community experts, artists and performers, writers, educators, and others whose work and ideas change conversations.

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About the Forum at Duke

Promoting public scholarship

The Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke advocates for the vitality of community expertise and scholarly knowledge, both within and outside of the walls of the university. We organize programs and public events on and off campus, curate dynamic digital spaces for sharing research and commentary, host working groups and residencies, and engage with faculty, fellows, and community partners interested in exploring new ways to connect scholars and publics locally and globally.

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Ecologies of Song

In this essay, doctoral candidate Thea Ballard takes up the mission of the Forum to bring programs at Duke into conversation with programs in the surrounding community, exploring the Nasher’s exhibit, “Spirit in the Land,” and Black Belt Eagle Scout’s …

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Exit Interview with Elizabeth Schrader Polczer

I would say to other PhD students who hold this fellowship: Maximize the opportunity! Be creative and think big. Make it into something that pushes your boundaries as a scholar and as a contributor to the public conversation. Because once …

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Abbas Benmamoun’s Writing Practice

Phrases and sentences and how they work, how children acquire knowledge of linguistic structures, the nature of linguistic variation, and the core that languages share—these are some of the themes that fascinate Abbas Benmamoun as he studies classical and spoken …

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