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Our Collaborations

We develop partnerships focused on digital media, oral histories, community activism, exhibitions, and event series.

Borders Beyond the Border

The Borders Beyond the Border project documents and analyzes the contemporary experience of immigrants in North Carolina through articles, documentary film, and photography.

We do so through a range of collaborations involving Duke University faculty and students, journalists, community activists, and artists.


The Carisealand digital scholarship project provides a framework to imagine a more sustainable way of life for Caribbean people, now and into the future.

The project aims to create awareness around the risks of climate change taking place in the region, to collaborate with scholars and artists to find solutions to some of the greater social injustices resulting from climate change activity, and to offer models for alternate Caribbean futures in which the symbiosis of natural, social and economic environments leads to comfortable and equitable living and thriving for Caribbean peoples.

Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom

Fall 2018: 9 Weeks of Visionary Aponte at Duke


The Artifact

Scholars contexualize the extraordinary — and now lost — “Book of Paintings” created by the Black Cuban revolutionary José Antonio Aponte.

Art Exhibition

15 contemporary artists reimagine Aponte’s book for our present and future.

Event Series

Artists, performers, activists, and scholars invite us to rethink the role of art and history in shaping social and political change.


Artists in residence at Duke create and unveil new works in conversation with Aponte’s book and the exhibit.