• Interview with Julie Norman (Trinity ’02)
    • Interview with Julie Norman (Trinity ’02)

      In this video, Dr. Julie Norman discusses how her experiences with service-learning helped shape her research and career. Currently a professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal, she is the author or editor of several books on nonviolent protest movements, particularly pertaining the Israel-Palestine conflict. She also publishes on media activism, political prisoners, and security and human rights. Julie has extensive experience in the Middle East, and she will soon be a Fellow at the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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      • Dance Performance Explores Community Stories

        In the Dance and Theater class “Performance and Social Change,” Duke students learn about theater techniques while telling the stories of the women at the Durham Crisis Response Center. For their final performance, the classes invited the community to join in their interactive theatrical event.

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    • Kaleidoscope: Gender Still Matters" day brings equality in the spotlight

      Students in DOCST 347S Civil/Human Rights Activism in Durham: In the Spirit of Pauli Murray spent a day staging events around Duke and Durham focusing on feminism and other gender issues. Highlights were living sculptures and the trivia game "Feminist Feud!" Students also created and distributed postcards with information about gender issues that exist in the community.

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    • Mural and exhibit to celebrate Durham Latino community in a collaborative project with Duke

      A collaborative mural project is now featured on the side of Torero’s Mexican Restaurant at West Main and North Duke streets. The mural is a project of Two-Way Bridges, a program that seeks to bridge the communities of Duke and the Latino community in Durham and beyond. The mural, which was was inspired by the story of Latino migration, features two arms grasping each other, a train, agricultural workers and an image of a Latino youth. The project also culminated in an exhibit featuring art from around the community.

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    • Community Based Language Initiative: INJAZ hosts gathering for Arabic speaking refugees

      INJAZ, a group associated with Service-Learning's Community Based Language Initiative, consists of students in third and fourth-year Arabic courses who work with recently-arrived refugess in a cultural and language exchange experience.  The group hosted a dinner for Sudanese and Iraqi refugees featuring musical performances and locally-made food.  The night gave students and community members a chance for interaction, language practice, and cultural exchanges.

    • Voices of Partnership Panel
    • Voices of Partnership: Heard & Unheard

      A panel discussion sponsored by the Service-Learning Program, April 2012

    • Photo Credit: Duke University Photography (Les Todd)
    • CulAnth 161S
    • CULANTH 235S: Human Rights Activism

      In Robin Kirk's Human Rights Activism course, students read classic human rights texts and examine the histories and contexts of these documents as well how early proponents of human rights used them, successfully and unsuccessfully.

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    • COMPSCI 149S: Teaching with Robots

      The Computer Science Education Research Seminar "Teaching with Robots" introduces Duke students to computer programming and computer science education in the context of mobile robotics.

    • Photo Credit: Celeste Hodges
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    • DOCST 450S: Documentary Engagement

      In Documentary Engagement, students learn how photography and audio can be used as tools for social engagement.

    • Photo Credit: Eddie Wu
    • Chem 109
    • CHEM 180: Chemistry Outreach

      In Chem 180, taught by professor Ken Lyle, Duke students develop the knowledge and skills associated with learning and presenting chemistry demonstrations.

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    • Environmental Science 218: Food and Energy

      Food & Energy: Applying Research and Theory to Local Dining Practice is designed to teach concepts about the agricultural system and climate change from peer-reviewed and popular sources, and to give students the opportunity to apply these concepts within the Duke and local communities.  

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    • Public Policy 563S: Making Social Policy 

      Looking at a range of social policy issues, Professor Jenni Owen's course focuses on the policy-making process, the role of different sectors in policymaking, when and why policymakers use research and when and why they don’t, and communicating with policymakers. 

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    • Sociology 264: Death and Dying

      Death and Dying, taught by Dr. Deborah Gold, examines multiple perspectives on death and dying in America while acknowledging how various other cultures/religions manage and view the process of death.  

Service-Learning supports Duke's commitment to knowledge in the service of society by connecting civic engagement to the curriculum.


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Transcripts and Lifescripts Monologues

What happens when your “lifescript” conflicts with your transcript? Can you bridge the gap? Modeled after the Me Too Monologues (and produced with the help… Read More...
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New Service-Learning Courses for Fall 2015

We are thrilled with the number and variety of service-learning courses on offer for fall 2015! We are especially pleased to announce the addition of… Read More...
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Community Partnerships: Cultivating Authentic Relationships

Friday, March 27, 2:00-3:30pm, Bostock 042 We all aspire to respect and authenticity in our relationships with community partners – but what does that look… Read More...
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Call for Nominations: Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards

Do you know a faculty member, a community partner, or a graduating senior who has shown outstanding commitment to the ideals of service-learning? Nominate them… Read More...
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Challenges & Opportunities of Community Engaged Pedagogy & Practice

On Thursday, February 12 faculty and staff from around the university gathered for a lunch discussion of the challenges of community-engaged learning and how those… Read More...
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What is service-learning?

Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

~ National Commission on Service-Learning, 2002

Faculty members who teach service-learning courses arrange specific service opportunities that both enhance the educational goals of a course and serve the public good by providing a needed service in the community.

Students taking service-learning courses commit to completing a certain number of hours of service work outside of class, and to reflecting on this work through class discussions and assignments.

Community partners receive assistance from students and often enjoy the intellectual stimulation of collaborating with Duke faculty members and students to support the academic goals of the course.

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