Event Series: Making Place Matter

Throughout 2019-20 Duke Service-Learning will be cultivating greater critical consciousness on campus about the places and spaces which both create and are created by community-engaged teaching and learning. Here are a few series events taking place in Spring 2020:


critical cartography event
Friday, February 7, 10:00am-11:30am, Forum for Scholars & Publics (West Campus), 011 Old Chem.

CRITICAL CARTOGRAPHY OF SPACE AND PLACE: What maps are made by the traces of our everyday lives? Where does service-learning take place and how can faculty members help students critically engage with place? This faculty/staff workshop uses mapping and critical reflection to explore the ways each of us intersects with the many layers of Durham’s geography. Cartographer Tim Stallmann and Cultural Organizer Tia Hall will guide participants through building a collective map of Duke’s Service Learning, and reflecting on the ways we engage in making place matter through our everyday lives and through teaching. Along the way, we’ll practice some activities which could be used in the classroom as part of helping orient students to Durham’s geography. Coffee and pastries provided. Learn more about the organizers here. Register here.



Robin Kirk event
Tuesday, March 3, 3:30pm–5:00pm, West Duke 101, Ahmadieh Family Conference Room.

ACTIVATING HISTORY FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AT DUKE: Activating History for Social Justice at Duke began as a Bass Connections research project led by Robin Kirk and Cultural Anthropology PhD student Matthew Sebastian. The project examined Duke’s history and revealed not only deep roots in white supremacy, but a hidden legacy of progressive activism that fundamentally changed the university for the better. This history is also reflected in the physical appearance of the campus. Join us for this faculty/staff/student workshop where Robin Kirk will examine the spaces and places embedded in Duke's institutional memory and ways we can build the community we want for ourselves and our successors.




Dean Blackshear Space Place Event
Wednesday, April 8th, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Pink Parlor, East Duke Building

BEYOND WHITEBOARDS & DESKS: DECONSTRUCTING PLACE & SPACE ON DUKE'S CAMPUS: Safe space. Brave space. Just space. What do these phrases mean and how do they play out in the context of the classroom? Together, Dean Blackshear, David Malone, and approximately 50 undergraduate Duke students will engage in a student-centered conversation that aims to critically examine what #MakingPlaceMatter means when it comes to classroom learning and building campus community.





adam rosenblatt geer cemetery event
Thursday, 4/16, Death, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Geer Street Cemetery,  800 Colonial St, Durham, NC 27701

BURIAL & JUSTICE: MAKING PLACE MATTER IN DURHAM: Join Professor Adam Rosenblatt and students from ICS 283: Death, Burial, and Justice to learn about their work with the Friends of Geer Cemetery (FOGC). We’ll learn from FOGC President Debra Taylor about this historic African American burial ground, the final resting place of people who were born into slavery and some of Durham’s most important religious leaders, businesspeople, and other pioneering figures, as well as Trinity College employees and many others. We’ll discuss collaboration between university and community stakeholders, tour the cemetery, and hear student-researched life histories that honoring the dignity, integrity, and memory of the marginalized dead.

Event Date: 
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:30pm