Announcing the Spring 2023 Context & Connections Series

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Contexts and Connections is a signature program of Duke Service-Learning, engaging Duke faculty and staff interested in deepening their knowledge of and connections to the Durham community, as well as exploring connections with teaching, research, and service. Contexts and Connects is about getting faculty and staff off campus, introducing folks to Durham’s rich history, and facilitating introductions to community resources for service-learning and community-engaged (SLCE) courses. 

This Spring 2023 we are offering three events over the course of the semester to highlight contexts and create connections for SLCE faculty and staff. As we aspire to get Beyond the Discourse, Contexts and Connections invites us to leave our university echo chamber centered on words and learn from communities about possibilities for action. 

Please join us for one or more of these events: 

Curating Durham's History

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Museum of Durham History
Durham Civil Rights Mural

500 W Main Street
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Curating Durham’s History. We’ll start our afternoon at the Museum of Durham History to learn about their current exhibits and ways we can partner with the Museum. We’ll then walk over to the Durham Arts Council to view the Civil Rights Mural and engage with colleagues about Durham’s mural tour and the resources of the Council.


The Durham Green Flea Market

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The Durham Green Market
1600 E Pettigrew St
Saturday, March 25, 2023
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Conversation
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The Durham Green Flea Market. Have you ever visited the Durham Green Flea Market? Operating for over 10 years, it draws a diverse segment of our community. Join Prof. Bethzaida Fernández on March 25, 11am-1pm for a stroll through the market and conversation about our Latinx community in Durham as we meet some Latinx vendors and sample foods. A second conversation will take place on campus March 28, 1:45-2:45pm with the objective to learn more about our local Latinx communities. You may sign up for one or both conversations (it is not required to participate in both).


Black Wall Street

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The Black Wall Street
Whistle Stop Tours

April 11, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Black Wall Street: The Price of Progress features performance-based walking tour company Whistle Stop Tours. This 75-minute walking tour is “ground zero for understanding the intersection of race, money, and power in Black Durham” includes stops at the former site of NC Mutual and John Merrick’s barbershop and features stories of Durham leaders and visitors.




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