"Farmworkers in North Carolina: Roots of Poverty, Roots of Change (DOCST 332S)" featured on Duke Arts!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Charlie Thompson's service-learning course "Farmworkers in North Carolina: Roots of Poverty, Roots of Change (DOCST 332S)" was recently featured on Duke Arts! The article, written by Ilona Stanback, explores how students worked with local artist Cornelio Campus to create a mural honoring farmworkers past, present, and future.

Charlie Thompson, who taught the course this (Fall 2018) semester, and was interviewed for the article says:

"We know Duke did not just magically appear. Agriculture, and most prominently tobacco, helped make Duke, and this is still are part of who we are. The mural is a tribute to the history, what preceded us, as well as what continues to be part of agriculture. Viewers will see negative aspects of agriculture, but the mural also reminds us of things that are very positive that we sometimes forget. We painted the phrase “Todos somos familia,” as a message of inclusion and as a message of the need for people to stand up for these issues that affect us all. This mural has a message that both enriches and challenges the viewer."

Photo Credit: Ilona Stanback