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People Portraits by Duke Students: Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, and Syria


2018: Interviews with Syrian and Iraqi refugees, conducted by Duke students with the support of Duke Service-Learning and in partnership with NaTakallam, are now posted: Syria; Iraq.

–Nancy Kalow and Maha Houssami, CDS and AMES

2017: Interviews with Palestinian university students and graduates, from the West Bank, Gaza, and the Diaspora, conducted by Focus students with the support of Duke Arts & Sciences Council Committee on Faculty Research: Click here for the five audio projects from fall 2017!

–Nancy Kalow, Instructor, Center for Documentary Studies

2017: Interviews with Syrians residing in North America, South American, Europe, and the Middle East, conducted by Duke students with the support of the Vice Provost for the Arts and in partnership with NaTakallam, are now online: Click here for the six audio projects from spring 2017!

–Nancy Kalow and Maha Houssami, CDS and AMES

2016: Interviews conducted with the support of Humanities Writ Large at Duke are now part of Arabic Communities through the Refugee Lives Oral History Project. More info here!

–miriam cooke, Maha Housami and Nancy Kalow: Refugee Lives Oral History Project

2015: We invite you to learn about communities right here in Durham through the material archived on this site! With the help of Church World Service-RDU, Duke Service-Learning, and the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Department, students engaged and formed relationships with Iraqi and Sudanese refugees who recently resettled in Durham. Students simultaneously were fortunate enough to listen to and record the stories of these courageous individuals with high hopes of sharing them with you! We encourage you to navigate our site so that you can too be moved by these resonant narratives, while gaining more insights into the refugee situation right here in our community!

–Malena Price, Trinity ’15, with miriam cooke, Maha Houssami, and Nancy Kalow, CDS and AMES.