The Coronavirus: Human, Social and Political Implications

(Image By Hao Zheng)

On Tuesday March 3, please join the Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center in partnership with the Franklin Humanities Institute for a panel on the human, social and political implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The seminar presents an opportunity for Duke Kunshan University and Duke University faculty and students to collaborate in a discussion about COVID-19 and share perspectives from China and around the world.


  • Benjamin Anderson, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University
  • Benjamin Bacon, Associate Professor of Digital Media, Duke Kunshan University
  • Chen Chen, Duke University Undergraduate Student
  • Robert Delaney, US Bureau Chief, South China Morning Post
  • Ralph Litzinger, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
  • Andrew MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke Kunshan University
  • Melanie Manion, Vor Broker Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Duke University
  • James Miller, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Strategy and Co-Director of the Humanities Research Center, Duke Kunshan University
  • Yanping Ni, Duke University Graduate Student
  • Carlos Rojas, Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University; and Co-Director of the DKU Humanities Research Center
  • Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University

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2020年伊始,人文研究中心便迎来了三位来自世界不同角落的客人:他们分别是美国杜克大学文化人类学教授Charles Piot,美国杜克大学纪实摄影师、摄影记者、人道主义公共卫生工作者Fati Abubakar Gangaran, 以及南非开普敦大学历史学副教授Shamil Jeppie。他们应人文研究中心的邀请,作为昆杜非洲主题活动周《非洲:移民,文化,冲突》的主讲人,为昆山杜克全体师生带来了一次关于旨在促进其对非洲大陆古老文明与现状,以及全球化社会下的移民浪潮了解的难忘体验。 Continue reading “非洲:移民,文化,冲突—2020昆杜非洲主题活动周精彩回顾”

HRC Student Ege Duman Co-Authors Paper on Brain-Computer Interface

Ege Duman, a 2nd year DKU undergraduate recently published an open-peer commentary in the American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience entitled “The Continuity of BCI-Mediated and Conventional Action.” The article was written with Professor Daniel Lim, Co-Director of the Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab (PETAL).

This is the first paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal by a DKU undergraduate with a DKU professor. Continue reading “HRC Student Ege Duman Co-Authors Paper on Brain-Computer Interface”

The Religion of the Heart: Spirituality in 21st Century North America

Spirituality is the new cultural buzzword. Increasingly, North Americans prefer to call themselves “spiritual but not religious.” Yoga studios, and mindfulness programs, offering people help along their spiritual paths, are popping up left and right, and discussions of ‘spiritual intelligence’ are increasingly the norm. This talk will delineate and historicize the religious tradition that informs what goes by ‘spirituality’ today— a ‘religion of the heart’ that has ties to a religious legacy that has longstanding North American roots. Why is this religion of the heart so popular in late modernity, and what implications does its recent rise have for questions of community and societal wellbeing in liberal democracies? Continue reading “The Religion of the Heart: Spirituality in 21st Century North America”

Religious Texts in the Anthropocene: A Conversation on Interdisciplinary Integration

On Friday January 10, the Humanities Research Center welcomes Professor Mark Larrimore from the New School, New York City to give a presentation on Religious Texts in the Anthropocene and to enter into a conversation with HRC Co-Director James Miller.

IB1046: Friday 10 January, 2-3pm

Professor Larrimore is Associate Professor of Religion at the New School, and author of two important books about contemporary religion and politics. Continue reading “Religious Texts in the Anthropocene: A Conversation on Interdisciplinary Integration”

DKU 1st World AIDS Day: Communities Make a Difference

By Bolin Song

The World AIDS Day (WAD) on December 1st is an international day aimed at raising people’s awareness of AIDS and related problems and mourning those who have died of the disease. On December 2nd, a World AIDS Day event was held in DKU, in support of World AIDS Day. This event was supported by the Global Health Research Center and PETAL (Planetary Ethics and Planetary Ethics Lab). The event was organized by undergraduate students Bolin Song, Qianyu(Sherry) Pan, and other undergraduate student volunteers. Continue reading “DKU 1st World AIDS Day: Communities Make a Difference”


By Young Yang (Class of 2023)

         1121日晚上,昆山杜克大学蓝色绿洲学生中心(Blue Oasis Student Center)迎来了四位特殊的客人。他们是专注于蓝草音乐(Bluegrass Music)演奏的“新草乐队”(NewGrass Band),由来自中国的曼陀铃手Tom Pang,主唱Nancy Nan,贝斯手Shun Z,以及来自美国的吉他手John Crespi组成。他们运用自己的才华与热情,给昆山杜克大学的学生带来了一场难忘的视听盛宴。 Continue reading “在蓝草音乐中打破文化隔阂”