Humanities Research Center Continues Online

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Duke Kunshan University is transitioning to online learning until the situation returns to normal. During this online period, the Humanities Research Center will take advantage of the high tech infrastructure developed at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University to continue its activities, ensuring that students and faculty can continue to advance the research mission of the university. Continue reading “Humanities Research Center Continues Online”

COVID-19 Memory Archival Project

The COVID-19 Memory Archival Project is an initiative from Duke Kunshan University’s Health Humanities Lab to create an archive of the community’s individual and shared experiences during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak utilizing ArcGIS StoryMaps, rich media and storytelling. We not only hope to preserve experiences through a memory archive, but also through personal narration, bring comfort, peace, reflection and healing to participating individuals. In times of anxiety and adversity, we retreat to an old human practice—storytelling—combined with online multimedia tools, to bring forth the human experience in times of crisis. Participants are encouraged to utilize an array of mediums including but not limited to video, audio, hyperlinks, interactive interfaces and GIS maps, paired with written text. The collected stories can provide a rich library and digital history that can act as source material for future reflection, research and project outcomes. Continue reading “COVID-19 Memory Archival Project”

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”

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”

DKU Humanities Research Center Announces Three New Research Labs

Starting January 2020, Duke Kunshan University will be launching three new research labs. The labs will enhance the research capacity and profile of Duke Kunshan University, and provide opportunities for research training for students. Students will be able to sign up for these labs starting in January and gain first hand research experience working with DKU’s top faculty.  Continue reading “DKU Humanities Research Center Announces Three New Research Labs”

Report on Journey of the Universe Art Project

By Xiaoxi Zhu

About 100 members of the Duke Kunshan community have taken part in the university’s first mass-participation art project – an illuminated, nighttime campus procession along a route in the shape of the Big Dipper constellation.

The project was organized by student researchers in the Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab to coincide with a visit by filmmakers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim on Oct. 10. Continue reading “Report on Journey of the Universe Art Project”

宇宙之旅和群众艺术项目

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宇宙之旅是由来自耶鲁大学的Mary Evelyn Tucker和John Grim教授制作,一部获奖的纪录片和教育项目。融合了宇宙论、天文学、天体生物学、演化学,宇宙之旅以一种诗意和引人深思的视觉形式,娓娓道来从创世大爆炸至今的宇宙故事。宇宙之旅旨在使观众为孕育地球生命的宇宙历史感到惊叹,进而反思在面临气候变迁和环境铺害时,个体对于一切生命形态的责任。这部纪录片将于十月十日在创新楼的礼堂放映,并在放映前举行和制作者的问答环节。

在放映前,昆山杜克大学将迎来全球首演的群众艺术项目。由宇宙伦理和人工智能研究中心(Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab) 的学生研究员设计,并由大二学生Rudy Lu和Ryan Trombly筹划,这项艺术项目将回溯宇宙历史,并在昆山杜克大学的校园内以北斗七星的形式呈现从创世大爆炸至当代的七个阶段。

为了实现这项艺术项目,我们需要需要大约两百位学生拿着手机或其他的手电筒,以学生宿舍为起点,行经湖心亭和会议中心,最后抵达创新楼。本次游行象征着昆山杜克大学群体,与指向性的北斗和140亿年宇宙演化的一脉相承。在这个艺术项目中,八台相机和一台空拍机将会纪录北斗七星在昆山杜克校园内随着人流的形成过程。

The seven stars of the Big Dipper point towards Polaris 北斗七星指向北极星

北斗七星在中国文化和科学中有着极为重要的地位。北斗指向北极星,而北极星曾被认为是天绕行的极点。在中国神话中,北斗七星的拟人形象被称为斗母,是一位在道学传统中重要的女神。而在当代中国,北斗也是昆山杜克前校长刘经南博士的心血之作:中国GPS系统的名称。反映于历史、文化、神话、科学等领域,北斗依然持续为人类在宇宙无限的可能性里,指引了意义和方向。

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若想参与这个艺术项目,请线上登记,并在十月十日周四下午六点十五分带着你的手机或其他的手电筒到学生宿舍前集合。

Journey of the Universe Film and Mass Participation Art Project

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Journey of the Universe is an award-winning one hour documentary film and education project produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from Yale University. Uniting cosmology, astronomy, astrobiology and evolutionary theory, It narrates the story of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day in a visual, poetic and evocative manner. The film seeks to give the viewer a sense of wonder at the cosmic history that has enabled life on earth to develop, and a sense of responsibility toward all forms of life in the face of environmental devastation and climate change. The film will be shown in the IB auditorium on Thursday October 10, starting at 7pm, and there will be a Q and A with the film-makers afterwards.

Preceding the film will be the first world-premiere mass participation art project at DKU. Designed by student researchers in the Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab (PETAL) of the Humanities Research Center, and led by DKU sophomores Rudy Lu and Ryan Trombly, the art work will trace seven stages of the story of the universe, from the Big Bang to the present day, in the form of the constellation of the Big Dipper mapped out on the inner campus of DKU.

For this art project to occur, we need approximately two hundred DKU students, with their phone or other flashlights to process through the campus of DKU from the Student Residence Hall, via the Water Pavilion and the Conference Center to the Innovation Building. The phone-light procession will symbolize the unity of the DKU community with the guiding presence of the Big Dipper and with the 14 billion years of cosmic evolution that have brought us together to this place. The art project will be filmed by eight cameras and a drone that will capture the formation of the Big Dipper constellation on the DKU campus.

The seven stars of the Big Dipper point towards Polaris

The Big Dipper, known in Chinese as the seven stars of the northern dipper (Beidou qixing 北斗七星has great significance in Chinese culture and science. Beidou points towards Polaris, the northern point around which the heavens were thought to rotate. In Chinese mythology, the personification of the dipper is known as Doumu 斗姆, or Mother of the Dipper, an important goddess in Daoist religion. In modern China, Beidou is the name of the Chinese GPS system that was the life’s work of former DKU Chancellor Liu Jingnan. Through history, culture, mythology and science Beidou continues to provide orientation and meaning for human beings within a universe of immense possibility.

To participate in the art project, register online, and bring your phone or other flashlight to the student residence halls at 615pm on Thursday, October 10.