“The Triangle” as many locals refer to it, is the space between three major cities: Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, NC. Covering nearly 7,000 acres, Research Triangle Park is the largest research park in North America. The Triangle includes major research institutions such as Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and encompasses nearly 8 counties. Initiated in the 1950s as a way to spur economy in the region, administrators wanted to retain university graduates that were leaving the state for employment.
Research in the RTP
We note that a large number of faculty located in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh have actively participated in ASE, and that these faculty are committed to encouraging and facilitating interdisciplinary and transnational dialogue, particularly between scholars in anthropology, history, and art history with policy advocates and other community members from Native communities throughout the Americas and beyond. The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at UNC Chapel Hill, founded in in 1998, has focused research, teaching, and service on the histories, contemporary experiences, languages, expressive culture, and political statuses of Indigenous people within and beyond the United States. Both Duke and UNC Chapel Hill also have strong programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, including a joint endeavor to provide students training in Yucatec Maya.
Durham is a place of community and change. Home to both Duke University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU), the Bull City has many things to offer. From touring the repurposed historic tobacco warehouses of Brightleaf Square, to hiking in Eno River State Park, walking the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, or visit one of the many breweries and restaurants in the area. In addition to the museum at the 21C Museum Hotel, Durham has numerous museums and art galleries to offer.