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Academic Year Learning

Just Space will be hosting Academic Year Learning (AYL) sessions for Student Affairs staff throughout the the year. We are looking forward to transitioning to online learning this semester. 

Coming Up…

Come back for information on online programming this semester!


Past AYLs

  • When: February 13, 2019 – 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Title: “Students Demand Change:  The Genesis of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture”
  • Overview: This event will be a reflective conversation in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Allen Building Takeover.  Through dialogue, we will consider how student activism/students’ demands called for and became the catalyst for institutional change.  Participants will reflect on the conditions that gave rise to the Allen Building Takeover on February 13, 1969, the 14 years that followed until the opening of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture in September 1983 and the additional student activism before and since that allows for ‘The Mary Lou’ to be a beacon of Black culture and keeper of Black history at Duke University.  We invite participants to discuss what happens after a dream comes true / demand is realized – what is there left to do.
  • When: April 10, 2019 – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Title: “The West Campus You’ve Never Seen”
  • Overview: Join Just Space for a tour of West Campus led by Robin Kirk, faculty co-chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, and University Archivists Valerie Gillispie, and Amy McDonald, to examine the spaces we pass every day that hold truths and history that we may not be aware of. This tour explores the ways that space and justice have intersected in this small section of west campus. The tour will convene in front of the Wilson Recreation Center and end at Allen Building.