Robin Kirk is the author of The Bond, the first in a fantasy series by Blue Crow Publishing. Her short story, “Love is a Wild Creature,” is featured in Wicked South: Secrets and Lies: Stories for Young Adults, also by Blue Crow. She is an award-winning poet. Kirk is a human rights advocate and serves as Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the center that seeks to use the legacy of this Durham daughter to examine the region’s past of slavery, segregation and continuing economic inequality. As a senior researcher, Kirk authored, co-authored and edited over twelve reports for Human Rights Watch, all available on-line.
Barbara Lau is director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute where she connects her commitment to justice with her belief in the power of community practice. She is also the Executive Director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, a cultural start up focused on transforming Murray’s childhood home into a national center for history, education, the arts and social mobilization. The Pauli Murray Family Home was named a National Historic Landmark in December 2016 and will be open to visitors in 2020. Lau’s 20 years experience as a folklorist, curator, professor, oral historian, media producer and author includes curating exhibitions, performances and public art projects. She has produced To Buy the Sun, an original play about Pauli Murray; co-directed the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life community mural project; curated Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest, two major exhibitions about Cambodian American traditions and many small traveling exhibits about Durham history. She was honored with the National Association of Multicultural Education’s Children’s Publication Award in 2003. She teaches undergraduate courses about Durham and LGBTQ history and culture. She is a recipient of the 2014 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award, the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Duke Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the 2012 of the Carlie B. Sessoms Award from the Durham Human Relations Commission for her leadership. She earned a BA in Sociology/Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in folklore at the University of North Carolina.
Giulia Riccò is a PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. Her research focuses on Italian and Brazilian literature and intellectual history, with an emphasis on fascism, representations of state violence, and transitional justice. Her dissertation, titled “Fascist Fiction: Inventing the Lesser Evil in Italy and Brazil,” explores the global, violent, and long-lasting impact of fascist rhetoric and practices in Italy and Brazil. She is currently the recipient of two Duke Bass Instructional Fellowships; in her previous years at Duke, she was the recipient of the International Comparative Studies Program Global Teaching Fellowship and she has served as an instructor of both Portuguese and Italian. In addition to these on-campus teaching experiences, she volunteers at the Durham Literacy Center where she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL). She worked as the on-site coordinator for the Portuguese School at Middlebury College Language Schools, an intensive 8 weeks language learning program, in 2016. She is originally from Italy where she obtained both her B.A. (2010) in Foreign Languages and Literatures and her M.A. (2012) in Modern, Postcolonial, and Comparative Literatures at the University of Bologna, specializing in English and Portuguese.