Monday Evenings @ BorderWork(s): Speaker Series on Humanitarian Challenges

This Fall BorderWork(s) Lab faculty Claudia Koonz and Erika Weinthal are leading a Focus cluster on Humanitarian Challenges: Borders, Environments, and Rights. Designed for first-year students, the Focus program provides clusters of courses designed around an interdisciplinary theme. Students come together for dinner once a week to process what they learn in the classroom. In tandem with Humanitarian Challenge's weekly dinners, Profs. Koonz and Weinthal have organized an ambitious speaker series that features academics, activists, and artists. See below for the full schedule (with links to more information about the speakers).

The September 10 event with Goldman Prize-winning Kenyan environmental activist Ikal Angelei was covered in the Duke Chronicle. Here's the article plus a Q & A with Angelei.  

The series is open to other students or anyone interested. All events are 7pm at the BorderWork(s) Lab (B189, Bay 5, Smith Warehouse) unless otherwise noted.


Monday Evenings @ BorderWork(s)

Sept 3: Charlie Thompson introduces his film, We Shall Not Be Moved

Sept 10 (FHI Garage):  Ikal Angelei, “Holding Back the Waters: the Battle against a Mega-Dam in East Africa” 

Sept 17: Christopher Paul, “Finding Water in the Desert” 

Sept 24 (FHI Garage): Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, “Toward an Archaeology of the Global Humanitarian System” 

Oct 1: DukeEngage Tuscon Students, “Engaging with Border Issues: Tuscon and Beyond” 

Oct 8: Itzel Polo Mendieta, “The Other Dreamers"

Oct 22 (FHI Garage): Concert by Musical Stars of El Tejar (eight young musicians from Guatemala on their first US Tour)

Oct 29 (FHI Garage): Nyoul Tong, “Building A School in South Sudan” 

Nov 5: Erin Lentz, "Hungry for Change: the Opportunities and Challenges of New Food Assistance Tools when Responding to Food Insecurity" 

Nov 12: Gary Eilerts, “Predicting and Preventing Famine” 

Nov 19 (FHI Garage): Concert by Dali Cissokho and Kairaba

Nov 26:  Former students from Humanitarian Challenges return to talk about their lives after Focus

Dec 3:  Each group describes their work from the semester

View interviews with 3 1st year students who participated in the FOCUS cluster, "Humanitarian Challenges," in Fall 2012.