Led by Norman Wirzba and Jedediah Purdy, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, and housed at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Facing the Anthropocene is a project that considers humanity’s place in the world and what it means for social, political, and institutional change. The anthropocene marks the unprecedented moment when humanity becomes a dominant force in planetary history, responsible for widespread alterations of the world’s land, ocean, and atmospheric ecosystems.
For the 2018 summer term, we offered three Summer Graduate Research Grants, open to Duke doctoral students. Recipients will each write on how the anthropocene influences their research, and will give a presentation in the fall on how investigations of anthropocene themes have affected their work and future research plans. Grant recipients each receive a stipend of $6000.
We also offered two summer fellowships to Duke graduate students in collaboration with the Duke Campus Farm. The Farm Fellows will work alongside other farm interns, faculty, and staff, engaging in archival and field research on the history of land use and habitation on the Farm. They will focus on the history of the Farm and the surrounding area as sites of native land use and enslaved labor. Farm Fellows each receive a stipend of $5000.
2018 Anthropocene Graduate Research Grant Winners
Jieun Cho, PhD student, Cultural Anthropology
Ryan Juskus, PhD candidate, Graduate Program in Religion
Sally Bornbusch, PhD candidate, Evolutionary Anthropology
2018 Anthropocene Farm Fellows
Brett Stonecipher, Master of Theological Studies, Divinity School
Chelsea Clifford, PhD candidate, NSOE Environmental Science & Policy