DukeImmerse: Refugee Life Stories

DukeImmerse teaches the basics of field research before students spend a month overseas conducting life story interviews with refugees and meeting with governmental and non-governmental organizations working to address challenges of displacement. Back at Duke, students work on materials to highlight their experience and those they’ve met abroad.

Each year, DukeImmerse students create a magazine of research essays and produce a documentary theater performance to share the stories they’ve encountered with the broader community. Through the magazine, monologues, a series of op-eds, and conversations in local schools, the team tries to increase understanding around displacement and its implications for millions of people worldwide.

DukeImmerse Magazine

Student reflections told through written word and photography. Past issues include:

Refugee Life Stories

Participants with the DukeImmerse recite personal narratives of refugees collected during their field work, including themes of despair and isolation to the strength of family.