KIE Roundup: Under Construction Edition

By Michaela Dwyer

As you’ve probably heard, the Kenan staff—and the entirety of the West Duke Building occupants—are currently officeless after the classroom ceiling collapse last week. With the bulk of our spring programs under way, it’s business as (mostly) usual, though—as we work from home, coffeeshops, and co-working spaces around Durham and the Triangle. Stay tuned for updates over the coming weeks, and be sure to keep up with our Twitter and Instagram for news.

KIE staffers Katherine Scott, Michaela Dwyer, and Nathan Nye: sad to be (temporarily) officeless, happy to be (temporarily) reunited.

In the meantime, and as we Insider writers reboot from the transition, check out this roundup of writing, event information, and updates from Kenan programs at home at Duke and in Durham as well as abroad.

DukeToday: Michaela wrote a brief piece about Hoi Polloi’s Republic, presented by Duke Performances and Manbites Dog Theater through this Sunday. Last Friday night, KIE professor Wayne Norman joined Hoi Polloi artistic director Alec Duffy (T’98) and Executive Director of Duke Performances Aaron Greenwald for a post-performance discussion of the play, adapted from Plato’s The Republic. Event and ticketing information here.

-Our DukeImmerse:Uprooted/Rerouted students have made it to Nepal and Jordan, respectively, and are writing weekly personal narratives about their experiences on-the-ground. You can find their first-week reflections here.

Richard Powell, Faulkner Fox, Duncan Murrell, and Michaela Dwyer at Junebug. Photo by Katherine Scott.

-Last week, we had a wonderful crowd of 72 folks show up for our Ethics Film Series screening of Junebug. Michaela moderated the panel, which included Duncan Murrell (Writer in Residence, Center for Documentary Studies), Faulkner Fox (Lecturing Fellow, English Dept.) and Richard Powell (John Spencer Bassett Professor, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies). The conversation, fueled in large part by a very engaged audience, delved into topics ranging from religion to gender to art’s unique ability to straddle both the universal and the particular (and, in this case, the Southern). We look forward to seeing you at our screening of the documentary deepsouth on Tuesday, March 18. We’ll be joined by the film’s director, Lisa Biagiotti, as well as Dr. Kathryn Whetten (Professor of Public Policy and Global Health and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research).

-The deadline for our second round of 2013-2014 Campus Grants is this Saturday, March 1! Find info about applying, as well as the application, here. One of our fall awardees, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts candidate Sarah Garrahan, is preparing to premiere her Fare Project, which features a food truck-based mixed-media installation exploring food workers’ rights. Find a schedule of events—including community dinners—on the project website.

Until soon!