The Global Brazil Humanities Lab (2014-2018) was an innovative teaching experiment, which consists of developing new interdisciplinary methods to learn about Brazil, not just in an area studies context, but primarily as a global actor, especially related to the overarching themes of culture, the environment, and politics. This lab is funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation and supported by the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke. The primary focus is on undergraduate teaching and setting up vertically integrated teams of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to undertake new projects focused on Brazil as a global leader.
What is a Humanities Lab?
The core commitment of the Humanities Labs is to engage undergraduates in advanced research alongside faculty and graduate student mentors/collaborators. Organized around a central theme, each Lab brings together faculty and students from the humanities and other disciplines in interdisciplinary, “vertically integrated” research projects. Lab participants work in physical spaces at the Franklin Humanities Institute that are designed to foster both formal collaboration and informal exchange. Shared technological resources enable the Labs to experiment with new research methods, new lines of inquiry, and new ways of engaging with public audiences at Duke and beyond.
Global Brazil Humanities Lab Signature Projects:
Latin American Pop Art - This humanities lab project culminated in the Pop América,1965-1975 traveling exhibit, featuring nearly 100 works by a network of Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists. It is currently in residence at the Nasher Museum of Art until July 21, 2019.