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"Dainty as Needs Be": Madame Butterfly and Cosmetic Yellowface

Jan 26 2022, 12:00pm EST

The most famous and enduring stereotype of Asian women in the U.S. has been the Madame Butterfly. A tragic heroine, the character has been represented by white actresses onstage and on screen for over a century around the world, and she has come to embody the West’s fantasy of Asian womanhood. This talk examines how the stereotype was created as a particular form of yellowface (the theatrical convention of non-Asian actors portraying East Asian characters).

A Conversation With Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos MSN'17, Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing and Dr. Dave A. Chokshi '03, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Jan 26 2022, 1:00pm EST

Join Duke alumni, parents and friends for a virtual conversation with Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos MSN'17, Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing and Dr. Dave A. Chokshi '03, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the leading public health agencies in the world.


Jan 26 2022, 7:30pm EST

Join the Environmental Academy for a conversation with Nicholas School faculty Nicolas Cassar, as he shares more about his research. Nicolas studies the movement of Earth’s essential elements (e.g., nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen) between the ocean, atmosphere, ground, and living organisms. To that end, he has developed new methods to explore the complex interplay between chemistry, biology, and our interconnected global climate system. In this talk, he will discuss the importance of photosynthesis, arguably the most...

Book Club Discussion of "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson With Duke Professor Patrick Smith

Feb 01 2022, 6:30pm EST

The Kenan Institute for Ethics established the Ethics Book Clubs for Alumni to foster community, to provide a space for alumni to read and discuss recently published novels, and to encourage readers to engage with ethical issues and questions found within these works. The Kenan Institute firmly believes that ethics matters everywhere, and literature (particularly novels) are excellent resources for imagining the ways in which ethics constitutes the world as it is now—and as we desire it to be.

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