ARTICLES BY Bridget Booher

  • At the culmination of Duke’s Take Back the Night march in 2005, nearly 150 people gathered on the steps of Duke Chapel to share stories about sexual assault. Such community-wide, public events were important, one participant noted, “because sexual assault is a silent crime.”
  • October 2, 2014
    As any preschool teacher can attest, children’s temperaments at a very young age affect their interactions with peers, their willingness to follow directions, and how they handle discipline or setbacks. Terrie Moffitt and her Duke and Dunedin colleagues have discovered that personality traits identified as early as age three not only persist into adulthood, but they also consistently predict life trajectories. The study concluded that people generally fall into one of five categories.
  • September 25, 2014
    At the opening of the new Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity last year, President richard H. Brodhead acknowledged that the deeply entrenched homophobic prejudice in the U.S. also played out at Duke. “This university regrets every phase of that history,” he said.
  • September 25, 2014
    Despite a broken air-conditioner in her classroom and spending ten hours (and counting) on her feet, Laurel Burk ’13, M.A.T. ’14 is feeling pretty good about the first day of school at Durham’s Northern High School.
  • September 25, 2014
    During the hot, humid summers spent on her grandmother’s farm in Randolph County, North Carolina, Terrie Moffitt witnessed the endless universal loop of creation and destruction. She and her fourteen cousins delighted in bottle-feeding calves and finding nests of baby rabbits, learned to spot snakes camouflaged in garden rows, suffered the painful curse of poison ivy. Nature, in all its majesty and violence, gave rise to discoveries both wondrous and frightening.
  • July 22, 2014
    From the outside, W. Steven Burke’s elegantly understated Greek Revival home and adjoining buildings—all designed by him—in the heart of the historic district in Hillsborough, North Carolina, offer no hint at the worlds and wonders inside. But cross the threshold and suddenly you’re surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of small buildings that occupy nearly every surface.
  • February 11, 2014
    Katherine Zhang didn’t know many other Asians when she was growing up in a white suburban neighborhood outside of Charlotte. As she got older and noticed cultural differences between her family and those of her friends and neighbors, Zhang wondered whether those differences were “because we were crazy or freaks or because we were Chinese.”
  • Illustrations by David Vogin.
    September 12, 2013
    Toward the end of a 2012 college tour that took them to nearly a dozen schools, including Auburn, Emory, Duke, Northwestern, William and Mary, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, David Williamson ’87 turned to his oldest son, Cameron, and asked which schools were the top contenders. “I don’t even know why that is relevant,” Cameron said, “until we know what kind of scholarships I might get.”
  • February 13, 2013
    On Good Friday in 2009, Mary Ann Harrison made a phone call that changed her life.
  • February 13, 2013
    Fifty years ago this fall, a black third-grader sat in the balcony of a Charlotte movie theater, segregated from the white children seeing the same movie, accepting as normal that his skin color meant he and his friends drank from separate water fountains, used separate bathrooms, rode at the back of the bus.
  • January 31, 2012
     Hostile ground: Ohio State fans berate the Blue Devils during Duke’s loss to the Buckeyes earlier this season.
  • November 30, 2011
     At Duke and other elite institutions, where a be-the-best environment exacerbates cultural pressures to be thin and beautiful, one of the most common problems students run into is maintaining a healthy attitude about their bodies.
  • October 1, 2011
     Tools of the trade: Josh Gibson, assistant director of the Film/Video/Digital Program, introduces M.F.A.
  • October 1, 2011
     Everywhere you look: Inset, re-creati
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  • The secret of his success: Hood and her boss—and foundation namesake—Michael J. Fox. Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times/Redux
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  • January 31, 2011
     Duke University archivists are discovering materials in the Doris Duke collection that provide new insights into her life. The five items here illustrate her devotion to her father, her concerns about personal safety, her sly sense of humor, and her passion for design, art, and restoration.
  • October 1, 2010
    Parents can’t help themselves. They want their children to succeed. But sometimes the best of intentions can thwart a student attempting to find his own way. In her new book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, Ana Homayoun ’01 helps parents understand the importance of making students responsible for their own mistakes.
  • Blossoming: Amid spring poppies, Goodwin surveys Montrose's natural wonders. Photo by Les Todd
    August 1, 2010
    Nancy Sanders Goodwin: FloraTwo years ago, Nancy Sanders Goodwin '58 erected a deer-proof fence around Montrose, the historic, sixty-one acre property in Hillsborough, North Carolina, she has transformed into a series of gardens that attracts horticulturists and gardeners from around the world.
  • November 30, 2007
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  • March 31, 2003
    Career shifting: Fenn plies two trades
  • Lunchtime: Carter buys roasted maize for lunch from a vendor at the local "taxi ranks".
    October 1, 2002

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