Franklin Research Center News & Events

The Franklin Research Center hosts a number of events throughout the academic year focused on African and African-American history and culture. Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Past Events

Book Talk and Signing - Virgin Soul by Judy Juanitavirgin soul 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 5-7pm, reception begins at 5pm

Location: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Building

Poet, plawright, and activist, Judy Juanita will share her first novel, Virgin Soul, based on her own experiences as a student at San Francisco State University in the mid-1960's when she joined the Black Panther Party in its tumultuous formative years.

This event is part II of the "Women in the Movement" series co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies, Franklin Humanities Institute, Department of African & African American Studies, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, Center for African and African American Research and Program in Women's Studies

The Mutual Newsletter

Exhibition — "Soul & Service," The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company: 115 Years and Counting

October 24 through December 20, 2013

Location: The Center for Documentary Studies "Porch" at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC

"Soul and Service" is a celebration of the 115 years of continued business excellence of the North Carolin Mutual Life Insurance Company. The exhbiition features documents and photographs from the NC Mutual Archives, which is jointly held by the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the University Archives and Records Special Collections at North Carolina Central University.

Book Talk and Signing - Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr.empire

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Location: Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Library, Perkins 318

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the party grew most rapidly during the height of repression and why allies abandoned the party at its peak of influence.



Film Screening and Discussion - "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights" w/director, Nev Nnaji   

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Reception: 5:30pm

Film and Discussion: 6-8pm, Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, FHI Garage

This screening and discussion is part one of two in our "Women in the Movement" series, co-sponsored by the Department of African & African American Studies, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, the Center for African and African-American Research, the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Program in Women's Studies.