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.

News and Events


Developing a Historical Biography and the Vital Importance of Black History Archives

February 23, 2021


November 5, 2019

Book Talk w/Prof. Richard Bell, University of Maryland

Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and 

Their Astonishing Odyssey Home 

Please join us for a conversation with Richard Bell, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, as he shares his latest book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. Bell will describe his research of the fascinating story of five free African American boys stolen from Philadelphia in 1825, sold into slavery in Mississippi, and the efforts of parents, neighbors, and activists to rescue them and bring their captors to justice.

Stolen  by Richard Bell


Rubenstein Library, 349, Breedlove Cofernce Room

Spring 2018

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SNCC Digital Gateway Closing Events, March 23-24, 2018 

Friday, March 23, 2018: Digital Humanities, Collaboration, and Creating New Knowledge

Richard White Lecture Hall, East Campus, Duke University, 9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, March 24, 2018: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future

LeRoy T. Walker Sports Complex, North Carolina Central University, 9:00am-5:00pm

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Activist recruiting

Reception for the Activist Archive: SNCC Collections in the Rubenstein Library

March 23, 2018, 7:00PM

Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein 153

Fall 2018

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“The Remains of the Name: The Origin of the Harlem Renaissance in the Discourse of Egyptomania"

Public Lecture by Prof. Robert A. Hill

October 17, 2017


Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room

Rubenstein Library

 “Chronicling Marcus Garvey and the UNIA: The Process of Research and Writing the African Diaspora”

A Conversation with Profs. Robert A. Hill and Michaeline A. Crichlow

October 18, 2017


Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall

John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Help us celebrate the Robert A. Hill Collection of the Marcus Garvey & UNIA Papers Project Archive. For close to forty years, Professor Robert A. Hill has researched and collected materials on Garvey and served as editor of the 13-volume Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project (University of California Press, Duke University Press). His collection now joins the archive of the John Hope Franklin Research Center in the David. M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

These events were co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of African & African American Studies, and the Department of History


March 21, 2018 - Putting SNCC Veterans into the Civil Rights Era Spotlight from Duke Today

April 14, 2015 - Duke Partners with SNCC Activists on Civil Rights Website from Duke Today

Movement History Initiative