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


2021-2022 Academic Year - Celebrating "Black Lives in Archives"

Black Lives in Archives Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Black Lives in Archives virtual speaker series featuring four scholars who were previously awarded research travel grants to come to the Rubenstein Library and utilize the center’s collections. This “return to the archive” by each scholar will highlight the critical importance of Black collections as a foundation for new directions in the field of African and African American Studies.

Wednesday, September 22, 1:00PM EDT


Brandon K. Winford, University of Tennessee Knoxville

"Our Good Fortune: Black Banking and Business in Archives"

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Wednesday, October 27, 1:00PM, EDT


Lisa Bratton, Tuskegee University

"Finding Gold About Green: Discovers about Green Bratton of Historic Brattonsville at the Franklin Research Center"

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Tuesday, November 9, 1:00PM EST


Erik S. McDuffie, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, December 8, 1:00PM EST


Emilye Crosby, SUNY Geneseo


2021-2022 Academic Year - Celebrating "Black Lives in Archives"

Opening Event

Tuesday, September 14, 1:00PM EDT

"Visualizing a Shared Ethos: Van Der Zee and Blake as Peers"

Emilie C. Boone

Virtual lecture by Dr. Emilie Boone, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. Her talk will respond to the exhibition James Van Der Zee and Michael Francis Blake: Picturing Blackness in the 1920scurrently on display in the Rubenstein Library’s Photography Gallery. The exhibit highlights resonances between the work of James Van Der Zee and Michael Francis Blake, two African American photographers working in the 1920s at the height of the "New Negro Movement." 

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

February 23, 2021




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