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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"



September 14, 2021 - "Visualizing a Shared Ethos: Van Der Zee and Blake as Peers"

A lecture by Dr. Emilie Boone, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. A scholar of art and visual culture of the African Diaspora with a focus on photograph, Boone's lecture responds to the exhibition, "James Van Der Zee and Michael Francis Blake: Picturing Blackness in the 1920s" displayed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.



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.

September 22, 2021 - "Our Good Fortune: Black Banking and Business in Archives."

Brandon K. Winford, Professor of History, Univesity of Tennessee Knoxville. Winford is a past recipient of a John Hope Franklin Research Center travel grant in 2015-2016. 


October 27, 2021 - "Finding Gold About Green: Discoveries About Green Bratton of Historic Brattonsville at the Franklin Research Center"

Dr. Lisa Bratton, Tuskegee University. Bratton was a 2017-2018 Franklin Research Center Travel Grant recipient. 


November 9, 2021 - "Your Petition is an Instrument Which Pisporves The Claim That The Negro Does Not Wish a Nation of His Own..."

Erik S. McDuffie, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. McDuffie was a 2016-2017 Franklin Research Center Travel Grant award recipient.


Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - Finding SNCC Women in the Archives

Dr. Emilye Crosby, SUNY Geneseo



January 25, 2022 - Black Lives in Archives Roundtable

Roundtable Flyer


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