Duke is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, consistently included near the top of the U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Many of their programs are highly regarded, including law, medicine, the humanities, and social sciences. It is also home to the Duke Lemur Center, the Duke Chapel, the Nasher Museum of Art, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Originally named Trinity College, it moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, the Duke family endowed the college with $40 million and it expanded to become Duke University, whose three campuses now frame Downtown Durham.
The hub of the University is the Gothic-style West Campus, with richly detailed stonework and landscaped grounds, which was designed by African-American architect Julian Abele during the earlier half of the 20th century. Central Campus connects West to East and houses the Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum, and student housing. East Campus is the Georgian-style Old Trinity College Campus of the 1800s. Campus tours conducted M-F at 11:30 am and 2 pm.
In this lunchtime discussion - and official kickoff to Duke Performances' weeklong Black Atlantic festival - noted musicologists Ned Sublette (Afropop Worldwide) and Michael Veal (Yale) discuss the …