DukeEngage in Cairo, Egypt 2012 participant Marianna Jordan recently contributed her perspective to "ISLAMICommentary": Public Scholarship on Islam & The Muslim Experience, a forum managed by the Duke Islamic Studies Center.
Marianna writes, "On November 16, 2012, when news broke that a rocket launched by Hamas had reached a southern suburb of Tel Aviv, I remember my Jerusalem roommates and I discussing how we were weren’t sure that we would be able to discern the sound of the air raid siren should it ever go off here. Obviously this would never happen in Jerusalem…right? Looking back nearly a year later, I’m still unable to erase that sound from my memory. I can’t even begin to express the tremor of fear that shook my entire body upon hearing the blaring siren later that night. Hamas had launched three M75 missiles toward Jerusalem, supposedly aimed at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, and one of which exploded in an open space near the Gush Etzion settlement — just 25 kilometers south of where I was living as part of an independent study abroad program organized through Hebrew University."
DukeEngage in Ireland '11 participant Michaela Dwyer recently authored an essay "A Retrospective Glance at a 'New Normal' in Dublin," which appeared on the web site of The Kenan Institute for Ethics. See the article in its entirety here.
Michaela is the Stephen and Janet Bear Postgraduate Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. A 2013 Duke graduate, she studied English, Art History, and Documentary Studies.
Eric Mlyn, Duke University assistant vice provost for civic engagement and executive director of DukeEngage, has co-authored an article that appeared today in the Huffington Post.
The article was a collaborative effort with Amanda Moore McBride, associate professor and associate dean for social work, and director of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis.
Titled "Civic Engagement and Higher Education at a Crossroads", the article begins:
For those of us who went in to higher education in part to hide out in the ivory tower, it looks like the party is over. What we do, how we do it, how well we do it and how much it costs have now become matters of significant public and political debate. The challenges are well known and clear. Cost and access have arguably always been of concern, but never more so than now.
Other prevailing issues demand reflection and response. Students are graduating with crushing debt burdens, and their potential employers are telling us that they are not prepared for the work place. The explosion of online education and in particular the rise of MOOCs threatens to provide something for "free" that many of us are charging nearly $60,000 a year for. Our very home communities are questioning our value to them, especially as many of us are exempt from paying property taxes.
Simultaneous to this "crisis" in American higher education is the continued growth of the civic engagement movement on our campuses. Civic engagement is not, of course, a panacea for the ills of higher education, but it can be part of the solution.
See the article in its entirety here.
DukeEngage will offer 40 group programs in partner communities throughout the U.S. and abroad next summer. New programs for 2014 include initiatives in Detroit, Mich.; Miami, Fla.; Belgrade, Serbia; and Seoul, South Korea. A revamped Washington, D.C. program will also run in summer 2014.
Oct. 1 each year marks the announcement of new and continuing programs for the following summer. The DukeEngage online application also goes live Oct. 1.
View the complete list of new and continuing programs here.
The DukeEngage in Zhuhai program, which brings an arts enrichment curriculum to middle school students in China each summer, was featured prominently this weekend in Duke's Arts Journal.
Zhuhai's program leader, Hsiao-Mei Ku, a professor of the practice in Duke's Department of Music, said, "By teaching 16 integrative arts classes at Zhuhai No.9 Middle School, Duke participants encourage young Chinese students to pursue their dreams, try out novel art forms and motivate them to create endless possibilities."
"Two Durhams" is the focus of a recent Durham Herald Sun article, which explores the reconfiguration this summer of one of the DukeEngage program's veteran initiatives in hometown Durham. This summer, participants in the program not only served in Durham, North Carolina but also served in sister city Durham, England.
See the Herald Sun article here.
"Civic engagement is alive and well at Duke," said Korstad, "but we still have a lot to do to realize the civic potential of our students, staff, faculty and community partners."
On a particularly slow day during my summer research in rural Kenya, I went for a directionless walk down to the shores of a gleaming Lake Victoria. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a young boy walking hesitantly behind me. I spoke first, asking him where he was going. "To the store," was the brief, unelaborate answer. We walked in silence for a few moments. "Where are you going?" he asked. I didn't know. Instead, the words that tumbled out of my mouth were a request to accompany him to the store. What proceeded next was completely antithetical to my organized, directional existence at Duke. I, a conspicuously foreign woman, found myself tagging along aimlessly behind a small boy I barely knew because I didn't know what else to do with myself.
DukeEngage participant Joy Liu's article "Listening Lessons" appeared in a special 2013 issue of Duke Magazine called "Transformations." Liu is a rising senior from Southern California majoring in public policy and biology. She completed her DukeEngage experience in Kenya.