Black in Blue: The Duke Sports and Race Project critically studies race and sports at Duke, within its geographic placement, and beyond. This faculty-led project has three pillars, with each examining the politics and histories of intercollegiate athletics and athletes, particularly in revenue-generating sports.
Duke and UNC are premier academic institutions with (in)famous sports teams, a storied rivalry, and only a few miles separating them. This geographic proximity presents a unique opportunity for partnerships beyond the playing field. Because of the energy that annually surrounds both athletic programs and this ‘Battle of the Blues,’ faculty on both campuses were interested in coming together to analyze the dynamics that drive intercollegiate athletics.
During this symposium, we will bring together a variety of speakers, including scholars, journalists, former and current athletes, and public policy practitioners, who are interested in the history, economics, and racial and gender politics of college sports. Across four panels and a keynote, we invite you to question the role of intercollegiate athletics in higher education with us.
This day-long event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided with registration.
This course will critically examine the role that sports play in the modern world and our everyday lives. Sports are a universe of their own, bodily practices that involve complex choreographies of movement and coordination. Yet they are also always a reflection of society... read more
Race, Sport & Education:
This course uses Duke's athletic history, present and future to explore how Black intelligence is recognized and/or not recognized and the value of Black athletes' intellectual capacity in college athletics over time... read more
SUMMER 1 2023
Race, Power and Identity from Ali to Kaepernick
An exploration of historic and contemporary psycho-social and socio-cultural aspects of the African American sport experience. Examination of research that addresses the effect of physical differences, racial stereotyping, identity development, gender issues and social influences ... read more