Past Chautauqua Lectures

Protecting Privacy in the Era of Big Data
Jerry Reiter
Professor of Statistical Science

Protecting Privacy in the Era of Big Data – September 12, 2017

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Jerry Reiter is a professor of statistical science and deputy director of the Information Initiative at Duke. He received a BS in mathematics from Duke in 1992 and a PhD in statistics from Harvard in 1999. He is a Bass Fellow and a recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.  His research interests include methods for protecting data confidentiality, handling missing and faulty data, integrating information from multiple sources, and analyzing complex datasets in health, policy, and social sciences.

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Orin Starn Chautauqua
Orin Starn
Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Blood Sports and the Concussion Crisis – September 20, 2017

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Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History. He has wide-ranging interests including Latin America, Native North America, social movements and indigenous politics, the history of anthropology, activist anthropology, and, more recently, sports and society. His newest book, "The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal," examines the superstar golfer's place in American society and culture. Starn is also the author of the award-winning "Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last 'Wild' Indian," a chronicle of the life and legend of the last survivor of California's Yahi tribe. He has worked in Andean South America, mostly Peru and it is an experience he recounts in his book, "Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes."  In 2005, he won Duke's highest undergraduate teaching award and was awarded the Sally Dalton Robinson Professorship in Cultural Anthropology. He currently maintains a blog about golf, sports, and society at

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“Who Lives/ Who Dies/ Who Tells Your Story?”: The Art, Theory, and Praxis of Storytelling
Eileen Chow
Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

“Who Lives/ Who Dies/ Who Tells Your Story?”: The Art, Theory, and Praxis of Storytelling – September 25, 2017

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Eileen Cheng-yin Chow teaches at Duke University, where she is Co-Director of Story Lab, and Visiting Associate Professor of Chinese and Japanese Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. She is also Director of the Cheng Shewo Institute of Chinese Journalism at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan. Her research, writing, and teaching include all manner of serialized narratives, press practices and publics, popular culture (anime, fandoms, media technologies), as well as the origins, formations, and articulations of Chinatowns around the world. Find her on Twitter @chowleen.

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Deondra Rose Chautauqua
Deondra Rose
Professor of Public Policy

Title IX & the Death of 'Women Need Not Apply' – October 11, 2017

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Deondra Rose is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University.  Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark higher education policies on the American political landscape.  Her first book, Citizens by Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Politics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), examines the development of landmark higher education policies and their impact on equality in the United States.  A summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia, Rose received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University, with a specialization in American Politics and public policy.  She is an alumna of Barack Obama’s 2006 “Yes We Can” Campaign and Political Training Program; and, prior to entering academia, she worked in Georgia and Minnesota politics.

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Tyson Brown Chautauqua
Tyson Brown
Professor of Sociology

Who Gets Sick and Why? A Sociological Perspective – October 25, 2017

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Dr. Brown is an assistant professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research. His research examines how and why racial/ethnic stratification and other axes of inequality combine to shape health and wealth across the life course. This research interest is expressed in three foci: 1) using multidimensional approaches to stratification to investigate the intersecting consequences of social factors on health and wealth, 2) examining whether inequality increases or decreases over the life course, and 3) determining the extent to which various structural and psychosocial mechanisms underlie within- and between-group inequalities in health.


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Nick Carnes Chautauqua
Nick Carnes
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Why Trump Won – October 30, 2017

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Nick Carnes is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science. His research focuses on U.S. politics, legislative decision making, representation, social class, economic inequality, and state and local politics. He has a book called White-Collar Government that examines how the shortage of people from the working class in American legislatures skews the policymaking process towards outcomes that are more in line with the upper class's economic interests, and another book coming soon called The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office.

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I Wasn't Supposed to Be Here Anyway: One Woman's Journey from Long Beach, California to the Ivy League
Makeba Wilbourn
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

I Wasn't Supposed to Be Here Anyway: One Woman's Journey from Long Beach, California to the Ivy League – November 1, 2017

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Makeba Wilbourn completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University in 2008. Before moving to Ithaca, NY, she completed her BA and MA at California State University, Fullerton. In the fall of 2008, she continued her research studying the relations between gesture, thought, and language throughout development in the Wilbourn Infant Laboratory @ Duke (WILD).

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Turning Tumors Against Themselves:  New Cancer Therapies and How They Work
Sally Kornbluth
Duke University Provost and Professor of Biology

Turning Tumors Against Themselves: New Cancer Therapies and How They Work – November 8, 2017

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Sally Kornbluth, Ph.D. was appointed Duke University Provost on July 1, 2014.   Kornbluth served as Vice Dean for Basic Science at Duke University School of Medicine from 2006-2014.  In this role, she served as a liaison between the Dean’s office and the Basic Science Department Chairs and faculty, including oversight of the biomedical graduate programs in the School of Medicine, implementation of programs to support the research mission of the basic science faculty, and oversight of new and existing core laboratories. 

Kornbluth received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College in 1982 and a B.S. in Genetics from Cambridge University, England in 1984 where she was a Herchel Smith Scholar at Emmanuel College.  She received her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in 1989 in Molecular Oncology and went on to postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego.  She joined the Duke faculty in 1994 and is currently the Jo Rae Wright University Professor.

Kornbluth's research interests include the study of cell proliferation and programmed cell death, areas of central importance for understanding both carcinogenesis and degenerative disorders. She has published extensively in these areas, studying these problems in a variety of model organisms.


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Liliana Paredes Chautauqua
Liliana Paredes
Professor of Romance Studies and Linguistics

What is this accent doing in my soup!? – November 15, 2017

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Liliana Paredes is Professor of the Practice in the department of Romance Studies at Duke University. She directs the Spanish Language Program and the Intensive Spanish Summer Institute. In the field of second language acquisition Paredes studies acquisition of vocabulary, second language assessment;  experiential and community based learning. She has published GENTE NIVEL INTERMEDIO (2013) (together with Joan Munne) and edited a volume on innovation in pedagogies of second language acquisition. Paredes teaches and studies issues of linguistic rights in the Americas. She has been part of the DukeImmerse cluster Rights in the Americas for three consecutive years and she has taken students to México twice. As a sociolinguist, Paredes is interested in issues of language migration, languages in contact; and linguicism.

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