Wednesdays at the Center Series

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Wednesdays at the Center is a topical weekly series in which scholars, students, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with Duke students, staff, faculty, and community members. The series, which began in March 2006, typically welcomes audience members every week throughout the academic semesters over the lunch hour. All events in the series are free and open to the public. 

Fall 2021

The John Hope Franklin Center, in conjunction with the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, is now accepting applications for Wednesdays at the Center lectures for the fall 2021 semester series.  Events will be held in a virtual, hybrid or in-person format according to university guidelines at the time of the program. 

We accept applications on a wide range of topics that are of both local and global interest. Inspired by Dr. Franklin’s legacy and in line with past series, we look forward to submissions that promote conversations on racial equity, social justice, and community engagement.

Please submit applications through Qualtrics. All applications are due by July 30, 2021.

The Wednesdays at the Center Series is hosted by the John Hope Franklin Center and organized by the Duke University's Center for International and Global Studies and other partners. Recordings from the events are made available on the Franklin Center’s YouTube channel.

For questions or more information, please reach out to Meredith Watkins (



Meredith Watkins