Wednesdays at the Center Series

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Wednesdays at the Center is a topical weekly series in which scholars, students, artists, journalists, musicians, and community members speak informally about their work in conversation with Duke students, staff, faculty, and the wide community connected to the John Hope Franklin Center. The series, which began in March 2006, welcomes audience members weekly during the regular semester from 1pm-2pm for conversations and light refreshments. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Fall 2023

The John Hope Franklin Center is accepting applications for Wednesdays at the Center for Fall 2023 semester series through August 7, 2023. Applications can be completed online at Wednesdays at the Center will be from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Wednesdays through the fall semester. 

We accept applications on a wide range of topics that are of both local and global interest. Inspired by Dr. Franklin's legacy, we encourage submissions that promote conversations on racial equity, social justice, and community engagement.

The Wednesdays at the Center Series is hosted by the John Hope Franklin Center and organized with university partners. The John Hope Franklin Center will provide light refreshments, space, and administrative support for the series at no cost to the applicant.

For questions or more information, please reach out to Erin Dillard (

Explore the coverage of the past Wednesdays at the Center events.


There are no upcoming events.


Erin Dillard