Download schedule as PDF:  PAL Fall Events Flyer 2014


Sept 8, 5pm.  PAL for Graduate Students! Happy Hour!

Come enjoy a signature cocktail, find out about the exciting new PAL Writing Groups project, and rediscover the PAL Graduate Certificate (all the PAL Certificate professors will be there!)

5:00pm Happy Hour & Mixer
5:30pm PAL Certificate Information
6:00pm Writing is Thinking PAL Writing Groups


Sept 18, 5:30pm. How to set up a Writing Group

Interested in being in a PAL-sponsored Writing Group? Or just want to learn how to set up a group of your own? Come to this meeting with Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (TWP), Toril Moi (PAL) and Kristen Neuschel (TWP). Graduate students at all levels, from first years to dissertation writers, are welcome.

Sept 25-26 Symposium on Action. Co-convened by Thomas Pfau and Vivasvan Soni.

Oct 2, 6pm. 5:30pm Reception. Our new Intellectual Women series kicks off with an 18th century session: The Making and Unmaking of Women’s Intellectual Reputations: Mme du Châtelet and Mary Wollstonecraft,” with Karen Detlefsen, Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania & Andrew Janiak, Philosophy, Duke; and Angela Maione, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Bard College.  Duke English graduate student Jacqueline Cowan will be a respondent.


Oct 23, 6:30pm. 6pm Reception “Imagining the Time of Art’s Histories.” A lecture by Keith Moxey, Art History, Barnard College & Columbia University


Nov 5, 7pm. PAL Forum: Screening of Blade Runner (1982 dir. Ridley Scott, with Harrison Ford.) We will be showing the 2007 Final Cut. RSVP to


Dec 4. PAL Humanities Party!

A party to celebrate the humanities at Duke: More details to come!


All events in the FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Duke University


This year we are delighted to introduce the new PAL/FHI Seminars on Concepts, Figures, and Art Forms: (1) The Contemporary Novel; (2) Whose Kafka?

Keep an eye open for announcements of their events throughout the year!



Spring Preview:

  • Derek Attridge at PAL!
  • Intellectual Women: Hannah Arendt
  • Feb 26-27: The 3rd biennual PAL Writing Is Thinking event with Verlyn Klinkenborg, formerly of the editorial board of The New York Times, long-time teacher of non-fiction writing at Bard and Yale, and author of Several Short Sentences About Writing (Knopf, 2012).