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Birth of a Nation The Birth of a Nation

Edited by Nate Parker
Publisher: Atria/ 37 INK
Publication Dates: September 27, 2016

About the Book
The book provides a supplement to the movie; however, it is more than just a tie-in. The book seeks to educate the reader and viewer as to Nat Turner’s legacy and influence. By bringing together an array of artists and intellectuals, this book speaks directly to Turner’s importance throughout history and especially his relevance to contemporary social relations.
The Birth of a Nation, presents the philosophy and craft behind the making of the film, situating the film’s relevance not only within cinematic history but also within the greater dialog of race, subjugation and resistance.

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This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner’s relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations.

Based on astounding events in American history, The Birth of a Nation is the epic story of one man championing the spirit of resistance as he leads a rough-and-tumble group into a revolt against injustice and slavery.

Breathing new life into a story that has been rife with controversy and prejudice for over two centuries, the film follows the rise of the visionary Virginian slave, Nat Turner. Hired out by his owner to preach to and placate slaves on drought-plagued plantations, Turner eventually transforms into an inspired, impassioned, and fierce anti-slavery leader.

Beautifully illustrated with stills from the movie and original illustrations, the book also features an essay by writer/director, Nate Parker, contributions by members of the cast and crew, and commentary by educator Brian Favors and historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry who place Nat Turner and the rebellion he led into historical context. The Birth of a Nation reframes the way we think about slavery and resistance as it explores the passion, determination, and faith that inspired Nat Turner to sacrifice everything for freedom.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. While the "month" spans through two calendar months, it is observed to recognize the Hispanic and Latino American heritage, culture and contributions. Here are eight amazing facts about the Hispanic community in the United States:

1. Hispanics are no longer the fastest growing minority group. Latinos are no longer be the fastest growing minority group in the United States -- according to data from the United States Census Bureau, while non-Hispanic whites are still the largest racial group in the country (197.8 million), Asians were the fastest growing minority group in the United States in 2013 -- but that's not to say they won't be the predominant minority group in the future. Currently, there are 54 million Hispanics in the United States -- that's 17 percent of the nation's population -- which makes Latinos the largest growing minority group. What's more, recent findings by the Pew Research Center cite that at least one-in-five public school kindergartners are Latino, which hints at the Latino-dominant future demographic of the US.

2. Hispanics influence food culture. Data from The NPD Group has found that one of the areas the U.S. will see the biggest change over the next five years, courtesy of the rising minority population, is its food culture. In their report -- titled "The Future of Eating: Who’s Eating What in 2018?" -- the authors of the report reveal that the future generation will opt for "from-scratch preparation" over prepackaged box foods from the grocery store. What's more, the report finds that food culture will grow by 8 percent, the implementation of healthy additives in meals will grow by 8 percent, and there will be an emphasis on preparing fresh breakfast foods that require more prep and cooking time.

3. Hispanics are more open to mobile technology. A study from PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that Hispanics, which make up 16.7 percent of the U.S. population according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are more open to mobile technology than non-Hispanics. Some key findings include: Hispanics are more likely to access coupons and banking services through mobile devices, 65 percent of Hispanic respondents conduct banking (ex. check their balance, pay a bill or make a transaction) from their mobile device but only 53 percent of non-Hispanic respondents do the same, Hispanic consumers use mobile payments at higher rates (24 percent) than non-Hispanic consumers (13 percent) and Hispanic consumers text more and use location-based apps more than non-Hispanics.

4. Immigration is not the biggest issue for Hispanics. The Pew Research Center has found in a recent survey the most pressing issue in the Hispanic community is education, followed by jobs and the economy and healthcare. That's not to say immigration reform isn't important to the Latino community -- one-third of the Hispanic population that was surveyed said immigration was an "extremely important" issue and in 2013, seven out of ten Latinos said Congress needed to pass new immigration legislation. But of the immigrant population -- which is the largest growing in the United States -- other social issues are deemed more important.

Full text of the article can be read here.

Duke Spotlight

Ravi Bellamkonda

A Talk with Ravi Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering

Interviewed by Bob Crouch

In September, I asked Ravi Bellamkonda to respond to a series of questions to learn more about his passion and vision for diversity as he began his new role as the Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

Prior to becoming Dean, Bellamkonda served as the Wallace H. Coulter Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Bellamkonda served from 2014-2016 as president of the American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering (AIMBE), the leading policy and advocacy organization for biomedical engineers with representation from industry, academia and government.

Dean Bellamkonda was an invited speaker to the Office for Institutional Equity’s Annual Retreat held on August 15, 2016. At that time, Dean Bellamkonda shared his background and interests prior to embarking on this new role at Duke. During the retreat, he further shared his vision for the Pratt School of Engineering which sparked our interest to delve further into learning more about his extensive work and fascinating background. The following reflect a series of questions and Dean Bellamkonda’s responses.

-Robert T. Crouch, Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Duke University Office for Institutional Equity

How long have you been devoted to diversity and inclusion in the workspace and why is this work important to you as the Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering?

For many years, I was under the impression that talent and hard work were the keys to overcoming the diversity and inclusion issues that underrepresented minority (URM) groups face. While these issues are present, I assumed they would become less important once one gets an opportunity to be at fantastic place like Duke. However, as I have spent more time with our URM, LGBTQ and women colleagues, and as I listened more, several things have become clearer to me. For example, places like Duke are not as accessible as we would like them to be. Even after we become members of a top-notch university, there is sometimes an information and expectation asymmetry that advantages some over others. We all form ‘intuitions’ about individuals in certain groups based on popular or historical (false) mores. And while this intuition normally serves us well, it creates an unconscious bias that can definitely lead us astray, resulting in an unfair playing field. This has been a profound and personal realization for me. This awareness alone has changed the way I approach matters and the conversations I have in my role as the Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering.

Please describe the connections between academic scholarship, research and diversity from an engineers’ point of view.

If we as Duke engineers are serious about taking on grand challenges in complex areas like health, intelligence and connectivity, and the environment (and we are!), we cannot do it without the best minds collaborating and working together. The best minds do not favor a race, gender or sexual orientation – on the contrary, I would like for Pratt to be a destination for people who are interested in changing the world, and who bring the wide range of perspectives and insights that are needed to do that. Our diversity mission is the same as our mission for excellence; they are not two separate missions in my mind.

Full text of the interview can be read here.

The Triangle Business Journal 2016 Diversity Awards Winners

Ben ReeseHai

The Triangle Business Journal announced its 2016 class of Leaders in Diversity Awards winners

The Leaders in Diversity Awards program, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognize the accomplishments of Triangle businesses, individuals and nonprofits as they strive to reflect the diverse tapestry of backgrounds and beliefs that make the Triangle a great place to live and work. These winners have demonstrated respect for inclusive treatment of others, advocacy for underrepresented groups and multicultural marketing. Congratulations to our very own Ben Reese, who was awarded the Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award and to Hai Ly Burk who was awarded with the TBJ Leaders in Diversity Giant Company award on behalf of Duke Raleigh Hospital!

Understanding Disparities In Health Care Access- And Reducing Them- Through A Focus On Public Health

A Noteworthy Article from Health Affairs

Disparities in health care access for minority and other vulnerable populations in the United States are well documented.1 Researchers to date have described the problem of disparities in detail but have had less to say about “effective, real-world strategies to address it.”2 To develop policies and programs that reduce disparities in health care access, we need a comprehensive understanding of the multiple factors that underlie them.

Over the past four decades, researchers and policy makers have developed a number of frameworks to conceptualize the factors that influence health care access. Most of these frameworks focus on individual-level factors, such as demographics, personal health beliefs, and health insurance status. There is, however, growing appreciation that factors beyond individual characteristics—including community-level factors—also affect disparities in health care access.3

Public health agencies and activities represent an important way to address disparities in health care access, but it is one that has been little studied. Public health has been defined as “what we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can lead healthy lives.”4(p1) In recent years there has been a heightened awareness of the importance of the public health system, and public health approaches were acknowledged in provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Along with environmental factors and other health determinants, public health plays an important role in understanding and resolving disparities in health outcomes, including disparities in health care access and quality.5 In this article we propose a framework for understanding public health’s role in addressing disparities in health care access.

Full text of the article can be read here.

The Birth of a Nation Official Movie Trailer

In theaters October 7th 2016!

North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion

North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners is a consortium of public and private institutions of higher education in the State of North Carolina established to coordinate a statewide network among chief diversity officers, equal opportunity compliance officers, human resources practitioners, experts in multicultural affairs and others in professional roles related to equal opportunity/affirmative action, diversity and inclusion in higher education. The primary purpose of the consortium is to serve as an authoritative resource for individual leaders who drive diversity and inclusion programs in their organization. Through the collective efforts of its membership, the consortium is engaged in the sharing of ideas, information, programs and resources designed to advance diversity and inclusion efforts as an essential part of organizational success.

Association of American Colleges & Universities

A Voice and a Force for Liberal Education in the 21st Century

Since 1971 AAC&U has developed initiatives that bring together faculty and institutions of higher learning to provide national leadership that advances diversity and equity in higher education, and the best educational practices for an increasingly diverse population.  AAC&U understands diversity and equity as fundamental goals of higher education and as resources for learning that are valuable for all students, vital to democracy and a democratic workforce and to the global position and wellbeing of the United States. AAC&U's commitment to make excellence inclusive—to bring the benefits of liberal education to all students—is rooted deeply in commitment to a diverse, informed, and civically active society. 

Full text of the article can be read here.


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