Ideas and Conversations: Evenings with Graduate Liberal Studies

Graduate Liberal Studies continues its events program, Ideas and Conversations, showcasing the achievements of GLS students, alumni and faculty and brings special events to the GLS community. Engage the conversation!

Fall 2014

Wednesday, October 8 Julian Bell “The Art of Losing”  Julian BellJulian Bell
6:00 pm McClendon Commons (behind Undergraduate Admissions)*

In “The Art of Losing” – this title from an Elizabeth Bishop poem – British artist and writer Julian Bell will reflect on coming to terms with the recent loss of decades of his unsold paintings and sketches in a studio fire. 


Thursday, November 13 Miró: the Experience of Seeing  Miro
5:30 pm (assemble at 5:15) Nasher Museum of Art
Exhibition tour and reception
The Nasher Museum presents Miró: The Experience of Seeing, an exhilarating exhibition of works by Spanish-born artist Joan Miró. This is the first-ever presentation of the final 20 years of Miró’s career. Don’t miss the only East Coast venue for this special ticketed exhibition. All works are on loan from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.Join us on a private tour with the exhibit curator. The tour includes free admission to the exhibit. This event is restricted to Duke Graduate Liberal Studies students and alumni and limited to 20 participants.


Coming in the Spring 2015 semester:

Melissa Malouf reading from and reflecting on her new novel, More than You Know. Dalkey Press, 2014 Malouf Book Cover

Date forthcoming!

Melissa Malouf is Associate Professor of the Practice of English, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows, and the Arts in Contemporary Society FOCUS program. She is the author of a novel, It Had to Be You (Avisson Press, 1997) and a collection of stories, No Guarantees (William Morrow, 1990). One of the stories in this collection, "The Golden Robe," was awarded a prestigious Pushcart Prize (1989). Several of her stories have been cited for excellence by both Pushcart and Best American Short Stories; two of them appear in North Carolina anthologies of contemporary literature. She has written three one-act plays, which premiered at Duke, as well as two opera libretti, one of them commissioned by The Durham Arts Council. Dr. Malouf is the recipient of The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (1997).


R. Larry Todd

R. Larry Todd hosts a lecture recital of Beethoven cello sonatas
Thursday, March 19th
6pm, Nelson Music Room

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the Music Department at Duke. He is teaching a new GLS spring course (LS 770.81) BEETHOVEN AND US. Among his books are Mendelssohn: A Life in Music and Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn. A graduate of Yale University, he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir.


* McClendon Commons – Parking

McClendon Commons is the Visitors’ Center for Undergraduate Admissions, which is located at the corner of Campus Drive, Chapel Drive, and Flowers Drive. McClendon Commons is behind the main UG Admissions Gothic stone building.Parking:

  • Spaces in front of UG Admissions, on their circular driveway. Access is on Campus Drive, just before the Chapel Drive circle.
  • Parking circle behind McClendon Commons. Access is from Campus Drive, on the driveway to the right of Trinity Technology Services (white house), and to the left of the GLS house.