Athletes and Protest Focus

A Year of Digging into Stories of Athletes and Protests

Yes, in 532 A.D. there really were massive protests led by professional charioteers that resulted in the deaths of 30,000 people in the Byzantine Empire. We are following this thread through the years as athletes have challenged gender, race and other barriers.

Immersion Week Activities

Research at the NC State Archives and the UNC Archives

Visit to the NC Sports Hall of Fame

Learning about the Black in Blue: The Duke Sports and Race Project

Documentary skills development with Duke Film Program instructor Jim Haverkamp

Filming and editing in the new Bryan Center Studios

Conversation with Jamal Walton and his sports protest artwork

Visit to the Triangle Polo Club to see a scrimmage (the team is composed of almost all female-identifying players)

Swimming at the Duke Faculty Club

Friday, June 24, at 5 PM showcase of the 30-second mini-documentaries the Scholars will be creating during the week

Calendar of Activities

June 19 NC Courage game with JHF Alum Brianna Pinto

June 20 Immersion Week (June 20-24)

June 24 Immersion Week celebration with families at 5 PM

September 10 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

October 8 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

November 5-8 Trip to DC to meet with the Sports Curator at the National Museum for African and African American History and Culture and explore other resources related to the topic.

November 12 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

December 10 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

January 14 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

January 28 Daylong retreat at Celebrity Dairy Goat Farm

February 11 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

March 11 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

April 8 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

May 13 Saturday Session (10 AM – 3 PM)

For more information or questions, contact David Stein, Program Director, at