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Finding new ways to research a new South

July 18, 2008 - Researchers at Duke University want to update the history and statistics of 20th Century social change in the South, combining social science research with narrative, oral histories with statistics, in a new Center for the Study of the South.

Saving the South's children

May 16, 2007 - Living in the South is a powerful predictor of poor health for children, and a new study underway at Duke University in Durham, N.C. hopes to better understand why.

Duke rape case inspires racist pseudo-science

April 19, 2007 - Having been warned about stepping into the tempest that is the blogospheric discussion of the Duke lacrosse rape case, I can't say I'm surprised that my writing about it has drawn angry comments to Facing South. Though I don't plan to cover the case extensively going forward, there are some comments that I'd like to address before moving on.

More comments on the Duke lacrosse rape scandal

April 16, 2007 - Anyone who's followed the reaction to the Duke lacrosse rape case in the blogosphere knows that it's occasionally brought out the worst in human nature: racism, misogyny, classism, and a general viciousness, all aided and abetted by people's ability to speak their piece without revealing their identity.

Police need tips on Duke lacrosse scandal

April 4, 2006 - We haven't weighed in on the Duke University lacrosse team scandal, not out of lack of interest, but because I was out of town last week when the charges exploded on the national scene. After sifting through dozens of news accounts, blog entries, and conversations with friends about the case, I received this interesting announcement from the Durham police department this evening: