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Hint: It’s not Duke.  

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Like Google Books Ngram Viewer before it, Wedding Crunchers — a searchable database of New York Times wedding announcements — has obvious limitations for serious research. But what’s so bad about a few passing screenfuls of entertainment and provocation? Following up on last week’s look at how often the University of North Carolina and other […]

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Just follow the clues in this name-frequency chart from Wedding Crunchers. Has the Times told Duke the honeymoon is over?  

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“While living in Durham, N.C., back in the 1980s, I met a guy who was studying creative writing at Duke University. I have come to think of him as the doomed acolyte. One day he told me that his teacher, venerable Reynolds Price, rolled into the classroom in his wheelchair and gave the class a curious […]

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What kind of guy hikes the Keystone XL pipeline? The kind of guy who lives in a van in a parking lot at Duke (and writes a book about it).  

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On this day in 1958: Capping an 18-year legal struggle, the Ackland Art Museum is dedicated at the University of North Carolina. As specified in his bequest, the museum’s benefactor, William Hayes Ackland, is interred within the building with a recumbent statue on his marble sarcophagus. When he died in 1940, Ackland, a Washington lawyer, […]

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“Am now rooming [at Duke] with Art Katz of Memphis and Claude Kirk of Montgomery, Ala. Both are transfers from Emory, and they’re good guys.” – Letter from William Styron to his father, March 12, 1944 “[Florida Gov. Claude Kirk] rises to the challenge, occasionally with a fine and almost classic use of the language… […]

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“If you understood what communism was, you would hope and pray on your knees that we would someday be communist. I am a socialist, I think that we should strive toward a socialist society — all the way to communism.” – Jane Fonda, speaking at Duke University in 1979  

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“Trinity, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a small Methodist college with strict rules governing student conduct, required daily chapel attendance and college-sponsored annual revivals. As the school expanded [and was renamed for benefactor James B. Duke], students began  to engage in more and more extracurricular and social affairs, student self-government took […]

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“Reynolds Price was doodling on a paper placemat in a Harvard Square cafe on a spring morning in 1992 when he told me about the copy of ‘Paradise Lost’ he had bought for himself five years earlier after surviving extensive treatment for spinal cancer. Price… teaches a course on John Milton at Duke University, but […]

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