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Scott Lindroth’s 13-year tenure as Duke’s first vice provost for the arts will soon conclude. When he started the job, he already had 17 years of faculty experience behind him including a stint as a department chair, so he knew his arts colleagues needed more faculty lines, teaching assistants, equipment, teaching space and other core needs. But he quickly realized his role would be far more broad. Looking back now, Lindroth reflects on the many relationships, partnerships and commitments needed to elevate the arts on campus — via investment in myriad ways.

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A Career in the Arts

May 19, 2020

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April 22, 2020

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Meet Duke’s newest faculty members in 2019

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Arts & Humanities

Faces of the Ruby

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As it celebrates its first birthday, the Rubenstein Arts Center is becoming the campus hub for the creation of art. We tell its story here through the...


Reimagining Medicine

November 26, 2018

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Reinventing the Toilet

November 5, 2018

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Meet Duke’s Newest Faculty Members

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Duke’s biggest, oldest laboratory—past, present and future

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Arts & Humanities

The Duke Kunshan Experience

March 20, 2018

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Arts & Humanities

Kate Bowler: Things We Learn in the Dark

February 5, 2018

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Arts & Humanities

The Duke Arts Renaissance

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In March 2011, renowned composer Steve Reich spent an evening at a downtown Durham watering hole discussing his newest work, which would premiere late...


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Exploring Earth’s Inner Space in a Submarine

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Research from a New Point of View

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