One of Duke University Chapel’s values is integrative education. This academic year, staff members are teaching the courses listed below.

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Race and Public Policy
Instructor: Adam Hollowell
What is race, and how does it impact public policy in the contemporary United States? How have institutions, political leaders, and individual citizens wrestled with the role of race and racism in democracy? This course considers these questions and related issues by examining a variety of perspectives on the relationship between race and public policy. We will discuss these issues across many areas of future work for students, including health care, economics, law, and the environment.

Ethics in an Unjust World
Instructor: Adam Hollowell
The course considers the question, "How can we fix poverty?" It begins by exploring the nature of poverty through a variety of descriptive metaphors (for example, poverty as a "trap"). It then considers the word "we," and in doing so introduces several basic understandings of ethics (deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, etc.) Finally it considers the word "fix" and offers three models for responding to poverty: working for, working with, and being with. Each model explores several examples of good practice followed by critical reflection as students engage with opportunities in Durham displaying each approach. The course will include several visits to local Durham organizations, including TROSA, Urban Ministries, and City Council. For more information email

Values in Action: The Duke Philanthropy Lab
Instructor: Christy Lohr Sapp

In this course, students will come to understand the nature of giving—the means and mechanisms, problems and solutions, successes and failures—even as they study the history, theory and structure of civil society. The course will pay special attention to how specific religious traditions and communities have understood personal-societal obligations through time. In the exploration of this material, the course will draw examples from the Jewish traditions (highlighting a premodern model of social organization and mutuality, and exemplifying minority-majority dynamics over time) and American traditions (with a focus on the present), in particular but not exclusively, to ground our analysis.  A special feature of the course will be the opportunity for the class to apply theoretical knowledge to a real world decision-making process by determining how to real funds—to make actual grants—to nonprofit organizations, locally and (potentially) abroad. 

Culture Wars: Israeli & Palestinian Resistance & Reconciliation through Art & Culture
Jewish Studies 290S/REL 290S/AMES 290S, SPRING 2018
Instructor: Christy Lohr Sapp

Israel and Palestine have rich and intertwined religious and cultural histories marked by competing claims and narratives. This course will introduce and examine Zionist, Israeli, Arab and Palestinian claims as expressed through a variety of cultural media. Asking what artistic and culture genres convey about religious and national identity, the course will study literary, musical, visual, and cinematic works in order to determine whether they contribute to or detract from a spirit of coexistence. Competing and conflicting claims will be critiqued for historical and cultural accuracy. Students will put the themes and concepts discussed in class into practical application during Service-Learning projects and a May 2018 study tour. Students should email Professor Christy Lohr Sapp @ in order to obtain the application - due November 1!

Rodney TeachingChapel Choir
MUSIC 213-2, FALL Wed 6:15-8:05 p.m., Duke Chapel
Instructor: Rodney Wynkoop
Participation in the Duke Chapel Choir, which is made up of auditioned Duke students and members of the Durham community, and is a regular part of worship on Sundays throughout the academic year.

MUSIC 213-3, FALL Tu/Th 7:30-9:30 p.m., 019 Biddle
Instructor: Rodney Wynkoop
Participation in the Duke Chorale, a primarily undergraduate concert choir at Duke University, performing an extensive repertoire of chorale pieces, ranging from Renaissance German and French works to spirituals and Latin Requiems.

Choral Conducting
MUSIC 319, SPRING Tu/Th 3:05-4:20 p.m., 102 Biddle
Instructor: Rodney Wynkoop
Development of techniques of conducting vocal repertoire, ranging from church anthems to large-scale works. Score-reading and analysis, principles of interpretation, and practical conducting experience.