Posts Tagged ‘Duke University’

Things to go, see and do in Durham: Part 1

December 12, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Dec. 12, 2015

Recently, I was asked about things to visit and do in Durham, where I’ve lived for about seven and a half years. I’ve split my response, which has been lightly edited, into three blog posts — this one about Duke-related places, a second one about Durham’s non-Duke stuff, and a third one covering miscellaneous items. Enjoy!


Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Drive, Box 90974, Durham, NC 27708

I haven’t spent much time at any of the Triangle universities, but I personally find Duke’s grounds to be the most distinctive and the best of the Big Three for just walking around and soaking in the college atmosphere. (Note: This applies to West Campus, which some consider the institution’s heart, and to East Campus. Central Campus is best not mentioned, unless you’re visiting the Nasher or Sarah Duke Gardens.) For young kids, the best part of Duke to visit is probably the university chapel. Check in advance for tours or musical performances. The chapel is closed for renovations until spring 2016.


Cameron Indoor Stadium
115 Whitford Dr, Durham, NC 27708

College basketball fans either love or loathe the Duke University Blue Devils, which plays in one of the most famous arenas in the NCAA. I believe Cameron is generally open to the public for visits. During parts of the season, you can find Krzyzewskiville — a campsite inhabited by rabid student fans — set up outside the building. A museum and hall of fame is located next door to Cameron in the Schwartz/Butters Athletic Center at 306 Towerview Dr., Durham, NC 27708, 919-613-7500; it’s free of charge and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most weekdays, with additional hours tied to basketball and football games.

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The lottery of birthright weighs heavily on novelist Eric Martin’s mind in ‘Luck’

February 1, 2013

If one were tempted to reduce Eric Martin’s 2000 novel Luck to its simplest elements, it could be described as a tale of rich boy meets and falls in love with poor girl.

But Martin isn’t about simplicity. Instead, this is a writer who loves to dive into details and nuance. He’s also a writer whose ability to put a reader into the heat of moment derives in part from his flair for exploring the varied historic and personal factors that have led to the moment.

So Luck is the story of Michael Olive, the intelligent and tightly wound scion of a successful farmer in a small Eastern North Carolina town, and Hermelinda Salmeron, the intelligent, ambitious and beautiful daughter of a Mexican migrant worker employed by the Olive family and living on their land.

But it’s also much, much more. It’s the story of the rivalry between Mike Olive and Harvey Dickerson, a lifelong schoolmate and onetime friend turned bitter rival. It’s the story of the tension between the white farmers in the rural community and the poor and often poorly educated Hispanics who do much of the hard labor of producing and harvesting crops.

It’s the story of the tension between small-town Cottesville and the outsiders Olive brings into their midst one summer, fellow Duke University students who show an unseemly interest in the migrants. And it’s also the story of the tension between Olive, his family and the community that raised him.  Read the rest of this entry »

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