Celebrate and Look Forward

Duke University was established in 1924 when James B. Duke, through the Indenture of Trust, designated a gift that transformed Trinity College into a comprehensive research university. In 2024, Duke University launches a celebration of its centennial—a historic opportunity to recognize Duke’s extraordinary past, communicate the impact of the present and look toward the potential of Duke’s future.

This is a moment of transformation for Duke, when we can see more clearly than ever before how we might lead in the century to come.

It’s also a moment of extraordinary continuity, as the seeds of our current and future excellence that were planted and cultivated throughout our university’s first hundred years come into bloom.

President Vincent E. Price

Our Stories

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    Ed Miao

    Dr. Ed Miao’s corner of immunology research involves the rather dramatic plot twist that occurs when a cell confronted by an enemy pathogen basically blows itself up to stop the invader from causing more damage to the body.

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    Nimmi Ramanujam

    Nimmi Ramanujam and her research team created the Pocket Colposcope, and a sister device the Callascope, lightweight, handheld devices which bring improved cervical cancer screening to settings where these capabilities have not been available.

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  • Trailblazers

    Esther Kim Lee

    Esther Kim Lee’s book, “Made Up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era,” won the 2023 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History.

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  • Zhao Zhang headshot

    Zhao Zhang

    In the emerging, important fields of artificial intelligence and genomic research, Zhao Zhang stands out as a bold and innovative thinker.

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Explore Duke’s History

Find resources where you can learn more about the events, milestones, moments and people that made Duke’s first hundred years.

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