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Mentoring leaders for tomorrow To solve the world’s most elusive challenges, Duke faculty members often look across disciplines for answers. For many of the esteemed researchers, innovators and mentors at Duke, this type of interdisciplinary problem-solving is key to finding success. A faculty member who embodies this in spirit and in practice is Dr. Ray Barfield, an associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy. He examines the human side of medicine through the lens of philosophy and Christianity through his work in the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School, which was launched and sustained during Duke Forward.

Building spaces for community Foodies, gourmands, bon vivants, come get a taste. Among the stunning changes across campus as a result of the Duke Forward campaign is a sweeping update to West Union. Now the Richard H. Brodhead Center for Student Life, this is the new heart and hub of campus life. Carefully preserving chief designer Julian Abele and Horace Trumbauer firm’s original 1920s design, Grimshaw Architects completed the renovation project in 2016. A portion of funding for the renovation project came as part of



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an $80 million gift from The Duke Endowment of Charlotte — the single largest philanthropic gift in Duke University’s history. Reopened in September 2016, the Brodhead Center combines the best of the iconic campus you fondly remember while adding contemporary upgrades that will leave you breathless. Already earning top marks in college dining within the first year, the Brodhead Center boasts 13 new eateries where students, faculty, staff and alumni can converse and relax over po’boys, pizza, poke bowls and more.


For Barfield, the opportunity to actively listen to patients allows for a more narrative approach to solving health care challenges — to uncover the human side of medicine. For the students, clergy and health care practitioners in the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative, this means opportunities to reimagine and re-engage contemporary practices of health care in light of the Christian tradition. In 2015, Barfield took his insights on the road as a speaker at Duke Forward in Dallas.

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Fall 2017 Issue v. 3  
Fall 2017 Issue v. 3  

Includes Duke Forward campaign insert