The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) provides a collaborative space for interdisciplinary humanistic research, conversations, and partnerships with an "emphasis on knowledge in the service of society," and delving into examination into issues of race and social equity. They provide numerous enriching research and educational programs, as well as a wide-range of public engagement events.
John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) was James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus and Professor of Legal History at Duke Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Fisk University, and M.A. (1936) and Ph.D. (1941) degrees in history from Harvard University.
Among having published numerous books on the history of blacks in the south, slavery and social justice, he is best known for his field-defining study From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans (1947) that is now in its ninth edition. He led a distinguished academic career as President of the Southern Historical Society, among other appointments on commissions and boards, as well as numerous awards, including receiving the John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity by the United State Library of Congress in 2006. Learn more about John Hope Franklin and the Franklin Institute here.