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New Day, New Season for 'Office Hours'

New Day, New Season for 'Office Hours'

Discussion of religious archaeology starts a new season of faculty broadcasts

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Mark Anthony Neal prepares for a 2009 Office Hours broadcast.

Durham, NC - "Office Hours," Duke University's online program featuring live conversations with its faculty, is moving to noon on Thursdays this year. It previously appeared on Fridays.

Its new season kicks off Sept. 1 with a discussion on Biblical archaeology with Carol and Eric Meyers. Upcoming guests include Sanford Dean Bruce Kuniholm and engineering graduate student Jonathan Kuniholm discussing the 9/11 anniversary (Sept. 8), Nicholas School Professor Robert Jackson on the environmental debate about "fracking" (Sept. 15) and Duke Chapel Dean Samuel Wells on responses to violence (Sept. 29). A longer schedule is available on the "Office Hours" website and through the program's mailing list

"We want to see whether Thursdays will be more convenient for viewers," said David Jarmul, associate vice president of news and communications, whose office produces the show on Duke's Ustream channel. The program can also be seen on Duke Today. "Thursday is also when we distribute 'The Week at Duke' newsletter to Duke's faculty and staff, so this will alert them to shows that might interest them."

The Office of News and Communications (ONC) launched "Office Hours" two years ago and, since then, has worked with Duke Media Services to produce 65 shows featuring more than 80 Duke faculty, alumni, staff and students on camera. Viewers have joined the conversation by e-mail, Twitter and Facebook, submitting questions from as far away as Haiti and Indonesia. Bloggers and others who cover higher education have also taken note, with one writing, "Who needs television when you can actually demonstrate the expertise of your faculty to the world?"

From the start, Duke's Alumni Association has promoted Office Hours as a way for alumni to reconnect with the university and share their own expertise on diverse subjects. Recorded programs appear on the university's Duke on Demand website.

"'Office Hours' has found an audience both on campus and more widely," said ONC's James Todd, who hosts many of the discussions. "Some episodes have been featured on local televisions stations such as NBC17 and WRAL, and they've been quoted in other local news sources. For our discussion tomorrow with the Meyers, we've already received questions from Canada, Australia and Israel."

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