The outlines of Russian meddling in American elections is widely accepted, but Russian motivations are a little harder to pin down. Did they want to elect Donald Trump president? Did they want to undermine American confidence in democratic institutions? Or, as one observer stated, is Putin simply a “Bond villain?” Phil Bennett, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and a documentary producer with FRONTLINE, joins international affairs reporter Julia Ioffe for a deeper look at Russian goals and a discussion of their documentary “Putin’s Revenge,” which aired Oct. 25. Noon, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly, 153 Rubenstein Library.
A few hours later, expect U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff to talk about the investigation into Russian activity in the 2016 campaign as part of the annual Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture. Schiff is the ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and has pushed the Republican majority on the panel for more vigorous investigation. Schiff will also discuss oversight of the intelligence community. The event is sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy with support from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust. 5:30 p.m. Penn Pavilion.
It’s Halloween, and the Duke community has two chances to explore the macabre and the most coulrophobia-inducing collections hidden in Duke University Libraries. On the university side, “It’s Coming,” the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library's annual Screamfest, will showcase items such as amputation saws perfect for cannibal clowns and paranormal tools for communicating with your missing siblings. Over at Duke Health, the Medical Center Library & Archives will display death masks, baroque medical instruments and other rarely seen items. Yes, there will be candy at both. Rubenstein Screamfest V: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly, 153 Rubenstein Library. Duke Medical Center Library & Archives: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Level 2, Room 212E.
The Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity has spent the semester featuring discussions on African-American men, hip-hop and mental health, and the discussion Wednesday will likely be one of the highlights of this little-explored topic. Queens-based hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch will sit down with professor Mark Anthony Neal to discuss Monch’s career, musical influences, and struggle with depression. It’s a theme Monch famously explored on his noted 2014 concept album, “P.T.S.D.” Noon, 011 Old Chemistry Bldg.
Duke scholars from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Sanford School of Public Policy have amassed 150 years of housing data in Durham, and the results provide visual evidence for changing social and economic patterns over that period. The Bull City 150 project creates innovative approaches to historical maps, including 3D-printed maps of areas destroyed by urban renewal, and augments the data with oral histories, city directories and census releases to tell a story of the Bull City’s history. Tim Stallmann & Mel Norton of the Bull City 150 project will present the work at a Visualization Friday Forum. Noon, D106 Levine Science Research Center.