Blue Devil Genocide Memorial Event (Duke University)


I don’t understand Duke University. At a ceremony reading out the names of victims of genocide, this Blue Devil got into the act. Maybe the strangest thing I’ve seen in a spell, it was, I’m sure, meant as an act of piety at this sports besotted university.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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4 Responses to Blue Devil Genocide Memorial Event (Duke University)

  1. Gail says:

    Don’t dis the Devil, man.

  2. donovanschaefer says:

    Can we understand it as a collision of affects? The Blue Devil suggests playfulness–both as an icon of the sports world and because he’s a cartoon character–and that, to me, feels desperately out of place in a space of mourning.

    Maybe for Duke folks the Blue Devil is exactly that solemn and so writing “Never Forget” on his forehead and having him officiate works? (I’m half-serious.)

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