A Conversation: Living Through Lacrosse

Living through Lacrosse featured a panel of those involved directly with the Duke lacrosse incident, ranging from the senior vice president for public affairs and government relations of Duke University to a former Duke student who was serving as a staff member of the Duke Chronicle in 2007.

Members of the panel assessed what happened during the course of the incident and then discussed what could be learned from this case and what might have been done differently.

Questions/themes/discussion topics
  • What were the individual roles of the panelists during the lacrosse incident?
  • In hindsight, what would the panelists have done differently?
  • What can be learned from the Duke lacrosse case for both similar and non-similar cases going forward?


Panel Video

"... The media had rushed to stereotype so fast in this case, and it is a case that was a perfect PR storm. It combined race, sex, class, privilege, the South, the history, and also, from my perspective trying to manage through this, the variable that made this story so powerful in the end was Duke University, which had been on a pedestal as an institution for handling academics and athletics right."

- John Burness

"We didn't want to characterize what we had found or why we had reached the conclusions. We let the report speak for itself."

- James Coleman

"These two institutions occupy this city and many people feel as though they're on two different sides of the universe. ... Duke and North Carolina Central are at a point now where they are able to bridge that gap and bridge that perception."

- Latisha Faulks

"... We had to stay out of the criminal case. There was no role that we could play. If we tried to play a role, we would be seen to be part of the rich institution pressuring the public authorities"

- Paul Haagen

"It's interesting for a large part of this thing that we call 'Duke lacrosse' I actually think that the university brought nice language and high thought to a knife fight, which didn't serve them well a lot of times."

- Sergio Quintana

"Another day I stood and I watched a reporter read my front page story, put down the paper, say, 'Ready,' and then give a live broadcast saying everything that I had worked the day before to discover. And maybe [I was] a little miffed, but actually pretty proud that our work was deemed worth of being plagiarized."

- Emily Rotberg