Dec 202013
 December 20, 2013

tcoleHere Comes Everybody: The Crisis of Equality in the Age of Social Media

The 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer will be Teju Cole, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award winning novel Open CityCole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. The talk will touch on the personal and global themes raised in Open City and will incorporate other topics, such as population pressure in the city of Lagos, the use of Twitter as an activist space during the Arab revolutions, and the recent testimony by drone victims before the US congress.

The annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. This lecture is co-sponsored by Duke’s Center for African & African American ResearchCenter for Documentary StudiesEnglish DepartmentForum for Scholars & PublicsFranklin Humanities Institute, and the Office of the President.

Thursday, April 24, 7:30pm
Schiciano Auditorium
Fitzpatrick Center
Reception to follow

Free & Open to the Public
Parking available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck


Dec 202013
 December 20, 2013

DoLunchTejuCole-400Join us for a chance to talk with 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer Teju Cole, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award winning novel Open City. Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Cole’s writing touches on personal and global themes, including population pressure in the city of Lagos, the use of Twitter as an activist space during the Arab revolutions, and the recent testimony by drone victims before the US congress. Join Team Kenan for lunch with Teju Cole on Thursday, April 24th from 12:30-1:30 in the Keohane 4 Atrium.

Space is quite limited. Please follow this link to register by April 18th.

Dec 192013
 December 19, 2013

mondayseminar400“Confucianism and Democracy: Uneasy Marriage or Productive Partnership?”

Since the very beginning, Confucianism has been troubled by a serious gap between its political ideals and the reality of societal circumstances. Contemporary Confucians must develop a viable method of governance that can retain the spirit of the Confucian ideal while tackling problems arising from modern situations. The best way to meet this challenge, Joseph Chan argues, is to adopt liberal democratic institutions that are shaped by the Confucian conception of the good rather than the liberal conception of the right. Chan decouples liberal democratic institutions from their popular liberal philosophical foundations and redefines their roles and functions using Confucian principles, thus mixing Confucianism with liberal democratic institutions in a way that strengthens both.

Joseph Chan is a professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, the University of Hong Kong. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, his M.Sc. at the London School of Economics, and his D.Phil. at Oxford University. Professor Chan researches in the areas of contemporary liberalism, political philosophy, and civil society. Professor Chan has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute and a founding director of the University of Hong Kong Centre for Civil Society and Governance. His articles have been published in China Quarterly, Ethics, History of Political Thought, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Journal of Democracy, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and Philosophy East and West.

Joseph Chan will be speaking on Apr. 21 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m.  in Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, 1st  floor, Room B177.

Dec 192013
 December 19, 2013

Immerse-400x300The twelve students currently enrolled in KIE’s DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program will perform dramatic readings of refugee life stories collected during their recent field work in Jordan and Nepal. This is the third year of the program and of the presentations (the past two years’ readings can been on the KIE YouTube channel). The students spend a month working either with Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Jordan or Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.

Saturday, April 19
6:00 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University 


Dec 182013
 December 18, 2013

Teret-400Can and should guns be made safer by regulating design? Technology exists to make personalized guns that are less likely to be misused. What role should regulation play? Stephen Teret, JD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law and the Public’s Health will discuss current regulation and legislation in the area of gun design and the tricky politics surrounding it.

Wednesday, April 16th, 5:30 – 7pm
Sanford, Fleishman Commons, Sanford Building
Duke University

Free parking available in the Sanford Lot

Dec 172013
 December 17, 2013

film-seriesBeasts of the Southern Wild (dir. Benh Zeitlin, 2012) is narrated by a spunky six-year-old named Hushpuppy who lives with her father, Wink, in a proudly self-reliant Louisiana bayou community called The Bathtub. When their home is threatened by natural disaster and Wink’s health rapidly declines, Hushpuppy sets off on a journey to find her mother and figure out the order of the universe. Beasts, often dubbed a “fantasy drama” film, plays off the mystique of “Southern” storytelling, blurring the traditional boundaries fact and fiction—especially as its plot points, including environmental violence and the tensions between small communities and large bureaucracies, mirror very real events of the recent past on a local and global scale.

The film will begin at 7:00pm  in the Griffith Film Theater in Duke University’s Bryan Center, followed by a Q&A session with faculty. *Note: the date for this film has changed to Monday, April 14 from Tuesday, April 15.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments and free parking passes provided. Please park in the parking deck by the Bryan Center. You will be given a pass to submit to the attendant upon leaving the event.

The theme of this year’s series is The South: Navigating the Past, Carving out a Future. Each spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsors a film series in collaboration with Duke’s Screen/Society, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Arts of the Moving Image Program. The films provide popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme, and each series as a whole offers rich opportunities for debate and discussion on ethical issues for audiences from both the Duke and Durham communities.

Dec 172013
 December 17, 2013

DoLunchPhilKlay-400Join Team Kenan and Duke ROTC for an engaging lunch with Phil Klay, Iraq War veteran and acclaimed author of Redeployment. Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

Space is limited. RSVP by Thursday, April 10th to ensure your space and boxed lunch are reserved.

Click here to RSVP.

Dec 172013
 December 17, 2013

globaltraffickingDuke undergraduates, join us for a discussion on Global Human Trafficking and Human Rights on Monday, April 14, from 4:00-6:00PM. You will have the rare opportunity to hear from two noted experts: Mark Lagon, former Ambassador at the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the US Department of State, and Louise Shelley, founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center at George Mason University. Following their presentations, there will be time for Q&A and discussion with both experts about the causes and consequences of human trafficking globally and locally and what policy strategies could best combat this problem. After the Q&A and discussion, continue the conversation informally at a reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

This event is a collaboration with the Duke Human Rights Center @KIE Student Executive Committee.
Global Human Trafficking and Human Rights 
Monday, March 14, 4:00-6:00pm
Fredric Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Building on East Campus
Dec 172013
 December 17, 2013

mondayseminar400Geoff Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor and the Director of UNC’s Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He has published extensively on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy, and has edited Essays on Moral Realism and Hume: Moral Philosophy. Recently, his research has focused on the nature of normative concepts, on evolution and morality, and on Adam Smith’s theory of moral sentiments.

Geoff Sayre-McCord will be speaking on Apr. 14 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Location to be announced.

Dec 172013
 December 17, 2013

WIGAOpening400Join Team Kenan Tuesday, April 8th for food and drink as they reveal the works selected for inclusion in this year’s What Is Good Art Exhibition. The judges’ selections for First, Second, and Third Prizes will be announced for this year’s competition, and attendees will have the opportunity to vote for an additional “Gallery Choice” Prize for one artist.

The reception will begin at 5:30pm
Allen Building, First Floor
This event is free and open to the public.