Feb 142018
 February 14, 2018

In The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life after NGOs Saida Hodzic explores the role of Ghanaian feminist and reproductive health NGOs that have organized campaigns against female genital cutting over the last 30 years, a period that has seen a decrease in cutting across Africa, and an increase in discourses surrounding cutting in the West. In problematizing their campaigns, transnational and regional encounters and the forms of governmentality that they produce, the book offers a critical lens on the claims of human rights, and the limits of cultural relativism and feminist activism. In this conversation, we would like to explore the book’s implications for a) how US-based people do and do not, but should support human rights in the global South and b) what the book reveals about the unique challenges and opportunities for human rights activism when governed by a liberal vs. illiberal administration.

Join us for a conversation:

· Saida Hodžić, Anthropology (Cornell University)

· Anu Sharma, Associate Professor, Anthropology (Wesleyan University)

· Moderated by Catherine Mathers, International and Comparative Studies (Duke)

This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy.

To RSVP for the event, email Suzanne Katzenstein by noon April 2nd,

The event will be held on Thursday, April 5th the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke, Room 101.

Nov 272016
 November 27, 2016

Duke Presdient Richard H. Brodhead, left, Elizabeth Kiss, center, President of Agnes Scott College, and Laurie Patton, right, President of Middlebury College.

On April 27, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead will take part in a moderated panel discussion focused on leadership and ethical decision making and its place in everyday life on a college campus.

The program, moderated by Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will also include Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College, and Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury College.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. April 27 at the Doris Duke Center at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Reception to follow.

Nov 272016
 November 27, 2016

Vasileios Syros, a Maurice Amado Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland, will  introduce a new perspective on Islamic debates on violence by focusing on Islamic political advice literature on good government and the origins and effects of oppressive or arbitrary rule.

Syros will explore how the distinction between ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ power can serve as a heuristic device for the examination of a set of medieval Islamic writings on the successful conduct of government. In addition, the paper will relate these ideas to European political thought, such as Machiavelli’s The Prince. The ultimate objective of the talk will be to identify and analyze broader affinities and points of intersection between Western and non-Western modes of political theorizing on statecraft and styles of leadership.

Noon to 2 p.m.
April 27
West Duke 08C
Lunch is provided

Nov 252016
 November 25, 2016

Kenan Institute for Ethics Senior Fellow Dr. Farr Curlin will be a featured speaker at the 2017 Nancy Weaver Emerson Lectureship, where he’ll be part of a debate titled “Physician Aid-in-Dying: Within or Outside the Boundaries of Good Medicine?”

The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:45 p.m. April 25 at the Nasher Museum of Art.

Curlin, who also serves as the the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities, has co-authored more than 100 articles and book chapters dealing with the moral and spiritual dimensions of medical practice, including the recent essay “Why Physicians Should Oppose Assisted Suicide.” As a practicing palliative medicine physician, Curlin seeks to understand how to practice medicine ethically for patients who are dying.

In 2016 Colorado became the seventh state to provide a legal mechanism by which a physician may write a prescription for medications that a terminally ill patient may take to end the patient’s life. Efforts are underway in multiple other states to legalize this practice, described variously as “death with dignity,” “physician aidin-dying,” “physician-assisted death,” and “physician-assisted suicide.”

Joining Curlin is Dr. Timothy E. Quill, the Founding Director of the University of Rochester School of Medicine Palliative Care Program and the Acting Director of the school’s Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics. Quill has published and lectured widely about various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, with  focus on end-of-life decision making, including exploring last resort options. He was the lead physician plaintiff in the New York State legal case challenging the law prohibiting physician-assisted death that was heard in 1997 by the U.S. Supreme Court (Quill v. Vacco).

As part of the 2017 Emerson Lecture, the two physicians, will debate whether physician aid-in-dying belongs as part of medical care. Quill will argue that it does, and Curlin will argue that it does not. After brief presentations, they will engage each other and members of the audience in a moderated discussion of this critical issue in contemporary healthcare.

For more information, see this flier.

Nov 242016
 November 24, 2016

Internationally proclaimed safe areas are often viewed as a relatively low-cost means of civilian protection in civil war situations involving the threat of mass atrocities, but are safe areas established over sizable territories, without the consent of the conflicting parties, problematic from a human rights perspective?

Join Stefano Recchia, University Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, at 1:30 p.m. April 24 in Gross Hall 270 as he presents “The Trouble with Internationally Proclaimed Safe Areas” as part of the Security, Peace, and Conflict Workshop.

The event is cosponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke American Grand Strategy Program, Duke Asian Security Program and the Trinity College Signature Course Program.

Recchia has authored articles in Political Science QuarterlyReview of International Studies, and Security Studies. He is the author of “Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors:  U.S. Civil Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention” (Cornell 2015).

Nov 232016
 November 23, 2016

In the 21st century, religion has made a surprising and powerful return, and has had major impact on public affairs, domestic and international alike. Scholars are still scrambling to understand the phenomenon’s significance, and those concerned for the preservation of constitutional norms and civility have been searching for new forms of interreligious dialogue.

To better address today’s unique challenges, Religions & Public Life will bring together scholars for “Interreligious Dialogue in the Post-Secular Age” from April 24 to 25.

Do we live in a post-secular age? Has the Weberian concept of modernity proved inadequate? Does postmodernity open new opportunities for religious dialogue? Scholars at five Israeli, European & American universities will be exploring these questions with a view to launching a long-term international collaboration that may result in the establishment of a new institute.

The workshop will take place on April 24 to 25, 2017 at Duke University, a founding member of the group, with hospitality extended by the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Nov 232016
 November 23, 2016

On April 23, a group of Duke undergraduates will share spoken narratives of refugee life curated from interviews during a month of research with refugees in Jordan.

The event, held at 6 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art, is part of a culmination of the students’ participation in the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeImmerse program, which explores the dynamics of the global refugee crisis and the challenges it poses for refugees, host communities and international law. Each monologue will share aspects about the life of refugees met, with hope to increase understanding about displacement and its implications.

The event is free and open to the public. A collection of last year’s monologues can be found on Kenan’s YouTube channel.

Nov 202016
 November 20, 2016

Robert G. Morrison, professor and chair of the religion department at Bowdoin College, will be presenting in the Muslim Diasporas Working Group lunch seminar of the Religions and Public Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke: “An Economy of Knowledge in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

This presentation, focused on intellectual life in the Eastern Mediterranean around 1500, will show how much Renaissance Italy owes to earlier scholars located in Islamic societies. The link between the Renaissance and earlier centuries was a network of Jewish scholars who bridged the Ottoman Empire, Candia (on Crete), and the Veneto. These scholars exchanged information on topics that included astronomy, astrology, medicine, philosophy, and religious thought. Although historians of science have been most attracted to the possibility of explaining the parallels between Renaissance astronomy and the astronomy of Islamic societies, this presentation demonstrates that there is a much broader context that comprised a number of fields. Most important, we shall see that information flowed in both directions as the scholarly intermediaries were quite interested in developments in Europe.

Prof. Morrison came to Bowdoin College since 2008.  He teaches courses in the academic study of both Islam and Judaism, but address, in addition, comparative topics. Prof. Morrison’s research has focused on the role of science in Islamic and Jewish texts, as well as in the history of Islamic science.  He has contributed the chapters on Islamic astronomy to the New Cambridge History of Islam and the Cambridge History of Science.

Lunch provided; please RSVP here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Kenan Institute for Ethics,
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
(West Duke 101)

This spring, the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with FHI Humanities Futures and the Department of History, will host three scholars of Islamic and comparative studies. Each will give a public talk and participate in the Muslim Diasporas working group seminar during their visit.

Nov 192016
 November 19, 2016

Join a free screening of Academy Award-winning Erin Brockovich, which follows the titular character (played by Julia Roberts) who helps win the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit. Erin Brockovich discovers a systematic cover-up of the industrial poisoning of a city’s water supply, which threatens the health of the entire community

Afterward, stick around for a Q&A with Gene Stroup, MEM ’99, regulatory support coordinator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park.

The screening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and light snacks and refreshments are provided.

This year’s Ethics Film Series investigates the ethical and moral questions that arise when water becomes “the enemy,” the cursed necessity that is too scarce or too polluted.

Presented with the Artstigators, DukeArts, and the Environmental Alliance.

Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101
Free Parking

Nov 182016
 November 18, 2016

ed balleisan-fraud book-coverThe Duke community is invited to join the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics to celebrate the launch of Edward J. Balleisen’s new book: Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 18 in the Thomas Reading Room at Lilly Library. Balleisen will discuss the book with Sam Buell, followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception. (If you bring your copy of the book, Ed Balleisen will be happy to sign it.)

Edward J. Balleisen is the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. His research and writing explores the historical intersections among law, business, politics, and policy in the modern United States, with a growing focus on the origins, evolution, and impacts of the modern regulatory state. He has pursued a number of collaborative projects with historians and other social scientists who study regulatory governance in industrialized and industrializing societies. He has also started an oral history project that examines regulatory policy-making, which involves extensive collaboration with Duke undergraduate and graduate students. From 2010 through 2015, he directed the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Samuel W. Buell is the Bernard M. Fishman Professor of Law at Duke University. His research and teaching focus on criminal law and on the regulatory state, particularly regulation of corporations and financial markets. He is the author of Capital Offenses:  Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016).  His recent scholarship explores the conceptual structure of white collar offenses, the problem of behaviors that evolve to avoid legal control, and the treatment of the corporation and the white collar offender in the criminal justice system.

Tuesday, April 18
Thomas Reading Room, Lilly Library (2nd Floor)
East Campus

Parking on East Campus is free and open to the public beginning at 5 p.m. on weekdays.