Oct 272017
 October 27, 2017

The Kenan Institute for Ethics and Duke’s Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies will host a community-centered conversation on the questions of how we commemorate history in the public space, how we memorialize individuals, ideologies and communities, and how we respond to our past, when our perspective changes.

Object Lessons: Do Public Monuments Have a Future?

Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00PM
The Chesterfield, 701 West Main Street, Durham

Our distinguished panel will be moderated by Durham-based journalist Lisa Sorg:

  • Fitzhugh Brundage — University of North Carolina, History
  • Erika Doss — University of Notre Dame, American Studies
  • Julian Maxwell Hayter  — University of Richmond, Leadership Studies
  • Pedro Lasch — Duke University, Art, Art History and Visual Studies

The program is open to the public and free of charge to attend.
A reception will follow in the Chesterfield’s atrium.

The Chesterfield is located in Durham’s Brightleaf District. Free parking is available on-site.

Oct 202017
 October 20, 2017

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Divinity School Room 0014W
Duke West Campus

See attached flyer for more details. The complete conference program can be found at https://sites.duke.edu/project_duke_baixada_project/cost-of-opportunity-educate-to-liberate/. The conference will be recorded and live streamed here.

Funded in part by a Kenan Institute for Ethics Campus Grant.

Oct 052017
 October 5, 2017

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.

It is co-sponsored by the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, and the Duke Law School International Human Rights Clinic.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 5th, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke, Room 101.

To RSVP for the event, email sk272@duke.edu by noon April 2nd.

Oct 042017
 October 4, 2017

In January 2018, thirteen members of The Kenan Institute for Ethics’s Global Citizenship and Ethics Living/Learning Community (LLC) spent six days in Puerto Rico. The purpose of the trip was to examine health justice and hurricane recovery. While they attempted to fully immerse themselves in the Puerto Rican experience, it became clear to them that their initial focus was far too narrow; stories of health access were intertwined with concerns about grid stability and U.S. law. Upon returning, LLC students decided to share the complex web they encountered with the Duke and Durham communities. This panel will address the wide-ranging impacts of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, the many barriers to recovery, and the question of who carries the burden of rebuilding.


Joseph Blocher returned to his hometown of Durham to join the Duke Law faculty in 2009, and received the law school’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. Before coming to Duke, he clerked for Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. His principal academic interests include federal and state constitutional law, the First and Second Amendments, capital punishment, and property. Along with fellow Duke Law professor Mitu Gulati, he is the author of the forthcoming article in the Yale Journal of International Law, Expulsion, Statehood, and the Future of Puerto Rico.

Richard Cuebas is Managing Principal of Integra Architecture PLLC, of Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been involved in the design and construction businesses in Puerto Rico since 1997 and North Carolina since 2015. Richard is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of the US Green Building Council and in 2010 served as a sustainability coach for the Puerto Rico Green Jobs Program, a government effort to train employees in sustainability practices. He is past-president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Puerto Rico Chapter. He also served in the Board of Directors of ACE Mentors in Puerto Rico. Richard obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters degree in Architecture from Arizona State University. He is a licensed architect in Puerto Rico, Florida and the Carolinas.

Mitu Gulati is a professor of law at Duke University. His research interests are currently the historic evolution of concepts of sovereign immunity and the role that law can play as a symbol. He has authored articles in the Journal of Legal Studies, the Review of Finance, and Law and Social Inquiry. He has won no awards, other than a second place finish in the fancy dress competition in 3rd grade (photo not available). He is also the author, with his colleague Joseph Blocher, of a forthcoming article in the Yale Journal of International Law on the possibility of self-determination for the people of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Edgardo Ramon Parrilla Castellar is is a leading breast cancer diagnostician at Duke’s Department of Pathology and is Associate Medical Director of Duke’s Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. His current research efforts focus on innovative, non-invasive approaches for the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, with ultimate goal of distinguishing biologically aggressive tumors for targeted chemo-/immunotherapy. Dr. Parrilla Castellar received his MD from University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, and returned to his native Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria to lead First Medical Relief for Puerto Rico, an independent group of medical professionals.

Wed., April 4th, 7:00 pm

Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)

Free and open to the public. Free parking. Reception to follow.

This event is sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Global Citizenship and Ethics Living/Learning Community.

It is co-sponsored by Mi Gente, Duke University’s Latinx Student Association.