Feb 132018
 February 13, 2018  Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Celebrate the start of the new school year with the Kenan Institute for Ethics! Enjoy great food and reconnect with friends and colleagues after a summer away from campus!

Thursday, August 30th, 5:30 PM

West Duke Building Lawn, East Campus

Students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome!

Nov 062016
 November 6, 2016

This conference will provide a platform for field leaders from science and the humanities to discuss how to forward the empirical and philosophical investigation of the emotion disgust. In bringing together scholars from evolutionary anthropology, philosophy, and multiple areas of psychology, it will be possible to identify contributions each field can make to the others vis-à-vis the study of the basic nature of disgust, as well as the effects of disgust on psychiatric, public health, sociomoral, and political phenomena. Registration is free.

This event is hosted by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and co-sponsored by the Kenan Institue for Ethics.

To register and for information, click here.

Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, 2017
Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center

Aug 162016
 August 16, 2016

The Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Walter Sinnott-Armstrong will take part in a public forum Feb. 16 discussing the ethics of boycotts.

Armstrong, the Chauncey Stillman Professor in Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and director of Kenan’s Moral Attitudes and Decision-Making Program, is one of two faculty joining the latest Parr Center Forum at UNC-Chapel Hill. The event, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at UNC’s Caldwell Hall, will seek to answer questions of whether individuals can make a difference when boycotting a harmful practice and whether moral duty to boycott depends on making a difference.

Sinnott-Armstrong will be joined in the debate by Shelly Kagan, the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute and is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, visit the Parr Center for Ethics website.

Feb 012016
 February 1, 2016

BBQ-plateThe Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting its annual party to kickoff the new academic year. Those planning to attend must RSVP to bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu

Thursday, September 1, 2016
West Duke Lawn, East Campus

Nov 132015
 November 13, 2015

Walzer-KDL-Poster-web-400Michael Walzer, one of America’s most influential political theorists, will speak on “What is the Responsibility to Protect? And What Does it Mean in the Syrian Case?” as the 2016 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer.

Walzer is a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, and has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. His talk with examine the international moral obligation to intercede in Syria and the international security and human rights norm Responsibility to Protect.

The annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics is a signature series of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke that brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

This talk is co-sponsored by Duke Program in American Values and Institutions, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke Council for European Studies.

Wednesday, April 13, 5:00 pm
Fredric Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building, East Campus
Parking on East Campus is free after 5:00pm.


Feb 282015
 February 28, 2015

Krista-Tippett-400Krista Tippett,  a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, producer of the podcast and website On Being, and New York Times bestselling author, will speak on “The Adventure of Civility” for the 2015 Kenan Distinguished Lecture.

Our young century is awash with urgent questions of survival, of meaning, of how we structure our common life and who we are to each other. And yet it seems we are more divided than ever before – unable to listen and speak across the differences we must engage to create the world we want for ourselves and our children. Krista Tippett’s public radio show and podcast, On Being, brings a vast range of voices to the animating questions at the center of life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? She will speak about how we can all begin to create the conversations we want to be hearing, where we live.

The annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics is a signature series of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke that brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. This lecture is co-sponsored by Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Divinity School, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke Religious Studies, and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

The Adventure of Civility
Monday, September 28, 5:00pm
Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium
Reception to Follow
Doors open at 4:30pm – the museum and cafe are not open on Mondays

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket is required; seating is first-come, first-served.

Oct 312014
 October 31, 2014

PrintCan drugs help us think better and achieve more? If so, should they be banned or required? This interdisciplinary conference addresses the neurobiological, psychological, philosophical, and legal implications of using stimulant drugs as cognitive enhancers, as treatment for ADHD or narcolepsy, or for recreation. The speakers, who will include both prominent experts and Duke students, will also consider potential health risks and ethical issues raised by cognitive enhancement. The final panel of students, faculty, and administrators will focus on the unique Duke Community Standard, which classifies non-prescribed use of cognitive enhancers as a form of cheating.

This symposium is part of the “Moral Judgments About and By Stimulant Users” project funded in part by the Silver Family Kenan Institute for Ethics Fund in Support of Bass Connections. The event is sponsored by Bass Connections: Brain & Society, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Center on Addiction & Behavior Change, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Please register via our online form.

Tuesday, March 31
Von Canon Hall, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus
9:30am-4:30pm (Full schedule below)


9:30: Introduction
9:45-10:30: Edythe London, “Dopamine, Self-Control and Decision-Making: Alteration by Stimulant Abuse”
10:45-11:30: John Looney, “A Tale of Two Cultures: Stimulent Abuse in Rural Appalachia Contrasted to College Campuses.”
11:45-12:30: Tim Strauman, “Self-Regulation via Stimulant: A Snapshot of College Life”
12:30-1:30: Lunch
1:30-2:15: Nicole Vincent, “Enhancement, Side Effects, and Agency”
2:30-4:00: Panel discussion featuring Nita Farahany, Tom Szigethy, and Rachel Dew
4:00-4:30 Poster session

Speakers and Panelists

Rachel Dew is Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
Nita Farahany is a Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke University and Director of Duke Science & Society
Edythe D. London is The Thomas and Katherine Pike Professor of Addiction Studies, and Director of the UCLA Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine University of California at Los Angeles
John G. Looney is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University
Timothy J. Strauman is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University
Tom Szigethy is Associate Dean and Director, Duke Student Wellness Center
Nicole Vincent is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Neuroscience at Georgia State University and is affiliated with the Philosophy Section of TU Delft, the Netherlands


Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014

2015WinterForumThe 2015 Winter Forum, “To Catch a Killer: Investigating the Brain,” will investigate the intersection of neuroscience and the legal system through real-life mystery theater. The Forum will be held January 4-6, 2015 at the Fuqua School of Business. The Forum hosts include the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science, Duke Science & Society and Bass Connections: Brain & Society, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and Duke Law.

The Winter Forum is a campus-based, non-credit curricular experience in an intense, retreat-like setting in which selected undergraduate applicants interact with graduate/professional students, alumni and faculty to explore a major global issue from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. The Winter Forum is held over 2.5 days immediately before the start of the spring semester. The Office of Undergraduate Education has primary oversight and responsibility for the Winter Forum.

Aug 082014
 August 8, 2014

Biss EulaNational Book Critics Circle Award Winner Eula Biss will give a public talk as part of a new visiting writers series organized by The Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for Documentary Studies.

In  her book On Immunity : An Inoculation just published by Graywolf Press, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world, historically and in the present moment. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire’s Candide, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Susan Sontag’s AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected—our bodies and our fates.

Copies of On Immunity will be available for sale and a brief signing session will follow the talk.

Co-sponsors for this event include Duke’s Arts & Health, Baldwin Scholars ProgramDeWitt Wallance Center for Media & Democracy at Sanford School of Public Policy, English Department, Forum for Scholars & Publics, Franklin Humanities Institute, Program in Women’s Studies, and Thompson Writing Program.

Thursday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building
Free and open to the public
Reception to follow
Parking in all East Campus lots and along Campus Drive is free after 5:00pm

Jul 102014
 July 10, 2014

wheatleyDr. Thalia Wheatley is Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College and a member of the Dartmouth Social Intelligence Laboratory. As a graduate student at UVA, she became interested in the emerging field of neuroimaging and how the brain might inform psychological questions, which she pursued via a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research investigates awareness of our own mental states (emotions, intentions) and how we understand those states in others. She was recently featured on the PBS miniseries Brains on Trial, hosted by Alan Alda. Co-sponsored by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

Friday, September 19, 2014
12:00PM – 1:00PM
LSRC, B240 – CCN Conference Room