Exact time and location TBD.
This workshop will explore how contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. Technologies—new and old—not only circulate the word in its multiple incarnations, but also cultivate modes of communal identification. More specifically, we seek to understand how Islamic media transform not only the social and political landscape, but also the human sensorium—the way we see/feel/perceive the world. Rather than being interrupted by secular modernity, religion has been further intensified, diversified, and inflected by the information age. Some go as far as to argue that this media constitutes the very experience of religion. Through the process of representation, the material production of culture gives expression to the spirit; its signs give voice to the soul; its images help make visible the invisible.
Sponsored by Duke Islamic Studies Center, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, A Humanities Writ Large “Emerging Humanities Network,” Duke Middle East Studies Center, and the Religion Department.
Schedule and List of Speakers
Taswir: Image Making and Technologies of Witnessing, Seeing, and Envisioning the Sacred
Session I: Media & the Sacred
Charles Hirschkind | Anthropology, University of California Berkeley
Hent de Vries | Russ Family Chair in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University
Session II: Religion & Media Worlds
Jonathan Van Antwerpen | Program Director, SSRC, Religion and the Public Sphere
Brian Larkin | Anthropology, Barnard College
Session III: Islamic Visual Media
Wazhmah Osman | Media and Communication, Temple University
Narges Bajoghli | Anthropology, New York University
In recent decades, research on organizational innovation has usefully helped business leaders guide their firms through changing market conditions. These lessons have helped companies survive the introduction of new technologies, navigate changing market environments, and rejuvenate old institutions into new markets. While consultants to nonprofits have encouraged community and philanthropic organizations to adopt these same lessons, very few have. This is especially true in the Jewish world, which remains dominated by institutions that have been criticized for pursuing costly strategies and out-of-date priorities. Nonetheless, there are some Jewish leaders and organizations that have injected dynamism into American Jewish life that follows the template of organizational innovation.
This conference is designed to highlight the achievements of some of these organizations, understand their experiences within a common theoretical understanding of institutional renewal, and synthesize lessons for other Jewish organizations and communities who seek to rejuvenate Jewish life through creative organizations and organizational strategies. This conference is organized by KIE Senior Fellow Barak Richman through Religions and Public Life at KIE and is co-sponsored by Duke Law School and Duke’s Center for Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Ikar, Los Angeles
David Cygielman, Moishe House, Charlotte NC
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles
Rabbi Daniel Greyber, Beth El Congregation, Durham NC
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Mechon Hadar, New York
Daniel Libenson, Institute for the Next Jewish Future, Chicago
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, The Kavana Cooperative, Seattle
Rabbi Steven Sager, Sicha, Durham NC
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston
Rabbi Batshir Torcio, Jewish Community Center, San Francisco
101 West Duke Building
Schedule to come
Inducing Regulatory Innovation – Paper Workshop
Jonas Monast is the Director of the Climate & Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He will be presenting a paper on adaptive regulation to the Rethinking Regulation faculty working group.
Those interested in attending the workshop should contact Jenny Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nora Hanagan, Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science at Duke University, will be speaking on Dec. 2 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 101, West Duke Building.
Hanagan earned her B.A. from Wesleyan College and her Ph.D. from Duke University. Her research focuses on questions of democratic citizenship and responsibility in the history of American political thought.
Join us for a lively lunch with one of Durham’s most creative economic nonprofit leaders. Peter Skillern works to improve economic justice and financial literacy, by working with corporations, policymakers, and community members. He has testified before Congress on issues of fair lending, but he also produces videos like the one below:
Many Duke students rarely see much of the city of Durham the beyond campus and downtown, which means we may tend to think about Durham’s social and economic problems in abstract terms. Peter Skillern knows what economic justice looks like, and he has innovative, multilevel ways of trying to achieve it. As president of Reinvestment Partners, a nonprofit agency that uses social entrepreneurship and advocacy of corporate responsibility to address social inequity, Mr. Skillern works for better economic literacy and policy through classes, political action, and even television soap operas.
Lunch by DaisyCakes will be provided for the first 25 students who RSVP by November 17th at noon.
When: November 19th from noon to 1pm
Where: 101 West Duke, East Campus
RSVP: Follow link to RSVP by November 17th at noon
Dr. Sky Alibhai and Dr. Zoe Jewell, the founders of WildTrack, a research organization for non-invasive wildlife monitoring , will be speaking on Nov 18 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 101, West Duke Building.
Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell will be facilitating a discussion titled: The horns of a dilemma: Ethics and Science in Wildlife Conservation. WildTrack is a research organization whose mission is to provide consulting for, and research into, non-invasive and ethical approaches to conservation monitoring. It has more than 20 field projects in America, Africa, Europe and Asia. WildTrack has a very broad interdisciplinary research remit, across the fields of conservation biology, genetics, engineering and computer science, and has produced an award-winning footprint identification technique for conservation monitoring.
Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell are the founders of WildTrack. Sky was raised in Uganda under Idi Amin’s rule and read for his first degree at Makerere University. He managed to escape the regime for Oxford University where he took a D.Phil in Animal Ecology. In the late 1980’s he returned to Africa to undertake black rhino conservation monitoring in Zimbabwe, which led to the development of WildTrack. Zoe was raised in the UK and read for her undergraduate and master’s degrees at London University (Bachelors in Zoology/Physiology, and Master’s in Medical Parasitology) She then qualified as a Veterinarian from the University of Cambridge. Following an interest in wildlife conservation she joined Sky on a field trip to Africa and then jointly founded WildTrack.
Now based jointly in Portugal and North Carolina, Sky and Zoe are visiting research scientists at both the JMP division of the SAS Institute, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.