May 212014
 May 21, 2014

Mayer Screening 400-2In the summer of 2012, Kenan Summer Fellow David Mayer traveled to Germany to investigate a diary written by his grandfather while living in Germany during WWII. In his travels and interviews, he deepened his understanding of the life his grandfather recorded in his diaries before, during, and after his time spent in a German labor camp in the Harz Mountains. Through his documentary project, David explores the ethical challenges faced by his grandfather and others during the Holocaust, answering some of his questions about his family and history while creating new ones.

Join us for a screening of David Mayer’s completed documentary, Questions For My Grandfather, June 1st at Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery. The screening will start with remarks by Gary Hawkins, David’s faculty mentor on his project. David and his father Fritz, who figures prominently in the documentary, will be available after the screening for a moderated Q&A.

Sunday, June 1, 8:30pm
Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Avenue, Downtown Durham
Free and open to the public

Apr 162014
 April 16, 2014

AquiyAlla-400You are invited to the 30th Meeting of the Latin American Labor History Conference, “Aquí y Allá: Migrations in Latin American Labor History” to be held May 2-3, 2014, at the BorderWork(s) Lab at Duke. This conference brings together some of the top scholars studying migrations within and from Latin America from a transnational perspective. While all conference sessions are open, we ask that you only attend the workshop sessions if you have read the papers under discussion and plan to participate in the seminar.

Please contact the conference organizer, Yuri Ramírez at for information on how to access the papers. If you plan to attend the dinner session on Friday or the lunch session on Saturday  you must register to do so, since these are not open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by several units at Duke: the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Department of History, DukeEngage, Romance Studies, BorderWork(s) Lab, Latino/a Studies in the Global South, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Graduate School, Cultural Anthropology, the International Comparative Studies Program, Center for International Studies, the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Forum for Scholars and Publics,
the History Ferguson Endowment, and Dean O’Rand.

Friday, May 2

10:00-10:15 Introduction

Yuridia Ramírez, Conference organizer

10:15-10:30 Welcome
Javier Díaz de León, Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, NC

 10:30-12:30 Session 1 — Communicating Migration
Óscar Enrique Martínez, El Faro (El Salvador)
Hannah Gill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Institute for the Study of the Americas
Damien Cave, New York Times
Diana Oliva Cave,
Paul Cuadros, Journalism professor (UNC) and freelance writer for Time
Walter Gómez, La Conexión

12:30-2:00 Lunch (participants only)

2:15-4:00 Session 2 — Policies and Politics
Xóchitl Bada, University of Illinois at Chicago
Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Discussants: Gunther Peck (Duke University) and Laura López-Sanders (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

4:15-6:00 Session 3 — Migrants and the New South
Yuridia Ramírez, Duke University
Mary Odem, Emory University
Discussants: Leon Fink (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Julie Weise (University of Oregon)

6:15-8:00 Dinner Session — DukeEngage Tucson Program (registration required)
Student presentations from former participants in the DukeEngage Tucson program, directed by Charlie Thompson and Jenny Snead-Williams

Saturday, May 3

9:30-11:15 Session 4 — Laboring Outside the Law
Michael David Snodgrass, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Aviva Chomsky, Salem State University
Discussants: Cindy Hahamovitch (William and Mary University; currently at National Humanities Center) and Michael Innis-Jiménez (University of Alabama)

11:30-1:00 Lunch Session — Health and Migration (registration required
Leonor Corsino, MD, Duke University Medical Center
Rebecca Reyes, Coordinator of Latino Health Services at Duke
Dennis Clements, Professor of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Global Health and Senior Advisor for the Duke Global Health Institute
Luke Smith, El Futuro

1:15-2:45 Session 5 — Emigration and Return Migration
Adam Goodman, University of Pennsylvania
Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford University
Discussants: Deborah Cohen (University of Missouri at St. Louis) and Charles Thompson (Duke University)

3:00-4:45 Session 6 — Migrations in Latin America
Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, University of Connecticut
Catherine Nolan-Ferrell, University of Texas at San Antonio
Discussants: Julie Greene (University of Maryland; currently at the National Humanities Center) and Ariana Vigil                (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

 5:00-6:00 Closing Discussion
Matt Garcia, Arizona State University

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