Jan 172017
 January 17, 2017

Conv.HR_-300x225During the 2016 election, Donald Trump routinely highlighted the economic suffering faced by American workers, critiquing deinstrialization and arguing that trade agreements played a major role in the loss of American manufacturing jobs. Despite this, he has not indicated any interest in making trade agreements fairer by raising labor standards in foreign countries, as critics of international trade agreements, as well as some human rights proponents, have advocated.

What kinds of changes can we expect to the governance of labor, both domestically and in international agreements under the Trump administration? Can we expect anything more than a new era of repression, or does Trump’s rejection of multinational trade agreements also present opportunities for either labor or human rights advocates? What strategies might working people, particularly those on the margins in the U.S. and elsewhere, employ to challenge repressive conditions they face at work given the rise of the anti-regulatory Right? What new regimes of governance might emerge?

Join us on February 23rd for a discussion of these questions. Panelists include:

  • Cynthia Estlund (NYU Law School, Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law)
  • Kevin Kolben (Rutgers Business School, Investigative Journalist)
  • Moderated by Peter Pihos (Duke Thomspon Writing Program, Lecturing Fellow)

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.

The event will be held on Thursday, February 23 2017 at 4:30-6:00pm, located in West Duke, Room 101 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Room).

Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth by Thursday, February 20th at noon.

Jan 162017
 January 16, 2017

p211-1024x699With regular reports of police killings of unarmed citizens, the issue of police misconduct is now on the national agenda.  Jamie Kalven is an investigative journalist and human rights activist who has reported extensively on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago.  It was Mr. Kalven who brought the police killing of Laquan McDonald to public attention.  Most recently, he has published a compelling account of the operations of the code of silence in the Chicago Police Department.

Mr. Kalven’s work became the focus of a protracted legal controversy in 2005-2006, when he refused to comply with a subpoena demanding his notes. A series of legal actions eventually established that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. Civil rights lawyers have hailed the ruling as “historic” and a “watershed.”

Jamie Kalven will be the Kenan Practitioner in Residence with the Cover-ups and Exposes project at KIE.  His public lecture will address lessons learned about institutional accountability during the turbulent period since the release of the Laquan McDonald video.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm, reception to follow
Rm 103 Gross Hall for Interdisciplinary Innovation
(on the corner of Science Drive and Towerview on Duke’s West Campus)
Parking: Chemistry Gated Lot on corner of Towerview and Circuit Drive (right next to Gross Hall)

Jan 162017
 January 16, 2017

Conv.HROver the course of a decade, a team of Chicago police officers, involved in the illicit drug trade, framed individuals who did not cooperate with them by planting drugs on them. Investigative Reporter Jamie Kalven recently exposed the story, and has worked this past year with the Exoneration Project to secure the release of two of the individuals who were framed. As Joshua Tepfer, one of the leads on the Exoneration Project put it, this is just “the tip of the iceberg.”

In 2011 Brandon Bethea died in a Harnett Country jail after being shot by a detention officer with a Taser. The killing was caught on videotape but no one was ever charged. Four years later, a Harnett county deputy police officer, with no search or arrest warrant, shot and killed John Livingston in his house. In the prior two years, that police officer had committed more arrests on the charge of resisting a police officer than any other deputy in the department. Recently, five North Carolina Sheriffs determined that there was no probable cause to revoke or suspend his certification. In her four-part series for the News and Observer, “Deadly Force,”
Investigative Journalist Mandy Locked exposed Bethea’s death and covered extensively the police squads of Harnett Country.

Join us on February 7th for a conversation with Jamie Kalven and Mandy Locke on police killings and abuses as well as the structures of silence and accountability that sustain or expose them.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Law School’s Innocence Project. Panelists include:

Jamie Kalven (Journalist and Founder and Executive Director of the Invisible Institute)
• Mandy Locke (News and Observer, Investigative Journalist)
• Moderated by James Coleman (Duke Law School, John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law)

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.

Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth by Thursday, February 2nd at noon.

Police Abuse and Impunity: Cover-Up or Standard Operating Procedure?
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm
Duke Law School, Room 3037

Dec 082016
 December 8, 2016

GradFellowsSympOn Monday, December 12, join the Kenan Graduate Fellows for their year-end symposium, to be held in the Ahmadieh Conference Room between 2:30pm-6:30pm. This year’s theme is: Scholarship and Practice.

The 2:30-5:00pm session will focus on linkages between scholarship and work beyond the ivory tower. Current Graduate Fellows will present about some aspect of their scholarship, their work outside of the academy, and/or the connection between the two.

From 5:15-6:30pm, a roundtable discussion will feature the presenters along with Kenan Senior Fellow and Professor of Theological Ethics at the Duke Divinity School Luke Bretherton.

Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016

For its Jan. 23 Monday Seminar Series, Kenan Institute for Ethics welcomes Steven Hitlin, professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at the University of Iowa.

Steve Hitlin - edited KHitlin, who has taught at University of Iowa since 2005, will present “Dignity and the Empirical Measurement of the Moral Self.” At Iowa, he focuses his research on social psychology, self and identity, values, morality, social theory, and gender. He is currently working on research related to supporting sociological studies of morality, development and social psychological nature of racial identities, and social psychological concepts as a way to engage sociological debates.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hitlin will present from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in West Duke Building Room 101. Lunch will be provided and those interested in attending must RSVP by emailing Bashar Alobaidi at bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu.

The Monday Seminar Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, fosters an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from across the University to discuss cutting edge research in ethics broadly conceived. For more information and upcoming speakers, visit the series website.

Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016

PathwaysofChange GraphicDid you miss the first Pathways of Change Information Session? We are having another on Thursday, January 19th, at 5:00 pm.

What’s the Pathways of Change program? Building off of last summer’s pilot program, Pathways of Change is a new program by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics being launched this summer for a cohort of students interested in the following three areas: business and human rights/csr, women’s rights and environmental justice.  Students will intern with different types of organizations working for social change across these three fields, and will work together during the summer and fall 2017 to explore the tradeoffs between different approaches towards social change.

  • Each internship will come with a $5,000 dollar stipend.
  • The partner organizations will be pre-selected, and serve as hosts to the summer intern.
  • Students will participate in an interdisciplinary ½ credit seminar in the Fall of 2017 on Theories and Strategies of Social Change.

What will I learn at the Information Session? You will learn a bit about the specific partners listed, and we will answer questions you may have about the application and selection process.

Where can I find more information about the program and the deadline for applications?  More information, including about last year’s program and this summer’s final roster of partner organizations (not yet posted), can be found here: http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/humanrights/students/pathways-of-change/. Check back as this website will regularly updated with information about partners and important dates.  The deadline for applications is January 25th 2017, with the first round of interviews (at Kenan) likely taking place the following week.

Thursday, January 19, 5-6pm 
West Duke Building, Room 107F



Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016

Learn about the morally questionable history of the Los Angeles County water supply through this 1974 Roman Polanski classic. 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. The series splits its time between examining water scarcity and water pollution as drivers of human action.ThumbnailChinatown

The screening will begin at 7pm in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. Doors open at 6:30pm. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Nicholas Professor of Environmental Quality David E. Hinton.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments and light snacks are provided. Free parking.

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

Jul 162016
 July 16, 2016

KRP_Launch400The Institute’s refugee peer tutoring and engagement programs resume after Winter Break this week.

SuWA is a student-organized community effort sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics working to empower refugee women through education, small business development, and community building. The support and relationships present in the refugee community motivated the name SuWA, which is Iraqi for “togetherness.” SuWA is also an acronym for Supporting Women’s Action, which reflects the “togetherness” the women share.

The project was begun in Fall 2013 by two students—Leena El-Sadek and Maura Guyler—who wished to further their relationships with local refugee families built
through their community engagement work in the DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted
program. The adjustment to life after resettlement in Durham can be very challenging for refugee women in particular. Cultural and linguistic barriers are often a daily frustration. And the obstacles to finding quality health care, access to education, and employment can be daunting.

For more information contact Michelle Khalid (mashaim.khalid@duke.edu).

MASTERY is a program for refugee youth aged 4-13 that pairs Duke undergraduate tutors and refugee students with the goal of providing mentorship, assistance with schoolwork, English tutoring, and a supportive community. While tutors help with studying and homework, their primary goal is to encourage the students, support their creativity and potential, and help students to develop and achieve ambitious goals. Through the relationships developed in this class, college students help mentor and inspire younger students by sharing their own passion for learning. By working with refugees, Duke students develop a better awareness of global issues present at a local level. The aim is for both tutors and students to come away with a more clear understanding of their community and a renewed love of learning. Plans for MASTERY throughout the year include creative projects, celebrations of holidays from our many cultures, academic achievement and community building.

For more information contact Olivia Johnson (olivia.johnson@duke.edu).

The Tools for Change Citizenship Lab at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is about inspiring community change through individual and collective action. It does so by developing mechanisms for enhancing refugee civic participation with a focus on high school youth in Durham, North Carolina.

The project has two allied dimensions. First, we are creating a citizenship lab at Duke that engages refugee youth in the life of their new communities. The work of the lab will culminate in a community based research project that addresses a challenge refugee youth have encountered in Durham.

For more information contact Suzanne Shanahan (shanahan@soc.duke.edu).

May 072016
 May 7, 2016

Please join us for the 2016 Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Research Workshop. Four Duke Ph.D. students who received research awards from Rethinking Regulation @ KIE last year will be discussing papers or dissertation chapters based on the funded research. Designated faculty commentators will provide initial feedback, followed by group discussion. To facilitate discussion, we ask that attendees read the papers in advance. Please email Amber Díaz Pearson by noon on December 6 to RSVP and receive copies of the papers.

Josh Bruce, Sociology: “Becoming a Bureaucrat: Human, Social, and Categorical Capital in the US Civil Service”
Discussant: Lori Bennear, NSOE, Duke University

Cindy Cheng, Political Science: “Trust and Food Safety Regulation in China”
Discussant: Suzanne Katzenstein, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University

Mercy DeMenno, Public Policy: “Technocracy, Democracy, and Public Policy: An Evaluation of Public Participation in Retrospective Regulatory Review”
Discussant: Andrea Renda, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University

Ashton Merck, History: “Putting the Fox in Charge of the Chicken Processing: Pasts and Futures of Co-Regulation in U.S. Meat and Poultry Inspection, 1967-2002”
Discussant: Matthew Johnson, Sanford, Duke University

Wednesday, December 7
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
101 West Duke Building, East Campus

Parking: East Campus parking is available to all Duke parking passes beginning at 4:00PM. However, parking spaces may be limited due to a surplus of employees parking regularly on East Campus. Using the East-West bus is advised for those traveling from West Campus.

May 012016
 May 1, 2016

This Keynote Lecture by Gayle Solomon will explore the case of Latisha King, a genderScreen Shot 2016-11-28 at 3.39.44 PM-transgressive 15-year-old who was shot and killed in an Oxnard, California junior high school by a 14-year-old classmate in 2008. Salamon will offer a phenomenological reading of the school and the courtroom to explore the paradoxical nature of gender and race in this legal case, in which gender was simultaneously treated as a material object and understood as the effect of immaterial bodily gesture. This event is co-Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Contact julie.wynmor@duke.edu for questions or more information.

Thursday, December 1, 5:30-7pm
The Pink Parlor, East Duke Building, 112 Campus Dr.
Reception Follows