Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014

Reg-RR-capDuke Law SJD candidate Daniel Ribeiro will be discussing his time as a prosecutor in Brazil taking on environmental crimes and corruption as part of the Rethinking Regulation program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Friday, December 12
Location TBD

Aug 102014
 August 10, 2014

RPL-mandala4-400On Tuesday, November 18th, KIE Senior Fellow will hold a public interview with the philosopher Charles Taylor. Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University, and his long academic career includes winning the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and the Templeton Prize. Taylor has long objected to what many social scientists take for granted, namely that the rational movement that began in the Enlightenment has made notions like morality and spirituality into nothing more than quaint anachronisms. This event is sponsored by the Religions and Public Life Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Tuesday November 18th Nov
Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building

Aug 092014
 August 9, 2014

Reg-RR-capThe winners of last year’s Rethinking Regulation Graduate Research Awards will workshop papers from their research over the past year together with Rethinking Regulation faculty.

Graduate Student Presenters:
Jack Zhou (Nicholas), Luz Rodriguez (Nicholas), Jonathon Free (History),  Louise Seamster (Sociology)

Monday, November 17
Location TBD

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Jewish Tradition ThumbnailSusannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award and Germany’s Geiger Prize, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She is the author of over seventy articles and has edited several books, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel; Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen); Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism(with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky).
This series is hosted by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at KIE, Jewish Life at Duke, and the DHRC at the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Monday, October 20, 5:30pm
Location TBA
Jul 152014
 July 15, 2014

Cages-ShameCages of Shame is a documentary film that follows a group of activists working to rescue animals from a bear bile farm in China directed by Martin Guiness. More than 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears, but also sun bears and brown bears – are kept on bile farms in China, and around 2,400 in Vietnam. The bears are milked regularly for their bile, which is used in traditional medicine.

After the film, a discussion will be led by Ray Zhu of Animals Asia, the group behind the rescue, and Karen Price, of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. This screening is co-sponsored by the Animals Asia North Carolina Volunteer Group, Duke PAWS, The Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.

Thursday, September 30, 7:00pm
Discussion to follow
Richard White Auditorium (White 107, East Campus)
Free and Open to the Public

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

Jul 032014
 July 3, 2014

Conv.HRIn the past decade, human rights groups have increasingly mobilized for the establishment of an international human rights treaty to regulate transnational corporations. In June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council took a landmark step of establishing an intergovernmental working group to elaborate such a treaty. This move has ignited fierce debate among both activists and policymakers.

Join us on September 10th for a panel discussion about the efficacy of binding instruments vs. voluntary codes in promoting corporate responsibility for human rights. Panelists will include: Dr. Puvan Selvanathan (Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and Head of Food and Agriculture at the UN Global Compact) and Professor Aseem Praksash (Political Science, University of Washington), with Suzanne Katzenstein (Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics) as moderator.

This is the first event of the year in an ongoing workshop series, Conversations in Human Rights, begun last year at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. This series brings together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. A discussion-focused series drawing together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy, these workshops are open to faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.

RSVP to by Monday, September 8.

Business and Human Rights: Voluntary Codes or Binding Treaty?
Wednesday, September 10, 4:00-6:00 pm
Smith Warehouse, Room B271, Bay 6, 2nd floor
Reception to Follow

Jun 252014
 June 25, 2014

BBQ-plateKenan Institute for Ethics faculty, staff, students, and friends are invited to the annual cookout kicking off the new academic year.

Thursday, August 28
Staring at 5:30pm
East Duke Building lawn, East Campus
RSVP required – contact Mekisha Mebane

Jun 202014
 June 20, 2014

Project Change is a pre-orientation program that provides an immersive leadership experience in which participants live, learn, and work in Durham, competing with a team of  peers to find ways to solve the city’s critical problems. Students have fun, meet friends, and get to know the city where they’ll call home for the next four years. Run by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the program invites incoming first years to spend eight intense days of taking risks, making mistakes, and meeting challenges with a select group of students, staff, community leaders, and faculty. They join a diverse team of eighteen peers and are given the adventure of a lifetime—to change the lives of complete strangers in creative and dramatic ways.

Complete information, including required forms, can be found at the Project Change page. Registration is completed through Duke Student Affairs.