Sep 092014
 September 9, 2014

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Thursday, November 20, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, 240 John Hope Franklin Center. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

Reasonable Accommodations and Minority Religious Freedom in the United States & Canada

Speakers include:
Jennette Wood Crowley | Duke University, History Department
Ernest Young | Duke University, Law School
Shauna Van Praaghe | McGill University, Faculty of Law
Charles Taylor | McGill University, Department of Philosophy
Kevin Christiano | University of Notre Dame, Sociology Department
Robert Bennett | Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Katrina Lantos Swett | Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

This workshop is sponsored by the Council for North American Studies, the Council for European Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, with funding provided by the Mellon Foundation and the Provost’s Office at Duke University.

Aug 102014
 August 10, 2014

Charles_TaylorOn Tuesday, November 18, a public event for the Duke and Durham communities will focus on “The Sacredness of the Secular and the Secularity of the Sacred: Re-imagining the Role of Religions in Public Life – an interview with Charles Taylor.” The event will feature KIE Senior Fellow Luke Bretherton in conversation with Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University. Professor 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. His long academic career includes winning the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and the Templeton Prize. This event is sponsored by the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, as part of Charles Taylor’s week-long visit to Duke co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Gerst Program, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Council for North American Studies.

Tuesday November 18 
Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building, Duke Divinity School
Free and Open to the Public

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

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


Jul 302014
 July 30, 2014

Reg-RR-capAs part of the Laws that Learn series, Gary Marchant (Arizona State University Law School) will lead a seminar entitled, “Pacing Law with Emerging Technologies: The Example of Nanotechnology.”

Professor Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. He was named a Regents’ Professor in 2011 and also is a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

This event is cosponsored by Rethinking Regulation @ KIE, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology, and the Center for Innovation Policy.

Friday, October 31
Rubenstein 200 (West Campus)

Lunch will be provided with RSVP to Amber Díaz Pearson by Monday, October 27.

Jul 292014
 July 29, 2014

OmidDr. Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, will offer a lecture about ways in which the prophetic tradition, led by Martin Luther King and others, was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. What does this tradition have to say about America today, in light of our engagement in the Middle East, Ferguson, and the ongoing economic crisis?

Co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies CenterDuke Chapel, and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Wednesday, October 29
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Westbrook 0016

Jul 222014
 July 22, 2014

Dublin400x3005During DukeEngage Weeks, prospective DukeEngage applicants can explore new and continuing group programs that will take place during Summer 2015 and hear from students who have successfully completed independent projects. The Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeEngage program in Dublin allows eight students each summer to spend eight weeks in one of the most dynamic and increasingly diverse cities in Europe.

Students are placed in small organizations that work on a range of migrant and refugee issues. Some placements are about direct service — working with unaccompanied minor refugees as they transition to a life in Ireland, designing and running a summer civic engagement program that brings together both disadvantaged Irish and migrants, or choreographing and performing a dance at a local festival. Some placements are about community organizing and creating the infrastructure necessary to support the successful integration of migrant and refugees into Irish society — designing a dental hygiene outreach program for migrant children, setting up a citizenship application clinic, or providing gender violence workshops for refugee women. And some placements are about advocacy and policy making — writing for Ireland’s leading multicultural newspaper, Metro Eireann, developing new national legislation regarding female genital mutilation, or helping design local migrant councils to create a mechanism for migrant and refugee concerns to be heard and addressed.

Info Session
Monday, October 20th
Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, 1st Floor, Classroom 177


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
Westbrook 0016 – Duke Divinity School
Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014

Ann-GallagherThis year’s Visiting Fellow in Human Rights is Dr. Anne Gallagher AO (BA, LLB, M.Int.L, PhD).  Gallagher is a global authority on the international legal and policy aspects of human trafficking and related exploitation. She served as a career UN official from 1992 to 2003 working with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 1998 she was appointed Special Adviser on Human Trafficking to Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In that capacity she represented the High Commissioner in the negotiations for the UN Organized Crime Convention and its Protocols on Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. More recently, She completed the definitive legal commentary to the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking.

Her visit will include: