Aug 252014
 August 25, 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 242014
 August 24, 2014

Appropriate-Appropriation-400What makes some uses and representations of Native American cultural symbols appropriate, and others inappropriate? How should consumers evaluate the appropriateness of a garment or accessory they’re considering purchasing? What factors should non-Native American designers consider before incorporating Native American symbols and materials in their designs? How do intellectual and cultural property law affect the marketing of cultural symbols?

Join the Forum for Scholars and Publics and Team Kenan for an evening exploring Native American fashion and identity. See fashions by Native American designers followed by a panel including:

Adrienne Keene (Cherokee), Post-doctoral Fellow at Brown University, author of the blog “Native Appropriations”
Jessica Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), author of “Beyond Buckskin” blog & boutique
Susan Scafidi, Professor at Fordham Law and Founder of the Fashion Law Institute (and Duke alumna)
JT Willie (Navajo), artist/designer at JT Willie Designs, Marketing and Sales Director for the Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise (NACE)

November 19th at 7pm
Nelson Music Room
201 East Duke Building, East Campus

Aug 182014
 August 18, 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, eminent scholar and public intellectual. 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.

Charles Taylor is a leading contemporary philosopher and public intellectual whose work analyzes the historical formation and conceptual underpinnings of the modern world. Particular foci of his more recent work include the origins of contemporary notions of “the self,” identity politics and responses to moral and cultural diversity, and the nature of the secular and the role of religious belief and practice in public life. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Previously he was the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. Having been supervised by Isaiah Berlin and G. E. M. Anscombe, he received his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1961. His early work focused on Hegel’s philosophy and the philosophy of science and social science. His awards include the Kyoto prize (2008) and the Templeton prize (2007) and being made a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986. His work in the public sphere include serving in 2007 with Gérard Bouchard on the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on Reasonable Accommodation with regard to cultural differences in the province of Quebec. He is a practicing Roman Catholic.

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

Aug 172014
 August 17, 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 School)
  • Luz Rodriguez (Nicholas School)
  • Jonathon Free (History)
  • Louise Seamster (Sociology)

Monday, November 17
Friedl 225 (East Campus)

Dinner will be provided with RSVP to Amber Díaz Pearson by Wednesday, November 12.

Aug 152014
 August 15, 2014

Hack-DukeHack Duke is a two-day event in which teams are invited to engineer projects that provide solutions to real world problems. Hack Duke is about:

    HackDuke is not just about building meaningful projects. It’s also an open forum to discuss, share and bring to life ideas that aim to make a positive impact on social issues. Look forward to working with experts from non-profits and coding alongside mentors from tech companies!
    HackDuke welcomes anyone who has passion. If you don’t know how to code, fret not! We are open to people of all majors who are interested in how technology can be used to promote social change.
    HackDuke encourages students to venture beyond the classroom. Learn how your skills can be used to make a difference other people’s lives.

HackDuke is on Saturday, November 15th to Sunday, November 16th. It is hosted on Duke University’s West Campus, CIEMAS. The event is co-sponsored by Major Hacking League, Team Kenan, Code for America, and Durham Cares.

For more information, visit the Hack Duke website.
Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014

Keohane-Kenan-GalleryThe Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting an opening and dedication ceremony for the new NANNERL O. KEOHANE & FRANK HAWKINS KENAN GALLERY. Photographs from the “Good Question” series will be exhibited, and remarks will be made by former Duke President Nan Keohane and the Kenan family.

Friday, November 14
Begins at 5:00pm
West Duke Building, East Campus

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
Parking in all East Campus lots and along Campus Drive is free after 5:00pm

Aug 072014
 August 7, 2014

DoLunchEulaBiss_300“What will we do with our fear?” Award-winning author Eula Biss poses this question—which could not be more timely, in the midst of the Ebola crisis and flu season—in her recently published nonfiction book On Immunity: An Inoculation. Urged on by her own pregnancy, Biss researches what vaccine fears 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. In under 200 pages, Biss crafts a convincing argument for how we are all interconnected—our bodies and our fates.

You’ll want to be at this Do Lunch if you’re curious about public health, the intersection of the arts and sciences, creative writing, the politics of medicine and vaccination, and our ethical (and empathic) obligations to one another. You can read an excerpt from On Immunity in Guernica Magazine here.

Biss will visit Duke for a two-day residency as the first in the new Kenan-Center for Documentary Studies Visiting Writers Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art, and will give a public reading on November 6 at 7 p.m.

Lunch by Parker and Otis will be served to the first 25 who RSVP.

WHAT: Lunch with Eula Biss, award-winning author
WHEN: Thursday, November 6th at noon
WHERE: West Duke 101
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

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.