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.

Nov 202016
 November 20, 2016

The Rethinking Regulation Program at KIE is hosting its Annual Symposium April 20-21. This year¹s conference is spearheaded by 2016-17 Lamb Regulatory Fellow Vishy Pingali, focusing on regulation and access to pharmaceuticals in the developing world. Governments in developing economies often grapple with the absence of mature insurance markets, so patients often pay for medication out of pocket. Expensive, novel medicines are then out of reach for the majority of the population. Can these governments develop a regulatory regime that facilitates payment for these prescriptions?

Check back for full schedule of panels and speakers.

Thursday, April 20-Friday, April 21
101 West Duke Building,
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room

Oct 272016
 October 27, 2016

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will present on the multi-faceted role of religious dialogue in public spaces.

Rabbi Sacks is a British rabbi, philosopher and scholar of Judaism. Since stepping down as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth – a position he served for 22 years between 1991 and 2013 – Rabbi Sacks has held a number of professorships at several academic institutions including Yeshiva University and King’s College London. He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was recently named the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.”

For more information about the event, see this Duke Today story.

Co-sponsored by Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Religion and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and The Sanford School of Public Policy.

6 p.m. March 27 
Penn Pavillion

Oct 232016
 October 23, 2016

Russia-Mellon11-11-300x225Robert G. Morrison, professor and chair of the religion department at Bowdoin College, will be giving a public talk as well as participating in the Muslim Diasporas Seminar of the Religions and Public Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

Prof. Morrison came to Bowdoin College since 2008.  He teaches courses in the academic study of both Islam and Judaism, but address, in addition, comparative topics. Prof. Morrison’s research has focused on the role of science in Islamic and Jewish texts, as well as in the history of Islamic science.  He has contributed the chapters on Islamic astronomy to the New Cambridge History of Islam and the Cambridge History of Science.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This spring, the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with FHI Humanities Futures and the Department of History, will host three scholars of Islamic and comparative studies. Each will give a public talk and participate in the Muslim Diasporas working group seminar during their visit.

Oct 222016
 October 22, 2016

RPL-Book-400-300x225Prof. Ousame Kane will be giving a public talk as well as participating in the Muslim Diasporas Seminar of the Religions and Public Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.  He is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair on Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Harvard University.

Prof. Kane studies the history of Islamic religious institutions and organizations since the eighteenth century, and he is engaged in documenting the intellectual history of Islam in Africa.  He has also focused on the phenomenon of Muslim globalization. His book Homeland Is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America (Oxford University Press, 2010) looks at the community of Senegalese immigrants to the United States in New York and the importance these immigrants assign to their religious communities for the organization of their lives.  His other books include Muslim Modernity in Postcolonial Nigeria (Brill, 2003) and Timbuktu and Beyond: Rethinking African Intellectual History, forthcoming from Harvard University Press. He has published articles in the Harvard International Review, Politique étrangère, Afrique contemporaine, African Journal of International Affairs, Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, and Islam et Sociétés au Sud du Sahara.

Monday, March 27, 2017

This spring, the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with FHI Humanities Futures and the Department of History, will host three scholars of Islamic and comparative studies. Each will give a public talk and participate in the Muslim Diasporas working group seminar during their visit.

Oct 072016
 October 7, 2016

Duke doctoral student in History, Daanish Faruqi, will be participating in a roundtable discussion to talk about the new book he has co-edited with Dalia Fahmy, entitled, Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy (London: Oneworld Press, 2017).  Prof. Michael Hardt (Program in Literature, Duke) and Prof. Frances Hasso (Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Duke) will serve as discussants for this conversation.

Tuesday, March 7
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
101 West Duke Bldg, East Campus

RSVP here.  Lunch will be provided.

Oct 062016
 October 6, 2016

ian macmullenFor its March 6 Monday Seminar Series, Kenan Institute for Ethics welcomes Ian MacMullen, visiting associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

MacMullen, a political theorist whose primary research and teaching interests lie in the politics of education and of religious and cultural pluralism, will present “Religious Schools, Civic Education, & Public Policy.” His most recent book, Civics Beyond Critics: Character Education in a Liberal Democracy, explores the ways in which civic education in a liberal democracy could and should shape children’s values, beliefs, preferences, habits, identities, and sentiments.

MacMullen’s current research concerns the moral permissibility of articulating and/or acting on the basis of religious reasons in politics. He is developing an evaluation of the claim, frequently advanced by proponents of “public reason” that religious arguments are unfit to justify the state’s coercive activities because these arguments depend upon beliefs whose grounds are not accessible to all citizens.

MacMullen received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, received tenure in 2015, and accepted a visiting position at Duke in 2016.

MacMullen will present from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 6 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke Building Room 101. Lunch will be provided and those interested in attending must RSVP by emailing Bashar Alobaidi at

The Monday Seminar Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, fosters a 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.

Sep 022016
 September 2, 2016

Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger’s mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country. 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.

The screening will begin at 7pm in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and light snacks and refreshments are provided.
Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger will join us after the film for a discussion on his role in exposing the Marine Corps and the injustices that have yet to be rectified.

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

Thursday, Mar. 2, 6:30-9PM
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101
Free Parking

Sep 012016
 September 1, 2016

As a parallel event with the second Global Health Film Festival, scheduled for Feb. 27 through March 4, Debora Diniz will discuss the Zika virus and its impact on reproductive rights for women in Brazil based on her work before the Brazilian Supreme Court on cases involving abortion, marriage equality, and stem cell research.

This event is sponsored by the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law School, and co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Ali Prince.

12:30 pm Wednesday, March 1
Duke Law School Room 4047


Aug 232016
 August 23, 2016

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.