Oct 222014
 October 22, 2014

UnaccompaniedChildMigrationThis interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke and organized by Frank Graziano, Humanities Writ Large Fellow at Duke University, will examine the ethical implications of immigration by unaccompanied minors. While this is a global phenomenon, the recent media frenzy around the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States illustrates many of the health, legal, and human rights issues at play. The event is free and open to the public.

Please address any questions to Frank Graziano, fgraz@conncoll.edu. Frank Graziano is a Humanities-Writ-Large Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University and John D. MacArthur Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College.



Jacqueline Bhabha is Director of Research at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health; and the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. Her most recent book is Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (Princeton University Press, 2014).

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco was founder of the Harvard Immigration Project and of Immigration Studies at New York University. He is currently Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His many publications include the co-authored Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008).

Susan J. Terrio is Professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University. Her forthcoming book, Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody (University of California Press, 2015), is based on research in twenty-six federal facilities and programs for unaccompanied child migrants and on observation of proceedings in fifteen immigration courts.


Faculty interested in participating as discussants may apply by sending a brief letter stating the relevance of the symposium to research interests and a one-page biographical note or two-page curriculum vita. The deadline for receipt of these materials is January 5, 2015; decisions will be announced shortly thereafter. Please send your materials to David Steinbrenner, using “Discussant Proposal” as the subject line. Discussants are not paid an honorarium or travel expenses but upon arrival are guests of Duke University (including hotel accommodations and meals). Discussant proposals in the humanities are particularly welcome.


The symposium will be held at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Exact details TBA.


Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014

2015WinterForumThe 2015 Winter Forum, “To Catch a Killer: Investigating the Brain,” will investigate the intersection of neuroscience and the legal system through real-life mystery theater. The Forum will be held January 4-6, 2015 at the Fuqua School of Business. The Forum hosts include the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science, Duke Science & Society and Bass Connections: Brain & Society, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and Duke Law.

The Winter Forum is a campus-based, non-credit curricular experience in an intense, retreat-like setting in which selected undergraduate applicants interact with graduate/professional students, alumni and faculty to explore a major global issue from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. The Winter Forum is held over 2.5 days immediately before the start of the spring semester. The Office of Undergraduate Education has primary oversight and responsibility for the Winter Forum.

Aug 252014
 August 25, 2014

headerThursday, November 20, 8:45 am – 1:30 pm, 240 John Hope Franklin Center. Full schedule and additional information may be found at the Reasonable Accomodations website.

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

This colloquium will begin with an historical perspective on religious tolerance during the colonial period of the two nations and trace the evolution and institutionalization of religious freedoms in the 18th and 19th centuries. After establishing the constitutional status of religion in Canada and the United States, panelists will consider the legal challenges by minority religious groups. The morning session will conclude by exploring the “Bouchard-Taylor Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences in Québec.” The final session will focus on the role of religious freedom and minority religious rights in Canadian and U.S. foreign policy.

This event is open to the public. Lunch will be served and parking passes distributed for those that register.

Registration is required.

This colloquium is part of a series, Reasonable Accommodations: Minorities in Globalized Nation States, exploring religious diversity and minority religious freedoms in different regions of the world. It is directed by the Duke Council for European Studies in collaboration with the Council for North American Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, and funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Provost’s Office at Duke University, with additional support from the Canadian Studies Endowment and the Duke Women’s Center.

Aug 252014
 August 25, 2014

HP14.15FlyerPart of the 2014-2015 Health Policy Lecture Series hosted by the Duke University Hospital Office of Graduate Medical Education in partnership with Duke Clinical Research Institutes, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University School of Medicine, and Duke University School of Law.

This series is intended to promote exposure to timely and critical health policy topics and promote interactions and collaboration among students and faculty across Duke University schools. All students, faculty, and trainees are invited to participate.

Healthcare Reform: Initial Assessments, November 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Trent Semans Center for Health Education – Great Hall (Level 0)

Panel Presenters:
Kevin Schulman, MD (Associate Director, Duke Clinical Research Institute)
Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH (Clinical Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, UNC Gillings School of Public Health)
Barak Richman, JD (Professor of Law, Duke Law)
Don Taylor, PhD (Associate Professor of Public Policy, Sanford School)

Moderated by: L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, FACP (Chief, Division of Internal Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine)

Register now at https://duke.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e5JhL5z3XHR9kW1

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)
Shayne Watson (Navajo), designer at Shayne Watson Designs

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 162014
 August 16, 2014

mondayseminar400John Evans will present on “The Public’s View of the Human Being and the Influence on Views of Human Rights”

John H. Evans is professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate.  (2002, University of Chicago Press), Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate (2010, University of Chicago Press) and The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View (2012, Oxford University Press).  In addition to writing about the structure of bioethics debates, he has also published a number of articles on opinion polarization in the U.S. over abortion, homosexuality and related issues.

Frank Graziano will be speaking on November 17th as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in 101 West Duke Building, East Campus. For lunch, please specify your order by completing the form on this Link by 4:00PM , Friday November 14.

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.