Dec 302014
 December 30, 2014

ArendtThis one-day workshop invites scholars to examine the role of the identification processes, and the human rights implications thereof, in the UN’s global statelessness prevention campaign. In late 2014, the UN initiated an ambitious agenda to eradicate statelessness globally, a problem that likely affects far more than 10 million people worldwide. In addition to the goals of improving national and international legal frameworks regulating citizenship and human rights, The UNHCR Action Plan to End Statelessness privileges expanding identification regimes and improved quantitative and qualitative research on stateless populations as measures for reducing and preventing statelessness. Given that scholars and activists are increasingly concerned about the role of identification schemes in the expanding “surveillance state,” a careful evaluation of the UN’s statelessness eradication campaign and its potential protection gaps is both essential and timely.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Katzenstein.

UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness: A Critical Examination of Identification Infrastructures
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Nov 212014
 November 21, 2014

jon-favreauThis residency was previously scheduled for February 26.

Words Matter: Storytelling with President Obama in an Age of Sound Bites
5:30-7:00PM, Fleishman Commons,
Sanford School of Public Policy
This Talk is Free & Open to the Public
Reception to follow

The significance of meaningful and effective words cannot be overrated, especially when a critical message is needed to stand out in a 24/7 news cycle and break through the constant noise of social media.  Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—knows this all too well.

According to Obama chief advisor David Axelrod, he has had his “stamp on all the great speeches from 2005 to early 2013” and always sought to tell a compelling story rather than string together a collection of sound bites. Favreau will discuss the ability to “see” or get behind the words—to capture the essence of an issue and create dialogue that clearly and powerfully articulates what it is about that issue that matters and why we should care. Favreau will offer his insight on how precisely—from conception to delivery—to “get behind the words we speak,” including the significance of “mining” resources for inspiration, creating scripts that speak from and to the heart, and “walking the walk” of talk.

Public parking is available in the Science Drive Visitor Lot and the Bryan Center Lot and Deck.

This visit is jointly presented by the KIE Practitioner in Residence Program and the Humanities Writ Large Network on Democracy and Law: Ancient and Modern. Co-sponsors include the Sanford School of Public Policy and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and DemocracyStay tuned for information on other events as part of his residency, including:

  • Workshop with undergraduate students on speechwriting, ethics, and policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy (by invitation)
  • Team Kenan Do Lunch
  • A session with the undergraduate class “Democracy: Ancient and Modern” (open only to students and faculty affiliated with the course)

Contact with questions.

Nov 202014
 November 20, 2014


What is the status of the death penalty in North Carolina, and in the U.S. more broadly, and how is it changing? Join the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for a discussion covering a broad range of topics, including lethal injections and the role of the pharmaceutical industry; its historical and contemporary racial symbolism in North Carolina, as well its persistent application to the most vulnerable in North Carolina, such as the mentally ill. Panelists include:

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. This panel is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for International & Comparative Law at Duke Law School.

RSVP to by Friday, April 17.

The Death Penalty in North Carolina and the the U.S.   
Monday, April 20th, 4:30-6:00pm
101 West Duke Building
Reception to follow

Nov 182014
 November 18, 2014

Scholars-SymposiumThe Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University is calling for submissions to its first annual Scholars Symposium. The symposium, which is sponsored by the DHRC at KIE Human Rights Fellows, will provide the opportunity for seniors at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill to publicly present honors or capstone projects that broadly relate to the themes of human rights, ethics, or international politics. Distinguished faculty and alumni, as well as current students, will be invited to serve as discussants. This event is open to both Duke and UNC faculty, students and alumni.

Saturday, April 18th  
West Duke Building, Room 101, Duke University 
Reception to follow

Submission information:

  • Projects can be written or artistic works. Students will present short summaries of their work in a conference-style setting.
  • Acceptance into the symposium is competitive. Applicants are asked to submit a 2-3 page extended abstract of their project. Please include the project’s 1) motivating research questions, 2) methods, 3) conclusion, and 4) overall significance to human rights, ethics, or international politics.
  • Applications are due Wednesday, April 1st at 5:00pm to Wendi Jiang, For any questions regarding the symposium or submission requirements, please contact Suzanne Katzenstein,


Nov 172014
 November 17, 2014
cropped-394989_10102516289856830_1790556150_n1-2What can the past tell us about the present? This question, once the bedrock of historical enquiry, faded from the academic imagination after the post-structural turn. As utilitarian and deterministic understandings of the past came under attack for ossifying ‘traditions’, a new periodization took shape–now familiar to anthropologists and historians alike–of a post-colonial present separated from its ‘authentic’ past by the unbridgeable gulf of European imperialism and colonial modernity. The workshop aims to probe the limits of this approach by bringing together anthropologists and historians interested in exploring the manifold relationships various pasts have with the present day world. The workshop will focus on Muslim societies as the primary context to conceptualize the interplay between historical inquiry and analysis of emergent social forms.


For call for papers, speakers, and other information, visit the workshop website. The workshop is sponsored by Duke Cultural Anthropology, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Franklin Humanities InstituteDuke Islamic Studies, Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, and Duke History Department.
Nov 172014
 November 17, 2014

LSGSThis workshop maps the broad conceptual parameters of Central American-American Studies and explores them through history, cultural and literary studies, and humanistic social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary frameworks. Engaging with this transnational U.S. population, Subjects of and for Central American-American Studies aims to proceed with the critical baton of academic conversation started after the historic 2012 Teresa Lozano Long conference at The University of Texas at Austin on “Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latina/o America” and the summer 2013 special issue of Latino Studies on “U.S. Central Americans: Representations, Agency and Communities.” Questions to be worked through include: what is “Central American-American” (and the very language that names it), how is it brought into view, what is its past and future, how is it dialoguing with Latino/a Studies, and are there new geographic sites and analytic nests of possibilities?

Organized by Duke Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South and co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Program in Women’s Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

ARTURO ARIAS The University of Texas at Austin
MARITZA CARDENAS The University of Arizona
CARY CORDOVA The University of Texas at Austin
KENCY CORNEJO The University of New Mexico
ÓSCAR MARTÍNEZ Journalist at El Faro & author of The Beast (Verso, 2013)
KIRSTEN SILVA GRUESZ University of California at Santa Cruz

Nov 162014
 November 16, 2014

Genocide-400This workshop will consider the language of genocide from its inception to the present.  While teaching at Duke Law School in the 1940s, Raphael Lemkin effectively coined the term “genocide,” referring to the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, caste, religious, or national group. Today, the term is a mainstay of contemporary human rights discussion and policy, now referring to a diverse swath of ethically charged human atrocities, from slavery to microbial disease. With diverse expertise and knowledge of linguistics, history, literature, public policy, political science, and human rights philosophy, this project aims to influence and improve international policy focused on the topic of genocide.

This workshop is part of the Humanities Writ Large and KIE/Bass Connections project “The Language of Genocide and Human Rights.” The workshop is co-sponsored by Duke Council for European Studies. This event is free and open to the public – RSVP here.

The Language of Genocide: Discourse and Policy, 1915-2015
Thursday,  Apr 16, 2015
101 West Duke Building


8:45-9am–Opening remarks
9-10:30am Panel 1–Naming a Problem from Hell: Languages of Violence, 1880-1950
Chair: Prof James Chappel
Panelists: Anson Rabinbach, Mira Siegelberg, Keith Watenpaugh
Respondent: Matthew Cole
10:45am-12:00pm Panel 2–Genocides in All But Name? Holocaust and Holodomor
Chair: Thomas Prendergast
Panelists: Douglas Irvin-Erickson, Gennadi Pobereżny, Rebecca Wittmann
Respondent: Roy Doron and Aladar Madarasz
1:00-2:15pm Panel 3–The Rebirth of Genocide and Emergence of R2P: Discourse and Policy in the 1990s and Beyond
Chair: Suzanne Katzenstein
Panelists: David Abramowitz, Thomas Weiss, Bruce Jentleson
Respondent: Nora Nunn
2:30-3:30pm  Panel 4–Student Genocide Research at Duke 
3:30-3:45pm Closing Remarks


David Abramowitz
Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, Humanity United
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

James Chappel
Assistant Professor of History, Duke University, Durham, NC

Roy Doron
Assistant Professor of History, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

Ruth Grant
Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Duke University, Durham, NC

Malachi Hacohen
Bass Fellow and Associate Professor of History, Political Science and Religion
Director, Council for European Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC

Douglas Irvin-Erickson
Fellow of Peacemaking Practice, Director of the Genocide Prevention Program
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Bruce Jentleson
Professor, Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University, Durham, NC

Suzanne Katzenstein
Research Scholar & Project Director at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Duke University, Durham, NC

Aladar Madarasz
Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Nora Nunn
PhD Student in English, Duke University

Thomas Prendergast
PhD Student in History, Duke University, Durham, NC

Gennadi Pobereżny
Associate, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Anson Rabinbach
Professor of Modern European History, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Mira Siegelberg
Fellow, Princeton Society of Fellow, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Keith Watenpaugh
Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Thomas Weiss
Presidential Professor, Political Science, City University of New York, New York, NY

Rebecca Wittmann
Chair and Associate Professor, History, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON Canada

Nov 142014
 November 14, 2014

Punk-singer filterThe Punk Singer (dir. Sini Anderson, 2013) is about Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, and how she rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.

The film will begin at 7:00pm  in the Griffith Film Theater in Duke University’s Bryan Center, followed by a Q&A session with Duke University faculty.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided.

Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck. Upon leaving the film, you may receive a voucher to hand to the attendant.

This year’s Ethics Film Series, “Sound Beliefs: Music, Ethics, Identity,” centers on the idea that music can act as a space and as an action at and through which identity is contested, exchanged, and upheld. This year’s four films—which range from a modern-day musical about the love story of a Czech immigrant and an Irishman, to a documentary profile of aging Cuban musicians who find global notoriety — explore the many ways ethics, morals, and personal identity are expressed and shared through music.

Nov 132014
 November 13, 2014

Dhaka_Savar_Building_Collaps-400eThe Kenan Institute for Ethics Prize in Regulatory Ethics and Human Rights is an essay competition for undergraduate students interested in business ethics, workplace safety and regulation, and human rights. This year’s policy focus is the regulatory responses to the collapse of Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013, which caused the deaths of over 1,100 people and injured 2,500 more. Located in Bangladesh, the eight story building housed several factories that churned out cheap clothes for stores around the world — including retailers like Walmart, JC Penney, H&M, and Benetton. Rana Plaza sparked protests around the world as workers and human rights activists pushed for greater corporate responsibility and government oversight of the garment industry.

On April 13, at 5:00PM in West Duke 101, please join the three finalists as they present their research before a panel of judges, including Allan Freyer, Steven J. Lerner, and Layna Mosley.

Information on the Judges

Allan Freyer, Director, Workers’ Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center
A Duke alum, Mr. Freyer has over ten years of professional experience working in local, state, and Federal economic policy. In 2011, he joined the North Carolina Justice Center as a Policy Analyst in their Budget & Tax center, focusing on economic and workplace development, as well as state-level economic analysis. In 2014, he took over as Director of the Workers’ Rights Project at the Justice Center, which works at the state policy level to expand safe workplace policies, improve the well-being of working families and enable North Carolina workers to access economic security and stability.

Steven J. Lerner, Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Hill Group
Dr. Lerner is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Blue Hill Group, a successful venture capital firm based in Chapel Hill. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lerner has invested his time, resources, and financial expertise into helping small and medium sized entrepreneurial firms maximize their potential. In addition to serving as a Managing Partner at the Blue Hill Group and Partner for LaunchBox Digital, an organization that provides seed capital and mentoring to new start-ups, and for several marketing and communications firms, Dr. Lerner has served on several boards for local non-profit and community organizations. In 2011, he was elected to a four year term on the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees where he sits on President’s Council on Community Solutions.

Layna Mosley, Professor of Political Science, UNC Chapel Hill
Also a Duke alum, Dr. Mosley specializes in international relations and international political economy. Much of her research focuses on the impacts of international investors on national policy. Her most recent work investigates the ways in which private investors shape workers’ rights in developing nations and the role of the private sector in the global regulation of financial markets. Her most recent book, Labor Rights and Multinational Production, argues that direct foreign investment can positively affect local labor rights, but can also lead to a comparative “race to the bottom” as nations compete for foreign contracts.

Monday, April 13
West Duke 101

Free and open to the public, Reception to follow

Nov 102014
 November 10, 2014

Reg-RR-capThe Rethinking Regulation seminar series presents Professor Eleanor Fox (Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law) to discuss the quality of competition regimes across developing countries in her talk, “Competition Law and Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa – Does it Promote Efficiency and Development? Efficient Development? Efficient Inclusive Development?

Before joining the faculty of NYU Law School, Professor Fox was a partner at the New York law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She has served as a member of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (1997-2000) (President Clinton) and as a Commissioner on President Carter’s National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures (1978-79). She has advised numerous younger antitrust jurisdictions, including South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, The Gambia, Indonesia, Russia, Poland and Hungary, and the common market COMESA. Fox received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Paris-Dauphine in 2009. She was awarded an inaugural Lifetime Achievement award in 2011 by the Global Competition Review for “substantial, lasting and transformational impact on competition policy.”

This event is hosted by George C. Lamb Fellow in Regulatory Governance Umut Aydin, and is sponsored by the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and co-sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Law at Duke Law School.

Friday, April 10
Law 4055

Please RSVP to Umut Aydin by Wednesday, April 8, to receive a copy of Professor Fox’s paper to read in advance.