Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014

Global-Regulation-HumanRightsThis workshop is jointly sponsored by Rethinking Regulation at KIE and the Duke Human Rights Center at KIE. It will feature papers presented by Lamb Fellow in Regulatory Governance Jennifer Miller, KIE Graduate Fellow Shana Starobin, and other scholars of regulatory and human rights issues.

Friday, March 20
101 West Duke Building

Updates will be posted here; for more information contact amber.diaz@duke.edu.

Oct 192014
 October 19, 2014

jamison-leslieNew York Times Best-selling author Leslie Jamison 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 the best-selling collection of essays The Empathy Exams, Jamison begins with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose. Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace. The Empathy Exams is a brilliant and forceful book by one of this country’s vital young writers.

Copies of The Empathy Exams will be available for sale and a brief signing session will follow the talk.

Co-sponsors for this event include Duke’s Arts & HealthBaldwin Scholars ProgramDeWitt Wallance Center for Media & Democracy at Sanford School of Public Policy, English DepartmentForum for Scholars & PublicsFranklin Humanities InstituteProgram in Women’s Studies, and Thompson Writing Program.

Wednesday, March 18, 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

Oct 142014
 October 14, 2014

jon-favreauWords 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

Jon Favreau served as the director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama from 2009 through early 2013, a role he also played for the President during the 2008 presidential campaign. Favreau began writing with President Obama in 2005, when he started his first term as a U.S. Senator, and has had a hand in crafting nearly every major speech that the President delivered over the last 8 years. Favreau is the co-founder of Fenway Strategies where he has consulted and written speeches for several celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and nonprofit leaders.  Favreau is also a columnist for The Daily Beast and taught a weekly seminar as a Spring 2013 visiting fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

This visit is jointly sponsored by the KIE Practitioner in Residence Program and the Humanities Writ Large Network on Democracy and Law: Ancient and Modern. In addition to the public talk, events during the visit will include:

  • 10:05AM – Favreau will engage with a select group of undergraduate students in a workshop on speechwriting, ethics, and policy (by invitation), Sanford School of Public Policy.
  • 11:45AM – Team Kenan Do Lunch, West Duke 101
  • 1:25PM – Favreau will lead a session devoted to “Democratic Rhetoric” in the undergraduate class “Democracy: Ancient and Modern.” Open only to students and faculty affiliated with the course.

Contact amber.diaz@duke.edu with questions.

Oct 132014
 October 13, 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 292014
 September 29, 2014

Tony-JohnsonJoin local dancer, choreographer, and activist Tony C. Johnson, as well as dancers and vocalist Shanna Adams, for a special showing of Johnson’s “Embodying History Through Movement” project. The project uses movement as a reflection on the journey of slaves and people of the civil rights movement, accompanied by spirituals and music used during that time in history.
The performance will be followed by a discussion with dancers and Thomas DeFrantz, professor of African & African American Studies at Duke.

This event is sponsored by the Student Human Rights Fellows of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Tuesday, January 27th, 7:30
Scheafer Theater (Bryan Center)

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014

shavar-jeffriesThe Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting practitioner in residence Shavar Jeffries, partner at the law firm Lowenstein Sandler and associate professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. From 2008 to 2010, Jeffries was assistant state attorney under Attorney General Anne Milgram, where he supervised several divisions, including the Division on Civil Rights, the Juvenile Justice Commission and the state’s multi-state litigation and advocacy portfolio. He also recently ran as a mayoral candidate in his native town of Newark, New Jersey.

The residency will include:

  • A lunch discussion with Duke undergraduate students about his career path in law, policy, and politics.
  • A public lecture with Q&A at 4:00PM focused on his experiences in politics, followed by a reception.

Please contact amber.diaz@duke.edu for more information.


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.

Sep 142014
 September 14, 2014

Reg-RR-capDuke Law SJD candidate Daniel Ribeiro will be joining seminar participants over lunch to discuss his time as a prosecutor in Brazil taking on environmental crimes and corruption: “The Brazilian Ministério Público and Regulatory Governance.”

RSVP to Amber Díaz Pearson by Wednesday, December 10, for lunch.

Friday, December 12
Location: West Duke building, Rm 101 (East Campus)

Free parking will be available to attendees in the Gilbert-Addoms Lot, off of Campus Drive behind Jarvis Residence Hall, starting at 11:30AM: look for the sign and an attendant will direct you.

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.