Oct 232017
 October 23, 2017

What does it mean to be a “good” physician?

What sorts of moral formation (or deformation?) can take place in medical school education? What does it mean to see medicine as a “vocation” and how does the practice of medicine have a moral dimension to it? These are hard, important questions that anyone planning on medical school (or already in medical school) should give time to contemplate. Please join us for a public panel in which four experts from medical schools around the country will weigh in on these and other questions.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Farr Curlin, Duke School of Medicine
  • Dr. Lydia Dugdale, Yale School of Medicine
  • Dr. Warren Kinghorn, Duke School of Medicine
  • Dr. John Yoon, University of Chicago School of Medicine

The talk will be held on November 8th at 5 pm in French Science 2237.

Oct 102017
 October 10, 2017
Greetings from Sunny Cuba: Reflections on a Moment of Reconnection

Alternative Spring Break 2017 - Cuba

In the spring of 2017 the Kenan Institute for Ethics led a program to Cuba to explore the ethical challenges of resuming normal relations after nearly

three quarters of a century of isolationist policies. As students met with academics and shared meals with their host families, they gained a layered sense of the meaning of the embargo from Cuban perspectives. As the United States has recently backed away from the normalization process, we document some of students’ experiences in an apparently fleeting moment of openness.


The exhibit will be held in the Kenan-Keohane Gallery beginning Friday October 20.
Oct 102017
 October 10, 2017

Calling all students!

Make sure to stop by our table at the Majors Fair on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. We’ll be in Penn Pavilion from 11am-2pm with information on all our courses and programs.

See you there!

Oct 102017
 October 10, 2017

Students and faculty are welcome to join us for a Family Weekend Reception from 9:30am-11:30am on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101).

Bring your family and come prepared to eat and enjoy!

Sep 252017
 September 25, 2017

Join Team Kenan as we mark the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, from 3-5pm on Friday, October 20, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101) on Duke’s West Campus. Stop by to join the conversation on the TK Couch, for information on this year’s What Is Good Art? competition, to make your mark in our photobooth and for the chance to pick up one of our ‘real/fake major’ t-shirts. This event also marks the official launch of the Summer 2017 issue of Encompass, our student produced ethics magazine.

Team Kenan provokes the Duke undergraduate community to consider the notion that ethics is everywhere through fun, engaging and sometimes unconventional programs. Team Kenan is the social and intellectual bridge between those students already engaged by the Institute’s offerings and those that are not, serving as the core of a vibrant intellectual community of students, blurring the line between the study of ethics and its application throughout students’ lives.

Jul 252017
 July 25, 2017

Please join us for a free screening of Persepolis.

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power — forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. The film follows Marjane from Iran to Europe and back throughout her youth and to early adulthood. Co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Rated PG-13.

Spring 2018 Ethics Film Series: You Say You Want a Revolution

Each spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsors a film series that provides popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme. Each series as a whole offers rich opportunities for debate and discussion on ethical issues for audiences from both the Duke and Durham communities. This year’s film series is co-sponsored by DukeArts.

This year’s Ethics Film Series investigates the ethical and moral discourse surrounding revolutions and those who instigate them. Focusing on political, technological, and artistic revolutions this film series explores how revolutions become institutions, affect human psychology, and create venerated revolutionaries. Why do some revolutions have staying power while others do not? How have our day to day lives been changed by the revolutions we have experienced? Can we criticize our revolutionaries? These are just some of the questions this year’s film series will explore. You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, you should come to our film series.

Film selections and dates for the Spring 2018 Ethics Film Series are detailed below. All films will be screened in The Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Following every film, there will be a post-film discussion with faculty and special guests. The films are free and open to the public. Refreshments and light snacks are provided.

East Campus parking is available.

Spring 2018 Film Series Schedule:

January 25 – Persepolis

February 15 – The Social Network

March 22 – Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

April 19 – Selma

May 012017
 May 1, 2017

For most students, education-related debt is a fact of life. How does that reality weigh on the decisions students make? Come see recent Cornell graduate Hugo Genes’ provocative take on the ways choosing an elite university prepares students for the future, or doesn’t. A panel discussing the film will follow immediately.

The panel will include:

Nikki Smith, Assistant Director, Career and Development Center, Nicholas School of the Environment
Carina Arellano, Duke University Admissions Officer
Adam Tomasiello, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University
John A Forlines III, Executive in Residence of Economics
Irene Jasper, Director of Student Lending and Personal Finance

The film, produced by recent Cornell graduate Hugo Genes, is a hybrid documentary, with dramatized elements, that explores the decision making process of college bound students when seeking potentially lucrative jobs in the finance sector, how the universities play upon those expectations, how financial institutions recruit heavily on Ivy League campuses and whether or not those students who choose that path are then well-prepared to pay off their college debt, when they graduate and whether or not they would be equally well served obtaining undergraduate degrees from less expensive options.

Apr 262017
 April 26, 2017

Can a summer of work clarify what you want to do with your life? Alexandra’s moment of clarity occurred during her third week in an office in Amman, Jordan. Chris was compelled to take path-altering action after a chance encounter in Greensboro, NC. Whether through a single defining experience or steady reflection, each KPP Fellow has a more focused plan for their future now.

On Thursday, October 26th from 5-6:30pm, join us for our inaugural Kenan Purpose Program Fellows Symposium. Six fellows have completed coursework and internships that offered windows into potential career paths—reflecting intensively all the while. At the Symposium, they will share their wisdom, chart their paths to this point, and hopefully begin to form communities of support for moving forward. Each Fellow is hoping to connect with peers interested in similar career paths. The Symposium will be a kickoff for more robust networks of support for students looking to do purposeful work. The event will take place in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room in the West Duke Building.

Apr 122017
 April 12, 2017

Has globalization led to an increase against the already downtrodden? Join the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics Oct. 12 for a screening and discussion of the film, “Breaking the Caste,” a documentary that highlights the struggle of India’s “untouchable” population.

“Dalit” is a self-designation of people treated as the lowest group in India’s caste system. The vast majority of the Dalit people are Hindu, but many are also Christians. Dalits number around 300 million people, over 16 percent of India’s population and live under apartheid-like discrimination.

In the film, viewers hear from N. Fatima Burnad, the founder and executive director of the Society for Rural Education and Development, who has been working among the Dalit community in Tamil Nadu, India for 37 years. Following the showing, a panel discussion will be held with:

  • Vasant Kaiwar, Visiting Associate Professor, Duke Department of History
  • Anusha Hariharan, Ph.D. student, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Anthropology
  • Moderated by Sucheta Mazumdar, Associate Professor, Duke Department of History

The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. p.m. Oct. 12 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building.