Dec 212017
 December 21, 2017

Join us for a conversation with:

  • Thomas Jackson (UNC Greensboro, Department of History), “The Gandhi in King: Hidden Dimensions of Nonviolence”
  • Nico Slate (Carnegie Mellon University, Department of History), “Race, Caste, and Inequality: Martin Luther King and the Untouchable”
  • Discussants: Sucheta Mazumdar and Vasant Kaiwar (Duke University, Department of History)

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.

To RSVP for the event, email Deirdre White at by noon Feb 5th,

The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Room) West Duke.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke India Initiative. 

Dec 212017
 December 21, 2017

This event has been rescheduled for a future date. We will update this page once it is confirmed.

The Duke Islamic Studies Center, along with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will host its third event Feb. 1st as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series, which examines the current human rights crisis for Muslims in the U.S.
Dr. Sophia Rose Arjana will discuss the ways in which Muslims have been dehumanized in public discourse, resulting in the hostile climate American Muslims must contend with, while also being attentive to the ways in which Muslims are challenging this discourse through activist interventions. In particular, Dr. Arjana will focus on the graphic narratives that include comics, graphic novels, and webcomics—genres that have opened up new spaces for Muslims to voice their concerns about Islamophobia. Dr. Arjana is a scholar of Religion whose books include Muslims in the Western Imagination (Oxford, 2015), Pilgrimage in Islam: Traditional and Modern Practices (2017), and Veiled Superheroes: Islam, Feminism, and Popular Culture (2017).  


Location:   West Duke 101 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Room)
Dec 212017
 December 21, 2017

We  live an age of political polarization.

Those who disagree with us are often viewed as not just wrong but as deeply irrational and immoral. Is this a good thing? And what is the proper ethical response to it? What sort of habits of mind and practices should we cultivate in response to this increasing “partyism” and cultural self-segregation? In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton asked her supporters to keep an “open mind” with respect to the coming Trump presidency, but what exactly does that mean?

Professor Alan Jacobs of the Baylor Honors Program will address these and other questions in his public lecture, “Embrace the Pain: Living with the Repugnant Cultural Other,” on January 29th at 5pm in the Holst-Anderson Family Room.

View the talk here:

Or download an audio recording of the talk here.


Dec 212017
 December 21, 2017

We regret that Dr. Erhard Busek’s visit has been canceled. We will post another announcement if the visit is rescheduled at another time.

Religions and Public Life Visiting Scholar Dr. Erhard Busek will visit the Duke University campus Tuesday, January 16 through the morning of Friday, January 19th. During his visit, Dr. Busek will present a public talk and meet with faculty and graduate students.

His public seminar, on current issues around religion and migration in Europe, will be on Wednesday, January 17, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101). The reception will begin at 4:30PM, followed by Dr. Busek’s seminar talk, “Religion and the Future of Europe,” and Q&A and discussion. For an abstract of the talk, please see below.

Dr. Erhard Busek has served as Vice-Chancellor of the Republic of Austria,  Minister for Science and Research, Minister for Education,  Special Representative of the Austrian Government for the Enlargement of the European Union, and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe. Now, among other positions, he serves as  Chairman of the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe in Vienna, Coordinator of the “Southeast European Cooperative Initiative,” President of the Vienna Economic Forum, and as Jean Monnet Professor ad personam.

Now, among other positions, he serves as  Chairman of the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe in Vienna,  Coordinator of the “Southeast European Cooperative Initiative,” President of the Vienna Economic Forum and as Jean Monnet Professor ad personam.

For more information, please e-mail Deirdre White at

Reception & Seminar: Religion and the Future of Europe
Wednesday, January 17
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)


Perhaps more than any other continent or civilization, contemporary Europe is secular. The majority of citizens hold neither religious belief nor practice. Ominously, cultural memories of religious heritage come up most often as arguments pitting Europe’s historical “Christian” identity against Islam, reflecting fears that growing immigration and refugee waves may indelibly reshape European identity. These fears have given rise to populist nationalism, a transnational phenomenon in integrated Europe. The growth of empathy and compassion, the emotional foundation of European identity, has not kept up with economic integration and the growth of these fears. This is the challenge the European Union faces. Despite a quarter century of political integration, the EU also suffers from internal social tensions and suspicions, mutually reinforced by religious tensions, even among the countries that launched the drive toward European unity (not to mention among the Eastern European countries that joined later).

To respond to current European fears of Muslims, better popular knowledge of Islam is crucial, as religious ignorance is staggering. Meanwhile, savvy and ruthless politicians both within and outside Europe misrepresent Islam for rhetorical and political gain. Some are nostalgic about the Cold War world, where European ideological and territorial fault lines were obvious, and the first ideas of a unified Europe emerged. But there is no escaping the new Europe, which is multicultural, multiethnic and multi-confessional. Therefore, we must think about new foundations for European unity, which call on the shared heritage of all religions present in the continent.

Dec 022017
 December 2, 2017

With the five-year anniversary of India’s mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) law on the horizon, The Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting a two-day workshop with the central goal of taking stock of the legislation.

Although the legislation has inspired much theoretical debate, actual evaluations to date have focused narrowly on individual companies, asking whether or not they are increasing their CSR allocations. This workshop aims to expand the analytical framework to assess the legislation, particularly its impact, focusing on both the philanthropy and corporate responsibility landscapes. It brings together academics and practitioners from India who are deeply involved in India’s CSR developments with U.S.-based CSR experts from outside of Duke. We plan to analyze the legislation from a conceptual, empirical and policy perspective.

More information and the workshop agenda will be posted closer to the date. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please email Suzanne Katzenstein:

This workshop is made possible with the generous funding of the Duke India Initiative.

June 4-5, 2018
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke (Room 101)
East Campus, Duke University

Nov 162017
 November 16, 2017

Blaine Bookey, Co-Legal Directorof the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, will give a talk on “Protecting Asylum-Seeking Women and Children Under Trump,” which will be moderated by Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Senior Legal Fellow and Supervising Attorney of Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic.  Bookey will discuss efforts nationally to protect women and children in an ever-increasingly hostile environment for asylum seekers in the United States. She will cover recent migration patterns of women and children, the conditions they are fleeing, and the legal and procedural barriers to protection at each stage for those seeking safe haven. Finally, she will highlight the advocacy and litigation of CGRS and other partners that aims to ensure the United States lives up to its domestic and international obligations to the persecuted.

This is part of the Human Rights in Practice Series, which is organized by the International Human Rights Clinic and Center for International and Comparative Law. Co-sponsors include the Coalition against Gendered Violence, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Human Rights Law Society, Immigrant and Refugee Project, International Law Society, and Women Law Students Association. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please see the event website or contact Ali Prince.
Nov 012017
 November 1, 2017

Friday, May 4

8:45 am – 4:30 pm

Duke Law School Room 3000

Space is limited, please register here.

Remarks on the Law and Technology of using AI in the administrative state. Panels on the use of AI in IP-Related Search and Classification; AI, Automated Vehicles, and Transportation Policy; AI and Biomedical Resource Creation, Biopharmaceuticals, Digital Health.

Sponsored by The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, the Duke Center on Law & Technology, Duke Science & Society, and the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Find more information about the event and a preliminary agenda here.

Oct 272017
 October 27, 2017

The Kenan Institute for Ethics and Duke’s Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies will host a community-centered conversation on the questions of how we commemorate history in the public space, how we memorialize individuals, ideologies and communities, and how we respond to our past, when our perspective changes.

Object Lessons: Do Public Monuments Have a Future?

Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00PM
The Chesterfield, 701 West Main Street, Durham

Our distinguished panel will be moderated by Durham-based journalist Lisa Sorg:

  • Fitzhugh Brundage — University of North Carolina, History
  • Erika Doss — University of Notre Dame, American Studies
  • Julian Maxwell Hayter  — University of Richmond, Leadership Studies
  • Pedro Lasch — Duke University, Art, Art History and Visual Studies

The program is open to the public and free of charge to attend.
A reception will follow in the Chesterfield’s atrium.

The Chesterfield is located in Durham’s Brightleaf District. Free parking is available on-site.

Oct 252017
 October 25, 2017

Join Slate magazine’s Critic-at-Large Stephen Metcalf to talk about how culture shapes society and vice-versa, how neoliberalism led to the Trump presidency and the role and responsibility of journalists in the age of Trump. Have lunch with him to get a different and involved perspective!

Stephen Metcalf attended Phillips Exeter Academy but, “three weeks shy of graduation, was asked by the school administration, in no uncertain terms, to leave.” He then matriculated at Wesleyan University, later earning a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. After spending some time working on a Ph.D. in the English graduate program at Yale University, he moved to New York City where he worked as a speechwriter for Hillary Clinton, during her first Senate campaign, and a freelance writer. Subsequently, he joined Slate as a staff writer, where he writes the magazine’s Dilettante column and serves as host of the magazine’s culture podcast.

Metcalf’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Observer and New York (magazine).

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions, exclusively for currently enrolled Duke undergraduate students, featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Stephen Metcalf
WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Oct 252017
 October 25, 2017

Darrin Zammit LupiJoin Malta-based photojournalist and humanitarian Darrin Zammit Lupi for lunch, to discuss the impact of documentary photography and media advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations, notably migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Have lunch with him to get a different and involved perspective!

Darrin Zammit Lupi started his photography career with The Malta Independent in 1992, but decided to turn freelance shortly afterwards. After a year’s training with the National Council for the Training of Journalists in the UK, he undertook foreign assignments in Albania and war-torn former Yugoslavia, winning the BPC Award to Journalists 1993 for his Albanian work.  In recent years, he covered the South-East Asia tsunami tragedy, the refugee crisis during the war in Kosovo, issues related to the Millennium Development Goals (with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS) in various parts of Africa, the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, the war in Libya, the Costa Concordia disaster and several other national and international assignments.  His work for Reuters has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and online worldwide, and has featured in publications such as TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and others.

In late 2014, he published his book ‘Isle Landers’, covering a decade’s work on irregular immigration and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean.

He holds a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts, London.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions, exclusively for currently enrolled Duke undergraduate students, featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Darrin Zammit Lupi
WHEN: Friday, November 3, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.