Sep 272016
 September 27, 2016

campus-grants-400The Campus Grants program allows members of the Duke community to incorporate ethics into their own work. Grants of up to $500 are available to all members of the Duke community—students, faculty, and staff—to support initiatives that promote ethical or moral reflection, deliberation, and dialogue at Duke and beyond.

We welcome diverse perspectives and submissions from organizations and individuals in all areas of the University and the Medical Center. Campus Grant funding provides support for speakers, workshops, meetings, curriculum development, publications, organizational collaborations, and other activities. Travel grants for attending conferences or other individual activities will not be awarded. 

To view previous awardees, visit the Campus Grants page.

For consideration in the Fall 2016 Campus Grants cycle, the application form must be completed by and sent to by October 7th at 5pm.

Download the form now: Word.

Sep 252016
 September 25, 2016

StoryFall2016_pitch400Pitch your own “Secrets and Lies” story to the Duke Storytellers & The Monti

The Kenan Institute for Ethics invites Duke undergraduate students to submit a story pitch on the theme of SECRETS and LIES. Below find elements of a good pitch and videos from past storytelling events with The Monti. Please share this information with other undergraduates who might be interested — anyone is welcome to submit a pitch!

The Pitch!
Write a pitch that is no longer than 200 words that suggests a story about… SECRETS and LIES.

Successful pitches typically include the following:
An idea of what happens in the story.
An idea of what the story is about.
A suggestion of what is learned as a result of the action in the story.

Pitches should be submitted by Friday, September 30th at 5pm to

If your pitch is selected, you will be contacted the following day and have the opportunity to work on and develop your story with Jeff Polish, Executive Director of The Monti. The live storytelling event will be held on Thursday, October 27th, at the Duke Coffeehouse.

The Monti Video Series:

Sep 232016
 September 23, 2016

Time, Tide and Turtles - Alternative Spring BreakThe Kenan Institute for Ethics invites applications for an intensive three-day Alternative Fall Break program on the collision between culture, food systems, development, industry and conservation, through the lens of a small community coping with the changing tide.

In cooperation with the the NOAA Beaufort Lab, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, Duke University Marine Lab and Duke Campus Farm, the Alternative Fall Break program will run from Sunday morning, October 9th through Tuesday afternoon, October 11th.

The group will travel to Harker’s Island, NC, to explore how a local fishing community (where turtle stew was once a local staple but is now illegal, to make) experiences complex politics surrounding food systems, cultural preservation, environmental conservation and coastal development. Participants will meet Harkers Island community members, marine scientists, members of the commercial fishing industry, and some folks back in the Triangle who work at the intersection of food systems and eating ethics. Participants will come away from break better able to map some significant pieces and moral puzzles contained in North Carolina’s foodways, particularly surrounding its fishing-based food economy. We’ll enjoy plenty of tastes, smells, and sights along the journey.

During the trip students will keep a journal documenting their questions, concerns, and experiences. These journals will form the basis of a physical and electronic response, created upon return to Duke.

Participation in the program is open to all currently-enrolled Duke undergraduate students, as we explore these topics from a wide-variety of disciplines and backgrounds. The Kenan Institute for Ethics will cover lodging, board, meals and transportation.

Please note: participants will be in close proximity to shellfish and other seafood and marine life throughout this trip.

Contact Dan Smith ( ) with questions and concerns.

Application deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Application form:


Sep 072016
 September 7, 2016

Team-Kenan-ColorUndergraduates, are you interested in joining the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ group of highly motivated students who want to plan and implement programming to increase ethical dialog across campus? Join Team Kenan and be part of the Institute’s larger community of students, faculty, and visiting practitioners, and get in on the ground floor of guerilla ethics like Ethics Couch, the WIGA art prize and exhibition, and more!

Those interested should contact Dan Smith,

Sep 012016
 September 1, 2016

KIE CRW Report FINAL-1Last spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsored a second year of the undergraduate Business and Human Rights Advocacy Lab, a course taught by DHRC at KIE project director Suzanne Katzenstein. The report, written and edited by five Duke University undergraduates, was created for Corporate Responsibility Watch, an NGO based in India, features research on nine companies, focusing on the relationship between corporate policies and actual business practices. Each case study provides an important vantage point for understanding how a company’s industry, reputation, or performance on CRW’s policy metrics impacts the relationship between corporate policy and practice.  Taken together, the cases studies seek to spur discussion of how to evaluate and encourage companies’ commitment to the NVGs and CSR more broadly.

Read the report now (PDF).

Sep 012016
 September 1, 2016

Global-HR-Scholars“North Korea Executes Deputy Premier,” “Mob in Ukraine Drives Dozens of Roma from their Homes,” “Critics Say North Carolina is Curbing Black Vote. Again,” “From Bikinis to Burkinis, Regulating What Women Wear,” “Court Costs Entrap NonWhites, Poor Juvenile Offenders.”

Human rights violations, both at home and abroad, pervade The New York Times daily headlines. The 24-hour news cycle combined with the constant drum of social media ensure access to the latest story. But analysis can be thin, the bigger picture lost, and the human rights dimension gets crowded out.

The Global Human Rights Scholars Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethic is offering a new project called “Rights Writers,” where participants will use a shared platform to blog about human rights issues. The project’s goals are two-fold. It seeks to provide a public space for students to offer in-depth and thoughtful analysis across a range of diverse human rights issues, shaping discussions at Duke and beyond. It also will help students develop their analytical and writing skills, particularly with regards to writing for a general public. Global Scholars will blog on a monthly basis about a human rights topic of their choice (see application for more information), read and comment on one another’s draft posts, and meet regularly to discuss. In addition, the Scholars program offers students an opportunity to engage with the work of the DHRC at KIE and its network of scholars and practitioners.

DHRC at KIE is now accepting applications for the Rights Writers project. Students who enjoy writing, would like more public exposure for their writing, and who are interested in tracing developments of their chosen topic over the course of a year are especially encouraged to apply.

Opportunities and responsibilities for the 2016-2017 Kenan Global Human Rights Scholars include:

  • Scholars will receive an $850 honorarium in support of their participation in the program.
  • Scholars will blog! Each month during the school year (total 8 blogs) scholars will respond to a prompt about their given topic, as well as provide comments on the draft blog of one other scholar in the group. Blogs will be between 500-800 words;
  • Scholars will attend mandatory meetings twice a month to discuss their writing, their own, broadly defined, global human rights interests as well as current events;
  • Scholars will help facilitate the annual Student Research Symposium in April
  • The Program will include invitations to attend events and meet with human rights scholars and activists visiting the Kenan Institute for Ethics;

Download the application form: PDF or Word doc. Completed applications should be sent to Suzanne Katzenstein ( by Thursday, September 22nd at 11:59 pm. Please put “Global Scholars Application” in the subject line.

Admission is selective; 5-6 students will be chosen for 2016-2017. Candidates may be asked in for an interview; applicants will be notified of their admission decision around October 5th. Any further questions about the application process should be directed to Suzanne Katzenstein, Project Director of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics (

Sep 012016
 September 1, 2016

PathwaysofChange GraphicThis year, the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics piloted a new program providing undergraduates with real world experience in business and human rights. Pathways of Change selected six students (one honorary) from a diverse range of applicants. The program provided stipends and internship placements with partner organizations Foley Hoag (a law firm in DC with a Corporate Social Responsibility program), Accountability Counsel (an NGO in San Francisco), Corporate Accountability International (an NGO in Boston), and Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices, an NGO in Delhi, India.

The students wrote weekly reflections on their work as they explored issues at the center of affecting change in corporate human rights practices as well as conducted interviews with practitioners that have been compiled into Pathways Profiles, offering insights into how to begin a career in business and human rights through multiple options.

Aug 262016
 August 26, 2016

andrea-renda-400new Macdonald-Laurier Institute study authored by Senior Fellow Andrea Renda offers an in-depth look at European governments’ misguided attempts to artificially create competition in the broadband marketplace.  The study finds that government intervention has led to less broadband investment and poorer penetration with limited upside. In exchange for slightly lower prices now, Europeans will be paying in future years with sub-par broadband infrastructure that can come to hinder innovation, digital adoption, and entrepreneurship. Renda says:

“Nobody washes a rental car and so, if the state is going to mandate network access, the incentives for companies to invest in their own networks or to upgrade networks are diminished. Incentives matter.”

Jul 212016
 July 21, 2016

Bass-KIEJohn Stanifer, a resident in nephrology with the Duke University School of Medicine, recently spoke with the Duke Global Health Institute about his work on an upcoming Bass Connections project, “Spirituality, Self-Management, and Chronic Disease Among Ethnics Groups of Robeson County, N.C.” The project is one of two selected for additional funding from the Silver Family Fund, supporting projects that align thematically with the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ program areas. Robeson County, a community with a majority American Indian Lumbee population in southeastern North Carolina, comes in last place for health outcomes among the state’s 100 counties.

This is the beginning of what I consider to be a long-term commitment to working with the people of Robeson County,” said Stanifer. “Ultimately, our hope is to effectively address the huge disparity in outcomes for patients in this region with kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

Jul 082016
 July 8, 2016

Liz-Photo9-400Elizabeth Hoyler (’16, Economics and Global Health) has begun writing about her experiences working with Janalakshmi Financial Services, a microfinance organization in Bangalore, India. Over the course of the coming year, she will travel to Senegal and Thailand to work with Burmese migrants and refugees, in part with the organization Dreamlopments.

While at Duke, Hoyler worked with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal through the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program, followed by a KIE-sponsored internship with the World Food Programme outside Damak, Nepal. This past year, she was one of the student organizers of our Supporting Women’s Action (SuWA) refugee community partnership. She says of her experiences:

Kenan has formed me in more ways that I could probably know. I am so grateful for the opportunities, and the team that made it happen!