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!

Jul 072016
 July 7, 2016

The Council for European Studies at Duke University, in collaboration with the Duke University Center for Jewish Studies and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, invites applications for Research Scholarships for the academic year 2016-2017. The scholarship supports graduate and professional students, as well as postdocs, wishing to take part in interdisciplinary student-led seminars, focusing on Religion and Ethnicity in Global Europe. Scholars will be participating in working groups on one of three themes:

  1. Jews & Muslims: Histories, Diasporas, and the Meaning of the ‘European’
  2. Reasonable Accommodations: Minorities in Globalized Nation States
  3. Religions and Public Life in Global Europe

The Society’s conceptions of global Europe, the religious sphere and ethnicity are capacious. Under exceptional circumstances, applications on topics falling outside the range of the three themes may be considered.

The Society’s working groups provide members with the opportunity to develop their research interests and discuss recent scholarship. Members take active part in the events of the Duke Council for European Studies, Center for Jewish Studies and Religions and Public Life and commit to attending monthly meetings throughout the academic year. They also agree to record a brief video highlighting their research or to write an analysis of an event they attended, which may then be featured on the Council for European Studies, Center for Jewish Studies and Religions and Public Life websites and social media.

Scholarships consist of a $1,500 reimbursement for research expenses. Contingent upon fulfillment of the scholarship’s attendance and participation requirements, these funds will be paid out in two separate payments of $750 each through the scholar’s home department. Depending upon the availability of funding, additional monies may be made available throughout the course of the year. Additionally, the Council for European Studies will provide scholars with shared office space at the John Hope Franklin Center. Preference in scholar selection may be given to graduate students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary European Studies Certificate. Postdocs and visiting scholars may also be considered.

This year, additional monies will be made available to several Fellows for creating and running a blog on the Religions and Public Life at KIE website.

To apply, please submit the materials listed below to Ms. Deirdre White (deirdre.white@duke.edu) by June 15, 2016. Awards will be announced by July. An application should include:

  • The Society of Fellows Research Scholar application
  • A one-page abstract for a research project, focusing on one of the three themes listed above. Please include the topic, objectives of your project, and relevance to the discipline or field of study as well as your academic trajectory. Additionally, please include how your project may contribute to the scholarly community.
  • A proposal budget Scholars may be asked to share their research and findings by participating in colloquia or panel discussions during the year of their fellowship or the following year.
Jun 202016
 June 20, 2016

Grad-AwardsEach year, the Kenan Institute for Ethics selects up to 12 graduate student applications for the Graduate Student Fellowships each academic year. Students from any Duke graduate program may apply. Ideal candidates will be in the 3rd or 4th year of their PhD studies: finished all (or almost all) of their coursework requirements, but still developing new ideas and approaches for their dissertation research.

The Fellows receive an award of $3000 that supplements their current funding. This Fellowship involves regular participation in a seminar (typically featuring an invited speaker) that meets approximately five times in each of the Fall and Spring semesters, on a Monday from noon-1:30 pm. In addition, there will be a half-day workshop during the pre-exam reading break at the end of each term.

The seminar series does not typically require extensive preparation in advance. The aim of the on-going discussion among the fellows and Institute faculty members in the seminar is to enhance everyone’s ability to contribute to debates involving ethical issues, and to do so in ways that engage scholars and others both within and outside of their own academic disciplines. Fellows will also be asked to participate in a one-day workshop early in the fall of their Fellowship year, and in two late-afternoon workshops – one late in fall and one late in the spring semester.

The deadline to apply for the Graduate Fellowship at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for the 2016-2017 academic year is Monday, July 11, 2016. For further information, contact kie@duke.edu with “Graduate Fellowship question” in the subject heading.

Download the application (docx)


Apr 112016
 April 11, 2016

Arianna-photo-400This year, in addition to Kenan Summer Fellows and a Duke Engage Dublin cohort, the Kenan Institute for Ethics is supporting a group of student interns in human rights through the Pathways of Change program offered by the Duke Human Rights Center at KIE.

Four Kenan Summer Fellows will undertake projects meant to explore answers to the question “what does it mean to live an ethical life?” Their topics include a documentary film on the Uyghur diaspora population, facilitating a non-profit initiative to subsidize the cost of travel for children of incarcerated parents in the Baltimore-Washington corridor; a deep look into jury selection to uncover racial, gender, and socioeconomic biases employed in criminal proceedings through interviews with prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges; and an exploration of entrepreneurship and profiteering in countries neighboring areas of violent conflict. The students will be writing weekly reflections on their projects throughout the summer.

This will mark the ninth year of the Duke Engage Dublin program, as another eight undergraduates prepare for placements with local NGOs, community organizations, and government agencies that address issues of immigration and multiculturalism.  In the process students come to understand both the ethical challenges of global migration and the often profound impediments to sustainable community-based change, all while having more fun than they ever could have imagined. Each student will post a “letter home” describing their work during the course of the eight weeks that they are in Ireland.

Pathways of Change is a new program providing matched summer internships with partner organizations in the field of business and human rights (including private sector and NGO). In addition to working with the partner organizations, the students will work as a team on a project to examine the best ways of effecting change in corporate human rights practices.

Mar 242016
 March 24, 2016

BCD-400Over the summer of 2015, the Kenan Institute for Ethics supported two Duke student directors and a group of Durham high school students who produced, for the first time, The Bull City Dignity Project, a documentary theater project based on the lives of Durham’s diverse community members. Having compiled this production from transcripts of over 20 interviews with Durham residents old and young, the students explored the forces that shape the city’s changing landscape, history of inequality, and unique culture and community. For our 2016 program, twelve Durham students will be selected to spend the summer acting, writing, and working closely with community members to produce this year’s show. This year’s theme of “the body” may include topics such as: health inequalities, mass incarceration, gender violence, and immigration.

Interested students should fill out the interest form. Interviews/auditions will begin on Saturday, April 16.

Mar 242016
 March 24, 2016

This year, The Kenan Institute for Ethics has supported a Bass Connections project through the Silver Family Fund connecting locally resettled refugee youth with Duke researchers to identify solutions to ease the transition for refugees. Dubbed “The Citizenship Lab,” the project works to encourage civic engagement by the youth as well as together find ways to overcome cultural and linguistic barriers that often make access to resources, jobs, education and social support difficult. As quoted in the Duke Chronicle, fourth-year graduate student Alex Oprea says:

Since this is our first year, our first challenge was to understand the particular challenges faced by a displaced population. For all of [our students], we hope that because they know so many more people in the community, they’ll be able to use these community resources as they move forward. We’re trying to help them build a network and to understand that they’re not outsiders.

Mar 212016
 March 21, 2016

Amit Sen, The UN Refugee Agency’s Regional Protection Officer on Statelessness for the Middle East and North Africa, will be a Kenan Practitioner in Residence with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics the first three weeks of April. Sen has worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2007. His current focus is on promoting the rights and security of children displaced by the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. Mr. Sen previously covered the Asia-Pacific region for UNHCR as a Regional Protection Officer based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also adjudicated asylum claims for UNHCR in Turkey, and later served as UNHCR’s Protection Officer in Nepal, where he worked on Constitutional reform and refugee protection. You can learn more about Sen and his work on our Profiles in Human Rights page.

While at Duke University, Sen will conduct a three-part dinner seminar series open to graduating seniors, graduate and professional students Wednesday April 6, Monday April 11, and Wednesday April 20, as well as participate in an event in the Conversations in Human Rights series focused on Shari’a and the promotion of nationality rights and gender equity in the Middle East and North Africa. Stay tuned to the DHRC at KIE website for other events and full details.

Mar 152016
 March 15, 2016

Immerse-map-400-1Letters home from our six undergraduate students in the DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program are being coming in. The students are spending a month abroad examining the refugee crisis through field interviews based out of Jordan from late February through late March. The students reflect on the ethics of field work, how to process the personal stories of the refugees seeking resettlement, and the issues that plague them as they wait.