Oct 202016
 October 20, 2016

Immerse 2016UpdateExplore the dynamics of the current crisis and the challenges it poses for refugees, host communities and international law. Work with refugees locally and internationally. 4 courses. 4 weeks in Jordan. A life-changing experience.

Courses listed in AMES, CULANTH, ETHICS, ICS, POLSCI, and SOCIOL. Codes include ALP, CCI, CZ, IE, QS, R, SS, AND W.

The deadline to apply to DukeImmerse: Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience is Tuesday, October 25th at 5pm.

Click here to download the application.

Please direct questions to Suzanne Shanahan.

Oct 172016
 October 17, 2016

The Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics has selected the 2016-2017 Global Human Rights Scholars. Six students will participate in the Global Scholars’ “Rights Writers” program. They will blog on a monthly basis about a human rights topic of their choice, read and comment on one another’s draft posts, and meet regularly to discuss. Congratulations to the following students: Sanjeev Dasgupta, Daniela Flamini, Celia Garrett, Rym Khadhraoui, Sarah Sibley, Elizabeth White.


SanjeevBio_PicSanjeev Dasgupta is a junior from New Delhi, India majoring in Political Science. He is interested in the intersection of human rights and conflict, particularly with respect to conflict transformation and peacebuilding, forced displacement and refugee rights, and statelessness. Sanjeev was a participant of the Duke Immerse program offered by Kenan in the Spring of 2016, and traveled to Jordan for a month to conduct life-story interviews with Syrian and Iraqi refugees. He is also involved with the Kenan Refugee Project as a tutor for MASTERY and as a member of a Bass Connections team with a focus on public scholarship. Sanjeev is also an avid sports photographer, having been on staff at the Duke Chronicle for his entire Duke career so far.



Daniela Flamini is a sophomore who plans on double majoring in International Comparative Studies and English, and hopes to pursue a career in journalism. Though she moved to the U.S. from her hometown Caracas, Venezuela when she was only three years old, she has been working with the Venezuelan community in Miami her whole life, fighting for human rights and trying to raise international awareness of the country’s situation. Daniela loves writing and reading, and is proud of her heritage and the strength of the nation she comes from.


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Celia Garrett is a sophomore from Rye, NY majoring in Public Policy and pursuing minors in History and French. At Duke, she is involved with the Kenan Institutes’ refugee project through Duke Partnership for Service, and plays on the women’s club lacrosse team.Through BASS Connections, she is researching the effects of school tracking on students’ academic indignity and the potential moderating effects of parental involvement. Her human rights interests lie in international protection and accountability mechanisms, specifically in regards to the escalating conflict in Sudan and proposed tribunal.


Rym Khadhraoui is a Fulbright scholar and an LL.M student at Duke University, with a special focus on RymKhadhraoui_PicHuman rights law. Before coming to Duke, Rym studied public international law and political science in France and in Lebanon. With the Arab Spring starting in Tunisia, she moved to the country where she was born to join the international NGO Oxfam working on advocacy, policy and communication for the North African region. The areas of focus were citizen mobilization, gender justice and political accountability. She is very interested in racial and gender issues in postcolonial context. Rym also likes film-based photography and Harry Potter.



Sarah Sibley is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado pursuing degrees in some combination of Political Science, Computer Science, and Statistics. Sarah worked as a field organizer for a US senate race in 2014 while on a gap year, and spent the second half of her gap year in China and interning in Washington, D.C. Sarah is interested in the intersection between justice and democracy, and plans to attend law school.



Liz WElizabethWhite_Pichite is a senior studying Public Policy and French. She currently lives in Washington D.C., but grew up in France and Switzerland. While at Duke, she studied abroad at Sciences Po in Paris. The past summer, she conducted research in Rwanda for her senior thesis on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and its definition of genocide. She is interested in international criminal justice.





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 amber.diaz@duke.edu 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 pitch@themonti.org.

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: https://vimeo.com/channels/montivideoseries

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 (dan.smith@duke.edu ) with questions and concerns.

Application deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/MysJuyssZfZdlzog1


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, dan.smith@duke.edu.

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 (Suzanne.Kazenstein@duke.edu) 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 (suzanne.katzenstein@duke.edu).

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.”