Monday Seminar Series

This lunch series, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, fosters a wildly interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from across the University to discuss cutting edge research in ethics broadly conceived.

The Monday Seminar serves as a community of scholars to support the ongoing work of the Institute’s Graduate Fellows and is organized around a series of informal talks led by a mix of local, national and international researchers from various disciplines. 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.

For more information on the series, contact Bashar Alobaidi <>.


Previous speakers

Spring 2015
Jan. 12: Corinne A. Gartner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College
Feb. 2: Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Leicester, UK; Visiting Professor, Dartmouth
Feb. 9: Allan Parnell, Vice President and Research Director, Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities
Feb. 16: Umut Aydin, George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow
Mar. 2: Edward Balleisen, Associate Professor of History and KIE Senior Fellow
Mar. 16: Charles Hill, Diplomat-in-Residence and a lecturer in International Studies at Yale University
Apr. 6: Ryan Balot, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Apr. 20: Peggy Levitt, Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College


Fall 2014

Aug. 25: Welcome to new fellows
Sep. 8: Readings (Pickety)
Sept. 22: Readings (Pickety)
Sept. 29: Cancelled
Oct. 6: Jennifer Miller (George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow)
Oct. 20: Frank Graziano (Connecticut College)
Oct. 27: David Toole (Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University)
Nov. 3: Christine Lillie (Postdoctoral researcher, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University)
Nov. 17: John Evans
Nov. 24: Suzanne Katzenstein (Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University)
Dec. 1: Cancelled

Spring 2014

Jan 13: Kimberly Marion Suiseeya (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University)
Jan 27: Dirk Philipsen (Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University)
Feb 17: L.A. Paul (University of North Carolina)
Mar 3: Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts University)
Mar 17: Wayne Norman (Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University)
Mar 31: Thomas Pogge (Yale University)
Apr 14: Geoff Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina)
Apr 21: Joseph Chan (University of Hong Kong)

Fall 2013

Sept 9: Mary Beth Fallin (Duke, Sociology)
Sept 16: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke, Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics)
Oct 7: Noah Pickus (Duke, Public Policy Studies, Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics)
Oct 28: Julian Savulescu (University of Oxford, Neuroethics)
Nov 4: Jessica Collett (University of Notre Dame, Sociology)
Nov 18: Sky Alibhai & Zoe Jewell (WildTrack)
Dec 2: Nora Hanagan (Duke, Political Science)

Spring 2013

Feb 18: Tina Fetner (McMaster University, Sociology)
Feb 25: Michael Dorsey (Wesleyan University, Environmental Studies)*
Mar 4: Will Wittels (Political Science, Kenan Graduate Fellow)
Mar 25: Jim Scott (Yale University, Political Science)
Apr 1: Daniel Bessner (History, Kenan Graduate Fellow)
Apr 22: Emily Yeh (University of Colorado at Boulder, Geography)*
*Part of Environmental Justice series in partnership with the Nicholas School of the Environment

Fall 2012
Aug 27: Welcome Lunch and Discussion (led by Shana Starobin, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment)
Sept 17: Nina Strohminger, (Duke University, Kenan Institute)
Sept 24: Melanie McDermott (Rutgers University, Human Ecology)
Oct 8: Doug McLean (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Philosophy)
Oct 22: Alex Kirshner (Duke University, Political Science)
Oct 29: Andy Perrin (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Sociology)
Nov 5: Mark Massoud (University of California, Santa Cruz, Politics)
Nov 19: Simon Keller (VUW New Zealand History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, on leave at Rice University)
Nov 26: Kraig Beyerlein (University of Notre Dame, Sociology)