Oct 152014
 October 15, 2014

Laws that Learn lunch seminar, “Adaptive Regulation of Pharmaceuticals.” Professor Kenneth Oye (MIT) and Professor Arti Rai (Duke) will discuss the challenges and opportunities in shifting the way the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and its counterparts around the world, regulate pharmaceutical products. Can and should we move from a one-time decision to approve a drug in general, to a sequential process of partial approvals with continued monitoring and learning over time? How can our regulatory systems incorporate continued learning, as new technologies and their impacts emerge?

This event is one in the “Laws that Learn” seminar series, co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke.

Friday, February 27
Law 4055

Lunch provided with RSVP.

Oct 142014
 October 14, 2014

jon-favreauWords Matter: Storytelling with President Obama in an Age of Sound Bites
5:30-7:00PM, Fleishman Commons,
Sanford School of Public Policy
This Talk is Free & Open to the Public
Reception to follow

The significance of meaningful and effective words cannot be overrated, especially when a critical message is needed to stand out in a 24/7 news cycle and break through the constant noise of social media.  Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—knows this all too well.

According to Obama chief advisor David Axelrod, he has had his “stamp on all the great speeches from 2005 to early 2013” and always sought to tell a compelling story rather than string together a collection of sound bites. Favreau will discuss the ability to “see” or get behind the words—to capture the essence of an issue and create dialogue that clearly and powerfully articulates what it is about that issue that matters and why we should care. Favreau will offer his insight on how precisely—from conception to delivery—to “get behind the words we speak,” including the significance of “mining” resources for inspiration, creating scripts that speak from and to the heart, and “walking the walk” of talk.

Public parking is available in the Science Drive Visitor Lot and the Bryan Center Lot and Deck.

This visit is jointly presented by the KIE Practitioner in Residence Program and the Humanities Writ Large Network on Democracy and Law: Ancient and Modern. Co-sponsors include the Sanford School of Public Policy and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. In addition to the public talk, events during the visit will include:

  • 10:05AM – Workshop with undergraduate students on speechwriting, ethics, and policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy (by invitation)
  • 11:45AM – Team Kenan Do Lunch, West Duke 101 (RSVP information coming soon)
  • 1:25PM – A session with the undergraduate class “Democracy: Ancient and Modern” (open only to students and faculty affiliated with the course)

Contact amber.diaz@duke.edu with questions.

Oct 132014
 October 13, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABuena Vista Social Club (dir. Wim Wenders, 1999) tells the story of aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro’s takeover of Cuba and how they are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together. The collaboration results in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians’ careers.

The film will begin at 7:00pm  in the Griffith Film Theater in Duke University’s Bryan Center, followed by a Q&A session with Duke University faculty.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided.

Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck. Upon leaving the film, you may receive a voucher to hand to the attendant.

This year’s Ethics Film Series, “Sound Beliefs: Music, Ethics, Identity,” centers on the idea that music can act as a space and as an action at and through which identity is contested, exchanged, and upheld. This year’s four films—which range from a modern-day musical about the love story of a Czech immigrant and an Irishman, to a documentary profile of aging Cuban musicians who find global notoriety — explore the many ways ethics, morals, and personal identity are expressed and shared through music.

Oct 132014
 October 13, 2014


This interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and organized by Frank Graziano, Humanities Writ Large Faculty Fellow at Duke, will examine the ethical implications of migration by unaccompanied minors. While this is a global phenomenon, the recent media attention to the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States illustrates many of the health, legal, and human rights issues at play.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Time is reserved at the end of each session for questions from the audience. If you would like a complimentary lunch together with the speakers and discussants, please complete the form linked here: http://tinyurl.com/feb-23-symposium. Fifteen parking spaces are reserved for off-campus visitors on a first-come, first-served basis; the spaces are adjacent to the West Duke Building.



Jacqueline Bhabha is Director of Research at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health; and the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. Her most recent book is Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (Princeton University Press, 2014).

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco was founder of the Harvard Immigration Project and of Immigration Studies at New York University. He is currently Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His many publications include the co-authored Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008).

Susan J. Terrio is Professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University. Her forthcoming book, Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody (University of California Press, 2015), is based on research in twenty-six federal facilities and programs for unaccompanied child migrants and on observation of proceedings in fifteen immigration courts.


ALLAN BURNS, Anthropology, University of Florida, Duke Kunshan University
STEPHANIE CANIZALES, Sociology, University of Southern California
AVIVA CHOMSKY, History, Salem State University
FRANK GRAZIANO, Hispanic Studies, Connecticut College
JOLIE OLCOTT, History, Duke University
SARA KATSANIS, Science and Society, Duke University
NADIA EL-SHAARAWI, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
SUZANNE SHANAHAN, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
ALAN SHAPIRO, MD, Terra Firma: Healthcare and Justice for Immigrant Children
BRETT STARK, Esq., Terra Firma: Healthcare and Justice for Immigrant Children
ORIN STARN, Anthropology, Duke University
CHARLES THOMPSON, Documentary Studies, Duke University
LUIS H. ZAYAS, Mental Health and Social Policy, University of Texas, Austin.


9:00am: Welcome
9:15-10:30am: Susan J. Terrio, “Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Child Migrants in U.S. Immigration Custody”
10:45am-12:00pm: Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, “Unaccompanied Child Migration, 2.0″
1:00-2:15pm: Jacqueline Bhabha, “New Frontiers in Child Migrant Rights: What Is Next?”

All panels will be held at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, Room 101 of the West Duke Building on East Campus.


Please address any questions to Frank Graziano, fgraz@conncoll.edu. Frank Graziano is a Humanities-Writ-Large Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University and John D. MacArthur Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College.


Oct 052014
 October 5, 2014

GradConfPoliticalTheoryThis conference, organized by KIE Graduate Fellow Samuel Bagg, is open to the public. Papers will be distributed in advance, and sessions will be run in workshop form, to maximize feedback for the authors. If you would like a copy of the papers, please email samuel.bagg@gmail.com. This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Program in American Values and Institutions, the Graduate School, the Political Science Department, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Council for European Studies.

Gross Hall 230E, Duke University
February 12-13, 2015

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1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm: Panel I – Freedom and Authority in Modern Political Thought. Chair: Dominique Dery

Rita Koganzon (Harvard): ‘Contesting the Empire of Habit’: Habituation and Liberty in Lockean Education. Discussant: Ruth Grant
Andreas Peter (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich): The Birth of the People in the Presence of the Legislator: A Reflection on Political Authority through Rousseau’s Contrat Social. Discussant: Thomas Spragens

3:30pm: Coffee Break
4:00pm: Panel II – Rethinking Sovereignty. Chair: Aaron Roberts

Anna Jurkevics (Yale): Global Legal Pluralism and the Territorial Principle. Discussant: Michael Hardt
Lucia Rubinelli (Cambridge): Constituent Power or Sovereignty: The Political and Historical Value of a Theoretical Distinction. Discussant: Alexander Kirshner



9:30am: Keynote Address – Josiah Ober (Stanford)
11:00am: Coffee Break
11:30am: Panel III – Aesthetics of Democracy. Chair: Samuel Bagg

Kevin Duong (Cornell): Sublime Violence: Georges Sorel and the Reinvention of War in French Thought. Discussant: Eric Brandom (KSU)
Muhammad Velji (McGill): The Beauty of the Multitude. Discussant: Jed Atkins

1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm: Panel IV – Individual and Collective Agency. Chair: Matthew Cole

Vijay Phulwani (Cornell): The Poor Man’s Machiavelli: Saul Alinsky on the Moral Psychology and Political Ethics of Organizing. Discussant: Jack Knight
Clara Picker (Yale): Arendt, Anti-Semitism, and the Problem of Thinking. Discussant: Michael Gillespie

3:30pm: Closing Remarks and Departure

Oct 012014
 October 1, 2014

Conv.HRIn December 2014, the U.S. practice of force-feeding came into public spotlight. The Senate declassified its report on the U.S. interrogation and torture programs, revealing graphic images of force-feedings of detainees held at CIA black sites after 9/11.  Also, the Obama Administration appealed a federal court decision that requires the Administration to release videos of its force-feeding practices at Guantanamo, where detainees have been on hunger strikes.  The issue had already been gaining attention: a month earlier the American Nursing Association petitioned the Department of Defense for leniency in its investigation of a Navy medical officer who has refused to participate in forced feeding practices.

Join us on February 5th for a timely panel discussion on the ethics and politics of hunger strikes and force-feeding at U.S. detention centers and abroad.  Panelists will include Professor Julie Norman (Political Science, McGill University), Dr. Sondra Crosby (Boston University School of Medicine), Professor Omid Safi (Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke), with Professor Kearsley Stewart (the Duke Global Health Institute) as moderator.

This discussion is part of an ongoing workshop series, Conversations in Human Rights, begun last year at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. This series brings together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues.

A discussion-focused series drawing together the social sciences, humanities, law, policy and global health, these workshops are open to faculty, graduate students and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.

RSVP to Wendi Jiang by Monday, February 2.

The Ethics and Politics of Hunger Strikes and Force Feeding at Guantanamo and Abroad
Thursday, February 5th, 4:00-6:00pm
West Duke, 101
Reception to Follow