Sep 292015
 September 29, 2015

Refugees-EuropePlease join visiting scholar Moritz Baumgärtel, a PhD candidate from the Université libre de Bruxelles, for a lecture titled “Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Rights of Migrants: What Role for Europe’s Supranational Courts?” With large numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Europe, to what extent have the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice been used to strengthen the precarious rights of asylum seekers and refugees? Baumgärtel’s research focuses on the intersection of migrant rights and human rights in litigation before these European supranational courts.

This event is co-sponsored by Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the International Law Society and the Human Rights Law Society.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Ali Prince.

Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Rights of Migrants: What Role for Europe’s Supranational Courts?
Monday, February 29
12:30 pm | Room 4045
Duke Law School

Sep 292015
 September 29, 2015

Grad-Working-400Kenan Graduate Scholars and Kenan Graduate Affiliates of Rethinking Regulation are invited to the next meeting of the Graduate Student Working Group on February 29. Faraz Usmani, a second year PhD student in the University Program in Environmental Policy, will present his paper, “What are households willing to pay for improved water access? Results from a meta-analysis.” Please contact Mercy DeMenno, Program Coordinator for the Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Working Group, with any questions.

Monday, February 29
Gross Hall 230C (West Campus)

Parking: Closest public parking to Gross Hall is in the Bryan Center Parking Garage, Bryan Center Visitor Lot, and Science Drive Visitor Lot.

Sep 272015
 September 27, 2015

cooking-refugeesAs part of the Food, Ethics, and Culture series this spring, Duke undergraduates will have the opportunity to cook together with locally resettled refugees, learning more about the food of their homelands and the role food plays in their cultural traditions. The class will be held at Durham Spirits Company, a historical house that has a professional kitchen.  The class will be modeled after the cooking classes held by Project Feast, with four to five resettled refugees demonstrating 4-5 traditional dishes.  Participants will introduce themselves and then assist with the prep work of washing, chopping, etc.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to work hands-on with resettled refugee women, share a meal with them, and take the recipes home!

Space is limited and sign-up using the online form is required. Transportation will be provided from campus to the Durham Spirits Company.


Sep 252015
 September 25, 2015

Robert Melchior Figueroa, associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, will speak on “Arrested Environmental Heritage and Climate Refugees: On the Environmental Justice of Re-Placement.”

The recent Paris Climate Policy (COP21) is but one testament that the mounting problems for climate refugees remain largely untouched. Even under options of relocation, refugee communities face dramatic challenges to loss of home, displacement, and resettlement. Often overlooked, host communities for climate refugees are also faced with their own challenges in environmental justice. Their homes change, new populations arrive, and host communities must shift their own environmental identities to accommodate these re-placed peoples. Their attitudes towards resettled peoples, their relationships to the surrounding environment, and the environments they occupy make host communities particularly vulnerable to environmental injustices, both in terms of the distribution of environmental burdens in housing, work, and location and in terms of the recognition of identity, relationship to place, and loss of environmental heritage. This talk will explore an environmental justice approach to climate refugees and to refugee resettlement practices already in place for political refugees. Focusing on both foreign and domestic cases, it will also consider the conditions of environmental heritage and cultural loss, as well as the prospects for introducing alternative policy and practices to rethink the role of environmental justice for refugee populations.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Thursday, February 25
Please R.S.V.P. to Daniel Baroff by Monday, Feb. 22.
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)


Sep 252015
 September 25, 2015

DHRC-leavesRobert Melchior Figueroa, associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University, will speak on “Environmental Justice at the Moral Terrains of Environmental Heritage: Two Cases for Policy, Management, and Indigenous Recognition.”

Considering two distinct cases of Indigenous recognition, both involving World Heritage sites and National Parks, and both involving environmental justice in unique contexts of environmental identity and indigenous struggles, this presentation addresses the entanglement of settler identities of Australia and the United States. Regarding the Anangu community of Australia, we find a joint-management structure of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park aimed towards reconciliation between settler and Aboriginal Australians, but with a conflict over the “climb” both attractive to a nationalist pilgrimage of settler Australians and tourists; however, restricted by the Anangu, who are the actual owners of the land. The Pueblo People of the North America confront similar struggles pertaining to archaeological and tourist practices in the Mesa Verde Region of the Ancient Pueblo People. To what extent may the environmental heritage of Indigenous peoples be compromised regarding robust participation, political recognition, cultural reconciliation, and genuine (anti-colonial) collaborative research?  Considering both cases, this presentation considers the relationships between settler-colonial cultures and Indigenous people as these pertain to environmental heritage; inclusive of respect for cultural identity, dependency upon tourism industry, the politics of the knowledge industry, and the management discrepancies between worldviews.

This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics.

Thursday, February 25
10:00 – 11:30am
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall

Sep 242015
 September 24, 2015

Harpham-400This Event Has Been Postponed Due to the Weather Forecast. New Date and Time TBA; Stay Tuned Here.

Join Geoffrey Harpham (Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and former president and director of the National Humanities Center) and Dan Ariely (Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke) for a conversation on an “American” system of education that emerged at the end of the second World War.  This system–universal, general, and liberal–grew out of a national self-understanding, and was designed with the needs of a democratic society, rather than the professions or the civil service, in mind.  Central to this system was the project of training and disciplining the mighty force of opinion, which de Tocqueville identified as the “mistress of the world” in American society.

This event is part of the “Humanities Futures: Academic Futurology” series hosted by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. It is co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Room (FHI Garage) – C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse

Sep 242015
 September 24, 2015

EFS-BlackGoldThis film traces the tangled trail from the two billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who produce the beans. This year’s Ethics Film Series connects with a series of programming at the Institute focused on food, culture and ethics. The four films and one documentary series chosen reflect different ways in which visual narratives can help unearth the ways in which preparing and eating food brings us closer to one another.

Join us for a coffee flavor and brewing demonstration with Counter Culture Coffee at 6:30pm in the lobby of Griffith Theater!

The screening will begin at 7:00pm in the Griffith Film Theater in Duke University’s Bryan Center. Stay after for a Q&A with Counter Culture’s Timothy Hill (head of coffee) and Meredith Taylor (sustainability manager), joined by  Claire Fox,  a Master of Forestry and Environment Management student at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Fox has worked on resiliency and issues facing smallholder coffee farmers as they adapt to climate change in partnership with Counter Culture.

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.

Presented with Duke’s Screen/Society, the Center for Documentary Studies, Artstigators, and the Arts of the Moving Image Program. This screening is co-sponsored by Ethiopian Community Organization of North Carolina.

Sep 232015
 September 23, 2015

2016Reg-GraphicPlease join the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for a lunch seminar on Tuesday, February 23. Betsy Albright, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Science and Policy Methods, will be presenting recent analyses of state-level environmental rulemaking. For background reading, please download her paper: “Environmental rulemaking across states: Process, procedural access, and regulatory influence“.

Albright’s current research centers on how policies and decisions are made in response to extreme climatic events. She is also interested in collaborative decision making processes, particularly in the realm of water resource management.

RSVP to Amber Diaz Pearson ( by 5:00PM Thursday, February 18, for lunch.

Tuesday, February 23
Gross Hall 105 (West Campus)

Parking: Closest public parking to Gross Hall is in the Bryan Center Parking Garage, Bryan Center Visitor Lot, and Science Drive Visitor Lot.

Sep 222015
 September 22, 2015

RPL-HollingerCurrent debates about secularization among social scientists, historians, and journalists focus on the apparent gap between relative religiosity of the United States and the relative secularity of Western Europe. The US, it is often alleged, simply refutes “secularization theory” as developed with the experience of historically Christian Europe in mind. This lecture argues the contrary, that a sound understanding of American history vindicates, rather than undermines the essential claims of classical secularization theory.

David A. Hollinger is Preston Hotchkis Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former President of the Organization of American HIstorians. His books include After Cloven Tongues of Fire (Princeton, 2013) and Science, Jews, and Secular Culture (Princeton, 1996).

This event is sponsored by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for European Studies at Duke University.

Christianity and Its American Fate: Where History Interrogates Secularization Theory
Monday, February 22, 4:30 pm
240 John Hope Franklin Center

Sep 182015
 September 18, 2015

Conv.HRAppointed by Kofi Annan, Professor Ron Slye served as one of three International Commissioners for the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission between 2009-2013, and has also served as an international consultant to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He will join a panel discussion on February 18th addressing the power and limits of current human rights approaches to confronting mass atrocities in Africa, as well as the possibilities of alternative models. How should we define responsibility for mass violence? What should be the meanings of ‘truth’ and ‘justice’ for societies confronting civil war? The panel will critically engage the role of prosecutions and truth commissions as crucial institutions for helping countries confront, and move beyond, their violent pasts.

Panelists include:

  • Professor Matiangai Sirleaf (University of Pittsburgh School of Law)
  • Professor Ronald Slye (Seattle University School of Law & Former International Commissioner for the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and international consultant to South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission)
  • Moderated by Professor Michael Struett (NC State University, Political Science)

This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy. This panel is co-sponsored by Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and the Center for International and Comparative Law.

Please RSVP to Daniel Baroff [] by Monday, February 15th at noon.

Debating Trials and Truth Commissions: Responding to Violence in Africa
Thursday, February 18th, 4:30-6:00
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke)
Reception to follow