Nov 282013
 November 28, 2013

Islamic Media, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for EthicsBenjamin Hebblethwaite, University of Florida, “Rap and Islam in France: Arabic Religious Language and French”

One of the main social and historical causes of borrowing in contemporary French has come about through the internationalization of the language situation in urban areas due to immigration. Urban French vernacular draws extensively from one of the main migrant languages, Arabic. Muslim rappers are mostly French-born with parents from North or sub-Saharan Africa. Most rappers hail from Paris and Marseille, but cities like Le Havre also stand out. Some of the artists lead sales in the French music industry and this helps disseminate Arabic religious borrowings while building narratives about Muslims. Rappers in France present a layperson Islam that weaves the religion’s culture and ideology into personal life-narratives. Arabic Islamic borrowings in French rap symbolize an “identity culture” distinct from both the dominant French culture and from the parental Arabic-based culture. The expression of Arabic-Islamic culture within French rap lyrics reflects a bicultural hybridization in which traditional values converge with occidental ones; this symbiosis takes place in the Maghreb and West Africa as well as in diaspora communities in France. In contemporary urban France, Arabic Islamic borrowings in rap lyrics are signs of language contact and cultural symbiosis.

Co-sponsored by Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Religions and Public Life at KIE.

Thursday, February 27th
5:30pm – 6:30pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Room 130
Nov 222013
 November 22, 2013

HoiPolloiOn Friday, February 21, join us for a post-performance conversation on Plato’s Republic with Alec Duffy, director of the Hoi Polloi theater company, and KIE faculty Wayne Norman, moderated by Duke Performances Executive Director Aaron Greenwald.

Hoi Polloi will be performing Republic several times during the month of February, but only in this post-performance discussion will you get a chance to hear the director’s process on developing the company’s interpretation as well as explore some of the ethical issues raised in the drama. You must purchase a ticket for the performance to attend the discussion. The performances are a co-production of Duke Performances and Manbites Dog Theater.

Friday, February 21
Manbites Dog Theater (703 Foster Street, Durham, NC)
Performance begins at 8:15PM with discussion to follow
Ticketed event open to the public

Nov 212013
 November 21, 2013

David Moss, MacLean Professor at Harvard Business School, will be discussing his work on the new Tobin Project volume Preventing Regulatory Capture: Special Interest Influence and How to Limit It.

Panelists include:
David Price, U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 4th congressional district
Joseph Smith,  former North Carolina banking commissioner

Thursday, February 20
3:00-4:30 pm
Sanford School of Public Policy, Rhodes Conference Room
Open to the public

A Rethinking Regulation at the Kenan Institute for Ethics event, co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke.

Nov 202013
 November 20, 2013

film-seriesJunebug (dir. Phil Morrison, 2005), filmed in North Carolina by Winston-Salem native Phil Morrison, tells the story of a world-traveled, Chicago-based art dealer specializing in “outsider art” who journeys southward for the first time with her husband, whose family still lives in the rural North Carolina town in which he was born. What follows complicates our notions of family, love, obligation, and the ethical responsibilities of art. Bear Fellow Michaela Dwyer wrote a Kenan Insider blog post about Junebug earlier this year.

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 Duncan Murrell (Writer in Residence, Center for Doc Studies), Faulkner Fox (Lecturing Fellow, English Dept.) and Richard Powell (John Spencer Bassett Professor, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies).

The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments and free parking passes provided. Please park in the parking deck by the Bryan Center. You will be given a pass to submit to the attendant upon leaving the event.

The theme of this year’s series is The South: Navigating the Past, Carving out a Future. Each spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsors a film series in collaboration with Duke’s Screen/Society, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Arts of the Moving Image Program. The films provide popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme, and each series as a whole offers rich opportunities for debate and discussion on ethical issues for audiences from both the Duke and Durham communities.

Nov 182013
 November 18, 2013

mondayseminar400L.A. Paul, Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill will be giving a talk on “Transformative Experience.” Her main research interests are in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, especially temporal phenomenology, time, perception, the ontology of mental states, the philosophy of cognitive science, mereology, causation, constitution, and essence. She is best known for her research on the counterfactual analysis of causation. She has written or edited several books and more than twenty articles, including Causation and Counterfactuals and Causation: A User’s Guide.

L.A. Paul will be speaking on Feb. 17 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 101, West Duke Building.

Nov 172013
 November 17, 2013

Conv.HRThis event has been canceled.

The Olympics are often a flashpoint for conversations in the international community. This year much of that conversation before the games has centered on human rights and what obligation the Olympic Committee and the host country have to uphold them. Join us on Wednesday, February 12 for a panel discussion with Professors Eugene Huskey (Political Science, Stetson University), René Provost (International Law, McGill University), and Wayne Norman (Philosophy, Duke University) as they discuss human rights and the 2014 Winter Olympics

This is the fifth event in the new interdisciplinary workshop series, Conversations in Human Rights, 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, and policy, these workshops are open to faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.

RSVP to by Monday, February 10.

The Olympics and Human Rights
Wednesday, February 12, 4:30-6:30 pm
101 West Duke Building
Reception to Follow

Nov 162013
 November 16, 2013

Islamic Media, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for EthicsThis workshop will explore how contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. Technologies—new and old—not only circulate the word in its multiple incarnations, but also cultivate modes of communal identification. More specifically, we seek to understand how Islamic media transform not only the social and political landscape, but also the human sensorium—the way we see/feel/perceive the world. Rather than being interrupted by secular modernity, religion has been further intensified, diversified, and inflected by the information age. Some go as far as to argue that this media constitutes the very experience of religion. Through the process of representation, the material production of culture gives expression to the spirit; its signs give voice to the soul; its images help make visible the invisible.

Rubenstein Hall, Room 200
Begins 9:30am

Sponsored by Duke Islamic Studies CenterAsian & Middle Eastern Studies, and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, A Humanities Writ Large “Emerging Humanities Network,” Duke Middle East Studies Center, and the Religion Department.

Schedule and List of Speakers

9:30am | Opening Words
Taswir: Image Making and Technologies of Witnessing, Seeing, and Envisioning the Sacred

10:00am | Session I: Media & the Sacred
Charles Hirschkind | Anthropology, University of California Berkeley
Hent de Vries | Russ Family Chair in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

1:00 pm | Session II: Religion & Media Worlds
Jonathan Van Antwerpen | Program Director, SSRC, Religion and the Public Sphere
Brian Larkin | Anthropology, Barnard College

3:00 pm | Session III: Islamic Visual Media
Wazhmah Osman | Media and Communication, Temple University
Narges Bajoghli | Anthropology, New York University

Nov 152013
 November 15, 2013

dennettDaniel Dennett, Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, will be speaking as part of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences series “Mind, Brain, and Behavior,” in collaboration with Moral Attitudes and Decision-Making at KIE.

Thursday, February 6
4:00-5:00 pm
Bryan Research Building 103

Free and open to the public

Nov 152013
 November 15, 2013

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAA proposed rare-earth uranium mine in Narsaq, Greenland illuminates a changing Greenlandic identity and way of life. Economic depression, environmental changes, and a desire for independence from Denmark all plague the predominantly Inuit nation. The billions of dollars in mineral wealth beneath Greenland’s surface may be a solution–but is it the right solution?

Through the lens of three photographers–a Greenlander, a Dane, and an American Duke student–we can imagine an ethical future for Greenland and learn how Greenlanders anticipate the mine will affect their life, land, and community. Thus, we can begin to understand what “being Greenlandic” means.

This project was begun by junior Christine Delp during her time last summer as a Kenan Summer Fellow, and you can read her reflections during her time in Greenland.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
5:30 p.m.
West Duke Building

The exhibit will be on view in the West Duke Building through the month of February.

Nov 152013
 November 15, 2013
RPL-mandala4-400The Duke University Chapel is holding a conversation event with Eboo Patel, the Interfaith Youth Core President. This event is free and open to the public.

Laurie Patton, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Duke University, will offer a response to Eboo Patel’s talk. This event is co-hosted by Duke University Service-Learning and the Duke University Chapel.

“Interfaith Leadership in Public Life: Is Faith a Barrier or a Bridge?”
Monday, February 3
7:30 p.m.
Goodson Chapel