Aug 232016
 August 23, 2016

Conv.HR_-300x225During the 2016 election, Donald Trump routinely highlighted the economic suffering faced by American workers, critiquing deinstrialization and arguing that trade agreements played a major role in the loss of American manufacturing jobs. Despite this, he has not indicated any interest in making trade agreements fairer by raising labor standards in foreign countries, as critics of international trade agreements, as well as some human rights proponents, have advocated.

What kinds of changes can we expect to the governance of labor, both domestically and in international agreements under the Trump administration? Can we expect anything more than a new era of repression, or does Trump’s rejection of multinational trade agreements also present opportunities for either labor or human rights advocates? What strategies might working people, particularly those on the margins in the U.S. and elsewhere, employ to challenge repressive conditions they face at work given the rise of the anti-regulatory Right? What new regimes of governance might emerge?

Join us on February 23rd for a discussion of these questions. Panelists include:

  • Cynthia Estlund (NYU Law School, Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law)
  • Kevin Kolben (Rutgers Business School, Investigative Journalist)
  • Moderated by Peter Pihos (Duke Thomspon Writing Program, Lecturing Fellow)

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.

The event will be held on Thursday, February 23 2017 at 4:30-6:00pm, located in West Duke, Room 101 (Ahmadieh Family Conference Room).

Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth by Thursday, February 20th at noon.

Aug 232016
 August 23, 2016

Mark BorsukPlease join Rethinking Regulation @ KIE for a lunch seminar on Thursday, February 23, with Dr. Mark Borsuk, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering: “Assessing alternative carbon tax policies using an agent-based model.” The background paper, Gerst et al. (2013) “Agent-based modeling of climate policy: An introduction to the ENGAGE multi-level model framework”, Environmental Modelling & Software 44:62-75 may be downloaded here.

Mark Borsuk’s research concerns the development and application of mathematical models for integrating scientific information on natural, technical, and social systems. He is a widely-cited expert in Bayesian network modeling with regular application to environmental and human health regulation and decision making. He is also the originator of novel approaches to climate change assessment, combining risk analysis, game theory, and agent-based modeling. Borsuk’s highly collaborative research has been funded by NSF, EPA, NIH, NIEHS and USFS, and he has authored or co-authored 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 6 book chapters. As part of his appointment at Duke, Dr. Borsuk directs a new interdisciplinary research and teaching initiative in risk, uncertainty, optimization and decision-making.

Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to Bashar Alobaidi.

Thursday, February 23
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)
The Kenan Institute for Ethics (East Campus)

Aug 212016
 August 21, 2016

Richard Cohen

How does society combat the apparent rise of incidents of bigotry, hate crimes and racial supremacist groups? Should democratic governments, which by their very nature, serve the majority, protect minority groups and non citizens? Has the United States learned anything from the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights? Join Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, for lunch to discuss these topics and more.

Richard Cohen came to the SPLC in 1986 as its legal director after practicing law in Washington, D.C., for seven years. Under Cohen’s guidance, the SPLC won a series of landmark lawsuits against some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist organizations. He also successfully litigated a wide variety of important civil rights actions – defending the rights of prisoners to be treated humanely, working for equal educational opportunities for all children, and bringing down the Confederate battle flag from the Alabama State Capitol. Prior to becoming SPLC president in 2003, Cohen served as its vice president for programs, which include the Intelligence Project and Teaching Tolerance.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Richard Cohen
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Aug 202016
 August 20, 2016

Since 2012,  Sareta Ashraph has served as the Senior Analyst for the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria since 2012, investigating and publishing regular reports on the human rights conditions in Syria. Hear from Ashraph as she dicusses her work with the Commission in documenting human rights abuses and genocide committed by ISIS against the Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria.

This event is sponsored by the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law School. Co-sponsors include the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Human Rights Clinic, the Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, International Law Society, and the Human Rights Law Society.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Ali Prince at Lunch will be served.

Monday, Feb. 20, 12:30 PM
Law School 4047


Aug 162016
 August 16, 2016

This French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community, starring award-winning actor Gerard Depardieu. Come to watch one of the best movies in francophone cinematic history and stay to learn about water quantity issues in Durham.

This year’s Ethics Film Series investigates the ethical and moral questions that arise when water becomes “the enemy,” the cursed necessity that is too scarce or too polluted. The series splits its time between examining water scarcity and water pollution as drivers of human action.

Jean de Florette-posterThe screening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Danielle Adams, supervisor for the Durham County Soil & Water Department.

The screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments and light snacks are provided. Free parking is available.

Presented with the Artstigators, DukeArts, and the Environmental Alliance.

Aug 162016
 August 16, 2016

The Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Walter Sinnott-Armstrong will take part in a public forum Feb. 16 discussing the ethics of boycotts.

Armstrong, the Chauncey Stillman Professor in Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and director of Kenan’s Moral Attitudes and Decision-Making Program, is one of two faculty joining the latest Parr Center Forum at UNC-Chapel Hill. The event, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at UNC’s Caldwell Hall, will seek to answer questions of whether individuals can make a difference when boycotting a harmful practice and whether moral duty to boycott depends on making a difference.

Sinnott-Armstrong will be joined in the debate by Shelly Kagan, the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute and is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, visit the Parr Center for Ethics website.

Aug 132016
 August 13, 2016

For its Feb. 13 Monday Seminar Series, Kenan Institute for Ethics welcomes Eboni Marshall Turman, assistant professor of theology and African American religion at Yale Divinity School. She also serves as director of the school’s Office of Black Church Studies and is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention.

Eboni Marshall TurmanTurman, who has taught at Yale University since 2016, previously acted as director and assistant research professor of theological ethics and black church studies at Duke. She will present “Facing Pecola: Toward a Womanist Soteriologic of Black Girl Disrespectability,” which examines social and moral challenges facing black girls and how black girlhood is a theological problem to which the Black Church must be held accountable. Turman’s research interests include womanist/feminist liberation theologies and ethics, black radical tradition, black women and theological liberalisms, black womanist aesthetics, and dogmatics in the African-American Christian tradition.

After earning a bachelor’s degree at Fordham University, Turman did graduate work at Union Theological Seminary, earning master’s degrees in divinity, philosophy and a Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics

Turman will present from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke Building Room 101. Lunch will be provided and those interested in attending must RSVP by emailing Bashar Alobaidi at

The Monday Seminar Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, fosters a interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from across the University to discuss cutting edge research in ethics broadly conceived. For more information and upcoming speakers, visit the series website.


Aug 082016
 August 8, 2016

With regular reports of police killings of unarmed citizens, the issue of police misconduct is now on the national agenda.  Jamie Kalven is an investigative journalist and human rights activist who has reported extensively on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago.  It was Kalven who brought the police killing of Laquan McDonald to public attention.  Most recently, he has published a compelling account of the operations of the code of silence in the Chicago Police Department.

Kalven’s work became the focus of a protracted legal controversy in 2005-2006, when he refused to comply with a subpoena demanding his notes. A series of legal actions eventually established that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. Civil rights lawyers have hailed the ruling as “historic” and a “watershed.”

Jamie Kalven will be the Kenan Practitioner-in-Residence with the Cover-ups and Exposes project at KIE. His public lecture will address lessons learned about institutional accountability during the turbulent period since the release of the Laquan McDonald video. The event is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Department of Political Science.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., reception to follow
Rm 103 Gross Hall for Interdisciplinary Innovation
(on the corner of Science Drive and Towerview on Duke’s West Campus)
Parking: Chemistry Gated Lot on corner of Towerview and Circuit Drive (right next to Gross Hall)

In addition to Kalven’s public lecture, he will also appear on WUNC’s State of Things at noon, Feb. 8. A livestream is available on the WUNC website.

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Aug 072016
 August 7, 2016

Join the Rethinking Regulation Program at KIE for a seminar at 4:00 in the Sanford School, Rhodes Conference Room, on February 7. Dr. Anne Bucher, Chair of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board at the European Commission, will be speaking on “Regulatory Oversight: a View from Europe.”

Wine and cheese will be served.

Anne Bucher has served as the Chair of the EC’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board since 2016. Prior to that appointment, she was Acting Deputy Director-General – Directorate-General for Financial and Economic Affairs, and also served as Director for structural reforms and competitiveness in the Directorate General for for Financial and Economic Affairs for five years. Trained as an economist and statistician in Paris (PhD in macroeconomics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes, and Master’s degree from Ecole Nationale de Statistique et d’Administration Economique), she has worked in various fields of European policies: macroeconomic forecasting and models, structural funds, evaluation of employment policies, enlargement, development aid, information society strategy and economic analysis of EU tax policy.

Tuesday, February 7
Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford School

Aug 072016
 August 7, 2016

Conv.HROver the course of a decade, a team of Chicago police officers, involved in the illicit drug trade, framed individuals who did not cooperate with them by planting drugs on them. Investigative Reporter Jamie Kalven recently exposed the story, and has worked this past year with the Exoneration Project to secure the release of two of the individuals who were framed. As Joshua Tepfer, one of the leads on the Exoneration Project put it, this is just “the tip of the iceberg.”

In 2011 Brandon Bethea died in a Harnett Country jail after being shot by a detention officer with a Taser. The killing was caught on videotape but no one was ever charged. Four years later, a Harnett county deputy police officer, with no search or arrest warrant, shot and killed John Livingston in his house. In the prior two years, that police officer had committed more arrests on the charge of resisting a police officer than any other deputy in the department. Recently, five North Carolina Sheriffs determined that there was no probable cause to revoke or suspend his certification. In her four-part series for the News and Observer, “Deadly Force,”
Investigative Journalist Mandy Locked exposed Bethea’s death and covered extensively the police squads of Harnett Country.

Join us on February 7th for a conversation with Jamie Kalven and Mandy Locke on police killings and abuses as well as the structures of silence and accountability that sustain or expose them.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Law School’s Innocence Project. Panelists include:

Jamie Kalven (Journalist and Founder and Executive Director of the Invisible Institute)
• Mandy Locke (News and Observer, Investigative Journalist)
• Moderated by James Coleman (Duke Law School, John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law)

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.

Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth by Thursday, February 2nd at noon.

Police Abuse and Impunity: Cover-Up or Standard Operating Procedure?
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm
Duke Law School, Room 3041