Nov 142013
 November 14, 2013


Dirk Philipsen is a Senior Fellow at KIE and a Duke Arts and Sciences Senior Research Scholar. His work and teaching is focused on sustainability and the history of capitalism and his most recent research has focused on GDP as the dominant measure of success in U.S. and international economic affairs. His work also includes historical explorations of alternative measures for wellbeing.

Dirk Philipsen will be speaking on Jan. 27 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 101, West Duke Building.

Nov 102013
 November 10, 2013

Mastery-2Mentorship, Academics, and Self-esteem: Tutoring and Engaging with Refugee Youth (MASTERY) is a weekly K-12 tutoring program for refugee youth in Durham run by Kenan Institute for Ethics students Grace Benson, Jennifer Sherman, Cece Mercer, and Rosie Nowhitney. The participating children and their families are invited to an open house at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

West Duke Building
6:00-8:00 pm

Nov 092013
 November 9, 2013

Jewish-Inst-&-InnovationsUsing Theory to Inform Practice, Using Success to Inform Practitioners

In recent decades, research on organizational innovation has usefully helped business leaders guide their firms through changing market conditions.  These lessons have helped companies survive the introduction of new technologies, navigate changing market environments, and rejuvenate old institutions into new markets. While consultants to nonprofits have encouraged community and philanthropic organizations to adopt these same lessons, very few have. This is especially true in the Jewish world, which remains dominated by institutions that have been criticized for pursuing costly strategies and out-of-date priorities. Nonetheless, there are some Jewish leaders and organizations that have injected dynamism into American Jewish life that follows the template of organizational innovation.

This conference is designed to highlight the achievements of some of these organizations, understand their experiences within a common theoretical understanding of institutional renewal, and synthesize lessons for other Jewish organizations and communities who seek to rejuvenate Jewish life through creative organizations and organizational strategies. Download conference flier (PDF).

This conference is organized by KIE Senior Fellow Barak Richman through Religions and Public Life at KIE and is co-sponsored by Duke Law School and Duke’s Center for Jewish Studies.

January 23-24
101 West Duke Building

Please RSVP to Wendy Lesesne and indicate which portions of the event you plan to attend no later than January 17th.


Rabbi Daniel Ain, 92Y and Clal, New York
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Ikar, Los Angeles, CA
Jordan Fruchtman, Moishe House, Encintas, CA
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Daniel Greyber, Beth El Congregation, Durham, NC
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Mechon Hadar, New York
Daniel Libenson, Institute for the Next Jewish Future, Chicago
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, The Kavana Cooperative, Seattle
Rabbi Steven Sager, Sicha, Durham, NC
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston
Rabbi Batshir Torcio, Jewish Community Center, San Francisco



[Lunch available beginning at 11:30]

12:00pm Welcome
Noah Pickus, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
Eric Meyers, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University

12:15pm Introduction to Organizational Innovation and Theories of Institutional Change
Barak Richman, Duke Law School

12:45pm Innovative Congregations
Moderator: Mark Chaves (Sociology, Religion, Divinity, Duke University)
Sharon Brous, Ikar
Daniel Greyber, Beth El
Rachel Nussbaum, The Kavana Cooperative

2:15pm Coffee Break

2:30pm New Institutions and New Markets
Moderator: Sharon Belenzon (Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)
Dan Ain, 92Y & Clal
Jordan Fruchtman, Moishe House
Batshir Torcio, Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA

4:00pm Coffee Break

4:15pm Educating Professionals
Moderator: Devdutta Sangvai (Chief Medical Officer, Duke University Hospital System)
Mel Gottlieb, Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Elie Kaunfer, Mechon Hadar
Steven Sager, Sicha
Rabbi Julie Kozlow, Sicha

6:30pm Dinner



8:30am Encouraging Innovation (Please note earlier start time)
Moderator: Ed Hamburg (Advisory Partner, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital)
Daniel Libenson, Institute for the Next Jewish Future
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

10:00am Closing Discussion, Next Steps
Barak Richman, Duke Law School

11:00am  Informal Discussions with Lunch

Nov 052013
 November 5, 2013

RethinkingReg-400As part of Rethinking Regulation’s effort to build an oral history project around regulatory governance, Duke graduate student Will Goldsmith, with help from Fuqua postdoc Elizabeth Brake, has created a beta version of “The Regulatory Oral History Hub” — a digital gateway to regulation-related oral history collections.  This discussion will look to improving and building on the existing resource.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Cook.

Nov 042013
 November 4, 2013

film-seriesScreening with director Godfrey Cheshire

Moving Midway (2007) follows New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire home to North Carolina upon his learning of his cousin Charlie Silver’s plans to uproot and move Midway Plantation, an antebellum manor home held in his family (the Hintons) for generations, in the face of Raleigh’s urban sprawl. To Cheshire and Silver’s surprise, the move uncovers an African-American branch of the Hinton family, descended from Midway’s slaveowning past. The film simultaneously charts Charlie’s efforts to move Midway and the discussions between both Hinton families about what a plantation—and by extension Southern cultural, political, and racial geography—means in the “New South.”

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 the film’s director, Godfrey Cheshire.

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 012013
 November 1, 2013

012013-GredierWilliam Greider, author activist and correspondent for The Nation, will be speaking at the Institute. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Marxism & Society at the Program in Literature, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Economic Center for Teaching, and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Friday, January 17
4:00 – 6:00 pm
101 West Duke Building
East Campus

Free & Open to the Public. Public parking will be available in the Gilbert Addoms Lot behind the West Duke Building.

A dinner will follow for those interested in continuing the conversation. Those interested in attending the dinner must RSVP by Monday, January 13 to Wendy Lesesne.

Nov 012013
 November 1, 2013

Ethics of Sustainable Food 400Making “ethical” food decisions is a hot topic these days, but sorting out exactly what that means can be difficult. Join Team Kenan to explore some of the perspectives and contradictions in the sustainable food movement. This discussion will center issues of equity, access, and responsibility in food production. We are often told that “sustainable” food is better, but how and for whom is often less clear. How can we understand the true cost of food, for the environment, for workers, and for consumers with limited purchasing power? How can we change the way we grow, process, and eat food to create a healthier society? Equally importantly, what might we lose along the way?

Join Team Kenan for a panel discussion featuring, Charles Thompson, professor of Documentary Studies and American Studies, Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology and Ecologuy, and Shana Starobin, Kenan Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Nicholas School on Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 PM in Sanford 05!

Dinner from Nosh will be provided to those who RSVP by January 14th at 5pm.

What: Panel discussion on the ethics of sustainable food
When: January 16th from 7-8:30 pm
Where: Sanford 05
RSVP: Click here to RSVP

Nov 012013
 November 1, 2013

SandiKronickDoLunch400Interested in learning how to make sustainable food more of a reality? You should talk to Sandi Kronick. She is the CEO of Eastern Carolina Organics (ECO), a farmer-owned company that connects organic produce to consumers through wholesale distribution and marketing. She started the company a number of years ago after graduating from Oberlin College and realizing a missing link in the farm-to-table supply chain: large distributors of local, organic produce. She’s a young professional who has created a vital, innovative business model in the food industry in Durham.

Join Team Kenan for lunch with Sandi Kronick on Tuesday, January 14th from 12-1 in West Duke. Lunch from DaisyCakes provided to the first 25 who RSVP by January 12th at noon.

What: Do Lunch with Sandi Kronick, CEO of Eastern Carolina Organics
When: January 14th at noon
Where: West Duke 101
RSVP: By 1/12 @noon. Click here to RSVP

Nov 012013
 November 1, 2013

Conv.HRClimate change, resource control, globalization and development: what do they have in common? These pressing environmental issues also significantly impact human rights and human security around the world. On Tuesday, January 7, join Professor Deborah Gallagher of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment in a discussion on Environmental Justice and Human Rights, featuring Amity Doolittle of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University, and Shangrila Joshi, of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.

This is the fourth 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.

Amity Doolittle, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Shangrila Joshi, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University

Deborah Gallagher, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

RSVP to by Sunday, January 5.

Environmental Justice and Human Rights
Tuesday, January 7, 4:00-6:00 pm
101 West Duke Building
Reception to Follow