Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014

On Wednesday, January 28, the Duke Human Rights Center at KIE and the Rethinking Regulation Program at KIE will host an information session on a new essay competition: The Kenan Institute for Ethics Prize in Regulatory Ethics and Human Rights. collapse

The Information Session will be held in BOSTOCK 042, from
8:00-9:00PM, Wednesday, January 28.
Pizza will be provided.

BOSTOCK 042 is a conference room located in the basement of Bostock Library.

The Kenan Institute for Ethics Prize in Regulatory Ethics and Human Rights is an essay competition for undergraduate students interested in business ethics, workplace safety and regulation, and human rights. This year’s policy focus is the regulatory responses to the collapse of Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013, which caused the deaths of over 1,100 people and injured 2,500 more. Located in Bangladesh, the eight story building housed several factories that churned out cheap clothes for stores around the world — including retailers like Walmart, JC Penney, H&M, and Benetton. Rana Plaza sparked protests around the world as workers and human rights activists pushed for greater corporate responsibility and government oversight of the garment industry. In 4000-5000 words, students, working alone or in pairs, must evaluate the recent policy responses and regulatory changes, considering their implications for human rights.

The deadline to register  to participate in the contest (as an individual or a team) is 5:00PM, Friday, February 13. To register, please fill out this online form.

There will be an open “office hours” session for registered participants to consult with DHRC@KIE and Rethinking Regulation@KIE faculty and staff on Thursday, February 19 from 3:00-6:00PM(details provided after registration).

Essays will be due to Kate Preston by 5:00PM on Sunday, March 29. Finalists will present their analyses before a panel of judges at a public event on Monday, April 13, at 5:00PM in West Duke 101. Winners will receive cash prizes, their essays will be published on the Kenan Institute for Ethics website, and their policy recommendations will be distributed to relevant international organizations.

For more information contact Kate Preston.

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014

Tony-JohnsonJoin local dancer, choreographer, and activist Tony C. Johnson, as well as dancers and vocalist Shanna Adams, for a special showing of Johnson’s “Embodying History Through Movement” project. The project uses movement as a reflection on the African American experience from slavery to the 20th century, accompanied by spirituals and music used during that time in history.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with dancers and Thomas DeFrantz, professor of African & African American Studies at Duke.

This event is sponsored by the Student Human Rights Fellows of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Tuesday, January 27th, 7:30
Sheafer Theater (Bryan Center)

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014


The Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting practitioner in residence Shavar Jeffries, a Duke alumnus and partner at the law firm Lowenstein Sandler and civil rights lawyer. He will give a free public talk focusing on the challenges of leading large groups – how do you determine what people want? How do you balance what you think is right with other, often narrow, interests?

Jeffries was previously an associate professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. From 2008 to 2010, he was assistant state attorney under Attorney General Anne Milgram, where he supervised several divisions, including the Division on Civil Rights, the Juvenile Justice Commission and the state’s multi-state litigation and advocacy portfolio. He also recently ran as a mayoral candidate in his native town of Newark, New Jersey.

His residency will also include a Team Kenan Do Lunch discussion with undergraduates about his career path in law, policy, and politics (RSVP with this link). His visit is co-sponsored by the Hart Leadership Program.

Ethical Leadership: Self-Sacrifice as Public Service
Tuesday, January 27, 4:00pm
Rhodes Conference Room (Sanford School 223)
Reception to follow

Parking will be available at the Science Drive Visitors Lot (vouchers will be available at the event).

Please contact for more information.


Sep 282014
 September 28, 2014

2015 Film SeriesThe Visitor (dir. Thomas McCarthy, 2007), weaves a narrative of personal discovery, immigration injustice, and the power of music to connect people. Sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale (Jenkins) is sleepwalking through his life. Having lost his passion for teaching and writing, he fills the void by unsuccessfully trying to learn to play classical piano. When his college sends him to Manhattan to attend a conference, Walter is surprised to find a young couple has taken up residence in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman), a Syrian man, and Zainab (Danai Gurira), his Senegalese girlfriend, have nowhere else to go. In the first of a series of tests of the heart, Walter reluctantly allows the couple to stay with him.

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.

Sep 272014
 September 27, 2014

SuWA-400Local refugee women and Duke students interested in volunteering are invited to an open house for the Supporting Women’s Action (SuWA) community organization. SuWA is a student-organized community effort sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics working to empower refugee women in Durham, North Carolina through education, small business development, and community building. The support and relationships present in the refugee community motivated the name SuWA, which is Iraqi for “togetherness.”

For more information on the open house or the program, please contact Trinity senior, Leena El-Sadek [] or call the Kenan Institute for Ethics office at (919) 660-3033.

Open House, Friday, January 16, 2015
5:30-7:30 p.m.
101 West Duke Building, Duke’s East Campus

Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014

2015WinterForumThe 2015 Winter Forum, “To Catch a Killer: Investigating the Brain,” will investigate the intersection of neuroscience and the legal system through real-life mystery theater. The Forum will be held January 4-6, 2015 at the Fuqua School of Business. The Forum hosts include the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science, Duke Science & Society and Bass Connections: Brain & Society, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and Duke Law.

The Winter Forum is a campus-based, non-credit curricular experience in an intense, retreat-like setting in which selected undergraduate applicants interact with graduate/professional students, alumni and faculty to explore a major global issue from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. The Winter Forum is held over 2.5 days immediately before the start of the spring semester. The Office of Undergraduate Education has primary oversight and responsibility for the Winter Forum.