Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016

As a way to celebrate the start of the new semester, the Kenan Institute for Ethics is inviting undergraduate students who have participated in past or present Kenan programming to the “Spring 2017 Ethics Dinner.”

students at dinner_webThe event, which will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room in West Duke 101, will feature a taco bar catered by Durham’s NANATACO.

Undergraduate students are welcome to enjoy a free meal, reconnect with each other and chat about programs like DukeImmerse, Bass Connections, Team Kenan and more.

Kenan staff will also be on-hand to talk about current programs, like the Ethics Film Series, and upcoming opportunities that include the new Global Justice Living-Learning Community, an ethics-focused housing option available for the 2017-2018 school year sponsored by the Kenan Institute.

Students interested in attending can RSVP through an email that was sent to all past and present Kenan program participants.

Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016

For its Jan. 23 Monday Seminar Series, Kenan Institute for Ethics welcomes Steven Hitlin, professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at the University of Iowa.

Steve Hitlin - edited KHitlin, who has taught at University of Iowa since 2005, will present “Dignity and the Empirical Measurement of the Moral Self.” At Iowa, he focuses his research on social psychology, self and identity, values, morality, social theory, and gender. He is currently working on research related to supporting sociological studies of morality, development and social psychological nature of racial identities, and social psychological concepts as a way to engage sociological debates.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hitlin will present from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in West Duke Building Room 101. Lunch will be provided and those interested in attending must RSVP by emailing Bashar Alobaidi at bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu.

The Monday Seminar Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, fosters an 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.

Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016

Did you miss the first Pathways of Change Information Session? We are having another on Thursday, January 19th, at 5:00 pm.

PathwaysofChange GraphicWhat’s the Pathways of Change program? Building off of last summer’s pilot program, Pathways of Change is a new program by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics being launched this summer for a cohort of students interested in the following three areas: business and human rights/csr, women’s rights and environmental justice.  Students will intern with different types of organizations working for social change across these three fields, and will work together during the summer and fall 2017 to explore the tradeoffs between different approaches towards social change.

  • Each internship will come with a $5,000 dollar stipend.
  • The partner organizations will be pre-selected, and serve as hosts to the summer intern.
  • Students will participate in an interdisciplinary ½ credit seminar in the Fall of 2017 on Theories and Strategies of Social Change.

What will I learn at the Information Session? You will learn a bit about the specific partners listed, and we will answer questions you may have about the application and selection process.

Where can I find more information about the program and the deadline for applications?  More information, including about last year’s program and this summer’s final roster of partner organizations (not yet posted), can be found here: http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/humanrights/students/pathways-of-change/. Check back as this website will regularly updated with information about partners and important dates.  The deadline for applications is January 25th 2017, with the first round of interviews (at Kenan) likely taking place the following week.

Thursday, January 19, 5-6pm 
West Duke Building, Room 107F


Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016

Learn about the morally questionable history of the Los Angeles County water supply through this 1974 Roman Polanski classic. 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.ThumbnailChinatown

The screening will begin at 7pm in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. Doors open at 6:30pm. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Nicholas Professor of Environmental Quality David E. Hinton.

The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments and light snacks are provided. Free parking.

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

Jul 162016
 July 16, 2016

KRP_Launch400The Institute’s refugee peer tutoring and engagement programs resume after Winter Break this week.

SuWA is a student-organized community effort sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics working to empower refugee women 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.” SuWA is also an acronym for Supporting Women’s Action, which reflects the “togetherness” the women share.

The project was begun in Fall 2013 by two students—Leena El-Sadek and Maura Guyler—who wished to further their relationships with local refugee families built
through their community engagement work in the DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted
program. The adjustment to life after resettlement in Durham can be very challenging for refugee women in particular. Cultural and linguistic barriers are often a daily frustration. And the obstacles to finding quality health care, access to education, and employment can be daunting.

For more information contact Michelle Khalid (mashaim.khalid@duke.edu).

MASTERY is a program for refugee youth aged 4-13 that pairs Duke undergraduate tutors and refugee students with the goal of providing mentorship, assistance with schoolwork, English tutoring, and a supportive community. While tutors help with studying and homework, their primary goal is to encourage the students, support their creativity and potential, and help students to develop and achieve ambitious goals. Through the relationships developed in this class, college students help mentor and inspire younger students by sharing their own passion for learning. By working with refugees, Duke students develop a better awareness of global issues present at a local level. The aim is for both tutors and students to come away with a more clear understanding of their community and a renewed love of learning. Plans for MASTERY throughout the year include creative projects, celebrations of holidays from our many cultures, academic achievement and community building.

For more information contact Olivia Johnson (olivia.johnson@duke.edu).

The Tools for Change Citizenship Lab at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is about inspiring community change through individual and collective action. It does so by developing mechanisms for enhancing refugee civic participation with a focus on high school youth in Durham, North Carolina.

The project has two allied dimensions. First, we are creating a citizenship lab at Duke that engages refugee youth in the life of their new communities. The work of the lab will culminate in a community based research project that addresses a challenge refugee youth have encountered in Durham.

For more information contact Suzanne Shanahan (shanahan@soc.duke.edu).