Aug 282015
 August 28, 2015

Conv.HRFrom Indonesia to Brazil, the rise of emergent middle classes, the growing pressure on the global food supply, and the return to mass agrarian production exist in tension with rapidly growing processes of urbanization. Cities have not only become home to the recently urbanized—formerly rural communities—but have come, in turn, to reflect changing patterns in the rural-urban continuum: the countryside is increasingly given over to industrialization while many urban areas are “ruralized.” “Land”   — as spaces of belonging, sites for resource conflicts, and as struggles for development projects  — is the central problem addressed by this panel. It reflects the changing fates of former agrarians, minorities, and marginalized communities more generally.

How should we understand land reform, land grabbing and their relationship to food security? What happens to rural and urban communities in the aftermath of such projects? Who benefits and who loses from their implementation? Panelists will consider the heightened risks and multiple states of insecurity stemming from the forces of globalization and environmental change. In doing so, they will discuss the deepening vulnerability and steady decline in the livelihoods of people, and the complex reconstitution of systemic and lived racialization within these processes.

Panelists include:

  • Wendy Wolford (Cornell University, Polson Professor of Development Sociology)
  • Tania Li (University of Toronto, Professor of Anthropology and Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies)
  • Moderated by Professor Michaeline Crichlow (Duke University, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology)

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 Daniel Baroff [] by Monday, January 25th at noon.

Land Grabbing and Food Security in a Neoliberal Era
Thursday, January 28th, 4:30-6:00
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke)
Reception to follow

Aug 272015
 August 27, 2015

EFS-ChefsTableFind out what’s inside the kitchens and minds of six international culinary stars with two episodes of this Netflix original six-part docu-series. This year’s Ethics Film Series connects with a series of programming at the Institute focused on food, culture and ethics. The four films and one documentary series chosen reflect different ways in which visual narratives can help unearth the ways in which preparing and eating food brings us closer to one another.

The screening will begin at 7:00pm in the Griffith Film Theater in Duke University’s Bryan Center, followed by a Q&A session with with director/producer Brian McGinn (’07)!

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.

Presented with Duke’s Screen/Society, the Center for Documentary Studies, Artstigators, and the Arts of the Moving Image Program


Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015

2016Reg-GraphicPlease join the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for our first seminar of 2016 on Tuesday, January 26. Matt Adler, the Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy at Duke University, will be presenting his recent paper, “Would You Choose to be Happy? Tradeoffs between Happiness and the Other Dimensions of Life in a Large Population Survey” (published as Discussion Paper No 1366 by the Centre for Economic Performance).

Adler is the founding director of the Duke Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy. His scholarship is interdisciplinary, drawing from both welfare economics and normative ethics, and currently focuses on cost-benefit analysis, happiness and public policy, and risk regulation.

Tuesday, January 26
Gross Hall 270 (West Campus)

Parking: Closest public parking to Gross Hall is in the Bryan Center Parking Garage, Bryan Center Visitor Lot, and Science Drive Visitor Lot.