Oct 282016
 
 October 28, 2016

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, a religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 30 books, will deliver a 2017 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,” with an introduction by Duke President Richard Brodhead.  Sacks’ most recent book, “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,” examines the concept of “altruistic evil” and identifies the roots of faith-based violence in misreadings of key biblical texts.

Seating is first-come, first-served. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Tuesday, March 28
5:30-7:30pm
Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy

For more information about the event, see this Duke Today story.

Co-sponsored by Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Religion and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and The Sanford School of Public Policy.

Oct 282016
 
 October 28, 2016

Please join Olivia Martin, a Digital Security Fellow at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, for a training session on privacy and security tools for mobile phones, computers, and internet usage, including basics on encryption and data security and tools for safer communication.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Human Rights Clinic, the Center for International & Comparative Law, Human Rights Law Society, International Law Society, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.  Lunch will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ali Prince.

March 28, 12:30 pm
Duke Law School Room 4045

Oct 272016
 
 October 27, 2016

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will present on the multi-faceted role of religious dialogue in public spaces.

Rabbi Sacks is a British rabbi, philosopher and scholar of Judaism. Since stepping down as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth – a position he served for 22 years between 1991 and 2013 – Rabbi Sacks has held a number of professorships at several academic institutions including Yeshiva University and King’s College London. He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was recently named the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.”

Monday, March 27
5:30pm
Penn Pavilion

For more information about the event, see this Duke Today story.

Co-sponsored by Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Religion and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and The Sanford School of Public Policy.

 

Oct 222016
 
 October 22, 2016

Presented by Muslim Europe: African and Asian Diasporas, Migrations and Continental Histories, and The Program for Archives of Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean, the Symposium on Muslim African Intellectual History will have Prof. Ousmane Oumar Kane give the keynote address, entitled, “Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa.”  He is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair on Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Harvard University.

The keynote address will be followed by a panel and round-table discussion featuring:

“Fulbe Literature in Arabic in 19th-century West Africa”
Mohamed Diagayété, Associate Director, Institut des Hautes Études et de Recherche Islamique – Ahmad Baba, Timbuktu, Mali

“L’esclavage à travers les fatawa ouest-africaines” (with translation)
Mahamane Mahamoudou, Independent scholar, Timbutku, Mali

“Reading the Life and Politics of a 20th-century Timbuktu Religious Scholar Through his Historiography,”
Mohamed Shaid Mathee, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

“The Correspondence of Ahmad al-Bakkay al-Kunti (d.1865)”
Ali Diakité, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, March 27, 2017
2:00-5:00pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
101 West Duke Bldg, East Campus

This spring, the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with FHI Humanities Futures and the Department of History, will host three scholars of Islamic and comparative studies. Each will give a public talk and participate in the Muslim Diasporas working group seminar during their visit.

 

Oct 222016
 
 October 22, 2016

In the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the international community brought a new focus and urgency to countering terrorism financing through criminalization, sanctions and freezing of assets, and de-risking. To date, the gender and human rights implications of these countering terrorism financing policies have escaped scrutiny.

Through research, interviews, surveys, and statistical analysis, the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University School of Law and the Women Peacemakers Program seeks to better understand how responses to terrorism and violent extremism may in practice squeeze women’s rights and their defenders between terror and counter-terror.

Panelists for this discussion include:

  • Isabelle Geuskens, Executive Director of Women Peacemakers Program
  • Jayne Huckerby, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic
  • Sarah Adamczyk, Supervising Attorney and Clinical Fellow of the International Human Rights Clinic

The event is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Human Rights Clinic, and the Center for International and Comparative Law. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Ali Prince.

Oct 212016
 
 October 21, 2016

The Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Adam Brown titled “Identifying and Managing Trauma, Loss and Resilience.”

Brown is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Sarah Lawrence College and adjunct assistant professor in the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. The event will focus on stress, trauma, vicarious trauma, and resilience among individuals working in the human rights context and the impact of human rights work on mental health.

Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP contact Ali Prince at ali.prince@law.duke.edu.

The event is co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, International Law Society, Human Rights Law Society, and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.

 

Oct 072016
 
 October 7, 2016

Duke doctoral student in History, Daanish Faruqi, will be participating in a roundtable discussion to talk about the new book he has co-edited with Dalia Fahmy, entitled, Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy (London: Oneworld Press, 2017).  Prof. Michael Hardt (Program in Literature, Duke) and Prof. Frances Hasso (Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Duke) will serve as discussants for this conversation.

Tuesday, March 7
Noon-1:30pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
101 West Duke Bldg, East Campus

RSVP here.  Lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Department of History at Duke.

Oct 062016
 
 October 6, 2016

ian macmullenFor its March 6 Monday Seminar Series, Kenan Institute for Ethics welcomes Ian MacMullen, visiting associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

MacMullen, a political theorist whose primary research and teaching interests lie in the politics of education and of religious and cultural pluralism, will present “Religious Schools, Civic Education, & Public Policy.” His most recent book, Civics Beyond Critics: Character Education in a Liberal Democracy, explores the ways in which civic education in a liberal democracy could and should shape children’s values, beliefs, preferences, habits, identities, and sentiments.

MacMullen’s current research concerns the moral permissibility of articulating and/or acting on the basis of religious reasons in politics. He is developing an evaluation of the claim, frequently advanced by proponents of “public reason” that religious arguments are unfit to justify the state’s coercive activities because these arguments depend upon beliefs whose grounds are not accessible to all citizens.

MacMullen received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, received tenure in 2015, and accepted a visiting position at Duke in 2016.

MacMullen will present from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 6 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 bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu.

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.

Oct 022016
 
 October 2, 2016

Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger’s mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country. 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.

The screening will begin at 7pm in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and light snacks and refreshments are provided.
Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger will join us after the film for a discussion on his role in exposing the Marine Corps and the injustices that have yet to be rectified.

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

Thursday, Mar. 2, 6:30-9PM
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101
Free Parking

Oct 022016
 
 October 2, 2016

The Chinese Chan Buddhist notion of Uncertainty, or fundamental ambivalence and indeterminacy, serves as the basis for illness leading to anxiety and doubt when not understood and as the basis of wellness when its implications are appreciated and applied. In Chan, the antidote is the same as the ailment.

Steven Heine, professor and founding director of Asian Studies at Florida International University, will examine various Chan paradigms developed in 20th century China for expressing Uncertainty, including gongan (kōan) cases, poetry and painting, ox-herding parables, and personal narratives of prominent monks who underwent suffering and redemption through engaging the the meaning of indeterminacy.

Heine’s most recent work is Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening Sword at the Dragon Gate.

4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
March 2
Perkins 217

The cross-cultural workshop is sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the East Asian Religion Research Cluster Funds.