Oct 072016
 October 7, 2016

As part of the Religions and Politics and Muslim Diasporas seminars, 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
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.

Oct 012016
 October 1, 2016

As a parallel event with the Second Annual Global Health Film Festival scheduled for February 27 through March 4, Debora Diniz, law professor at the University of Brasilia and co-founder of Anis: Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender, will discuss the Zika virus and its impact on reproductive rights for women in Brazil based on her work before the Brazilian Supreme Court on cases involving abortion, marriage equality, and stem cell research.

Diniz is also vice-chair on the board of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), an advisory committee member of Global Doctors for Choice, and co-editor of the Developing World Bioethics journal. As a documentarian, her films have received more than 50 prizes. Her most recent film is “Zika,” which tells the story of five Brazilian women surviving the epidemic. Her research interests include reproductive and sexual rights, human rights, penal systems, and research ethics.

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

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Ali Prince.

12:30 pm Wednesday, March 1
Duke Law School Room 4047


Sep 272016
 September 27, 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
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.