Mar 172017
 March 17, 2017  Comments Off on MASTERY and SuWA Open House, Sep. 17

Two Kenan Institute for Ethics’ community programs focused on interacting and empowering the local refugee community will host an open house on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The MASTERY and SuWA programs, which partner with locally-resettled refugees, will hold an annual gathering to provide an opportunity for Duke students interested in serving as tutors to get acquainted with the families with whom they’ll be working. Students interested in participating are welcome to attend the open house to learn more and sign up to volunteer for the upcoming semester.

Both programs are student-organized and offer a way to better understand global issues on a local level. See images from a recent MASTERY program in this story.

The event will include refreshments for all and activities for the children.

Sunday, Sept. 17
3 to 5 p.m.
West Duke Building

Mar 162017
 March 16, 2017  Comments Off on Rethinking Newcomer Education Conference, Sept. 16

Education professionals are invited to join the Kenan Refugee Project at Duke University for Rethinking Newcomer Education, a one-day conference focused on challenges and solutions for refugee youth in the public education system.

The program will include morning panel discussions with leading experts on interrupted education and childhood trauma, followed by small group workshops with individual panelists in the afternoon.

Registration for the conference has hit capacity – thank you to all who signed up.

Schedule of Events

8 a.m.: Check-in and breakfast

8:45 a.m.: Opening remarks

9 a.m. Panel: “The Newcomer as a Student”

  • Educational consultant Dr. Andrea DeCapua
  • Las Americas Middle School Principal Maria Moreno
  • Doris Henderson Newcomer School Curriculum Facilitator Valeria Kouba

10:30 a.m. Panel: “Trauma and Learning”

  • Clinical Psychologist Dr. Molly Benson
  • Research Scientist Dr. Katie Rosanbalm
  • Legal Advocate Michael Gregory

Noon: Lunch

1 p.m.: Roundtable Workshops

3:15 p.m.: Closing remarks with reception to follow

Panel Discussions

Panel 1 – 9 a.m.

“The Newcomer as a Student”

Educational consultant Dr. Andrea DeCapua, Las Americas Middle School principal Maria Moreno, and curriculum facilitator for the Doris Henderson Newcomer School Valeria Kouba evaluate and address the varying challenges of newcomer education both in the classroom and at an administrative level.

Panel 2 – 10:30 a.m.

“Trauma and Learning”

Clinical psychologist Dr. Molly Benson, research scientist Dr. Katie Rosanbalm, and legal advocate Michael Gregory discuss the impact past trauma can have on children in the classroom and approaches to constructive intervention.

Roundtable Workshops

Attendees will be able to join one of these six roundtable discussions, which will take place concurrently at 1 p.m.

  • Las Americas: A Case-Study in Newcomer Education with Maria Moreno
  • Classroom Challenges: Building Strategies for Newcomer Student Success with Valeria Kouba
  • Beyond the Classroom: Trauma Sensitive Schools as Policy with Michael Gregory
  • Mutually Adaptive Learning: A Culturally Sensitive Approach to Newcomer Education with Dr. Andrea DeCapua
  • The Clinical Approach: Treating Trauma in Refugee Youth with Dr. Molly Benson
  • The Local Context: Exploring Trauma Intervention Strategies in N.C. Classrooms with Dr. Katie Rosanbalm

Speaker Bios

Dr. Molly Benson is the Associate Director for Refugee Treatment and Services at the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. She provides oversight, training, supervision, and support for program activities focused on the development and dissemination of treatment interventions and resources for refugee children and families. She is licensed clinical psychologist who has experience providing evaluation and treatment to children and adolescents, including those who are refugees and youth seeking asylum in US. For several years she provided clinical services and supervision through the Psychosocial Treatment Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and currently she maintains a small private practice.

Andrea DeCapua, Ed.D., is a researcher, educator, and educational consultant. Her interests include second language acquisition, intercultural awareness, and second language learners and the classroom. She specializes in teacher training for teachers working with students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE) as well as other struggling culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Dr. DeCapua, alongside her colleague Helaine Marshall, has developed the Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm (MALP®), transition struggling learners to the educational priorities and practices of formal education. She is a frequent presenter and trainer at conferences, national organizations, and school districts around the country, and the author of several books on SLIFE and other struggling language learners.

Michael Gregory is Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Senior Attorney at the Trauma Learning and Policy Initiative (TLPI), a collaboration between Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Advocates for Children. Along with Susan Cole the director of TLPI, Mike co-teaches Harvard’s Education Law Clinic, in which law students represent individual families of traumatized children in the special education system and participate in TLPI’s larger systemic advocacy for trauma-sensitive schools. Mike is a co-author of TLPI’s landmark report and policy agenda Helping Traumatized Children Learn, and is also a co-author of Educational Rights of Children Affected by Homelessness and/or Domestic Violence, a manual for child advocates. In 2009, Mike was named a Bellow Scholar by the Association of American Law Schools, in recognition of TLPI’s advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools legislation in Massachusetts. He received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2004, graduating cum laude, and he also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.

Maria Moreno is the Principal of Las Americas Newcomer School. Las Americas is an English intensive school for recent immigrant and refugee students who have had a limited formal education in their native countries. Las Americas represents students from 32 different countries and 29 different languages, including Urdu, Nepali, Swahili, Arabic, and Vietnamese. She is a recognized member of the American Leadership Forum, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Houston Association of School Administrators, and the Gulfton Youth Development Program. She is a featured speaker for the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO), on the topic of Diversity Education in the 21st Century Classroom.

Valeria Kouba currently serves as the Curriculum Facilitator at Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Guilford County, NC, serving immigrants and refugees in their first year in US schools. She collaborates with several teams of teachers to design and implement curriculum, instructional units, and interventions to accelerate the language acquisition of ELLs in grades 3-12. In addition, she has focused on implementing appropriate assessment tools to monitor the academic progress of ELLs.  She has a special interest in creating opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and for teachers to grow in their cultural competence. Mrs. Kouba, a national of Argentina, has experienced Newcomers’ education and its challenges both as a mother and as an educator. During her twenty-eight years in education, she has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Argentina, taught Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) in US, and facilitated professional development for teachers in Argentina, Japan, and US. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Katie Rosanbalm is trained as a child clinical and quantitative psychologist. Her work focuses on program implementation and evaluation in the areas of child maltreatment prevention, early childhood systems, and self-regulation development. She has conducted longitudinal evaluations of child welfare reform, early childhood Systems of Care, and manualized mental health and educational interventions. She has also served on multiple state-level boards and task forces to strengthen the evidence-based implementation of programs for children.

Mar 042017
 March 4, 2017  Comments Off on “The Ethics of Stories in Contested Terrain” with Ben Ehrenreich, Sept. 4

On Sept. 4, journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich will discuss his most recent book, The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, which the New York Times calls, “Both heartbreaking and eye-opening.” As a writer who works across genres, he will also discuss he broader challenges of expressing truth when few agree on the basic terms of a debate.

In his reporting for the book, Ehrenreich traveled to and lived in the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families in its largest cities and its smallest villages.

The event will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building on East Campus. A reception will be held afterward.

Feb 282017
 February 28, 2017  Comments Off on Welcome Back BBQ, Aug. 31

Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics for its annual celebration kicking off the new academic year. Enjoy food and reconnect with friends after a summer away from campus. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held on the lawn outside the West Duke Building on East Campus.

Students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome.

Nov 232016
 November 23, 2016  Comments Off on De-Constructing/Re-Constructing the Refugee Experience Monologues, April 23

On April 23, a group of Duke undergraduates will share spoken narratives of refugee life curated from interviews during a month of research with refugees in Jordan.

The event, held at 6 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art, is part of a culmination of the students’ participation in the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeImmerse program, which explores the dynamics of the global refugee crisis and the challenges it poses for refugees, host communities and international law. Each monologue will share aspects about the life of refugees met, with hope to increase understanding about displacement and its implications.

The event is free and open to the public. A collection of last year’s monologues can be found on Kenan’s YouTube channel.

Nov 172016
 November 17, 2016  Comments Off on Stories of Resilience along the Balkan Route, April 17

The Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Kenan Refugee Project will host the opening of a new audiovisual exhibit showcasing the experiences of refugees as they travel along the Balkan Route in Europe.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Keohane-Kenan Gallery in West Duke Building, is based on the work of undergraduates Lily Doron and Olivia Johnson, who spent six weeks traveling along the route, where where they reported on the lives of refugees fleeing Syria and Afghanistan in search for a better life.

The event is free and open to the public.

Aug 162016
 August 16, 2016  Comments Off on Ethics Film Series: Jean de Florette, Feb. 16

This French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community, starring award-winning actor Gerard Depardieu. Come to watch one of the best movies in francophone cinematic history and stay to learn about water quantity issues in Durham.

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.

Jean de Florette-posterThe screening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Danielle Adams, supervisor for the Durham County Soil & Water Department.

The screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments and light snacks are provided. Free parking is available.

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

Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016  Comments Off on Ethics Film Series: Chinatown, Jan. 19

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.

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

Feb 162016
 February 16, 2016  Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on MASTERY and SuWA Open House, Sep. 16

Tutor-chat-outside-400The MASTERY and SuWA community partnerships with locally resettled refugees will be hosting an open house. The gathering provides an opportunity for Duke University students who will serve as tutors and the families with whom they will be working to get acquainted. Those interested in participating as tutors or community members who wish to participate are welcome to join.  There will be food and sweets for all, activities for the children, and handmade wares on sale by some of the women.

Friday, September 16, 2016
West Duke Building

Feb 012016
 February 1, 2016  Comments Off on Welcome Back BBQ, Sep. 1

BBQ-plateThe Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting its annual party to kickoff the new academic year. Those planning to attend must RSVP to

Thursday, September 1, 2016
West Duke Lawn, East Campus