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  Tagged with: ,  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

Nov 132015
 November 13, 2015  Tagged with:  Comments Off on Kenan Distinguished Lecture with Michael Walzer, Apr. 13

Walzer-KDL-Poster-web-400Michael Walzer, one of America’s most influential political theorists, will speak on “What is the Responsibility to Protect? And What Does it Mean in the Syrian Case?” as the 2016 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer.

Walzer is a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, and has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. His talk with examine the international moral obligation to intercede in Syria and the international security and human rights norm Responsibility to Protect.

The annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics is a signature series of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke that brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

This talk is co-sponsored by Duke Program in American Values and Institutions, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke Council for European Studies.

Wednesday, April 13, 5:00 pm
Fredric Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building, East Campus
Parking on East Campus is free after 5:00pm.


Dec 302014
 December 30, 2014  Comments Off on Workshop on UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness, May 30

ArendtThis one-day workshop invites scholars to examine the role of the identification processes, and the human rights implications thereof, in the UN’s global statelessness prevention campaign. In late 2014, the UN initiated an ambitious agenda to eradicate statelessness globally, a problem that likely affects far more than 10 million people worldwide. In addition to the goals of improving national and international legal frameworks regulating citizenship and human rights, The UNHCR Action Plan to End Statelessness privileges expanding identification regimes and improved quantitative and qualitative research on stateless populations as measures for reducing and preventing statelessness. Given that scholars and activists are increasingly concerned about the role of identification schemes in the expanding “surveillance state,” a careful evaluation of the UN’s statelessness eradication campaign and its potential protection gaps is both essential and timely.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Katzenstein.

UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness: A Critical Examination of Identification Infrastructures
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Nov 172014
 November 17, 2014  Comments Off on Subjects of and for Central American-American Studies, Apr. 17

This workshop maps the broad conceptual parameters of Central American-American Studies and explores them through history, cultural and literary studies, and humanistic social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary frameworks. Engaging with this transnational U.S. population, Subjects of and for Central American-American Studies aims to proceed with the critical baton of academic conversation started after the historic 2012 Teresa Lozano Long conference at The University of Texas at Austin on “Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latina/o America” and the summer 2013 special issue of Latino Studies on “U.S. Central Americans: Representations, Agency and Communities.” Questions to be worked through include: what is “Central American-American” (and the very language that names it), how is it brought into view, what is its past and future, how is it dialoguing with Latino/a Studies, and are there new geographic sites and analytic nests of possibilities?

Organized by Duke Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South and co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Program in Women’s Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Friday, April 17, 9:00am-6:30pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Building

ARTURO ARIAS The University of Texas at Austin
MARITZA CARDENAS The University of Arizona
CARY CORDOVA The University of Texas at Austin
KENCY CORNEJO The University of New Mexico
ÓSCAR MARTÍNEZ Journalist at El Faro & author of The Beast (Verso, 2013)
KIRSTEN SILVA GRUESZ University of California at Santa Cruz

Nov 142014
 November 14, 2014  Comments Off on Opening Celebration of “Voices of Home,” Apr. 14

SuWA-400Join the student and local refugee community members of SuWA for an opening celebration for ‘Voices of Home,” a Photovoice project featuring photography by 14 Iraqi women documenting their new lives in Durham. These refugee women use images and stories to explore a redefinition of home. Hand-crafted goods will also be available for sale at the reception.

SuWA (Supporting Women’s Action) is a program of empowerment, education, and enterprise uniting locally resettled refugee women with students working through the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00pm
Keohane Kenan Gallery, West Duke Building

The exhibition will be on display Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, through June 1.

Nov 072014
 November 7, 2014  Comments Off on The Reasonable Accommodations & Roma Issues in Contemporary Europe, Apr. 7-8

RomaEurope confronts nowadays the imperative of accommodating minorities ambivalent about integration into the “national culture.” The Roma provide a unique opportunity to understand Europe’s dilemmas. More than two decades after the collapse of state socialism and a decade of European Union enlargement, nearing the end of the “Decade of Roma Inclusion,” the situation of Europe’s largest ethnic minority remains desperate. Despite EU financial aid, equality initiatives, and comprehensive anti-discrimination legal frameworks, the Roma in most European countries are more racialized and marginalized than ever. An emergent global network of Romani and pro-Romani scholars and activists is mobilizing to change the academic and policy discourse on Roma, including innovative theoretical frameworks and laying out daring policy proposals. The jointly organized Duke-Wake Forest symposium brings some of them together for discussion and critical reflection on Romani political option, with special attention to the integration of Romani studies into the International and Global Studies curriculum.

This workshop is part of a larger project, “Reasonable Accommodations? Minorities in Globalized Nation States” exploring religious diversity and minority religious freedoms in different regions of the world. It is directed by the Duke Council for European Studies in collaboration with the Council for North American Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, and funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Provost’s Office at Duke University.

The Reasonable Accommodations & Roma Issues in Contemporary Europe:
A Symposium on Global Governance, Democracy and Social Justice Symposium
April 7-8, 2015
April 7: John Hope Franklin Center 240 | 
April 8: Tribble Hall, Wake Forest University

For more information contact Amy Vargas-Tonsi ( or visit the workshop site.

Oct 202014
 October 20, 2014  Comments Off on Turkish Reasonable Accommodations, Mar. 19

Turkish-AccomTurkey has gone in the last century through radical transformations in its minority policies.  From the Ottoman Empire’s system, permitting non-Muslims a measure of cultural autonomy, to intensive nationalization and denial of minority rights under the militantly secular Republic to, presently, a moderate Muslim government that relaxes nationalist strictures and recovers a measure of imperial tolerance.  What are the implications of the Turkish experiment for contemporary European thinking of reasonable minority accommodations?

This symposium is sponsored by Duke Council for European StudiesDuke Islamic Studies Center, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke. For more information on the speakers and their presentations, visit the Council for European Studies event post.

Turkish Reasonable Accommodations: From Multiculturalism to Secular Nationalism and Back
240 John Hope Franklin Center

9:15-9:30am | Welcome & Introduction by Malachi Hacohen, Duke University
9:30-10:15am | Cemil Aydin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Impossibility of the Millet System in the Age of Active Publics: Ottoman Tanzimat, Imperial Citizenship, and Cosmopolitan Pluralism, 1839-1915
10:15-11:00am | Michael Reynolds, Princeton University | Global norms, geopolitics, and the evolution of minority policies in Turkey
11:00-11:15am | Coffee break
11:15am-12:00pm | Nora Fisher Onar, University of Oxford and German Marshall Fund | The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia: Istanbul, Identity, and Difference
12:00-1:15pm | Lunch