Apr 292016
 April 29, 2016

The next Rethinking Regulation seminar features Dr. Missy Cummings of the Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She will be speaking on human-machine interaction, related to her paper, “Man versus Machine or Man + Machine?

A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, Dr. Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy, a M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include human supervisory control, human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Tuesday, November 29
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
101 West Duke Building, East Campus

Parking: East Campus parking is available to all Duke parking passes beginning at 4:00PM. However, parking spaces may be limited due to a surplus of employees parking regularly on East Campus. Using the East-West bus is advised for those traveling from West Campus.

Apr 182016
 April 18, 2016

adam-brownDr. Adam Brown, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sarah Lawrence College and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, will give a lecture titled “Identifying and Managing Trauma, Loss and Resilience.” This 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.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Law School,the International Human Rights Clinic, and the Center for International and Comparative Law.

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

Friday, November 18, 12:30 pm 
Room 3043, Duke Law School

Apr 172016
 April 17, 2016

Come listen to Come listen to students talk about their past internships at the Pathways of Change Information Session on Thursday, November 17th.

PathwaysofChange GraphicWhat’s the Pathways of Change program? Building off last summer’s pilot program, Pathway of Change is a new program by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics being launched this summer for a cohort of students interested in the following three areas: business and human rights/csr, and, conditional on funding, women’s rights and environmental justice.  Students will intern with different types of organizations working for social change across these three fields, and will work together during the summer and fall 2017 to explore the tradeoffs between different approaches towards social change.

  • Each internship will come with a $3,000-4,000 dollar stipend.
  • The partner organizations will be pre-selected, and serve as hosts to the summer intern.
  • Students will participate in an interdisciplinary ½ credit seminar in the Fall of 2017 on Theories and Strategies of Social Change.

What will I learn at the Information Session? You will hear from three students who participated in the business and human rights pilot program last summer,  learn about the potential expansion to women’s rights and environmental justice areas, and be given information about the application process and deadline.  

Where can I find more information about the program and the deadline for applications?  More information, including about last year’s program and this summer’s final roster of partner organizations (not yet posted), can be found here: http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/humanrights/students/pathways-of-change/. Check back as this website will regularly updated with information about partners and important dates.  The deadline for applications is January 25th 2017, with the first round of interviews (at Kenan) likely taking place the following week.

Thursday, November 17, 5-6pm 
West Duke Building, Room 107

Apr 162016
 April 16, 2016

Join us for the first meeting in the Religions & Politics seminar series. Joseph Winters, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African and African American Studies, will be presenting a working paper for discussion: “The Gift of (Black) Death and the Limits of Recognition.”

Email Amber Dí­az Pearson for a copy of the paper.

Dr. Winters’ research is concerned with troubling and expanding our understanding of black religiosity and black piety by drawing on resources from Af-Am literature, philosophy, and critical theory. He teaches and writes about religion and hip hop, religion, race, and film, critical approaches to religious studies, and the general connections between black studies and critical theory. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a BA from Harvard University.

Wednesday, November 16
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room,
101 West Duke Building
(East Campus)

Parking: East Campus visitor parking is limited. Using the East-West bus is advised for those traveling from West Campus.

Apr 162016
 April 16, 2016

amnaJoin Amna Guellali, a Tunisia and Algeria Researcher of the Middle East and North Africa Division at the Human Rights Watch, for a lecture titled “Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism in Tunisia.” In December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire in protest, which served as a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the broader Arab Spring. Nearly six years on and in an increasingly securitized environment, this event will focus on human rights and counter-terrorism and the example of Tunisia. Lunch will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Law School, the International Human Rights Clinic, and the Center for International and Comparative Law.

For more information, please contact Ali Prince.

Wednesday, November 16, 12:30pm
Room 4045, Duke Law School

Apr 152016
 April 15, 2016

Missing Migrants: Identifying the Unknown Dead

Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30pm
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New tools for identification of missing migrants crossing the US-Mexico border include isotopes, DNA, cranial measurements, and GPS mapping. Kate Spradley, PhD, Department of Anthropology at Texas State University and Chelsey Juarez, PhD, Department of Anthropology & Sociology at NC State University will share stories on the scientific efforts to identify the unknown dead.

Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30pm

Join us for a screening of the film Who is Dayani Cristal?, which follows forensic investigators as they try to identify a body found in the Arizona desert, followed by a discussion with guest panelists Kate Spradley, PhD, Chelsey Juarez, PhD, and Sara Katsanis, MD.

Both events will take place at The Tavern, 1900 W. Markham Ave. Durham, NC.

Apr 152016
 April 15, 2016


The Interrogating Markets Kenan Collaboratory Grant is bringing Saskia Sassen to Duke to discuss expulsions in the global marketplace. The talk will be moderated by Professor Michaeline Crichlow (Professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University). Discussants include Walter Mignolo (Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University) and Dirk Philipsen (Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics & Associate Research Professor of Economic History at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University).

foto saskia sassenSaskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Her new book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014). Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Among older books are The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991/2001), and Guests and Aliens (New Press 1999). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She is the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, including multiple doctor honoris causa, named lectures, and being selected as one of the top global thinkers on diverse lists. Most recently she was awarded the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences and made a member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Nelson Music Room
Reception to follow at 7:30pm in the Pink Parlor.


Apr 152016
 April 15, 2016

The rise in migrant deaths at the US-Mexico border has created a humanitarian crisis. Deceased migrants have been buried as “unknown” without proper analyses or DNA collection, leaving no hope of identification. Migrants’ families struggle to report missing persons cases. Join Duke’s Science & Society for a panel discussion on the identification of missing migrants in the U.S.
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Guest Panelists:

  • Kate Spradley, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University
  • Hannah Smith, WOLA Program Officer, Washington Office on Latin America
  • Seth A Faith, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Forensic Sciences Institute and Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, NC State University

Moderated by Sara Katsanis


Tuesday, November 15th, 12:00-1pm
Duke West Building, 1364 Campus Dr., Room 101



Apr 032016
 April 3, 2016

PeterWehnerThumbCurious about the role of religion and politics in the 2016 presidential election cycle? Interested in becoming a government speechwriter or political commentator? Join a lunchtime conversation with political commentator and former speechwriter Pete Wehner.

Wehner is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center who has served in the last three Republican administrations. In 2001, he was named deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. He later served as director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he reached out to prominent thinkers and advised the White House on a range of domestic and international issues. A senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, he has been affiliated with several leading research organizations. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio and has written widely on political, cultural, religious and national security issues.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. RSVP here.

Thursday, November 3
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101