Mar 282015
 March 28, 2015

ArtsFellowGanges-400Join us for the opening reception of an exhibit by 2015-16 Kenan Graduate Arts Fellow Alex Cunningham, featuring a panel discussion on the issues raised by the artworks, as well as the official naming of West Duke 101 beginning at 5:30pm.

About the exhibit:
Although climate change is occurring at a historically fast rate, the geography and climate of the earth has never been unchanging. In the Indian subcontinent, which has been continuously inhabited by civilizations for thousands of years, religious texts, mythologies, and artifacts record a long history of the changing physical earth. As fast melting glaciers and recent variability in the monsoon show us today, change remains constant. This exhibit examines some of the ways the physical and spiritual landscape of India have intersected over time, raising questions about how we understand the current climactic moment of inflection and can prepare for a future of shifted water.

About the panel:
What are we to make of environmental change? We see clear evidence of dramatic climactic shifts in recent years: receding glaciers and the increasingly erratic arrival of seasonal rains. And yet, ascribing meaning and context to these phenomena is hardly straightforward. In India, Hindu spirituality and a long civilizational time horizon offer alternative insights on the current moment and its implications than news of the climate crisis might suggest. Join us for a nuanced conversation about water, environment, Hinduism, and climate change. Featuring Leela Prasad, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Shambavi Kaul, Filmmaker and Visiting Artist at Arts of the Moving Image; and Elizabeth Albright, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Science and Policy Methods.

Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015

Microsoft Word - Harmonizing Health Care Flyer Whetten.docxDr. Kathryn Whetten, professor of public policy and global health and director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke will give a talk in the Harmonizing Healthcare series, partially sponsored by a Kenan Institute for Ethics Campus Grant. The series is hosted for Harmonies for Health, a nonprofit that seeks to instill through music a strong core of hope, strength, and community support for ill community members and their families.

Bridging the Empathy Gap: From a Researcher and Leader’s Perspective
Tuesday, October 27th, 8:00pm
Perkins 217

Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015

jeffrubin-400The Forum for Scholars and Publics is hosting a discussion with interdisciplinary scholars Jeffrey Rubin (Boston University) and Suzanne Katzenstein (Project director, DHRC at KIE) about the relationship between progressive political reform and the conduct of business in Latin America and India. Moderated by Professor Jocelyn Olcott of Duke University, this discussion will offer an opportunity to draw from geographically-specific case studies to identify more general patterns and processes of engagement between progressive political movements and private-sector businesses.

Professor Rubin’s visit to Duke is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Comparative Studies, the Global Brazil Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Department of History.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Forum for Scholars and Publics, Old Chem 011
Light lunch served

Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015

UNICEF HaitiBeatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti will give a talk on “U.N. Haiti Cholera Litigation.” This event will focus on the ongoing litigation against the U.N. for the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010 caused by improper waste removal at a U.N. peacekeeping base as well as broader issues of U.N. accountability.

This event is co-sponsored by Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Children’s Law Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the International Law Society and the Human Rights Law Society.

 Lunch will be provided. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Ali Prince at

Monday, October 26, 2015
12:30 PM
New venue: Law School 3037

Mar 222015
 March 22, 2015

icmp-400The Science, Ethics, Identity and Human Rights (SEIHR) Kenan Creative Collaboratory is hosting a lecture and reception with Thomas Parsons, PhD, Director of Forensic Sciences at the International Commission on Missing Persons, on “Human Rights and DNA: Large Scale Identification of the Missing.”

 As Director of ICMP’s Forensic Science Department, Thomas Parsons supervises the identification of missing individuals involving forensic archaeology, anthropology, pathology, and high throughput DNA analysis. These processes are integrated in a “DNA-led” approach to mass identification, involving large scale comparison of profiles from families of the missing to profiles recovered from skeletal remains in a high-throughput DNA typing laboratory. The ICMP’s primary focus has been on mass graves from the former Yugoslavia, but has also worked in victim identification from the 2004 Asian tsunami, hurricane Katrina, aircraft incidents, the Philippine Typhoon Frank, and has assisted the governments of South Africa, Chile and Colombia in their search for missing persons from human rights violations. Dr. Parsons, was awarded the 2015 Scientific Prize by the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG), only the tenth person since 1987 to receive the award for outstanding scientific work in the field of forensic genetics.

This project is funded by the Kenan Collaboratory Fund through the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.
For information about the Science, Ethics, Identity, and Human Rights project contact

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
5:30-7:30 pm
Michelle Winn Conf. Room (47-215)
Carmichael Bldg
Duke University
300 N. Duke St., Durham, NC

Mar 222015
 March 22, 2015

Info-300Come watch Duke University students tell their own stories live for an evening exploring Betrayal. Religions and Public Life at KIE has partnered with  The Monti’s Jeff Polish to create an undergraduate workshop to take students from pitch to final performance.

The Monti is a non-profit organization that invites people to tell personal stories without the use of notes.  It’s simple storytelling. Each month, The Monti holds events around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area and as far away as Greensboro. The goal is to create an intimate, open, and fun atmosphere where people can relate their personal experiences to one another through narrative.

Sofia Manfredi; Devyn Gortner; James Wang; Elizabeth Kim; Leo Lou; Karly Gregory

Hosted by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in partnership with The Monti. Cosponsored by Story Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Language, Arts + Media Program Lab at the Thompson Writing Program.

Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm
Duke Coffee House, Crowell Building
10 Epworth Dorm Lane (East Campus)

Mar 222015
 March 22, 2015

Dublin400x3005During DukeEngage Weeks, prospective DukeEngage applicants can explore new and continuing group programs that will take place during Summer 2015 and hear from students who have successfully completed independent projects. The Kenan Institute for Ethics’ DukeEngage program in Dublin allows eight students each summer to spend eight weeks in one of the most dynamic and increasingly diverse cities in Europe.

Students are placed in small organizations that work on a range of migrant and refugee issues. Some placements are about direct service — working with unaccompanied minor refugees as they transition to a life in Ireland, designing and running a summer civic engagement program that brings together both disadvantaged Irish and migrants, or choreographing and performing a dance at a local festival. Some placements are about community organizing and creating the infrastructure necessary to support the successful integration of migrant and refugees into Irish society — designing a dental hygiene outreach program for migrant children, setting up a citizenship application clinic, or providing gender violence workshops for refugee women. And some placements are about advocacy and policy making — writing for Ireland’s leading multicultural newspaper, Metro Eireann, developing new national legislation regarding female genital mutilation, or helping design local migrant councils to create a mechanism for migrant and refugee concerns to be heard and addressed.

Info Session
Thursday, October 22nd
Friedl Building

Mar 202015
 March 20, 2015

Central-AmericaLenni Benson, Executive Director of the Safe Passage Project in New York will give a talk titled “Unaccompanied Minors from Central America and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.” In 2014, nearly 70,000 children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arrived in the United States, with many teenagers fleeing gang violence. This event will focus much on the response under the U.S. immigration system to this crisis, and will expose students to human rights work and issues in a domestic context.

This event is co-sponsored by Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Children’s Law Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the International Law Society and the Human Rights Law Society.

 Lunch will be provided. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Ali Prince at

 Tuesday, October 20, 2015
12:30 PM
Law School 4045

Mar 202015
 March 20, 2015

Grad-Working-400Kenan Graduate Scholars and Kenan Graduate Affiliates of Rethinking Regulation are invited to the second Graduate Student Working Group meeting on October 20. Light refreshments will be served. Tom Cinq-Mars, PhD Candidate in History, will present and discuss his paper, “Fossil Fuel Communism: The Druzhba Oil Pipeline and the Making of the Eastern Bloc, 1948-1994.”

Please contact Mercy DeMenno, Program Coordinator for the Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Working Group, with any questions.

Parking: Parking on East Campus is open to all Duke parking passes starting at 4:00PM. Closest parking to West Duke is in the GA Dr. CircleGilbert Addoms Lot, or on Campus Drive.

Tuesday, October 20
West Duke 101

Mar 192015
 March 19, 2015

COLE-1Lisa Shallett is Chief Marketing Officer of The Odyssey (the social content platform that crowdsources viewpoints from millennial thought leaders) and a former partner at Goldman Sachs. This event is hosted by the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE), with funding from the Katz Family Women, Ethics and Leadership Program through the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

 Please RSVP using the following link:

 Monday, October 19, 5:00-6:00pm
Old Chemistry Building, Room 116