Mar 272016
 March 27, 2016

Migration’s contribution to development remains under-theorized, perhaps due to tConv.HRhe scant attention paid to the role of the migrant herself/himself or to the idea of development itself, which remains embedded within recycled theories of progress, modernization, and nation-state sovereignties.

Is there a way to rethink migration? Might a focus on the migrant herself provide a more innovative path? Can these moving bodies, both at the sites of origin and destination, be the veritable outcomes of states themselves in crisis, portraying the decline of sovereignties as Wendy Brown argues? How can we reset migration theories through a refocus on such bodies and a critical reading of development? This panel seeks to revisit these issues, and takes as its focus the persona of the migrant, and the the changing relation between origins and destination especially in the wake of the crises that is unevenly spread, but yet engulfs both the Global North and South.

Panelists include:
Professor Mark Ellis (University of Washington, Department of Geography)
Professor Thomas Nail (University of Denver, Department of Philosophy)
• Moderated by Professor Michaeline Crichlow (Departments of African and African American Studies and Sociology)

This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy.
Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth [] by Monday, October 24th, at noon.

People on the Move: Unthinking Migration Theories
Thursday, October 27th, 4:30-6:30pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke Building)
Reception to follow

Mar 242016
 March 24, 2016

Globalism3-400-01Join the faculty and students of the Institute’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship FOCUS cluster for a moderated discussion on recent reactions against the freer flow of people across borders with Stuart Jones ’82, former ambassador to Iraq and Jordan; Mark Mazzetti ’96, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times, and William Davis ’84 ’87, former director of the US Global Leadership Coalition and the UN Development Programme.

After years of trends towards greater cross-border trade and migration, 2016 has seen a sharp rise in the rhetoric of isolationism across Europe and the United States. Are the ongoing refugee and migrant crises in Europe, threats of terrorism, and similar concerns in the United States fundamentally shifting us away from a “globalist” ideal? How will the nature of borders challenge the new presidential administration in the coming years?

Will Davis, ’84, ’87 has worked as a liaison between with the U.S. government, NGOs, media, and the academic, diplomatic, and business communities, both as Executive Director of the US Global Leadership Coalition and previously as Director of the UN Development Programme’s Washington Information Office. During his varied career, he has also held positions at the US State Dept and the OECD. He is currently lecturing at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Stuart Jones, ’82 is the former ambassador to Iraq (2014-2016) and Jordan (2011-2104) and was the deputy chief of mission in Baghdad from 2010 to 2011. As a career diplomat, he has been stationed all over the world— including in Egypt, Turkey, Colombia, and El Salvador.

Mark Mazzetti, ’96 has covered national security from the Times’ Washington bureau since April 2006. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response. The previous year, he was a Pulitzer finalist for revelations about the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.

This event will take place in Washington, D.C. Space is limited. Duke alumni can register here.

Mar 212016
 March 21, 2016

2016-2017 Graduate Arts Fellow Salima Al-Ismaili is an Omani documentary artist working primarily in film and photography. Her previous documentaries explored issues of migration and displacement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Jordan. Al-Ismaili’s current focus explores the constructed and blurred assigned gender roles of women within religion, and the role of women’s leadership in Islam over time. She received her BSc in Journalism from Northwestern University in Qatar in 2013 and is pursuing an M.F.A. through the Duke University program in Experimental and Documentary Arts.

Her exhibition in the Keohane-Kenan Gallery, Nests of the Nu Ahong, visits nusi — women’s mosques — in China’s Henan province and the community of Hui Muslim minorities it serves. Under the echoes of the call to prayer, whispering women gather under the leadership of the nu ahong, women serving the role of teachers, social engagers and leaders of the mosque. The nu ahong carry-on the 300-year-old tradition of educating Muslim women in their communities, teaching Islamic jurisprudence, reading and interpreting the Quran, performing the Friday sermons and initiating the five daily prayers.

Nests of the Nu Ahong by Salima Al-IsmailiThis series documents the predominantly aging community of women that congregate, questions the future of the nu ahong as they struggle to attract a younger generation and explores how women’s mosques in China not only serve as a religious space of worship and social engagement, but also how they have been turned into a domesticated space for women through the nu ahong’s role as mothers, wives and ultimately nurturers in their community.

The exhibition opens with a reception, from 5:30-8:30pm on Friday, October 21, 2016 and will be on-display through January 12, 2017.

Mar 212016
 March 21, 2016

midlatA symposium exploring Arab and Middle Eastern communities in Latin America—whether Muslim (Sunni, Shia, Druze), Jewish, Christian, or secular—in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. We chart flows of migration and immigration across time and space, driven by commerce and politics, bringing languages, dialects, religions, and ethnicities into contact and new combinations. We bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, literary theorists, art critics, poets, converts, and filmmakers. The symposium looks at the convergences and divergences between two seemingly remote regions and cultures, with attention to allegiances forged across the Global South. We particularly examine the articulation of a radical politics across different political, cultural, and historical contexts: liberation theologies, feminism, decolonization, Marxism, and socialism. We pay special attention to the expression of these ideologies through not just political movements, but also art, music, media, film, literature, and poetry.

Friday, October 21
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall,
240 John Hope Franklin Center

Download the full schedule as a PDF.

SPONSORS: Humanities Futures at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for International Studies, Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Global Brazil Lab

Mar 202016
 March 20, 2016

CoverUpsAs part of the Cover-Ups series, join us for a screening of It Happened Here with Ada Gregory, Executive Director, Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management (former Director, Duke Women’s Center).

Through the intimate portraits of five student survivors, this documentary exposes the alarming pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses, the institutional cover-ups and the failure to protect students, and follows their fight for accountability and change on campus and in federal court.

Cover-Ups: Sexual abuse in the priesthood, date rape at universities, concussions among football players – Why do people protect perpetrators and justify silence? The series is hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke and co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies, the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, and the Department of Political Science.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Film screening and discussion will begin at 5:30p.m.,
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke Building 101)

Mar 192016
 March 19, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-10-06 at 2.04.20 PMDo you want to integrate ethical inquiry into your academic pursuits? Do you want your summer experiences to count towards a certificate program? Does the idea of co-writing a book with your peers during your senior spring appeal to you?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should come to our Study of Ethics Certificate Open House on Wednesday, October 19th at 5pm.

There you will be able to meet current certificate faculty and students who can tell you all about the program and its benefits. Oh, and did we mention that there will be free food?
We hope to see you on the 19th! Until then, check out our certificate program online here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)