Oct 102017
 October 10, 2017
Greetings from Sunny Cuba: Reflections on a Moment of Reconnection

Alternative Spring Break 2017 - Cuba

In the spring of 2017 the Kenan Institute for Ethics led a program to Cuba to explore the ethical challenges of resuming normal relations after nearly

three quarters of a century of isolationist policies. As students met with academics and shared meals with their host families, they gained a layered sense of the meaning of the embargo from Cuban perspectives. As the United States has recently backed away from the normalization process, we document some of students’ experiences in an apparently fleeting moment of openness.


The exhibit will be held in the Kenan-Keohane Gallery beginning Friday October 20.
Oct 102017
 October 10, 2017

Calling all students!

Make sure to stop by our table at the Majors Fair on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. We’ll be in Penn Pavilion from 11am-2pm with information on all our courses and programs.

See you there!

Oct 102017
 October 10, 2017

Students and faculty are welcome to join us for a Family Weekend Reception from 9:30am-11:30am on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101).

Bring your family and come prepared to eat and enjoy!

Sep 252017
 September 25, 2017

Join Team Kenan as we mark the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, from 3-5pm on Friday, October 20, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101) on Duke’s West Campus. Stop by to join the conversation on the TK Couch, for information on this year’s What Is Good Art? competition, to make your mark in our photobooth and for the chance to pick up one of our ‘real/fake major’ t-shirts. This event also marks the official launch of the Summer 2017 issue of Encompass, our student produced ethics magazine.

Team Kenan provokes the Duke undergraduate community to consider the notion that ethics is everywhere through fun, engaging and sometimes unconventional programs. Team Kenan is the social and intellectual bridge between those students already engaged by the Institute’s offerings and those that are not, serving as the core of a vibrant intellectual community of students, blurring the line between the study of ethics and its application throughout students’ lives.

Apr 262017
 April 26, 2017

Can a summer of work clarify what you want to do with your life? Alexandra’s moment of clarity occurred during her third week in an office in Amman, Jordan. Chris was compelled to take path-altering action after a chance encounter in Greensboro, NC. Whether through a single defining experience or steady reflection, each KPP Fellow has a more focused plan for their future now.

On Thursday, October 26th from 5-6:30pm, join us for our inaugural Kenan Purpose Program Fellows Symposium. Six fellows have completed coursework and internships that offered windows into potential career paths—reflecting intensively all the while. At the Symposium, they will share their wisdom, chart their paths to this point, and hopefully begin to form communities of support for moving forward. Each Fellow is hoping to connect with peers interested in similar career paths. The Symposium will be a kickoff for more robust networks of support for students looking to do purposeful work. The event will take place in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room in the West Duke Building.

Apr 122017
 April 12, 2017

Has globalization led to an increase against the already downtrodden? Join the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics Oct. 12 for a screening and discussion of the film, “Breaking the Caste,” a documentary that highlights the struggle of India’s “untouchable” population.

“Dalit” is a self-designation of people treated as the lowest group in India’s caste system. The vast majority of the Dalit people are Hindu, but many are also Christians. Dalits number around 300 million people, over 16 percent of India’s population and live under apartheid-like discrimination.

In the film, viewers hear from N. Fatima Burnad, the founder and executive director of the Society for Rural Education and Development, who has been working among the Dalit community in Tamil Nadu, India for 37 years. Following the showing, a panel discussion will be held with:

  • Vasant Kaiwar, Visiting Associate Professor, Duke Department of History
  • Anusha Hariharan, Ph.D. student, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Anthropology
  • Moderated by Sucheta Mazumdar, Associate Professor, Duke Department of History

The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. p.m. Oct. 12 in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building.

Apr 112017
 April 11, 2017

The Duke Islamic Studies Center, along with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will host its second event Oct. 11 as part of the “American Muslims, Civil and Human Rights” series, which examines the current human rights crisis for Muslims in the U.S.

Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, will present the talk, “Policing Muslim Identity During the Time of Trump” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building on East Campus. The event is open to the public.

Additional programming for the series will take place over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year.

4:30 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 11
West Duke Building

Apr 042017
 April 4, 2017

State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey program logoReligions & Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics will host on Oct. 4 a lecture on the lasting impact of 19th century religious reforms in Turkey.

In collaboration with Duke’s Department of History, Brett Wilson will present the lecture, “Subduing the Saints: State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building on East Campus. Wilson, Associate Professor of History at Central European University, will look at how increasing state control over religious institutions has played a pivotal role in modernization projects in Turkey.

For more information on the event, contact Jamie Hardy at jamie.hardy@duke.edu.

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 4
  • Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
  • West Duke Building