Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Jewish Tradition ThumbnailSusannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award and Germany’s Geiger Prize, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She is the author of over seventy articles and has edited several books, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel; Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen); Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism(with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky).
This series is hosted by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at KIE, Jewish Life at Duke, and the DHRC at the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Monday, October 20, 5:30pm
Location TBA
Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014

051213_bennear_balleisen_krawiec_wiener016This conference will identify, evaluate, and discuss the relevance and effectiveness of regulatory instruments for improving risk governance, both as they result from responding to and learning from crises, and as deliberate innovations in how regulatory power is exercised and shared. The speakers and panelists hail from many international institutions, disciplines, and organizations around the world. Case studies to be highlighted during the conference include the regulation of oil spills, nuclear accidents, financial crashes, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals; the use of behavioral insights and non-government networks in regulation; and more.

Organizers: International Risk Governance CouncilOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Rethinking Regulation program at The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University

Venue: OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France

Schedule: The first day addresses how crisis events shape regulatory change and how regulatory institutions can learn from crises.  This is the theme of a research project we are leading at Duke University on “Recalibrating Risk: Crises, Perceptions and Regulatory Change” (book forthcoming in 2015). The second day addresses how regulatory systems can be designed to learn and improve over time, both exhibiting adaptive policy innovation and stimulating technological innovation. Full schedule available for download (pdf).

More information and registration at the IRGC website.

Jul 192014
 July 19, 2014

Ann-GallagherThis year’s Visiting Fellow in Human Rights is Anne Gallagher AO (BA, LLB, M.Int.L, PhD).  Her visit will include meeting with faculty and students, attending seminars, participating in a faculty workshop, and giving a keynote lecture.  She will be in residence October 20-21.

Jul 182014
 July 18, 2014

DNA-Human-TraffickingThe third and final workshop of the DNA Applications in Human Rights and Human Trafficking initiative will be held Friday, October 10. This workshop will develop feasability projects to explore the role of DNA in human trafficking victim identification and explore the ethical, privacy, political, and social implications of DNA collection of victims and family members.

For more information please email Sara Katsanis at sara.katsanis@duke.edu.

This initiative represents a partnership of the Duke Human Rights Center at KIE, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and Duke Science & Society, with funding from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation.

Friday, October 10, 9am-1pm
Smith Warehouse
Garage C105 Bay 4
Lunch provided

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014


Bioethicist Jennifer Miller, PhD, inaugural George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow, will give a talk entitled “Ethics and Trustworthiness in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Could Rating Help?” Dr. Miller’s talk will debut preliminary results for the rating system she created and is piloting to address ethics and global health concerns about the pharmaceutical industry. The pilot index ranks the 20 largest drug companies on their transparency in disseminating clinical trial results for newly approved drugs — addressing the concern that there is missing and misleading information about new medicines and vaccines that can compromise medical evidence, patient care and public health. The rating system works on the premises that sunlight can be a good disinfectant and that naming good practices and shaming bad ones can incentivize trustworthy reform within the industry where needed.

Dr. Miller is a lab fellow in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and has taught in Columbia University’s Bioethics and Cross Cultural Education Program and in Fordham University’s Schools of Business. She holds a PhD in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum and a BS in physics from Fordham University.

Jennifer Miller will be speaking on October 6th as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in 101 West Duke Building. For lunch, please email Bashar Alobaidi for RSVP information: bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu.