Sep 272013
 September 27, 2013

KevinMcDonaldDoLunch-400Interested in social entrepreneurship? Want to know how to tackle an intractable social problem and get results? You need to know Kevin McDonald, founder and CEO of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA).

At the beginning of each school year, every Duke student will likely to see a TROSA moving van. Many are aware that this organization frames photos, trims lawns, makes furniture, and sells Christmas trees. Yet, how many students know that the primary mission of TROSA is to address substance abuse? TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers) is a multi-year residential program designed to help people who struggle with substance abuse successfully recover and reintegrate into society. The program was established in 1994 by Kevin McDonald and has since had a hugely positive impact on the lives of its more than 1200 graduates. TROSA’s successful and unique approach to combating substance abuse has gained national attention. However, the program’s rigorous nature means many people cannot take part.

Come learn about a very successful, innovative drug treatment program, and the lessons its founder has for how to make a lasting difference in communities. Gain a complicated perspective on who is responsible for helping people who live their lives in harmful ways. Also expect to hear about failure, how difficult drug rehabilitation is, and what you can do to support communities.

What: Lunch with Kevin McDonald, founder and CEO of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA)
When: October 29th at noon
Where: 101 West Duke Building
RSVP: By Sunday, October 27th. Click here to RSVP.

Sep 262013
 September 26, 2013

DisobedienceThe global age is distinguished by disobedience, from the protests in Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the anti-G8 and anti-WTO demonstrations. Raffaele Laudani offers a systematic review of how disobedience has been conceptualized, supported, and criticized throughout history. Laudani documents the appearance of “disobedience” in the political lexicon from ancient times to the present, and explains the word’s manifestations, showing how its semantic wealth transcended its liberal interpretations in the 1960s and 1970s. Raffaele Laudani is a lecturer in the Department of History and Human Cultures at the University of Bologna.

This event is co-sponsored by Duke Romance Studies, Program in Literature, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Political Science Department, and the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Discussants: Michael Hardt & Roberto Dainotto
Monday, October 28, 4:00pm
SOC 311

Sep 262013
 September 26, 2013

mondayseminar400Julian Savulescu, Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics at the University of Oxford, will be speaking on Oct. 28 as part of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in room 101, West Duke Building.

Julian Savulescu is a Romanian–Australian philosopher and bioethicist. He is Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University, and Head of the Melbourne–Oxford Stem Cell Collaboration, which is devoted to examining the ethical implications of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. He is the editor of the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics, which was until 2005 the highest impact journal in medical and applied ethics (as ranked by Thomson-ISI Journal Citation Indices). In addition to his background in applied ethics and philosophy, he also has a background in medicine and completed his MBBS (Hons) at Monash University.

Sep 252013
 September 25, 2013

Moral Attitudes and Decision-Making at KIE has invited Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, to speak on campus. Savulescu’s areas of research include the ethics of genetics, research ethics, new forms of reproduction, and end of life decision-making.

Friday, October 25
3:30-5:30 pm
202 West Duke Building

Sep 242013
 September 24, 2013

hands-in-chainsJoin Jayne Huckerby, director of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic as she moderates a conversation with notable experts on the law and trafficked persons. This event is hosted by the Center for International & Comparative Law at Duke Law and co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at KIE.


  • Joy Ezeilo, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children
  • Alison Kiehl Friedman,  Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
  • Lindsey Roberson, Assistant District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney New Hanover County

Moderator: Jayne Huckerby, Duke Law Professor

The Right to Remedy for Trafficked Persons: From the Local to the Global
Wednesday, October 23
12:15 pm | Room 3037
Duke Law School
For more information contact Ali Prince.

Sep 232013
 September 23, 2013

Conv.HRDo economic sanctions deter or exacerbate human rights abuses around the world? On Wednesday, October 23rd, join Duke Law faculty Suzanne Katzenstein along with political scientist Dursun Peksen (University of Memphis) and international lawyer Adam Smith (Washington, D.C.) to discuss the current research on this question, and its implications for scholars and practitioners alike.

This is the second event in the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ new interdisciplinary workshop series, “Conversations in Human Rights.” This workshop series will meet twice each semester, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. A discussion-focused series drawing together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy, these workshops are open to Duke faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.

RSVP to by Monday, October 21.

Economic Sanctions and Human Rights
Wednesday, October 23, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
101 West Duke Building

Reception following

Dursun Peksen, Political Science, University of Memphis
Adam Smith, International Law, Washington, D.C.
Suzanne Katzenstein, Duke Law School, Duke University

About the Panelists

Dursun Peksen — Dursun Peksen received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri in 2008. He has several published or forthcoming articles on economic sanctions, armed interventions, human rights, political violence, and democratization. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Interactions, Foreign Policy Analysis, Review of International Organizations, International Political Science Review, Human Rights Review, and Civil Wars. Dr. Peksen’s teaching areas include foreign policy analysis, human rights, political violence, international political economy, security studies, introduction to political research, and research design and data analysis.


Adam Smith — Adam M. Smith is an international lawyer based in Washington, DC and a frequent commentator on human rights, and international justice and economics.  He has written numerous articles in the academic and popular press and two books: The Architecture of International Justice at Home and Abroad and After Genocide: Bringing the Devil to Justice. Until recently Adam was the Director for Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council and he has held postings at the UN, the World Bank, and the OECD, as well as serving as a visiting scholar at institutions in Africa, Europe, and South Asia.  Adam obtained a B.A. in political science and economics from Brown, an M.Phil. in politics from Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard where he was a Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.


Suzanne Katzenstein — Suzanne Katzenstein works at the intersection of domestic law, international law and international relations and is centrally interested in questions about the relationship between governments and private actors. Her current research examines the U.S. government’s relationship to banks, especially foreign banks, in the context of pursuing its national security goals. Prior to joining the Duke Law Faculty in 2011 as a visiting assistant professor, Katzenstein was a Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, where she will be receiving her PhD in political science in October, 2013 (she defended her dissertation in June 2013). Katzenstein received her BA from Wesleyan University in 1999, graduating phi beta kappa, after which she studied in India as a Fulbright Scholar. She received her JD in 2004 from Harvard Law School, where she served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She also co-headed the classroom observation component of a study on gender at Harvard Law School. She received the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship for East Timor in 2002.

Sep 222013
 September 22, 2013

Dublin400x3005There will be an information session for DukeEngage Dublin on Monday Oct. 21 at 6:30pm
Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, 1st floor, Classroom 177

During their two months in Dublin students will work in organizations either directed by migrants to Ireland, focused on the needs of refugee and migrant communities, or involved in developing innovative community based educational and cultural programs that bring migrants and native born Irish together in meaningful ways. DukeEngage students will be placed with one of more than seven different NGOs engaged in this work. The objective in each placement is not just to serve but to undertake something that could not have happened without the Duke students’ leadership and participation.

Applications for the DukeEngage Dublin program need to be submitted by noon on Tuesday, November 5 at noon.

Sep 202013
 September 20, 2013
Immerse-nowordsDukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted
Think of DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted as Focus on steroids: a semester-long, research-based, student-faculty collaboration on a single-theme-forced migration-plus a weekly dinner meeting and a four-week mid-semester filed trip to work with Bhutanese, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees abroad.
Stop by the Kenan Institute for Ethics for an open house to meet former students and current faculty, and to learn more about the program and how to apply.
Wednesday, October 16
6:00-7:30 p.m.
101 West Duke Building
Sep 092013
 September 9, 2013
Jewish Tradition ThumbnailAs part of the lecture series The Jewish Tradition & Human Rights, Marc Brettler (Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies, Brandeis University) will be speaking on October 28 on “The Hebrew Bible and Human Rights.” 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 28, 5:30 p.m.
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