Jul 302014
 July 30, 2014

Reg-RR-capAs part of the Laws that Learn series, Gary Marchant (Arizona State University Law School) will lead a seminar entitled, “Pacing Law with Emerging Technologies: The Example of Nanotechnology.”

Professor Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. He was named a Regents’ Professor in 2011 and also is a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

This event is cosponsored by Rethinking Regulation @ KIE, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology.

Friday, October 31
West Campus (Exact location TBA)

Lunch will be provided with RSVP to Amber Díaz Pearson by Monday, October 27.

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

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 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 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 with RSVP

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014


Bioethicist Jennifer Miller, PhD, inaugural George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow, will present a paper 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, and to receive a copy of the paper draft we’ll be discussing, please email Bashar Alobaidi for RSVP information: bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu.

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014
Food utopias
On Thursday, October 2, the Kenan Institute for Ethics will host a lunchtime panel talk on food utopias with Josh Evans from Nordic Food Lab; Scott Howell from Nana’s Restaurant; Charlie Thompson, teacher, author, filmmaker and food ethicist in Duke’s Documentary Studies; and Ben Barker, longtime Piedmont resident, locavore, and pioneer in Durham’s food renaissance. Nordic Food Lab, located in Copenhagen, derives prestige and authority through its affiliation with Restaurant Noma, currently ranked the world’s best restaurant. The “NFL” strives through practical application to create deliciousness from often marginalized or otherwise overlooked ingredients. On the one hand, the work of the Food Lab opens the mind of eaters to the beneficial potential of diversifying our diets and food systems and making the most of limited resources. On the other hand, the social and cultural capital that goes with framing NFL in proximity with the “world’s best restaurant” can seem elitist or exclusionary. Josh Evans will help us understand that tension and the ethical dynamics of the NFL’s existence. Moving from Denmark to Durham, the discussion will allow the panelists to engage with questions of accessibility on the local front. Even as the food scene has revitalized a part of the city and uplifted the image of Southern cuisine, many large problems continue to persevere in terms of food access. Who is excluded from this popular utopian vision of what food should be? What are the relationships between culture, commerce, identity, and eating, and can the hush puppy still fit in? Finally, how can the success of the restaurant scene in gourmet circles be useful in resolving core issues brought on by poverty?

This panel will explore these issues from multiple points of view: those of globally renowned food innovators, local restaurateurs, and scholars of local food production.  Co-sponsored by Duke Humanities Writ Large and Romance Studies.

Thursday, October 2, 12:00 noon
101 West Duke Building
Lunch available to first 50 to RSVP here by Tuesday, Sept. 30