Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015

UNICEF HaitiBeatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti will give a talk on “U.N. Haiti Cholera Litigation.” This event will focus on the ongoing litigation against the U.N. for the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010 caused by improper waste removal at a U.N. peacekeeping base as well as broader issues of U.N. accountability.

This event is co-sponsored by Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Children’s Law Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the International Law Society and the Human Rights Law Society.

 Lunch will be provided. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Ali Prince at

Monday, October 26, 2015
12:30 PM
Law School 4045

Mar 222015
 March 22, 2015

icmp-400The Science, Ethics, Identity and Human Rights (SEIHR) Kenan Creative Collaboratory is hosting a lecture and reception with Thomas Parsons, PhD, Director of Forensic Sciences at the International Commission on Missing Persons, on “Human Rights and DNA: Large Scale Identification of the Missing.”

 As Director of ICMP’s Forensic Science Department, Thomas Parsons supervises the identification of missing individuals involving forensic archaeology, anthropology, pathology, and high throughput DNA analysis. These processes are integrated in a “DNA-led” approach to mass identification, involving large scale comparison of profiles from families of the missing to profiles recovered from skeletal remains in a high-throughput DNA typing laboratory. The ICMP’s primary focus has been on mass graves from the former Yugoslavia, but has also worked in victim identification from the 2004 Asian tsunami, hurricane Katrina, aircraft incidents, the Philippine Typhoon Frank, and has assisted the governments of South Africa, Chile and Colombia in their search for missing persons from human rights violations. Dr. Parsons, was awarded the 2015 Scientific Prize by the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG), only the tenth person since 1987 to receive the award for outstanding scientific work in the field of forensic genetics.

This project is funded by the Kenan Collaboratory Fund through the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.
For information about the Science, Ethics, Identity, and Human Rights project contact

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
5:30-7:30 pm
Michelle Winn Conf. Room (47-215)
Carmichael Bldg
Duke University
300 N. Duke St., Durham, NC

Mar 222015
 March 22, 2015

Info-300Come watch Duke University students tell their own stories live for an evening exploring Betrayal. Religions and Public Life at KIE has partnered with  The Monti’s Jeff Polish to create an undergraduate workshop to take students from pitch to final performance.

The Monti is non-profit organization that invites people to tell personal stories without the use of notes.  It’s simple storytelling. Each month, The Monti holds events around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area and as far away as Greensboro. The goal is to create an intimate, open, and fun atmosphere where people can relate their personal experiences to one another through narrative.

Hosted by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in partnership with The Monti. Cosponsored by Story Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Language, Arts + Media Program Lab at the Thompson Writing Program.

Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm
Duke Coffee House, Crowell Building
10 Epworth Dorm Lane (East Campus)

Mar 202015
 March 20, 2015

Central-AmericaLenni Benson, Executive Director of the Safe Passage Project in New York will give a talk titled “Unaccompanied Minors from Central America and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.” In 2014, nearly 70,000 children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador arrived in the United States, with many teenagers fleeing gang violence. This event will focus much on the response under the U.S. immigration system to this crisis, and will expose students to human rights work and issues in a domestic context.

This event is co-sponsored by Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Children’s Law Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the International Law Society and the Human Rights Law Society.

 Lunch will be provided. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Ali Prince at

 Tuesday, October 20, 2015
12:30 PM
Law School 4045

Mar 202015
 March 20, 2015

Grad-Working-400Kenan Graduate Scholars and Kenan Graduate Affiliates of Rethinking Regulation are invited to the second Graduate Student Working Group meeting on October 20. Light refreshments will be served. Tom Cinq-Mars, PhD Candidate in History, will present and discuss his paper, “Fossil Fuel Communism: The Druzhba Oil Pipeline and the Making of the Eastern Bloc, 1948-1994.”

Please contact Mercy DeMenno, Program Coordinator for the Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Working Group, with any questions.

Parking: Parking on East Campus is open to all Duke parking passes starting at 4:00PM. Closest parking to West Duke is in the GA Dr. CircleGilbert Addoms Lot, or on Campus Drive.

Tuesday, October 20
West Duke 101

Mar 192015
 March 19, 2015

COLE-1Lisa Shallett is Chief Marketing Officer of The Odyssey (the social content platform that crowdsources viewpoints from millennial thought leaders) and a former partner at Goldman Sachs. This event is hosted by the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE), with funding from the Katz Family Women, Ethics and Leadership Program through the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

 Please RSVP using the following link:

 Monday, October 19, 5:00-6:00pm
Old Chemistry Building, Room 116


Mar 192015
 March 19, 2015

China-ModelOver the past three decades, China has evolved a system in which leaders are selected based on their abilities and virtues, rather than elected through a participatory democratic process. In his book, Daniel Bell argues that this Chinese-style meritocracy has many advantages over electoral democracy, and can help remedy some of its key flaws. During the discussion, the panelists will explore the advantages and pitfalls of political meritocracy and whether it can be successfully combined with electoral democracy.

 Panelists include: Loubna El Amine (Georgetown University), William Keech and Edmund Malesky (Duke, Department of Political Science), and Judith Kelley (Sanford School of Public Policy). The discussion will be moderated by Mac McCorkle, Sanford School of Public Policy.

 This event is hosted by The Duke Center for International Development at the Sanford School of Public Policy and co-sponsored by The Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke’s Center for International Studies, Polis @ Duke, Duke Department of Political Science, and Asian | Pacific Studies at Duke.

RSVP online
Monday, October 19, 5:00-6:30pm
Sanford Building, Classroom 04


Mar 082015
 March 8, 2015

Pope Francis at St Peter'sOn June 18, Pope Francis issued the encyclical (or “letter”) Laudato Si, in which he staked out his position on climate change and other environmental crises. On September 25, he addressed the United Nations in New York on similar themes.

Come hear two experts in the politics and policies of climate change, an economic historian, and a Catholic theologian discuss what Pope Francis has been saying about climate change, and why so many people are listening — even if they don’t agree. Panelists include:

  • Fritz Mayer, Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environment at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He conducts research on globalization and its effects, with particular emphasis on the labor and environmental impacts of economic integration.
  • Emily Pechar, PhD Candidate in the University Program in Environmental Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Her research focuses on climate change policymaking and psychological reactions to climate change.
  • Dirk Philipsen, Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and a Duke Arts and Sciences Senior Research Scholar. His work and teaching is focused on sustainability and the history of capitalism, most recently on GDP as the dominant measure of success in US and international economic affairs.
  • Paul Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Theology at Duke Divinity School. His research includes post-1950 Catholic philosophical theology and the philosophical and political questions arising from religious diversity.
  • Moderator: Brian Murray, Director of the Environmental Economics Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Research Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He researches the economics of climate change policy, including the design of cap-and-trade policy elements, and the economic effects of different regulatory strategies for pollution control.

Cosponsored by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Climate Change: What Does Pope Francis Have to Say? And Why Does It Matter?
Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 8
5:15-6:30 p.m.
0014 Westbrook (Divinity School)
A light dessert reception will follow.

Mar 062015
 March 6, 2015

andrea-renda-400Please join Rethinking Regulation at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for a seminar with Andrea Renda, 2015-16 George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow, who will present some of his latest research on the EU antitrust investigation into Google.

Dr. Renda is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), where he started and currently manages the CEPS Regulatory Affairs Programme. He is also Adjunct Professor at Luiss Guido Carli University, in Rome, and his research specialties include innovation policy, competition policy and critical infrastructure protection. While in residence at KIE, he will be conducting a research project and teaching a seminar on public and private regulation.

In advance of the seminar, you may read Renda’s report “Searching for harm or harming search? A look at the European Commission’s antitrust investigation against Google,” recently published by CEPS.

Tuesday, October 6
West Duke 101

Mar 052015
 March 5, 2015

DukeBarrettScreeningFlyer5Oct.pptxAlexa Barrett, a 2015 Duke graduate and alumna of KIE’s SuWA refugee community partnership, will be screening her thesis film The Living Disappeared: Using DNA to prevent the trafficking of children on the border.

What do scientists who pioneered forensic DNA testing and human trafficking scholars think should be done to identify the thousands of unaccompanied migrant children crossing into the U.S. from Latin America? With firsthand accounts from immigrants who crossed as children, we see the human side of the complex problems of identifying the dead and preventing human trafficking.

Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, and Duke Science and Society. This event is part of the Kenan Creative Collaboratory project for Science, Ethics, Identity, and Human Rights.

Monday, October 5, 5:00-6:00pm
Richard White Auditorium, Duke University East Campus
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public