Sep 092014
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Thursday, November 20, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, 240 John Hope Franklin Center. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

Reasonable Accommodations and Minority Religious Freedom in the United States & Canada

Speakers include:
Jennette Wood Crowley | Duke University, History Department
Ernest Young | Duke University, Law School
Shauna Van Praaghe | McGill University, Faculty of Law
Charles Taylor | McGill University, Department of Philosophy
Kevin Christiano | University of Notre Dame, Sociology Department
Robert Bennett | Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Katrina Lantos Swett | Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

This workshop is sponsored by the Council for North American Studies, the Council for European Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, with funding provided by the Mellon Foundation and the Provost’s Office at Duke University.

Aug 102014
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RPL-mandala4-400On Tuesday, November 18th, KIE Senior Fellow Luke Bretherton will hold a public interview with the philosopher Charles Taylor. Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University, and his long academic career includes winning the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and the Templeton Prize. Taylor has long objected to what many social scientists take for granted, namely that the rational movement that began in the Enlightenment has made notions like morality and spirituality into nothing more than quaint anachronisms. This event is sponsored by the Religions and Public Life Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Tuesday November 18th 
Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building

Jul 202014
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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 052014
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RPL-mandala4-400In this provocative discussion, Professor Fisch will address the way Judaism can rise to the challenge of Dignitatis Humanae and Nostra Aetate; exploring the resources it has to offer for articulating a comparable religiously motivated commitment to the values of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue expressed by the two documents. Paul Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Theology at Duke Divinity, will respond to Professor Fisch’s talk, followed by a general discussion. This event is made possible by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Duke Divinity School, and the Warren Chair of Catholic Theology.

Wednesday, September 17 at 5:15 p.m.
Westbrook 0014
Reception to follow

Menachem Fisch is Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University, Senior Fellow of the Kogod Center for the Renewal of Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. He is Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies Project at Tel Aviv University. 

Jul 052014
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RPL-mandala4-400Bring your lunch and join us for this exciting panel discussion in which Duke faculty Abdullah Antepli, Duke’s Chief Representative for Muslim Affairs and Associate Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Laura Lieber, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, and Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology engage visiting scholar, Menachem Fisch, Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University. The panel will focus on fostering interreligious study and conversation by discussing goals, guidelines and cautions.

Wednesday, September 17 at 12:20 p.m.
Westbrook 0015

Jun 252014
 June 25, 2014

BBQ-plateKenan Institute for Ethics faculty, staff, students, and friends are invited to the annual cookout kicking off the new academic year.

Thursday, August 28
Staring at 5:30pm
East Duke Building lawn, East Campus
RSVP required – contact Mekisha Mebane

Dec 202013
 December 20, 2013

tcoleHere Comes Everybody: The Crisis of Equality in the Age of Social Media

The 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer will be Teju Cole, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award winning novel Open CityCole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. The talk will touch on the personal and global themes raised in Open City and will incorporate other topics, such as population pressure in the city of Lagos, the use of Twitter as an activist space during the Arab revolutions, and the recent testimony by drone victims before the US congress.

The annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. This lecture is co-sponsored by Duke’s Center for African & African American ResearchCenter for Documentary StudiesEnglish DepartmentForum for Scholars & PublicsFranklin Humanities Institute, and the Office of the President.

Thursday, April 24, 7:30pm
Schiciano Auditorium
Fitzpatrick Center
Reception to follow

Free & Open to the Public
Parking available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck


Dec 172013
 December 17, 2013

Jewish Tradition ThumbnailZachary Braiterman works in the field of modern Judaism and explores shifting aesthetic canons as they shape Jewish thought and culture from the 17th century until the present. He will be speaking as a part of The Jewish Tradition & Human Rights Series. This series is hosted by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored byReligions and Public Life at KIE, Jewish Life at Duke, and the DHRC at the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Monday, April 7
5:30 p.m.
Westbrook 0016

Nov 282013
 November 28, 2013

Islamic Media, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for EthicsBenjamin Hebblethwaite, University of Florida, “Rap and Islam in France: Arabic Religious Language and French”

One of the main social and historical causes of borrowing in contemporary French has come about through the internationalization of the language situation in urban areas due to immigration. Urban French vernacular draws extensively from one of the main migrant languages, Arabic. Muslim rappers are mostly French-born with parents from North or sub-Saharan Africa. Most rappers hail from Paris and Marseille, but cities like Le Havre also stand out. Some of the artists lead sales in the French music industry and this helps disseminate Arabic religious borrowings while building narratives about Muslims. Rappers in France present a layperson Islam that weaves the religion’s culture and ideology into personal life-narratives. Arabic Islamic borrowings in French rap symbolize an “identity culture” distinct from both the dominant French culture and from the parental Arabic-based culture. The expression of Arabic-Islamic culture within French rap lyrics reflects a bicultural hybridization in which traditional values converge with occidental ones; this symbiosis takes place in the Maghreb and West Africa as well as in diaspora communities in France. In contemporary urban France, Arabic Islamic borrowings in rap lyrics are signs of language contact and cultural symbiosis.

Co-sponsored by Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Religions and Public Life at KIE.

Thursday, February 27th
5:30pm – 6:30pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Room 130
Nov 162013
 November 16, 2013

Islamic Media, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for EthicsThis workshop will explore how contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. Technologies—new and old—not only circulate the word in its multiple incarnations, but also cultivate modes of communal identification. More specifically, we seek to understand how Islamic media transform not only the social and political landscape, but also the human sensorium—the way we see/feel/perceive the world. Rather than being interrupted by secular modernity, religion has been further intensified, diversified, and inflected by the information age. Some go as far as to argue that this media constitutes the very experience of religion. Through the process of representation, the material production of culture gives expression to the spirit; its signs give voice to the soul; its images help make visible the invisible.

Rubenstein Hall, Room 200
Begins 9:30am

Sponsored by Duke Islamic Studies CenterAsian & Middle Eastern Studies, and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, A Humanities Writ Large “Emerging Humanities Network,” Duke Middle East Studies Center, and the Religion Department.

Schedule and List of Speakers

9:30am | Opening Words
Taswir: Image Making and Technologies of Witnessing, Seeing, and Envisioning the Sacred

10:00am | Session I: Media & the Sacred
Charles Hirschkind | Anthropology, University of California Berkeley
Hent de Vries | Russ Family Chair in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

1:00 pm | Session II: Religion & Media Worlds
Jonathan Van Antwerpen | Program Director, SSRC, Religion and the Public Sphere
Brian Larkin | Anthropology, Barnard College

3:00 pm | Session III: Islamic Visual Media
Wazhmah Osman | Media and Communication, Temple University
Narges Bajoghli | Anthropology, New York University