Religions and Public Life Co-Convenor Luke Bretherton (Divinity) will be leading the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies’ 7th annual AEHS Study Day. The event is open to both clergy and laity. Visit the AEHS website for cost and additional information.
Topics to be covered include:
- A scriptural and theological framework for negotiating life in our “secular” age
- Rethinking the “preferential option for the poor” and gaining greater understanding of the inter-relationship between poverty and privilege
- Reflecting on faithful, hopeful, and loving practices of social, political, and economic engagement in the contemporary context
Monday, February 16
Duke Divinity School
In December 2014, the U.S. practice of force-feeding came into public spotlight. The Senate declassified its report on the U.S. interrogation and torture programs, revealing graphic images of force-feedings of detainees held at CIA black sites after 9/11. Also, the Obama Administration appealed a federal court decision that requires the Administration to release videos of its force-feeding practices at Guantanamo, where detainees have been on hunger strikes. The issue had already been gaining attention: a month earlier the American Nursing Association petitioned the Department of Defense for leniency in its investigation of a Navy medical officer who has refused to participate in forced feeding practices.
Join us on February 5th for a timely panel discussion on the ethics and politics of hunger strikes and force-feeding at U.S. detention centers and abroad. Panelists will include Professor Julie Norman (Political Science, McGill University), Dr. Sondra Crosby (Boston University School of Medicine), Professor Omid Safi (Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke), with Professor Kearsley Stewart (the Duke Global Health Institute) as moderator.
This discussion is part of an ongoing workshop series, Conversations in Human Rights, begun last year at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. This series brings 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, policy and global health, these workshops are open to faculty, graduate students and postdocs. A reception will follow each workshop.
RSVP to Wendi Jiang by Monday, February 2.
The Ethics and Politics of Hunger Strikes and Force Feeding at Guantanamo and Abroad
Thursday, February 5th, 4:00-6:00pm
West Duke, 101
Reception to Follow
Reasonable Accommodations and Minority Religious Freedom in the United States & Canada
This colloquium will begin with an historical perspective on religious tolerance during the colonial period of the two nations and trace the evolution and institutionalization of religious freedoms in the 18th and 19th centuries. After establishing the constitutional status of religion in Canada and the United States, panelists will consider the legal challenges by minority religious groups. The morning session will conclude by exploring the “Bouchard-Taylor Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences in Québec.” The final session will focus on the role of religious freedom and minority religious rights in Canadian and U.S. foreign policy.
This event is open to the public. Lunch will be served and parking passes distributed for those that register.
This colloquium is part of a series, Reasonable Accommodations: Minorities in Globalized Nation States, exploring religious diversity and minority religious freedoms in different regions of the world. It is directed by the Duke Council for European Studies in collaboration with the Council for North American Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, and funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Provost’s Office at Duke University, with additional support from the Canadian Studies Endowment and the Duke Women’s Center.
On Tuesday, November 18, a public event for the Duke and Durham communities will focus on “The Sacredness of the Secular and the Secularity of the Sacred: Re-imagining the Role of Religions in Public Life – an interview with Charles Taylor.” The event will feature KIE Senior Fellow Luke Bretherton in conversation with Charles Taylor, eminent scholar and public intellectual. This event is sponsored by the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, as part of Charles Taylor’s week-long visit to Duke co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Gerst Program, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Council for North American Studies.
Charles Taylor is a leading contemporary philosopher and public intellectual whose work analyzes the historical formation and conceptual underpinnings of the modern world. Particular foci of his more recent work include the origins of contemporary notions of “the self,” identity politics and responses to moral and cultural diversity, and the nature of the secular and the role of religious belief and practice in public life. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Previously he was the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. Having been supervised by Isaiah Berlin and G. E. M. Anscombe, he received his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1961. His early work focused on Hegel’s philosophy and the philosophy of science and social science. His awards include the Kyoto prize (2008) and the Templeton prize (2007) and being made a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986. His work in the public sphere include serving in 2007 with Gérard Bouchard on the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on Reasonable Accommodation with regard to cultural differences in the province of Quebec. He is a practicing Roman Catholic.
Tuesday November 18
Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building, Duke Divinity School
Free and Open to the Public
Georgia State University Professor of Economics H. Spencer Banzhaf is the featured speaker for the Department of Economics’ upcoming Allen Starling Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer Series. His talk, “Environmental Economics and Christian Ethics,” will discuss the intersections between the ethics of environmental conservation, Christian thought, and economics. Banzhaf graduated from Duke University with his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Economics, the Center for the History of Political Economy, the Nicholas School of the Environment, and the Center for Christianity and Scholarship.
Field Auditorium in Environment Hall
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
For more information, see the Department of Economics announcement.
The Sacred Object: A Colloquium of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Shannon Gayk and Robyn Malo, editors of this special issue of the journal, will lead a discussion of the volume, which explores the many continuities between medieval and early modern ideas about the sacred object. The issue will be so hot off the press that it will mail out the week after this event, but Duke Press has made the issue available in advance to read for free for three months at: http://jmems.dukejournals.org/content/44/3.toc.
Friday, October 3, 4:00pm
Flowers 201, West Campus
In 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.
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.
Bring 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.