Aug 252014
 
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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 182014
 
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Charles_TaylorOn 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 
12.30-2.00pm
Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building, Duke Divinity School
Free and Open to the Public

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
Westbrook 0016 – Duke Divinity School
Jul 162014
 
 July 16, 2014

BanzhafGeorgia 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.

Jul 162014
 
 July 16, 2014

RPL-mandala4-400The 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 athttp://jmems.dukejournals.org/content/44/3.toc.

Friday, October 3, 4:00pm
Flowers 201, West Campus

Jul 052014
 
 July 5, 2014

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
 
 July 5, 2014

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

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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