Apr 042017
 
 April 4, 2017  Tagged with: , ,

State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey program logoReligions & Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics will host on Oct. 4 a lecture on the lasting impact of 19th century religious reforms in Turkey.

In collaboration with Duke’s Department of History, Brett Wilson will present the lecture, “Subduing the Saints: State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building on East Campus. Wilson, Associate Professor of History at Central European University, will look at how increasing state control over religious institutions has played a pivotal role in modernization projects in Turkey.

For more information on the event, contact Jamie Hardy at jamie.hardy@duke.edu.

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 4
  • Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
  • West Duke Building
Mar 252017
 
 March 25, 2017  Tagged with: ,

The Kenan Institute for Ethics, along with the Center for Comparative Philosophy and Department of Religious Studies, will host a lecture on Sept. 25 with Anne Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

“Poetry and Moral Formation in South Asia” will explore the role of narrative, its relationship with dharma, and the close aligning of dharma or ethics and narrative aesthetics in South Asia. The lecture is at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 in Rubenstein 153. Leela Prasad, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Duke, will respond.

The event will be followed by a roundtable discussion Sept. 27 to further cover topics raised in Monius’ lecture and comparative approaches to the study of ethics. That event will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Divinity School Library. A RSVP is required to receive lunch by contacting srl30@duke.edu.

Feb 282017
 
 February 28, 2017

Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics for its annual celebration kicking off the new academic year. Enjoy food and reconnect with friends after a summer away from campus. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held on the lawn outside the West Duke Building on East Campus.

Students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome.

Nov 272016
 
 November 27, 2016

Vasileios Syros, a Maurice Amado Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland, will  introduce a new perspective on Islamic debates on violence by focusing on Islamic political advice literature on good government and the origins and effects of oppressive or arbitrary rule.

Syros will explore how the distinction between ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ power can serve as a heuristic device for the examination of a set of medieval Islamic writings on the successful conduct of government. In addition, the paper will relate these ideas to European political thought, such as Machiavelli’s The Prince. The ultimate objective of the talk will be to identify and analyze broader affinities and points of intersection between Western and non-Western modes of political theorizing on statecraft and styles of leadership.

Noon to 2 p.m.
April 27
West Duke 08C
Lunch is provided

Nov 232016
 
 November 23, 2016

In the 21st century, religion has made a surprising and powerful return, and has had major impact on public affairs, domestic and international alike. Scholars are still scrambling to understand the phenomenon’s significance, and those concerned for the preservation of constitutional norms and civility have been searching for new forms of interreligious dialogue.

To better address today’s unique challenges, Religions & Public Life will bring together scholars for “Interreligious Dialogue in the Post-Secular Age” from April 24 to 25.

Do we live in a post-secular age? Has the Weberian concept of modernity proved inadequate? Does postmodernity open new opportunities for religious dialogue? Scholars at five Israeli, European & American universities will be exploring these questions with a view to launching a long-term international collaboration that may result in the establishment of a new institute.

The workshop will take place on April 24 to 25, 2017 at Duke University, a founding member of the group, with hospitality extended by the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Nov 132016
 
 November 13, 2016

Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Research Scholar Amber Diaz Pearson will participate in an April 13 moderated discussion on the policy and impact of executive orders put in place by the Trump Administration dealing with refugee resettlement and immigration. She’ll be joined by Darren Beattie, a Duke political science instructor.

Beattie will provide a positive view of the administration’s recent executive orders, while Pearson will offer a critical perspective.

“Scaling the Wall: Should Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration be Repealed?” is presented by the Duke Alexander Hamilton Society and Duke Bench and Bar. It will take place at 6 p.m. April 13 in Perkins Library Room 217. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Nov 102016
 
 November 10, 2016

Join Behrooz Ghamari, Professor of History at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, for his talk “Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment.” Ghamari is the author of Islam & Dissent in Post-Revolutionary Iran, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, and Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution. Lunch will be provided.

More information

Monday, April 10
12:00-1:15pm
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4,
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (FHI Garage)

Sponsored by the Humanities Futures Initiative at FHI, the Kenan Institute for Ethics Campus Grants Program, DUMESC, DISC, the Offices of Dean Nowicki and Dr. Petters, the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and the DHRC@FHI.

Nov 012016
 
 November 1, 2016

RPLI-book
Please join us for a roundtable discussion of our colleague Mona Hassan’s new book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, December 2016) with Richard Bulliet (Columbia University) and Vincent Cornell (Emory University).

Richard Bulliet and Vincent Cornell will present on the scholarly interventions of Longing for the Lost Caliphate followed by Mona Hassan’s response as the author and an open discussion of the book among those in attendance.

RSVP for the lunch on this form or by emailing Bruce Hall.

The roundtable is sponsored by the Triangle Seminar on the Histories of Muslim Societies & Communities, the Graduate Program in Religion, and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Monday, May 1
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
225 Friedl, East Campus

Oct 272016
 
 October 27, 2016

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will present on the multi-faceted role of religious dialogue in public spaces.

Rabbi Sacks is a British rabbi, philosopher and scholar of Judaism. Since stepping down as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth – a position he served for 22 years between 1991 and 2013 – Rabbi Sacks has held a number of professorships at several academic institutions including Yeshiva University and King’s College London. He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was recently named the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.”

Monday, March 27
5:30pm
Penn Pavilion

For more information about the event, see this Duke Today story.

Co-sponsored by Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Religion and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and The Sanford School of Public Policy.

 

Oct 232016
 
 October 23, 2016

RPLI-book
In the twenty-first century, religion has made a surprising and powerful return, and has had major impact on public affairs, domestic and international alike. Scholars are still scrambling to understand the phenomenon’s significance, and those concerned for the preservation of constitutional norms and civility have been searching for new forms of interreligious dialogue. Do we live in a post-secular age? Has the Weberian concept of modernity proved inadequate? Does postmodernity open new opportunities for religious dialogue? Scholars at five Israeli, European & American universities will be exploring these questions with a view to launching a long-term international collaboration that may result in the establishment of a new institute. The workshop will take place on April 24-25, 2017 at Duke University, a founding member of the group, with hospitality extended by the Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Please see the conference website for the full program and additional information.

Attendees are also welcome to attend the NCJSS seminar, pre-conference, on Sunday, April 23, 3:00-5:00pm at the John Hope Franklin Center. See NC Jewish Studies Seminar website for details.

Monday, April 24 – Tuesday, April 25
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)
The Kenan Institute for Ethics