Feb 012016
 February 1, 2016  Tagged with:

BBQ-plateThe Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting its annual party to kickoff the new academic year. Those planning to attend must RSVP to bashar.alobaidi@duke.edu

Thursday, September 1, 2016
West Duke Lawn, East Campus

Dec 182015
 December 18, 2015

Urban povertyCities are centers of great economic dynamism. In the developing world, this has resulted in massive population shifts from rural to urban areas, and cities have become centers of huge inequalities in incomes, lifestyles, housing conditions and access to services. Glass-walled office towers stand side-by-side with squalid, tented slum settlements. Yet despite the rapid growth in the ranks of the urban poor, knowledge about their lifestyles, household investments, social mobility, political behavior, and the like – remains rudimentary. Bringing together a multidisciplinary group of scholars and development professionals, this conference aims to address the crucial challenges and opportunities facing poor households and neighborhoods in the developing world. Sponsored by: Duke Center for International Development (DCID), Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, RTI International

The workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to event coordinator Marissa Rosen marissa.rosen@duke.edu
For more information and times, visit: http://sites.duke.edu/urbanpoverty/schedule/

Wednesday, May 18 – Friday, May 20, 2016
Rhodes Conference Room (Sanford School of Public Policy, Room 223)


Nov 182015
 November 18, 2015

hussain-ali-agrama-lecture-postersmallHussein Ali Agrama, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Chicago, will be giving a workshop on “Justice between Islamic Shari’a and Western Legal Tradition: Remarks on the Egyptian Context.”His pre-circulated paper by that same title, and an accompanying text, are available to download online. How does one compare and contrast potentially very different traditions of law without assuming any common conception of law? How does one stage a comparison of such traditions in the face of their mutual engagement under historical conditions of asymmetric power that render one of them commensurable to the other? These are some of the central questions this essay begins to address through a series of loosely related, ethnographically inspired reflections on the concept of justice within Western legal tradition and the Islamic Shari’a, with respect to modern Egypt. It focuses on the particular problem that the violence of law is seen to pose for the enactment of justice within Western legal thought and practice. Arguing that this problem is of relatively recent origin, it outlines some of the historically emergent forms of sociability, modes of authority, and structures of coercion that contribute to the formation of this problem, and that give rise to a distinctive conception of politics that persists into the present. Contrasting this with classical Shari’a thought and historical practices, the essay then points to how these forms of sociability, authority and coercion – and the concept of politics they made possible – insinuated themselves into the fabric of Egyptian society through the colonizing and modernizing projects that established European based civil law there; it also reflects on how this produced the complicated pattern of similarity, difference, commensurability and incommensurability that exists today between Egyptian civil law and Islamic Shari’a.

Co-sponsored by:The Graduate Program in Religion, the International Comparative Studies Program, the Religions & Public Life at the Kenan Institute of Ethics, and the Religious Studies Department

Monday, April 18
12:00-2:00 pm
Carpenter Conference Room (Rubenstein 249)

Nov 132015
 November 13, 2015

Walzer-KDL-Poster-web-400Michael Walzer, one of America’s most influential political theorists, will speak on “What is the Responsibility to Protect? And What Does it Mean in the Syrian Case?” as the 2016 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer.

Walzer is a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, and has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. His talk with examine the international moral obligation to intercede in Syria and the international security and human rights norm Responsibility to Protect.

The annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics is a signature series of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke that brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

This talk is co-sponsored by Duke Program in American Values and Institutions, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Duke Council for European Studies.

Wednesday, April 13, 5:00 pm
Fredric Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building, East Campus
Parking on East Campus is free after 5:00pm.


Oct 302015
 October 30, 2015


Duke University students have the opportunity to join Rebecca Blank for a lunch discussion on markets, government and the Church. The 10-12 students who will be selected will read a chapter titled “Viewing the Market Economy Through the Lens of Faith,” from her book Is the Market Moral? A Dialogue on Religion, Economics, and Justice in advance of the lunch. Blank is chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former Acting United States Secretary of Commerce, and will be at Duke for a lecture on the same topic later that evening. Co-sponsored by Center for Christianty and Scholarship, Duke University’s Economics Department, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and Duke POLIS.

Students should submit the online form to be selected for participation: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Yvxlp9Qppkk26F

Wednesday, March 30
Location TBA

Oct 282015
 October 28, 2015

As part of this spring’s food, ethics, and culture series, the Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting Rabbi Ari Weiss in conversation with Duke faculty, moderated by Shana Starobin, Fellow of the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Rabbi Ari Weiss is a thought leader, social entrepreneur, activist, and Jewish educator. Most recently he was the senior director of Jewish education at Birthright NEXT. Previously, he served as the executive director of Uri L’Tzedek, the Orthodox social justice organization. Ari was a Joshua Venture Fellow and The Jewish Week selected Ari as one of “36 under 36” young Jewish visionaries who are re-imagining Jewish life. Ari received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in 2007. Co-sponsored by the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at Duke.

Monday, March 28
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101)

Sep 222015
 September 22, 2015

RPL-HollingerCurrent debates about secularization among social scientists, historians, and journalists focus on the apparent gap between relative religiosity of the United States and the relative secularity of Western Europe. The US, it is often alleged, simply refutes “secularization theory” as developed with the experience of historically Christian Europe in mind. This lecture argues the contrary, that a sound understanding of American history vindicates, rather than undermines the essential claims of classical secularization theory.

David A. Hollinger is Preston Hotchkis Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former President of the Organization of American HIstorians. His books include After Cloven Tongues of Fire (Princeton, 2013) and Science, Jews, and Secular Culture (Princeton, 1996).

This event is sponsored by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for European Studies at Duke University.

Christianity and Its American Fate: Where History Interrogates Secularization Theory
Monday, February 22, 4:30 pm
240 John Hope Franklin Center

Sep 122015
 September 12, 2015

Jewish-Inst-&-InnovationsThis symposium, part of the North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar, will feature John Connelly (UC Berkeley) presenting on “From Enemies to Brothers? Catholic Jewish Relations since WWII” and Christian Wiese (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main) on “A Dialogue Overshadowed by a Dark Legacy: The Renewal of Protestant-Christian Relations since the Holocaust.”

This symposiums is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Council for European Studies at Duke University, and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Friday, February 12, 12:00-4:00pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke)

Sep 112015
 September 11, 2015

_MG_0517How do storytelling and music shape our experience as fragile creatures subject to loss, suffering, and death?  What do storytelling, music, and the arts in general contribute to how we conceive of the practices of medicine? Come hear Ray Barfield (pediatric oncologist, philosopher, novelist, poet, guitarist) and Jeremy Begbie (theologian, pianist, composer, conductor) discuss these questions–and more. The evening will include live storytelling–and a piano.

Hosted by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, co-sponsored by Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & the History of Medicine and the Duke Divinity School’s Theology, Medicine, and Culture initiative.

Thursday, February 11, 5:30-7:00pm
Nelson Music Room
Duke East Campus
Free and open to the public; reception to follow.
Parking on Duke’s East Campus is open to any non-parking-permit holders after 5pm.

Sep 032015
 September 3, 2015

_MG_0517Pope Francis insists that the credibility of the Church rests in the Gospel to the Marginalized. Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., will talk about the invitation from Jesus to be courageous in living the gospel at the margins. Drawing on 30 years of working with gang members, joy, hope and the courage of tenderness will be the focus of Fr. Boyle’s talk.

Familiarly known as “Father G,” Fr. Boyle is a visiting Kenan Practitioner in Residence with Religions and Public Life at KIE. Fr. Boyle is Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, operating in Los Angeles, CA. In 1988, members of the Dolores Mission Church and Father G found a few caring business owners willing to hire former gang members, and “Jobs for a Future” was created. Thousands of young people have since walked through the doors of Homeboy Industries looking for a second chance, and finding community.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 6-7:30pm
Rm 107 Gross Hall for Interdisciplinary Innovation
(on the corner of Science Drive and Towerview on Duke’s West Campus)
Parking: Chemistry Gated Lot on corner of Towerview and Circuit Drive (right next to Gross Hall)