Apr 032015
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Pope Francis at St Peter'sReligions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is hosting a moderated discussion on the significance of Pope Francis for the church and for the world, following his visit to America. Panelists include Michael Gerson (Washington Post) and Helen Alvaré (George Mason University School of Law).

Pope Francis in America (and the World)
Tuesday, November 3
Details TBA

Feb 282015
 February 28, 2015  Tagged with: , ,

Krista-Tippett-400Krista Tippett,  a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, producer of the podcast and website On Being, and New York Times bestselling author, will speak on “The Adventure of Civility” for the 2015 Kenan Distinguished Lecture.

Our young century is awash with urgent questions of survival, of meaning, of how we structure our common life and who we are to each other. And yet it seems we are more divided than ever before – unable to listen and speak across the differences we must engage to create the world we want for ourselves and our children. Krista Tippett’s public radio show and podcast, On Being, brings a vast range of voices to the animating questions at the center of life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? She will speak about how we can all begin to create the conversations we want to be hearing, where we live.

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 lecture is co-sponsored by Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke Divinity School, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke Religious Studies, and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

The Adventure of Civility
Monday, September 28, 5:00pm
Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium
Reception to Follow

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket is required; seating is first-come, first-served.

Feb 162015
 February 16, 2015  Tagged with: ,

Pope Francis at St Peter'sMichael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at Duke, will explore key global health and international development issues with Mark Dybul, the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and former head of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The discussion will touch on Dybul’s personal background and sense of calling in global health, his experiences in helping design and implement PEPFAR, his work leading and reforming the Global Fund, and the new horizons that improved data and new prevention approaches that have opened up in AIDS policy.  Dybul is one of the great humanitarian physicians of our time, and helped oversee the implementation of the largest American work of mercy since the Marshall Plan.

This event is co-sponsored by Duke Global Health Institute, Sanford School of Public Policy and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Life and Death on the Frontiers of Global Health: A Conversation with Mark Dybul Hosted by Michael Gerson
Wednesday, September 16, 6:00pm
Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy

Feb 102015
 February 10, 2015  Tagged with: ,

Info-300Duke undergraduates: Are you interested in ethics? Do you love words? Do you like to tell stories? Have you ever thought about combining your interest in ethics with your storytelling?

On Thursday, September 10, at 7:00PM, Jeff Polish from The Monti will offer a live storytelling workshop at the Kenan Institute for Ethics (he might even tell a story or two).

The Monti is non-profit organization that invites people to tell personal stories without the use of notes.  It’s simple storytelling. Each month, The Monti holds events around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area and as far away as Greensboro. The goal is to create an intimate, open, and fun atmosphere where people can relate their personal experiences to one another through narrative.  The Monti debuted in April 2008 to a sold out crowd in Chapel Hill.  They have been selling out shows ever since. Now you have the chance to work with Jeff Polish to craft a personal story into a compelling piece to perform before a live audience. Right here at Duke. Come stretch your moral imagination.

This workshop launches a new program in live storytelling at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. At the end of the session, you’ll find out how to apply for the program and submit a pitch to The Monti for an event at Duke later in the fall.

Students may RSVP here!

Thursday, September 10
West Duke 101

Sponsored by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in partnership with The Monti.

Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015

potato_dropIn the US, 131 billion pounds of food goes to waste every year. Be part of the solution to redistribute the food wealth! Join the Duke community for a day of service and fun as we bag 40,000 lbs of potatoes for distribution to food relief agencies in the greater Triangle area. Co-sponsored by Duke Residence Life, Sustainable Duke, Society of St. Andrews, Duke Office of Institutional Equity, Religious Life at Duke, Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics st Duke.

Volunteers must register for a time slot prior to the event.

Saturday, August 29
Smith Warehouse (100N Buchanan Blvd)

Nov 172014
 November 17, 2014

cropped-394989_10102516289856830_1790556150_n1-2What can the past tell us about the present? This question, once the bedrock of historical enquiry, faded from the academic imagination after the post-structural turn. As utilitarian and deterministic understandings of the past came under attack for ossifying ‘traditions’, a new periodization took shape–now familiar to anthropologists and historians alike–of a post-colonial present separated from its ‘authentic’ past by the unbridgeable gulf of European imperialism and colonial modernity. The workshop aims to probe the limits of this approach by bringing together anthropologists and historians interested in exploring the manifold relationships various pasts have with the present day world. The workshop will focus on Muslim societies as the primary context to conceptualize the interplay between historical inquiry and analysis of emergent social forms.

Friedl 225, East Campus, Duke University

For call for papers, speakers, and schedule, visit the workshop website. The workshop is sponsored by Duke Cultural Anthropology, Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Franklin Humanities InstituteDuke Islamic Studies, Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, and Duke History Department.

Oct 202014
 October 20, 2014

Turkish-AccomTurkey has gone in the last century through radical transformations in its minority policies.  From the Ottoman Empire’s system, permitting non-Muslims a measure of cultural autonomy, to intensive nationalization and denial of minority rights under the militantly secular Republic to, presently, a moderate Muslim government that relaxes nationalist strictures and recovers a measure of imperial tolerance.  What are the implications of the Turkish experiment for contemporary European thinking of reasonable minority accommodations?

This symposium is sponsored by Duke Council for European StudiesDuke Islamic Studies Center, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke. For more information on the speakers and their presentations, visit the Council for European Studies event post.

Turkish Reasonable Accommodations: From Multiculturalism to Secular Nationalism and Back
240 John Hope Franklin Center

9:15-9:30am | Welcome & Introduction by Malachi Hacohen, Duke University
9:30-10:15am | Cemil Aydin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Impossibility of the Millet System in the Age of Active Publics: Ottoman Tanzimat, Imperial Citizenship, and Cosmopolitan Pluralism, 1839-1915
10:15-11:00am | Michael Reynolds, Princeton University | Global norms, geopolitics, and the evolution of minority policies in Turkey
11:00-11:15am | Coffee break
11:15am-12:00pm | Nora Fisher Onar, University of Oxford and German Marshall Fund | The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia: Istanbul, Identity, and Difference
12:00-1:15pm | Lunch

Oct 182014
 October 18, 2014

AbrahamicWhat do ancient religious traditions have to say about contemporary questions in bioethics? Laurie Zoloth of Northwestern University, Aasim Padela of the University of Chicago, and Duke’s own Stanley Hauerwas will speak about the relationship between their work in bioethics and their religious traditions. These three esteemed scholars represent some of the most interesting and thoughtful scholarship produced at the intersections of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and bioethics.

Co-sponsored by Duke Chapel, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Islamic Studies Center, the Department of Religious Studies and Duke Divinity School’s Initiative in Theology, Medicine, and Culture.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
0016 Westbrook

Oct 062014
 October 6, 2014

BrethertonReligions 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

Oct 012014
 October 1, 2014

Conv.HRIn 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