Apr 162016
 April 16, 2016

Join us for the first meeting in the Religions & Politics seminar series. Joseph Winters, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African and African American Studies, will be presenting a working paper for discussion: “The Gift of (Black) Death and the Limits of Recognition.”

Email Amber Dí­az Pearson for a copy of the paper.

Dr. Winters’ research is concerned with troubling and expanding our understanding of black religiosity and black piety by drawing on resources from Af-Am literature, philosophy, and critical theory. He teaches and writes about religion and hip hop, religion, race, and film, critical approaches to religious studies, and the general connections between black studies and critical theory. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a BA from Harvard University.

Wednesday, November 16
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room,
101 West Duke Building
(East Campus)

Parking: East Campus visitor parking is limited. Using the East-West bus is advised for those traveling from West Campus.

Apr 122016
 April 12, 2016


This digital humanities workshop brings together historians, librarians, literary scholars, and IT experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the US in order to discuss the 2.0 update and redesign of Jara’id – Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Arabic Periodicals. Jara’id is a digital platform and website which attracted experts from all over the world in the last five years and now it is time to extend and elevate the project to a next level. The program includes a talk in (Arabic) Digital Humanities and a master class seminar with invited experts on the historian’s use of early Arabic journals aimed at interested Duke/UNC/NCSU graduate students. Finally we finish with a book talk by Prof. Hala Auji (AUB) on book history with a focus on her recently published Printing Arab Modernity, 2016.

View the full program on the Jara’id 2.0 website.

Jara’id 2.0 Workshop
Saturday, 12 November 2016
Rubenstein Library, 249

Supported by Duke History Department, Duke University Library, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department, Center for International and Global Studies, Religions & Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, and Adam Mestyan.

Apr 032016
 April 3, 2016

PeterWehnerThumbCurious about the role of religion and politics in the 2016 presidential election cycle? Interested in becoming a government speechwriter or political commentator? Join a lunchtime conversation with political commentator and former speechwriter Pete Wehner.

Wehner is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center who has served in the last three Republican administrations. In 2001, he was named deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. He later served as director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he reached out to prominent thinkers and advised the White House on a range of domestic and international issues. A senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, he has been affiliated with several leading research organizations. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio and has written widely on political, cultural, religious and national security issues.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. RSVP here.

Thursday, November 3
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101

Mar 212016
 March 21, 2016

symposiumA symposium exploring Arab and Middle Eastern communities in Latin America—whether Muslim (Sunni, Shia, Druze), Jewish, Christian, or secular—in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. We chart flows of migration and immigration across time and space, driven by commerce and politics, bringing languages, dialects, religions, and ethnicities into contact and new combinations. We bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, literary theorists, art critics, poets, converts, and filmmakers. The symposium looks at the convergences and divergences between two seemingly remote regions and cultures, with attention to allegiances forged across the Global South. We particularly examine the articulation of a radical politics across different political, cultural, and historical contexts: liberation theologies, feminism, decolonization, Marxism, and socialism. We pay special attention to the expression of these ideologies through not just political movements, but also art, music, media, film, literature, and poetry.

Friday, October 21
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall,
240 John Hope Franklin Center

Download the full schedule as a PDF.

SPONSORS: Humanities Futures at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for International Studies, Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Global Brazil Lab

Mar 202016
 March 20, 2016

Graduate students with an interest in religions-and-society-related issues are invited to attend the next meeting of the 2016-2017 Religions and Public Life Society of Scholars. Sam Bagg, Political Science, will be presenting his dissertation chapter, “Equal Agency and the Search for the Subject.” RSVP required via the Google form.

His dissertation provides a new way of thinking about the value of pluralistic liberal democracies. In this chapter, he sets the stage for that broader project by arguing 1) that an ideal of “equal agency” lies at the center of much contemporary political thought, and 2) that this ideal invites us to embark on a seductive yet ultimately chimerical quest to find out what individual subjects really want. This chapter thus motivates the alternative that he provides in the rest of his dissertation.

Non-member graduate students and postdocs are invited to this meeting as a chance to meet peers with similar research interests and learn about their work. For more information, contact David Steinbrenner.

Thursday, October 20
Rm 107F West Duke Bldg, East Campus

Mar 042016
 March 4, 2016

Join DIRA & YOUnite for a Watch Party for the Vice Presidential debate on October 4 at the Devil’s Krafthouse. Because both Tim Kaine and Mike Pence regularly cite their faith on the campaign trail as the foundation of their political and ethical views, Professor Mark Chaves (Sociology, Divinity School, & Religious Studies) will start the evening by discussing the role of religion in American politics. After the talk, we’ll settle in for a fun debate watch party in the heart of Duke’s new West Union — open to everyone and with free food for all! Students, faculty, families, and staff all welcome.

See the Facebook Event for more information.

Tuesday, October 4
Devil’s Krafthouse (West Union Building, West Campus)
Talk by Mark Chaves: 8:30PM
Debate: 9:00PM

Organizers: DIRA & YOUnite
Lead sponsor: The Religions & Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Co-sponsors: POLIS, Duke Political Science Department, American Grand Strategy, Alexander Hamilton Society, Duke College Republicans, Duke Democrats, Duke Political Union, Duke Political Review

Feb 282016
 February 28, 2016

The first seminar for the Religions & Public Life Society of Scholars is Wednesday, September 28. Eliza Dandridge will be presenting her paper, “Transimperial Imaginaries: Landscape Myths of the Far West and French Algeria.” RSVP required via the Google form.

The Society’s interdisciplinary working groups provide members and invited visitors with the opportunity to develop their research interests and discuss recent scholarship in a supportive, cordial atmosphere, open to all contributions. Fellows have included MA and Ph.D. graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty, which brings a wide range of expertise to group discussion. Fellows have circulated and received valuable, interdisciplinary feedback on a variety of manuscripts, from prospecti, grant applications, and articles to conference papers and dissertation and book chapters.

Monthly meetings provide a rigorous, congenial forum for authors to work through written comments received on their work via a closed online platform or via email, and to ask questions of their own. For more information, contact David Steinbrenner.

Wednesday, September 28
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
(West Duke 101)

Feb 222016
 February 22, 2016

The Kenan Institute for Ethics is once again partnering with Jeff Polish and The Monti to bring live storytelling to Duke’s campus.

Storytellers - Secrets and LiesWhen:
Workshop on Storytelling
September 22, 7:00pm-8:30pm, 101 West Duke, East Campus

Live performances
October 27, 7:00pm, Duke Coffee House, East Campus

Live and Unscripted Stories about “Secrets and Lies”

Duke Undergraduates, mentored by Jeff Polish and The Monti – Please, RSVP here!

The Monti is non-profit organization that invites people to tell personal stories without the use of notes.  The goal is to create an intimate, open, and fun atmosphere where people can relate their personal experiences to one another through narrative.  Last year students told stories about “Betrayal.” This year we are seeking stories about “Secrets and Lies.”

The Monti has been staging live storytelling events to sold-out crowds throughout the Triangle since 2008. For this event, Duke undergraduates have the chance to work with Jeff Polish to craft a personal story into a compelling piece to perform before a live audience.

We are now seeking storytellers for the October 27 event. For more information and to learn how to tell a good story, come to the workshop on September 22. Coming to the workshop does not commit you to tell a story, but by the end of the evening, you may want to! Everyone is welcome.  You can just show up, but an RSVP here to help us make sure to have enough food!

Hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics in partnership with The Monti. Cosponsored by Story Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute.


Feb 012016
 February 1, 2016

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)