Sep 222015
 
 September 22, 2015  Tagged with: ,

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  Tagged with:

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)

Sep 012015
 
 September 1, 2015

Father Greg BoyleUndergraduates, join us for a Do Lunch event with Father Greg Boyle. Familiarly known as “Father G,” he will be 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.

Lunch will take place in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke Building) from noon to 1pm. Catered lunch will be available to students who RSVP – space is limited.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Father Greg Boyle, Executive Director of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Homeboy Industries
WHEN: Monday, February 1, from noon to 1pm
WHERE: West Duke 107F, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Apr 032015
 
 April 3, 2015

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 (former presidential speechwriter and current columnist, Washington Post) and Helen Alvaré (George Mason University School of Law, consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity – Vatican City, and founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com).

Tickets are not required for this event, but seating is first come, first served.

Co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Pope Francis in America (and the World)
Tuesday, November 3
6:00-7:15pm
Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy Building
Reception to follow.

FREE PARKING by availability in the Public Policy Gated Lot. Paid parking is available in the Science Drive Visitor Lot and the Bryan Center Parking Garage.

Apr 032015
 
 April 3, 2015

RPL-Book-400Michael Gerson (nationally syndicated columnist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush) will be in conversation with Will Willimon (Duke Divinity School), discussing the art of rhetoric. This event is hosted by Religions and Public Life at Duke, and is part of Gerson’s visit, which includes a public conversation on the impact of Pope Francis’s visit to America later in the evening.

November 3, 1:30-2:30pm
0014 Westbrook (Divinity School)

Apr 022015
 
 April 2, 2015

Gerson_Final-400Undergraduates, join nationally syndicated columnist Michael Gerson for a lunchtime conversation. From 2000-2006, Gerson served as a top aide to President George W. Bush as speechwriter and senior policy advisor. He was a key administration advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the fight against global sex trafficking, and funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues. Gerson currently serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases and is the Hastert Fellow at the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College in Illinois.

Lunch will take place in room 101 West Duke Building from noon to 1pm. Catered lunch will be available to students who RSVP – space is limited.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Michael Gerson, former presidential speechwriter/policy advisor
WHEN: Monday, November 2, from noon to 1pm
WHERE: West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Mar 282015
 
 March 28, 2015

ArtsFellowGanges-400Join us for the opening reception of an exhibit by 2015-16 Kenan Graduate Arts Fellow Alex Cunningham, featuring a panel discussion on the issues raised by the artworks, as well as the official naming of West Duke 101 beginning at 5:30pm.

About the exhibit:
Although climate change is occurring at a historically fast rate, the geography and climate of the earth has never been unchanging. In the Indian subcontinent, which has been continuously inhabited by civilizations for thousands of years, religious texts, mythologies, and artifacts record a long history of the changing physical earth. As fast melting glaciers and recent variability in the monsoon show us today, change remains constant. This exhibit examines some of the ways the physical and spiritual landscape of India have intersected over time, raising questions about how we understand the current climactic moment of inflection and can prepare for a future of shifted water.

About the panel:
What are we to make of environmental change? We see clear evidence of dramatic climactic shifts in recent years: receding glaciers and the increasingly erratic arrival of seasonal rains. And yet, ascribing meaning and context to these phenomena is hardly straightforward. In India, Hindu spirituality and a long civilizational time horizon offer alternative insights on the current moment and its implications than news of the climate crisis might suggest. Join us for a nuanced conversation about water, environment, Hinduism, and climate change. Featuring Leela Prasad, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Shambavi Kaul, Filmmaker and Visiting Artist at Arts of the Moving Image; and Elizabeth Albright, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Environmental Science and Policy Methods.

Mar 222015
 
 March 22, 2015

Info-300Come watch Duke University students tell their own stories live for an evening exploring Betrayal. Religions and Public Life at KIE has partnered with  The Monti’s Jeff Polish to create an undergraduate workshop to take students from pitch to final performance.

The Monti is a 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.

Storytellers:
Sofia Manfredi; Devyn Gortner; James Wang; Elizabeth Kim; Leo Lou; Karly Gregory

Hosted by Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in partnership with The Monti. Cosponsored by Story Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Language, Arts + Media Program Lab at the Thompson Writing Program.

Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm
Duke Coffee House, Crowell Building
10 Epworth Dorm Lane (East Campus)