Aug 102014
 August 10, 2014  Tagged with: ,

RPL-mandala4-400On Tuesday, November 18th, KIE Senior Fellow will hold a public interview with the philosopher Charles Taylor. Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University, and his long academic career includes winning the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and the Templeton Prize. Taylor has long objected to what many social scientists take for granted, namely that the rational movement that began in the Enlightenment has made notions like morality and spirituality into nothing more than quaint anachronisms. This event is sponsored by the Religions and Public Life Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Tuesday November 18th Nov
Goodson Chapel, Westbrook Building

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014  Tagged with: ,
Jewish Tradition ThumbnailSusannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award and Germany’s Geiger Prize, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She is the author of over seventy articles and has edited several books, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel; Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen); Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism(with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky).
This series is hosted by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at KIE, Jewish Life at Duke, and the DHRC at the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Monday, October 20, 5:30pm
Location TBA
Jun 252014
 June 25, 2014

BBQ-plateKenan Institute for Ethics faculty, staff, students, and friends are invited to the annual cookout kicking off the new academic year.

Thursday, August 28
Staring at 5:30pm
East Duke Building lawn, East Campus
RSVP required – contact Mekisha Mebane

Dec 202013
 December 20, 2013

tcoleHere Comes Everybody: The Crisis of Equality in the Age of Social Media

The 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer will be Teju Cole, author of the PEN/Hemingway Award winning novel Open CityCole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. The talk will touch on the personal and global themes raised in Open City and will incorporate other topics, such as population pressure in the city of Lagos, the use of Twitter as an activist space during the Arab revolutions, and the recent testimony by drone victims before the US congress.

The annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. This lecture is co-sponsored by Duke’s Center for African & African American ResearchCenter for Documentary StudiesEnglish DepartmentForum for Scholars & PublicsFranklin Humanities Institute, and the Office of the President.

Thursday, April 24, 7:30pm
Schiciano Auditorium
Fitzpatrick Center
Reception to follow

Free & Open to the Public
Parking available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck


Dec 172013
 December 17, 2013

Jewish Tradition ThumbnailZachary Braiterman works in the field of modern Judaism and explores shifting aesthetic canons as they shape Jewish thought and culture from the 17th century until the present. He will be speaking as a part of The Jewish Tradition & Human Rights Series. This series is hosted by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored byReligions and Public Life at KIE, Jewish Life at Duke, and the DHRC at the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Monday, April 7
5:30 p.m.
Westbrook 0016

Nov 282013
 November 28, 2013

Islamic Media, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for EthicsBenjamin Hebblethwaite, University of Florida, “Rap and Islam in France: Arabic Religious Language and French”

One of the main social and historical causes of borrowing in contemporary French has come about through the internationalization of the language situation in urban areas due to immigration. Urban French vernacular draws extensively from one of the main migrant languages, Arabic. Muslim rappers are mostly French-born with parents from North or sub-Saharan Africa. Most rappers hail from Paris and Marseille, but cities like Le Havre also stand out. Some of the artists lead sales in the French music industry and this helps disseminate Arabic religious borrowings while building narratives about Muslims. Rappers in France present a layperson Islam that weaves the religion’s culture and ideology into personal life-narratives. Arabic Islamic borrowings in French rap symbolize an “identity culture” distinct from both the dominant French culture and from the parental Arabic-based culture. The expression of Arabic-Islamic culture within French rap lyrics reflects a bicultural hybridization in which traditional values converge with occidental ones; this symbiosis takes place in the Maghreb and West Africa as well as in diaspora communities in France. In contemporary urban France, Arabic Islamic borrowings in rap lyrics are signs of language contact and cultural symbiosis.

Co-sponsored by Duke Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and Religions and Public Life at KIE.

Thursday, February 27th
5:30pm – 6:30pm
John Hope Franklin Center, Room 130
Nov 162013
 November 16, 2013

Islamic Media, Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for EthicsThis workshop will explore how contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. Technologies—new and old—not only circulate the word in its multiple incarnations, but also cultivate modes of communal identification. More specifically, we seek to understand how Islamic media transform not only the social and political landscape, but also the human sensorium—the way we see/feel/perceive the world. Rather than being interrupted by secular modernity, religion has been further intensified, diversified, and inflected by the information age. Some go as far as to argue that this media constitutes the very experience of religion. Through the process of representation, the material production of culture gives expression to the spirit; its signs give voice to the soul; its images help make visible the invisible.

Rubenstein Hall, Room 200
Begins 9:30am

Sponsored by Duke Islamic Studies CenterAsian & Middle Eastern Studies, and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, A Humanities Writ Large “Emerging Humanities Network,” Duke Middle East Studies Center, and the Religion Department.

Schedule and List of Speakers

9:30am | Opening Words
Taswir: Image Making and Technologies of Witnessing, Seeing, and Envisioning the Sacred

10:00am | Session I: Media & the Sacred
Charles Hirschkind | Anthropology, University of California Berkeley
Hent de Vries | Russ Family Chair in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

1:00 pm | Session II: Religion & Media Worlds
Jonathan Van Antwerpen | Program Director, SSRC, Religion and the Public Sphere
Brian Larkin | Anthropology, Barnard College

3:00 pm | Session III: Islamic Visual Media
Wazhmah Osman | Media and Communication, Temple University
Narges Bajoghli | Anthropology, New York University

Nov 152013
 November 15, 2013
RPL-mandala4-400The Duke University Chapel is holding a conversation event with Eboo Patel, the Interfaith Youth Core President. This event is free and open to the public.

Laurie Patton, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Duke University, will offer a response to Eboo Patel’s talk. This event is co-hosted by Duke University Service-Learning and the Duke University Chapel.

“Interfaith Leadership in Public Life: Is Faith a Barrier or a Bridge?”
Monday, February 3
7:30 p.m.
Goodson Chapel
Nov 092013
 November 9, 2013

Jewish-Inst-&-InnovationsUsing Theory to Inform Practice, Using Success to Inform Practitioners

In recent decades, research on organizational innovation has usefully helped business leaders guide their firms through changing market conditions.  These lessons have helped companies survive the introduction of new technologies, navigate changing market environments, and rejuvenate old institutions into new markets. While consultants to nonprofits have encouraged community and philanthropic organizations to adopt these same lessons, very few have. This is especially true in the Jewish world, which remains dominated by institutions that have been criticized for pursuing costly strategies and out-of-date priorities. Nonetheless, there are some Jewish leaders and organizations that have injected dynamism into American Jewish life that follows the template of organizational innovation.

This conference is designed to highlight the achievements of some of these organizations, understand their experiences within a common theoretical understanding of institutional renewal, and synthesize lessons for other Jewish organizations and communities who seek to rejuvenate Jewish life through creative organizations and organizational strategies. Download conference flier (PDF).

This conference is organized by KIE Senior Fellow Barak Richman through Religions and Public Life at KIE and is co-sponsored by Duke Law School and Duke’s Center for Jewish Studies.

January 23-24
101 West Duke Building

Please RSVP to Wendy Lesesne and indicate which portions of the event you plan to attend no later than January 17th.


Rabbi Daniel Ain, 92Y and Clal, New York
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Ikar, Los Angeles, CA
Jordan Fruchtman, Moishe House, Encintas, CA
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Daniel Greyber, Beth El Congregation, Durham, NC
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Mechon Hadar, New York
Daniel Libenson, Institute for the Next Jewish Future, Chicago
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, The Kavana Cooperative, Seattle
Rabbi Steven Sager, Sicha, Durham, NC
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston
Rabbi Batshir Torcio, Jewish Community Center, San Francisco



[Lunch available beginning at 11:30]

12:00pm Welcome
Noah Pickus, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University
Eric Meyers, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University

12:15pm Introduction to Organizational Innovation and Theories of Institutional Change
Barak Richman, Duke Law School

12:45pm Innovative Congregations
Moderator: Mark Chaves (Sociology, Religion, Divinity, Duke University)
Sharon Brous, Ikar
Daniel Greyber, Beth El
Rachel Nussbaum, The Kavana Cooperative

2:15pm Coffee Break

2:30pm New Institutions and New Markets
Moderator: Sharon Belenzon (Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)
Dan Ain, 92Y & Clal
Jordan Fruchtman, Moishe House
Batshir Torcio, Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, CA

4:00pm Coffee Break

4:15pm Educating Professionals
Moderator: Devdutta Sangvai (Chief Medical Officer, Duke University Hospital System)
Mel Gottlieb, Academy for Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA
Elie Kaunfer, Mechon Hadar
Steven Sager, Sicha
Rabbi Julie Kozlow, Sicha

6:30pm Dinner



8:30am Encouraging Innovation (Please note earlier start time)
Moderator: Ed Hamburg (Advisory Partner, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital)
Daniel Libenson, Institute for the Next Jewish Future
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

10:00am Closing Discussion, Next Steps
Barak Richman, Duke Law School

11:00am  Informal Discussions with Lunch

Oct 012013
 October 1, 2013
Jewish Tradition ThumbnailAs part of the lecture series The Jewish Tradition & Human Rights, Evyatar Marienberg (E.J. and Sara Evans Fellow of Jewish History and Culture at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will be speaking on December 2 on “The Rabbis and Human Rights: The Ancient Period.” This series is hosted by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at KIE, Jewish Life at Duke, and the DHRC at the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Monday, December 2, 5:30 p.m.
Westbrook 0016