Feb 212018
 February 21, 2018

moral purpose
The call for submissions to the 2018 Kenan Moral Purpose Award essay competition is now open, with a deadline of 5pm, Friday, March 16. The Kenan Moral Purpose Award is given for the best undergraduate student essay on the role a liberal arts education plays in students’ exploration of the personal and social purposes by which to orient their future and the intellectual, emotional, and moral commitments that make for a full life.

More information and submission instructions here: http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/students/kenan-moral-purpose-award/

Feb 082018
 February 8, 2018

Religions and Public Life at KIE recently cosponsored the event, “Insights Into Extremism: Experiences from a Former Guantanamo Bay Interrogator and a Convicted Jihadist” on January 30, 2018. View media coverage of the event:

Katherine Berko, “Convicted jihadist, former Guantanamo Bay interrogator talk religious extremism
Duke Chronicle (31 January 2018)

Said@Duke: Ismail Royer on post-jihadist life Duke Today (7 February, 2018)

Dec 232017
 December 23, 2017

Duke Center for Jewish Studies, in connection with the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library are pleased to announce the availability of new fellowships, with awards of up to $1500, to support scholars, students and independent researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Judaica materials held by the Rubenstein Library, the Duke Divinity School Library and/or Perkins Library.

The Jewish Studies collections at Duke Libraries include a wide variety of resources — from current publications, films and videos to rare and unique manuscripts and archival material. The Rubenstein Library hosts an impressive collection of Pesach Haggadot that spans more than 1,000 years of history, represents five continents, is written in several different languages and has a variety of specific purposes. Many of these Haggadot are part of the Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof Collection of Jewish Art, Archaelogy and Symbolism, which also has an exceptional collection of unique art books by Jewish and Israeli artists and has Jewish ceremonial art pieces. The Rubenstein Library’s Southern Jewish History collections include the personal papers of prominent Jewish families and individuals in the region. In addition, the Rubenstein Library’s Human Rights Archive holds the personal papers of the distinguished Jewish rabbi and human rights activist Marshall T. Meyer and those of Jewish philosopher and theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Further information, as well as the application and instructions, can be found at the following: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/research/grants-and-fellowships/jewish-studies

Nov 292017
 November 29, 2017

Daniela R. P. Weiner, a Religions and Public Life Graduate Fellow and PhD student in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently published an article titled ‘Tendentious texts: Holocaust representations andnation-rebuilding in East German, Italian, and West German schoolbooks, 1949-1989′ in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.



Nov 022017
 November 2, 2017

Duke University professor Mark Chaves (Sociology, Religious Studies & Divinity) has been spearheading the National Congregations Study since 1998, which gathers data on on the religious practices and preferences of Americans. Thus far, approximately 1200 religious leaders have been interviewed for the project.

To learn more about Professor Chaves’s study, please visit this DukeToday piece on the National Congregations Study.

Oct 112017
 October 11, 2017
The Religions and Public Life interdisciplinary graduate student working group brings together ten students representing seven departments, four graduate and professional schools, and two universities (Duke and UNC). Focused on the theme of Minorities and Diasporas, participants meet monthly to workshop individual research projects, discuss new scholarship, and craft short commentary pieces connecting their expertise to current affairs. During the year, members will also conduct field research and present their work at conferences with research support provided by the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for Jewish Studies.
Participants’ research topics include:

  • How religiosity affects whether members of ethnoreligious diasporas will support foreign policy interventions on behalf of their ancestral home states
  • Exploring how social workers understand and navigate the relationship of their religious belief and practice with their professional activities of providing care
  • Examining the contemporary black church as a diasporic institution through the specific case of the AME church in Latin America.
Lead Fellow Lea Greenberg notes, “It is natural to spend a great deal of time sealed in our ‘disciplinary bubbles,’ but sharing work across disciplinary boundaries provides a shift in perspective that can impel us to think critically about our work in novel ways.”
Learn more here.