Mar 172017
 March 17, 2017

Two Kenan Institute for Ethics’ community programs focused on interacting and empowering the local refugee community will host an open house on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The MASTERY and SuWA programs, which partner with locally-resettled refugees, will hold an annual gathering to provide an opportunity for Duke students interested in serving as tutors to get acquainted with the families with whom they’ll be working. Students interested in participating are welcome to attend the open house to learn more and sign up to volunteer for the upcoming semester.

Both programs are student-organized and offer a way to better understand global issues on a local level. See images from a recent MASTERY program in this story.

The event will include refreshments for all and activities for the children.

Sunday, Sept. 17
3 to 5 p.m.
West Duke Building

Mar 162017
 March 16, 2017

Education professionals are invited to join the Kenan Refugee Project at Duke University for Rethinking Newcomer Education, a one-day conference focused on challenges and solutions for refugee youth in the public education system.

The program will include morning panel discussions with leading experts on interrupted education and childhood trauma, followed by small group workshops with individual panelists in the afternoon. Registration is free and available through this form.

Schedule of Events

8 a.m.: Check-in and breakfast

8:45 a.m.: Opening remarks

9 a.m. Panel: “The Newcomer as a Student”

  • Educational consultant Dr. Andrea DeCapua
  • Las Americas Middle School Principal Maria Moreno
  • Doris Henderson Newcomer School Curriculum Facilitator Valeria Kouba

10:30 a.m. Panel: “Trauma and Learning”

  • Clinical Psychologist Dr. Molly Benson
  • Research Scientist Dr. Katie Rosanbalm
  • Legal Advocate Michael Gregory

Noon: Lunch

1 p.m.: Roundtable Workshops

3:15 p.m.: Closing remarks with reception to follow

Panel Discussions

Panel 1 – 9 a.m.

“The Newcomer as a Student”

Educational consultant Dr. Andrea DeCapua, Las Americas Middle School principal Maria Moreno, and curriculum facilitator for the Doris Henderson Newcomer School Valeria Kouba evaluate and address the varying challenges of newcomer education both in the classroom and at an administrative level.

Panel 2 – 10:30 a.m.

“Trauma and Learning”

Clinical psychologist Dr. Molly Benson, research scientist Dr. Katie Rosanbalm, and legal advocate Michael Gregory discuss the impact past trauma can have on children in the classroom and approaches to constructive intervention.

Roundtable Workshops

Attendees will be able to join one of these six roundtable discussions, which will take place concurrently at 1 p.m.

  • Las Americas: A Case-Study in Newcomer Education with Maria Moreno
  • Classroom Challenges: Building Strategies for Newcomer Student Success with Valeria Kouba
  • Beyond the Classroom: Trauma Sensitive Schools as Policy with Michael Gregory
  • Mutually Adaptive Learning: A Culturally Sensitive Approach to Newcomer Education with Dr. Andrea DeCapua
  • The Clinical Approach: Treating Trauma in Refugee Youth with Dr. Molly Benson
  • The Local Context: Exploring Trauma Intervention Strategies in N.C. Classrooms with Dr. Katie Rosanbalm

Speaker Bios

Dr. Molly Benson is the Associate Director for Refugee Treatment and Services at the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. She provides oversight, training, supervision, and support for program activities focused on the development and dissemination of treatment interventions and resources for refugee children and families. She is licensed clinical psychologist who has experience providing evaluation and treatment to children and adolescents, including those who are refugees and youth seeking asylum in US. For several years she provided clinical services and supervision through the Psychosocial Treatment Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and currently she maintains a small private practice.

Andrea DeCapua, Ed.D., is a researcher, educator, and educational consultant. Her interests include second language acquisition, intercultural awareness, and second language learners and the classroom. She specializes in teacher training for teachers working with students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE) as well as other struggling culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Dr. DeCapua, alongside her colleague Helaine Marshall, has developed the Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm (MALP®), transition struggling learners to the educational priorities and practices of formal education. She is a frequent presenter and trainer at conferences, national organizations, and school districts around the country, and the author of several books on SLIFE and other struggling language learners.

Michael Gregory is Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Senior Attorney at the Trauma Learning and Policy Initiative (TLPI), a collaboration between Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Advocates for Children. Along with Susan Cole the director of TLPI, Mike co-teaches Harvard’s Education Law Clinic, in which law students represent individual families of traumatized children in the special education system and participate in TLPI’s larger systemic advocacy for trauma-sensitive schools. Mike is a co-author of TLPI’s landmark report and policy agenda Helping Traumatized Children Learn, and is also a co-author of Educational Rights of Children Affected by Homelessness and/or Domestic Violence, a manual for child advocates. In 2009, Mike was named a Bellow Scholar by the Association of American Law Schools, in recognition of TLPI’s advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools legislation in Massachusetts. He received his JD from Harvard Law School in 2004, graduating cum laude, and he also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.

Maria Moreno is the Principal of Las Americas Newcomer School. Las Americas is an English intensive school for recent immigrant and refugee students who have had a limited formal education in their native countries. Las Americas represents students from 32 different countries and 29 different languages, including Urdu, Nepali, Swahili, Arabic, and Vietnamese. She is a recognized member of the American Leadership Forum, Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Houston Association of School Administrators, and the Gulfton Youth Development Program. She is a featured speaker for the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO), on the topic of Diversity Education in the 21st Century Classroom.

Valeria Kouba currently serves as the Curriculum Facilitator at Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Guilford County, NC, serving immigrants and refugees in their first year in US schools. She collaborates with several teams of teachers to design and implement curriculum, instructional units, and interventions to accelerate the language acquisition of ELLs in grades 3-12. In addition, she has focused on implementing appropriate assessment tools to monitor the academic progress of ELLs.  She has a special interest in creating opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and for teachers to grow in their cultural competence. Mrs. Kouba, a national of Argentina, has experienced Newcomers’ education and its challenges both as a mother and as an educator. During her twenty-eight years in education, she has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Argentina, taught Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) in US, and facilitated professional development for teachers in Argentina, Japan, and US. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Katie Rosanbalm is trained as a child clinical and quantitative psychologist. Her work focuses on program implementation and evaluation in the areas of child maltreatment prevention, early childhood systems, and self-regulation development. She has conducted longitudinal evaluations of child welfare reform, early childhood Systems of Care, and manualized mental health and educational interventions. She has also served on multiple state-level boards and task forces to strengthen the evidence-based implementation of programs for children.

Mar 312016
 March 31, 2016

WD Homecoming 400The Institute invites alumni to kick off Homecoming Weekend by catching up with Kenan faculty and current students. Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an Institute Scavenger Hunt to start the weekend’s festivities, Friday 5:30-7pm in the Keohane-Kenan Gallery, first floor of the West Duke Building.

We’d love to know you’re coming!

Please RSVP here.

Feb 292016
 February 29, 2016

Conv.HRTransgender people, like other LGBTQ people, are disproportionality represented in the criminal justice system in the United States. Criminalization of LGBTQ lives frequently results in their incarceration, an imprisonment that may have consequences that are uniquely harsh on transgender prisoners.
What special issues are implicated when a transgender person is incarcerated? What role does race play in transgender incarceration? What are some possible solutions to these issues? This panel will examine these and other concerns.

This event is co-sponsored by the The Transgender Studies + Humanities project (funded by FHI Humanities Futures) in the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program at Duke and by the Gender,Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program at Duke. 
Panelists include:

  • Paisley Currah (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Professor of Political Science and Women’s & Gender studies)
  • Asa King (previously Southern Regional Staff Attorney for the Transgender Law Center)
  • Moderated by Ara Wilson (Duke University, Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies)

This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy.
Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth [] by Monday, September 26th at noon.

Incarcerating Transgender People: An Examination of the Issues
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:30-6:00pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke Building)
Reception to follow

Feb 292016
 February 29, 2016

HumanTraffickingPosterFINALThis panel will focus on the United States’ anti-trafficking policies both domestically and internationally via diplomatic efforts, and will be presented by Duke Alumni Ambassador-at-Large in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Person, Susan Coppedge, the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor on the National Security Council Staff, the Honorable Amy Pope, and MPP/MBA alumna Andrea Wilson.

Co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy, American Grand Strategy, Duke Law Center for International and Comparative Law, and Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy

Free and open to the public

Feb 262016
 February 26, 2016

kdl-macfarquharLarissa MacFarquhar, writer for The New Yorker and author of Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help will speak as the 2016-2017 Kenan Distinguished Lecturer on Monday, September 26.

How far do you really go to “do unto others”? Who are the individuals who devote themselves fully to bettering the lives of strangers, even when it comes at great personal cost?

Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, and Noam Chomsky, among many others. Previously she was a senior editor at Lingua Franca and an advisory editor at The Paris Review. MacFarquhar lives in New York.

The annual Kenan Lecture brings a distinguished speaker to campus to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance.

Monday, September 26, 2016
Begins 5:30pm; reception to follow
Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public. No ticket is required; seating is first-come, first-served. Free parking is available in the Nasher Museum Parking Lot.

Feb 252016
 February 25, 2016

Spotlight_withKenan[1]-01Join the DeWitt Wallace Center and the Kenan Institute for Ethics for a talk with Matt Caroll, investigative reporter and member of the Spotlight team.

Film Screening at 6:00 pm on September 25th in Rubenstein Hall 153.
Talk at 5:30 pm on Sept 28th in the Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford.

This talk is part of the Cover-Ups and Exposes Series, which is co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the DeWitt Wallace Center.

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 202016
 February 20, 2016

2016Reg-GraphicThe Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics welcomes Professor Viswanath (Vishy) Pingali as the 2016-17 George C. Lamb, Jr. Fellow in Regulatory Governance. The first meeting of the academic year will feature a reception with light hors d’ouevres and wine, followed by a talk by Dr. Pingali.

He will present a recent working paper: “Is 2% the Solution? Experimental Evidence on the New CSR Rule in India.”

Dr. Pingali is Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad, India. Current research interests include applied game theory, applied econometrics, behavioral economics, regulatory economics, and pharmaceuticals. During the year, he will join the Rethinking Regulation faculty network for events and will develop a new course for the spring semester.

Tuesday, September 20
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room
101 West Duke Building, East Campus

Parking: East Campus parking is available to all Duke parking passes beginning at 4:00PM. However, parking spaces may be limited due to a surplus of employees parking regularly on East Campus. Using the East-West bus is advised for those traveling from West Campus.

Feb 202016
 February 20, 2016

“Disciplining Opinion: The American Revolution in Education” will identify an “American” system of education that emerged at the end of the second World War. This system–universal, general, and liberal–grew out of a triumphant national self-understanding, and was dimage001esigned with the projected needs of a democratic society, rather than the professions or the civil service, in mind. Central to this system was the project of training and disciplining the mighty but potentially anarchic force of opinion, which Tocqueville identified as the “mistress of the world” in American society.

Kenan Senior Fellow Geoffrey Harpham will speak on the American Revolution in Education, with Response by Michael Gillespie. This event is co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

Tuesday, September 20
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall C10, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse