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

Feb 162016
 February 16, 2016

Tutor-chat-outside-400The MASTERY and SuWA community partnerships with locally resettled refugees will be hosting an open house. The gathering provides an opportunity for Duke University students who will serve as tutors and the families with whom they will be working to get acquainted. Those interested in participating as tutors or community members who wish to participate are welcome to join.  There will be food and sweets for all, activities for the children, and handmade wares on sale by some of the women.

Friday, September 16, 2016
West Duke Building

Feb 122016
 February 12, 2016

Grad-Working-400Kenan Graduate Scholars and Kenan Graduate Affiliates of Rethinking Regulation are invited to the next meeting of the Graduate Student Working Group on September 12. Light refreshments provided.

Daniel Ribeiro (SJD student, Duke Law) will present a project proposal related to his dissertation. The project is titled: “Collaborative-Adaptive Policy Impact and Legal Assessment: Hog Farms in North Carolina.”

The Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Working Group meets monthly to present research, discuss interdisciplinary regulatory scholarship, and analyze contemporary regulatory policy issues. Please contact Mercy DeMenno (, Graduate Program Coordinator for the RR-GSWG, with any questions.

Monday, September 12
107C 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.