Sep 252017
 
 September 25, 2017  Posted by

Join Team Kenan as we mark the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, from 3-5pm on Friday, October 20, in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke 101) on Duke’s West Campus. Stop by to join the conversation on the TK Couch, for information on this year’s What Is Good Art? competition, to make your mark in our photobooth and for the chance to pick up one of our ‘real/fake major’ t-shirts. This event also marks the official launch of the Summer 2017 issue of Encompass, our student produced ethics magazine.

Team Kenan provokes the Duke undergraduate community to consider the notion that ethics is everywhere through fun, engaging and sometimes unconventional programs. Team Kenan is the social and intellectual bridge between those students already engaged by the Institute’s offerings and those that are not, serving as the core of a vibrant intellectual community of students, blurring the line between the study of ethics and its application throughout students’ lives.

Sep 182017
 
 September 18, 2017  Posted by

Join New Media Advocacy Project founder Adam Stofsky for lunch, to discuss how new media can be leveraged for human rights and social justice advocacy. Have lunch with him to get a different and involved perspective!

Adam Stofsky is the founder and special advisor at New Media Advocacy Project. Adam is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School. After finishing law school, he served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then received a Skadden Fellowship to work as a litigator at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. After his fellowship, he joined the law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, as a litigation associate, where he worked for two years, after which he left to found N-Map. Adam experimented with using video to support legal advocacy during his first summer in law school, working for a small, local NGO in Nigeria, where he made a movie to pressure the government to stop obstructing litigation seeking a remedy for a massive forced eviction that had left 300,000 people homeless. The strategy was a success, and Adam continued his video and new media experiments at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Working with hundreds of videographers around the country, Adam successfully used new media techniques to favorably settle race discrimination cases, pressure state legislatures to allocate money to low income communities after Hurricane Katrina, and document voting rights violations. Adam received an Echoing Green Fellowship to support N-Map in the spring of 2009.

 Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions, exclusively for currently enrolled Duke undergraduate students, featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Adam Stofsky
WHEN: Friday, September 22, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Sep 072017
 
 September 7, 2017  Posted by

Libia PosadaHow does our journey through life, our hardships, our joys, our triumphs and our struggles affect our bodies? If those effects and the stories they tell to others are invisible, how do we make plain to see the way our challenges and traumas shape us and our communities? Join Colombian surgeon and artist Dr. Libia Posada for lunch, to discuss these questions and more.

Dr. Posada will visit Duke and Durham as part of a three-week Katz Family Fellowship to lead workshops and presentations with students, faculty and community members that deal with migration and trauma, and how she connects art and medicine. Posada will participate in the Franklin Humanities Institute’s Health Humanities Conference, “Breath, Body, Voice.” She will co-lead a workshop on her unique medical/artistic practice that links research, action, and creation with communities in Colombia and Durham. Her art exhibit and reception will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Fredric Jameson Gallery at 115 Friedl Building on Duke’s East Campus.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions, exclusively for currently enrolled Duke undergraduate students, featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Libia Posada
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Aug 312017
 
 August 31, 2017  Posted by

Ben Ehrenreich writes across genres, having published two novels, a variety of essays, and now a major nonfiction work on Palestinian life in the West Bank. The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine has been called “A chillingly beautiful, albeit heartbreaking, chronicle of Palestinian life in the West Bank. It’s written with immense empathy, but is equally grounded, and urgently real” by Yasmine El Rashidi in The Guardian.

He will be at Duke for a public talk on the ethics of telling stories in contested terrain at 3:30. Get a chance to talk to talk with him in a more intimate setting over lunch.

RSVP here.

Apr 052017
 
 April 5, 2017  Posted by  Tagged with: ,

 

Pre-Consulting

Why did you choose your major? How passionate are you about your major? What are the stereotypes surrounding different majors? Are some majors are better than others?

Have you seen an inflatable couch somewhere on East Campus or the BC Plaza? Team Kenan members host TK Couch, a project that invites students to sit down and consider the notion that ethics is everywhere (we promise: it’s fun and we have candy.)

Couch topics change on a weekly basis and have included alien life and immigration policy, hookup culture and dating, good vs. bad music, importance of self-care, and the rush process, over the course of this year, sometimes with Duke faculty and senior administrators joining the conversation.

This week, we’re provoking conversations about why we choose the academic paths that we do, how that impacts Duke culture and whether or not we think that’s normal. To accomplish that, we’ve created four fake major shirts in the vein of those distributed by Duke academic departments.

  1. Pre-consulting – addresses the idea that students choose their major based on a potential for a lucrative career. Do you go to college to learn or for a job? To what extent does your major have to be incredibly profitable for your future?
  2. Disappointing my parents – do students feel pressure from their parents to pursue a specific major or to be a perfect student? Do we have an obligation to study what our parents want us to if they fund our education?
  3. Rejection – although there are countless opportunities at Duke, oftentimes it seems that the opportunities are very selective and not available to everyone. Is it worth it to apply to something when you know there’s a good chance you’ll get rejected? How does selectivity affect campus culture?
  4. Hookup Cultural Studies – addressing the topic of consent and the seemingly anti-relationship, pro-hookup culture on campus. How do you obtain consent? What makes hookup culture stigmatized? Why are you looking for a relationship?

We know — you’re wondering: how can I join this discussion and obtain one of these conversation-provoking shirts? It’s easy: have a seat and talk with Team Kenan (and guest coucher, Dean Valerie Ashby, on April 5, between 10:30am – 12:30pm, in the Brian Center plaza.

Mar 312017
 
 March 31, 2017  Posted by  Tagged with:

Khzir KhanCan a democracy single-out religious and ethnic groups for increased scrutiny in the name of security? Has the United States turned on its heels, from the promise of an inclusive community welcoming immigrants and visitors of all races, religions and creeds; was it ever that ideal? Should it be? Should a nation be governed by leaders strictly enamored with its foundational documents and what happens if their interpretation of those principles differs dramatically from those of their predecessors? Join Khizr Khan for lunch to discuss these questions and more.

Khizr Khan, a Muslim American Gold Star father, entered the national spotlight when he spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, in which Khan said that if Trump is able to follow through on his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country, his late son never would have been able to come to serve the country in the military. Khan is a lawyer and holds degrees from Punjab University and Harvard Law School. His work, based in New York, deals with the fields of immigration and international business law and founded a pro bono project to provide legal services for the families of men and women serving in the military.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Khizr Khan
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Blue Parlor, East Duke Building, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Mar 282017
 
 March 28, 2017  Posted by  Tagged with:

In an era of increasingly vitriolic rhetoric and tribal political identities, is there room for politeness in politics? Join Leslie Winner and John Hood for lunch to discuss these issues and more.

John Hood is chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues reports, hosts events, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal. Hood helped found the John Locke Foundation in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. Hood writes and comments frequently for national media outlets, particularly National Review and its blog “The Corner.” His articles have appeared in both magazines — such as Readers’ Digest, The New Republic, Military History, and Reason — and in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune.

Leslie J. Winner is a North Carolina attorney and the former executive director of the Winston-Salem-based Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Previously, Winner worked as a public-interest lawyer in private practice, as well as general counsel to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and as vice president and general counsel to the University of North Carolina. She was elected to three terms in the N.C. Senate, serving as Senate majority whip.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Leslie Winner and John Hood
WHEN: Wednesday, April 5, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Feb 282017
 
 February 28, 2017  Posted by

Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics for its annual celebration kicking off the new academic year. Enjoy food and reconnect with friends after a summer away from campus. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held on the lawn outside the West Duke Building on East Campus.

Students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome.

Sep 022016
 
 September 2, 2016  Posted by  Tagged with: ,

Jerry EnsmingerHow do we persevere in the struggle for environmental protection, when faced with claims that national security interests trump regulations? What is the duty of government and/or industry to safeguard local communities and the global environment? And if institutions and corporations fail to serve as effective stewards, how do we hold them to account before lasting damage is done? Join Jerry Ensminger, for lunch to discuss these topics and more.

Jerry Ensminger is a retired Marine Master Sergeant of 24 years. His family is one of hundreds of thousands who bathed, drank, and cooked with water contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in eastern North Carolina. He lost his nine year old daughter, Janey, to leukemia in 1985. Jerry has dedicated his life to helping other victims of the contamination at Camp Lejeune. In 2012, President Obama signed into law the Janey Ensminger Act, authorizing medical care to military and family members who had resided at the base between 1957 and 1987 and developed conditions linked to the water contamination.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Jerry Ensminger
WHEN: Thursday, March 2, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Aug 282016
 
 August 28, 2016  Posted by

Tens of thousands of undocumented youth, have voluntarily returned to or been deported to Mexico after having grown up in the United States. What are the challenges, obstacles, injustices, triumphs, and potential of this bilingual, bicultural generation on the move? Join Jill Anderson, co author of Los Otros Dreamers, and two of the ‘dreamers,’ Claudia A. Amaro and Maggie Loredo, for lunch to discuss these issues and more.

Jill Anderson was born in Utah, grew up in Texas, and has been living in Mexico City since 2007. She has a PhD in English with a specialization in U.S. American and Mexican-American literatures from the University of Texas in Austin. There, she also taught writing and rhetoric courses and collaborated with the Worker’s Defense Project on behalf of immigrant labor rights. In Mexico City, she served as Co-Director of the Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker guesthouse and center for peace and international understanding. In 2012, she began research with returning and deported young adults with the support of a postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México. Her research with young people working in call centers in Mexico City inspired her to work even more closely as a researcher-activist within the transnational movement for the human rights of (im)migrants in the Americas. Jill is co-author, with photographer Nin Solis, of Los Otros Dreamers (2014), and author of articles published by Latino Studies, Norteamérica, Wilson Center-Mexico Institute, and others. Currently she is the director of the non-profit, Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA), which is dedicated to advocacy, support, and empowerment of deported and returning immigrant youth in Mexico.

Claudia A. Amaro was born in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to the US at age 12 in 1988 after her father was murdered. In 2006 her husband was deported and Claudia decided to move back to Mexico with him and their son. In 2013, Claudia joined the #Dream9 and participated in a historic act of civil disobedience, returning home to Kansas City in the process. Claudia has studied journalism and industrial engineering, and she is certified as a teacher by the Department of Education in Mexico and Cambridge University. She is an active member of her community and supports Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA) as a liaison in the US. She is proud to be Mexican, and considers herself as a citizen of the world.

Maggie Loredo was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and migrated with her parents to the US at age 3. She spent her early childhood in Dallas, TX and at the age of 10 moved with her family to Georgia. Maggie finished high school in Whitfield County, GA in May 2008. After her attempts to enroll in college in the US failed, at age 18 she returned to the country of her birth. Maggie has lived in Mexico for 8 years and currently resides in the city of San Luis Potosi. She studied business administration with a specialization in tourism and is a budding photographer. Maggie has become certified to teach English and works as an interpreter. She is featured in the book Los Otros Dreamers, and together with Jill Anderson is co-founder of Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA).

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Jill Anderson, Claudia Amaro and Maggie Loredo
WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.