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
 
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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
 
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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.

Aug 212016
 
 August 21, 2016  Posted by  Tagged with:

Richard Cohen

How does society combat the apparent rise of incidents of bigotry, hate crimes and racial supremacist groups? Should democratic governments, which by their very nature, serve the majority, protect minority groups and non citizens? Has the United States learned anything from the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights? Join Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, for lunch to discuss these topics and more.

Richard Cohen came to the SPLC in 1986 as its legal director after practicing law in Washington, D.C., for seven years. Under Cohen’s guidance, the SPLC won a series of landmark lawsuits against some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist organizations. He also successfully litigated a wide variety of important civil rights actions – defending the rights of prisoners to be treated humanely, working for equal educational opportunities for all children, and bringing down the Confederate battle flag from the Alabama State Capitol. Prior to becoming SPLC president in 2003, Cohen served as its vice president for programs, which include the Intelligence Project and Teaching Tolerance.

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 Richard Cohen
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Aug 102016
 
 August 10, 2016  Posted by

Banner [Recovered] copy 2-02On behalf of Team Kenan, we are excited to announce the release of the Winter edition of our magazine, Encompass! To commemorate the occasion, the Kenan Institute will be hosting a reception on February 10, 2017 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Keohane-Kenan Gallery (in the West Duke building on East Campus). We are delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the completion of the magazine. Refreshments will be provided and remarks will be made at 5 p.m.

The edition explores a variety of perspectives from students and professors, ranging from difficult choices in end-of-life healthcare to one reporter’s experience covering war in Africa. Other features include an analysis of effective charitable action, a call for humanity-grounded policymaking, and a history of women at Duke.

 

Aug 062016
 
 August 6, 2016  Posted by  Tagged with: ,

DoLunchJamieKalven-400Does power inevitably corrupt and is today’s media interested in, or even able to hold those in power accountable? How can members of society charged with upholding “law and order” succumb to systematic corruption and what effect does that have on our neighborhoods? How do we rethink American law enforcement so that it, once again, “serves and protects” communities, rather than taking a combative approach that institutionalizes violence?  Join investigative journalist and human rights activist Jamie Kalven for lunch to discuss these topics and more.

Kalven is co-founder and of the Invisible Institute, a “journalistic production company on the South Side of Chicago”, which is “dedicated to enhancing the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.” He has reported widely on public housing and police abuse issues for The View From The Ground. Kalven’s reporting on patterns of police abuse at Stateway Gardens in 2005-2006 gave rise to a federal civil rights suit – Bond v. Utreras – that figured centrally in public debate over police reform in Chicago. Kalven’s investigation and subsequent reporting brought to light the 2014 shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald and the subsequent cover-up by the Chicago Police Department, which led directly to an investigation and findings of systematic civil rights violations by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Among the awards Kalven has received forms reporting are the 2015 Polk Award for Local Reporting and the 2016 Ridenhour Courage Prize.

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

Lunch will take place in West Duke 08C from 12pm to 1pm. Catered lunch will be available to students who RSVP – space is limited. 

WHAT: Do Lunch with Jamie Kalven
WHEN: Monday, February 6, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: West Duke 08C, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Apr 162016
 
 April 16, 2016  Posted by  Tagged with:

Chew On This - Mike WoodardCurious about the impacts of this election season on the state and local levels?

Join us for a talk with Democratic State Senator Mike Woodard, who currently serves District 22 of North Carolina. He was a member of the Durham City Council from 2005 to 2012 and has been a State Senator since 2013. Woodard has worked at Duke for 27 years, having spent 20 years as a business analyst in the financial services division with a focus on managing the University’s computer-based administrative systems. He has also worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and for Alumni Affairs.

Woodard’s constituency covers Durham, Caswell and Person counties, where local businesses have been affected by the HB2 law. As an outspoken opponent to the law, Woodard has authored a bill to repeal the legislation. He has also focused on the economy of NC, focusing on job opportunities and supporting small businesses.

Attendance is free, dinner will be served. Please RSVP to ensure a sufficient amount of food.

WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 6-8pm
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