Team Kenan plans and actualizes different kinds of ethics programming on campus, ranging from ‘guerilla ethics’ campaigns to informal discussions with those grappling with these issues in the real world to faculty panels exploring key issues to Duke students today.



Ongoing Series

TKCouch400Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes. The format is inspired by our iThink: An Ethics Cafe events, but this series focuses on how people make ethical decisions in their work lives in the “real world.”Past Do Lunch participants have included human rights scholar and Duke alum Julie Norman, documentary filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow James Longley, bestselling author of the The Empathy Exams Leslie Jamison, and former director of speechwriting for President Obama Jon Favreau.

TK Couch is a mobile living room, set up daily, in various locations across campus, in which students are welcomed to sit and chat about topics which change weekly. Meant to inspire spontaneous, unplanned moments of connection, the TK Couch brings ethical inquiry (and comfy chairs) to Duke students, where ever they might be.

Panels organized by Team Kenan include moderated discussions with faculty and expert panelists. The goal is always to have a lively discussion that brings multiple perspectives on an issue into dialogue. The mix of topics is eclectic and driven by current events, the interests of Team Kenan members and sometimes cosponsoring student groups.


Past Series

TPO400The Politics of… two-part series examined smaller issues at the intersection of ethics and politics in the Fall 2012 semester. Election years tend to dominate news with political stories in a narrow sense. Team Kenan attempted to broaden conversations on politics by examining the ethics of political speech and organization at the current historical moment. Globally, nationally, and even at Duke, political discussions provide fertile ground to talk about ethics.

Eat Your Ethics was an occasional series focusing on two opposing viewpoints offered by experts over a meal. The last instance was Farmworkers’ Rights and Fair Food at Duke.

iThink: An Ethics Cafe was a series of conversations on eclectic topics. iThinks were meant to be intimate affairs, with attendance ranging from 15-25 students, plus between one and three faculty panelists.

The Life of Memorials: Manifestations of Memory at the Intersection of Public and Private was a gallery exhibit and associated talk examining memorials and the way collective memory changes with time. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the exhibit focused on the many ways we remember as well as how contested and complicated memory can be. View materials related to the exhibit here.


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