Do Lunch

Do 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.” Our purpose is to demonstrate that ethics is not a subject exclusive to academia, but is present in the everyday lives of people across a spectrum of business and non-profit settings. Do Lunch provides an opportunity for students to engage in ethics-based discussions and to learn more about how they might apply what they have learned at Duke in this community and communities around the world.


Below is a selection of past guests who have been featured as part of
Team Kenan’s successful Do Lunch series


The first Do Lunch event featured Christine Bader, a former Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. More info.


On November 14th, 2013, human rights lawyer and professor Nassef Perdomo joined us to talk about the development of his moral outlook on human rights and his work on citizenship issues in the Dominican Republic. More info.


On October 8th, 2014, National Poetry Slam Finalist G Yamazawa discussed making a career out of art, and how his biography has shaped his work. More info.


On November 19th, 2014, Jessica Metcalfe, owner of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique featuring Native American-designed fashion, spoke to us about preserving and protecting Native cultural identity and expressing that identity in modern ways. More info.


On February 6th human rights scholar and Duke alum Julie Norman joined us for a discussion about her work and how service learning has influenced it. More info.


On February 13th, 2015, documentary filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow James Longley talked about documentary ethics and the challenges of telling stories in war zones. More info.


On March 18th, 2015 Leslie Jamison, author of the bestselling The Empathy Exams joined us for a discussion about writing professionally, and telling others’ stories well. More info.


On March 23rd, 2015, former Newark mayoral candidate, current civil rights lawyer (and Duke alumnus) Shavar Jeffries spoke about professional integrity, serving his community, and the intersection of politics and integrity. More info.


On April 21st, 2015, former director of speechwriting for President Obama Jon Favreau joined us to talk about his experiences on the campaign trail, speaking and thinking in someone else’s voice, and how to make a difference in the political realm. More info.