Apply for a Broadhead Fellowship!


Broadhead Fellows Applications Due 1/31/2020


Apply for a Brodhead Fellowship to expand on your DukeEngage experience. The Brodhead Fellowships is a fully-funded, immersive service experience open to DukeEngage alumni. Students will spend six to eight weeks pursuing a service project in conjunction with a community organization with preference given to projects in North & South Carolina (although all U.S.-based proposals will be considered.) Many nonprofits have expressed interest in hosting a Brodhead Fellow for summer 2020, including: Children First/Communities in Schools (Asheville, NC); Club Nova (Carrboro, NC); Compass Center for Women & Families (Chapel Hill, NC); Engaging Creative Minds (Charleston, SC); Heal with HeARTS (Charleston, SC); Arts+ (Charlotte, NC); ourBRIDGE for KIDS (Charlotte, NC); Able South Carolina (Columbia, SC); City of Oaks Foundation (Raleigh, NC); & Raleigh Sister Cities (Raleigh, NC.) For more information, please email dukeengage@duke.edu. You are not limited to these organizations, and may work with any nonprofit of your choosing. 

The application will close Friday, January 31st, so get yours in today!


Senior Fellow Norman Wirzba on Community in the Divinity School

Our Fellows at the Kenan Institute of Ethics not only show incredible variety in their interests and specialities, but also reach a wide array of departments and schools within the university. Norman Wirzba, Kenan Senior Fellow and Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology, pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies.  In the video above, he seeks to remove a degree of abstraction felt by many students in the world of theology. Wirzba, rather than talking at his students, aims to foster community in Duke’s Divinity School and beyond, believing that any seminary student can learn so much more alongside the rest of Duke’s incredible schools.

Read more about Professor Wirzba here.

Meet the Restorative Justice Fellows


This fall Kenan will launch the Restorative Justice Fellows program in which undergraduates will offer restorative practices to student clubs, organizations, and social groups to help them intentionally build community and resolve conflict in ways that preserve relationships and make room for amends. Restorative Justice is an ethical framework based on the fundamental premise that people are happier, more cooperative, more productive and more likely to make positive changes when they work with others in authority to address concerns. The restorative practices model provides a guiding philosophy to foster community that proactively develops positive relationships, creates shared values, and manages conflict through social discipline that restores relationships by acknowledging and repairing harms. In so doing, social wellbeing, belonging and civic participation increases while misbehavior, harassment and violence decreases—such outcomes have been well documented in K-12 and criminal justice settings and suggest similar results would be seen in other settings like university campuses.

The Fellows:

Kate Evans



Kate is a junior from Chatham, New Jersey. She is majoring in public policy with minors in history and sociology. She also volunteers as a Launch Lab mentor at Kenan. Kate is interested in restorative justice because it focuses on addressing harm rather than ineffective punishment. Last summer, Kate conducted research on the juvenile justice system in New Jersey, so she is especially interested in the power of restorative justice in juvenile justice spaces. She is excited to help spread restorative justice on campus and build stronger communities!

Ale Gomez


Ale is a junior from Miami, FL. She is studying Public Policy and Education with plans to teach after graduation (in Durham hopefully!) before doing a master’s in education policy. She’s interested in restorative justice work because she’s used it in classroom settings – such as this summer while teaching at StudentU, Durham based education nonprofit – and can attest to the fact that it changes the dynamic in the community and the relationships that are fostered. She believes restorative frameworks acknowledge people’s agency and freedom, strives to create authentic, inclusive communities, and repairs harm in a way where multiple perspectives are involved. She hopes it continues to spread into more classrooms so that we aren’t tearing down our students, but building up supportive, understanding communities of learners.

Zachary Horowitz



Zachary is a Sophomore from Los Angeles, CA studying Environmental Sciences and Policy and Neuroscience. On campus, he is a volunteer for the Duke Puppy Kindergarten, a Duke tour guide, and participates in various activities through Jewish Life at Duke. Zach is interested in how RJ can be used in Duke policy guidelines in addressing harm scenarios on campus, as well as spreading the process throughout Duke in order to create a more diverse RJ community.

Ali Hurst



Ali is a sophomore from Dallas, TX. She is studying Biology and African American Studies, with hopes of attending law school and working in criminal justice reform. Through her work with Kenan, she hopes to assist many factions of the Duke community in community building and promote unity on campus. As a part of the RJ committee on the Sexual Assault Prevention Team on campus, she is also working to incorporate RJ practices to address harm within the Greek community. When she isn’t doing schoolwork or participating in campus organizations, Ali likes to read, hike, and listen to music.

Chris Klasson



Chris is a junior from Rome, GA. He is a history major and chemistry minor following the pre-health track. He is interested in the ways that the humanities can be included in spaces they are traditionally not addressed, such as medicine. He already uses restorative justice for community building in his organizations, and looks forward to exploring ways it can be introduced into student groups’ policy for addressing harms caused by members. 

Arya Patel


Arya is a Sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina studying Public Policy and Economics. She has participated in various Kenan programs including the Focus Program, the Kenan Refugee Project and Project Change. She is particularly interested in Restorative Justice because of the power it has to strengthen communities and its humanistic approach. Arya is interested in the impacts of development programs for third world countries dealing with economic, social and cultural changes. Outside of school, Arya enjoys reading historical fiction, painting, and hanging out with friends.

Audrey Vila


Audrey is a junior from Seattle, WA. She is majoring in Public Policy with minors in history and political science, and she is interest in both domestic policy and international human rights. On campus, she is involved with the Community Empowerment Fund addressing housing instability in Durham. She hopes to use Restorative Justice to create more community within the groups she is involved with and on campus as a whole. As a trained RJ facilitator, she has seen the powerful presence RJ has within community and hopes to increase its use at duke. She also is interested in how restorative justice can be used within the US criminal justice system.

Team Kenan is Taking Applications

Team Kenan is looking for applications for the spring semester!

Team Kenan is a part of the Institute’s social and intellectual community, creating spaces for students, faculty, and Institute staff to think and talk about ethics outside of the classroom in fun and engaging ways. TK programs serve as a complement to the Institute’s curricular offerings, giving students who are interested in ethics additional opportunities to chat, think, and challenge one another and the wider Duke community. The team, made up of a diverse cross-section of Duke students, engages the Duke community through “couching”: students are welcome to sit in Kenan’s mobile living room and discuss selected topics related to ethics. Meant to inspire spontaneous, unplanned moments of connection, the TK Couch brings ethical inquiry — and comfy chairs — to Duke students wherever they might be.

Members of Team Kenan develop interviewing and surveying skills; learn methods for effective communication in conversation, writing, and design; work on personal and professional presentations; and take part in event planning. Team Kenan participants receive a $1,000 honorarium per term.

Meet the Team

To be considered for Team Kenan, please submit a CV and cover letter by January 15th.  Your cover letter should address the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be part of Team Kenan
  2. Why do you think it is valuable to talk about ethics?
  3. What skills do you have that you think would contribute to Team Kenan?

On your CV, please make sure to include your email, phone number, and expected graduation year.

Please send your CV and cover letter to mari.jorstad@duke.edu.

Arete Summer High School Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion

July 20-24, 2020 | Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
a seminar to intellectually prepare high school students for college


Arete Summer High School Seminar

The “Arete Summer Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion at Duke University” will aim to prepare high school students with a “tool kit” for approaching these subjects in college, offering them a roadmap of sorts. Plato and Aristotle will be primary interlocutors along with a number of other great minds. The seminar will examine the meaning of virtue, the substance of human nature, the question of human flourishing, the metaphysics of reality, and the nature of “truth.” Students will also discuss the ideas of natural law, the relationship between philosophy and theology, and the relationship between science and religion. These topics will be taken up in the context of assigned literature, works of theology, and some readings from modern analytic philosophers. Students will receive a reading packet by mail prior to the seminar and will be expected to have read the material beforehand.


John Rose, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Thomas Pfau, Professor of English at Duke
Jed Atkins, Professor of Classics at Duke
Warren Smith, Professor of Theology at Duke


This seminar is open to current high school students entering their junior or senior years.

Registration Fee and Facilities

There is no fee associated with applying or attending. Students will be housed in Duke dormitories and provided with meal cards.

Application Requirements and Instructions

All applicants must submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to john.rose@duke.edu.

  • A one-page cover letter explaining why they wish to attend the seminar
  • Copies of high school transcripts
  • A 400-word essay in response to Meno’s question, “Can Virture be Taught?”


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 26th, 2020.

Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar

June 15 – June 19, 2020 | Duke University, North Carolina
a seminar for students of medicine and nursing


Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar, June 15th-19th 2020This seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework drawing from both natural law and medicine’s traditional orientation toward the patient’s health. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine contributes to human flourishing.

The seminar will consider common clinical ethical cases to examine perennial ethical concerns that arise in the practice of medicine, including: the nature of the clinician-patient relationship; the limits of medicine, the meaning of autonomy, the place of conscience in the physician’s work, the difference between an intended effect and a side effect, proportionality, human dignity, sexuality and reproduction, the beginning of life, disability, end-of-life care, and death. The purpose of the seminar is to equip participants with intellectual tools that can help physicians discern how to practice medicine well in the face of medicine’s clinical challenges and moral complexities.


Farr Curlin, MD, Duke University
Christopher Tollefsen, PhD, University of South Carolina


This seminar is open to entering and current medical students, as well as nursing students

Registration Fee and Facilities

There is no registration fee for accepted students. All other expenses, including room and board for the duration of the seminar, are covered by the Arete Initiative.

Application Requirements and Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to john.rose@duke.edu.

  • Curriculum vitae or resume, including your nationality.
  • Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar, an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic. Please explain how you found out about the seminar.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 26th, 2020.