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What is Good Art? 2021 Call for Proposals

The Kenan Institute for Ethics invites students from across Duke to submit artwork for What Is Good Art?–an exhibit on ethics and art that will be held at the Keohane-Kenan Gallery on the first floor of the West Duke Building on East Campus.

The theme for the show is “The New Normal: The Effects of Coronavirus”. Works should explore the impacts of Coronavirus, focusing on the role that art plays in our lives as we continue to battle the global pandemic one and a half years later. From minor changes in our everyday routine, to larger structural and systemic changes, how has our society transformed and what modifications may remain long after the pandemic is over?

Artwork may be in any two or three-dimensional format, including the following:

  • Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  • Drawing (pastel, pencil, charcoal)
  • Textiles
  • Short Film/ Video
  • Photography
  • Mixed media
  • Digital photographs, illustration or manipulations

Work submitted by graduate/professional students will be judged separately from undergraduate submissions. The panel-designated winners will be unveiled at the Gallery opening event, to be held on November 5th, 2021. The First Prize entry will receive $500; $300 and $100 will be awarded for Second Prize and Third Prize, respectively. One additional “People’s Choice” prize will be awarded, to be based upon the votes of event attendees and will also receive a $100 prize.

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 8th, 2021!

 

COMPETITION RULES:

The competition is open to all currently-enrolled Duke undergraduate and graduate students.

  • All submissions must be submitted via the submission form on the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ website by 11:59:59 pm EDT on October 8th, 2021.
  • All submissions must be original artwork created by the artist(s) indicated on the submission form.
  • Each individual artist may submit up to two (2) pieces for consideration.
  • Groups may submit single works, provided none of their members exceed two submissions.
  • Artwork may be in any two or three-dimensional format, including the following:
    • Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
    • Drawing (pastel, pencil, charcoal)
    • Textiles
    • Mixed media
    • Digital photographs, illustration or manipulations
      • Digital still work should be submitted as a jpeg file, with a 5 megapixel (2560 x 1920px) minimum resolution, in sRGB
    • Short Film/Video (not to exceed 10 minutes in length)
      • Video work should be submitted as an mp4 file, with a minimum resolution of 720p
    • Artists should include a 1-3 paragraph explanation of the work as part of the submission form. The judging panel will use this statement when evaluating the piece. If the piece is selected, the statement will be mounted alongside the work.
    • A panel of faculty and staff will judge submissions based on effectiveness in fusing interesting ethical ideas and artistic expression.
    • Works chosen as finalists must be available for display by November 1st, 2021. For photographs, artists may either provide printed enlargements for mounting, or the Kenan Institute for Ethics will arrange for enlargements to be made. Photographic enlargements paid for by the Kenan Institute for Ethics will be the property of the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Please contact Jose Ortega (ortega@duke.edu) for details.
    • Selected pieces will be displayed in the Keohane-Kenan Art Gallery until December 6th, 2021.

Students must make arrangements to claim their work by December 13, 2021. Please contact Jose Ortega (jose.ortega@duke.edu) for details.

Submit your work here

Apply to Purpose Project Graduate Fellowships

DukeEngage (Duke’s signature community engagement program for undergraduates) is now offering an opportunity for graduate students.

Supported by funding from DukeEngage and The Purpose Project at Duke, GradEngage is an opportunity for up to 24 Duke graduate students to deepen a partnership with a North Carolina community during academic year 2021-2022. GradEngage fellowships create opportunities for students to explore their vocation and the purpose of their graduate work by engaging with a community on a pressing social issue.

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The Race and the Professions Fellowship is a program of the Purpose Project at Duke, a campus-wide, faculty-led effort cultivating moral purpose, fostering virtuous community, and promoting flourishing professions. The Fellowship is a year-long program inviting first-year Duke graduate and professional students to explore racial justice and anti-racism within the professions. All incoming, first-year graduate and professional students are invited to apply.

Eighteen Fellows will meet about a dozen times across Fall and Spring semesters for moderated conversations that will feature visiting speakers from a variety of professions. Each session will require modest preparation. Over the course of the year, Fellows will develop individual or joint proposals for summer projects aimed at ‘‘on-the-ground” racial justice and anti-racism work.

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Apply to Kenan Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Fellows BlogEach year, the Kenan Institute for Ethics awards between 10 and 15 fellowships to outstanding graduate students at Duke University.

Students from any Duke Ph.D. program may apply. What each cohort of Graduate Fellows will have in common is that their dissertation research engages in interesting ways with significant normative issues. Some students, for example – from disciplines such as philosophy, political theory, or theology – focus directly on fundamental ethical or political concepts and theories. Other fellows, from the sciences and social sciences, try to understand phenomena that are relevant to major, and often controversial, public policy debates. Still others attempt to resolve debates in their areas of research that seem to be sustained by long-standing disagreements over both empirical claims and ethical or ideological commitments.

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Religions and public life graduate working groupEach year, Religions and Public Life at KIE funds a Graduate Student Working Group around a theme important to religion and public life. The Program has made Immigration and Religion a focus of its current interests, and this year’s group will continue the work begun in 2020-21. Members of last year’s group are welcome to reapply but preference will be given to new applicants.

The call is open to graduate and professional students wishing to take part in monthly interdisciplinary student-led seminars on “Immigration and Religion.” A wide variety of projects exploring this theme are welcome, including topics such as: Immigrant Religion, the Place of Religion in the Support of Displaced Communities, Religious Activists and Immigrant Rights, Religion in the Refugee Crisis, Migration and Theology, and Religion, Migration, and Identity.

 

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2021-22 Race and the Professions Fellowship — Call for Applications

 

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The Race and the Professions Fellowship is a program of the Purpose Project at Duke, a campus-wide, faculty-led effort cultivating moral purpose, fostering virtuous community, and promoting flourishing professions. The Fellowship is a year-long program inviting first-year Duke graduate and professional students to explore racial justice and anti-racism within the professions. All incoming, first-year graduate and professional students are invited to apply.

Eighteen Fellows will meet about a dozen times across Fall and Spring semesters for moderated conversations that will feature visiting speakers from a variety of professions. Each session will require modest preparation. Over the course of the year, Fellows will develop individual or joint proposals for summer projects aimed at ‘‘on-the-ground” racial justice and anti-racism work.

Fellows will have the option of applying for additional funding to support their projects. If funded, these projects will be showcased in Fall 2022.

Fellows each receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

To apply use this link to fill out the Qualtrics application.

Deadline: August 15, 2021.

For further information, email Jesse Summers (jesse.summers@duke.edu) or David Toole (david.toole@duke.edu)

2021 Kenan Graduate Fellowship – Call for Applications

Graduate Fellows BlogEach year, the Kenan Institute for Ethics awards between 10 and 15 fellowships to outstanding graduate students at Duke University.

Students from any Duke Ph.D. program may apply. What each cohort of Graduate Fellows will have in common is that their dissertation research engages in interesting ways with significant normative issues. Some students, for example – from disciplines such as philosophy, political theory, or theology – focus directly on fundamental ethical or political concepts and theories. Other fellows, from the sciences and social sciences, try to understand phenomena that are relevant to major, and often controversial, public policy debates. Still others attempt to resolve debates in their areas of research that seem to be sustained by long-standing disagreements over both empirical claims and ethical or ideological commitments.

The aim of the on-going discussions throughout the year, among the Fellows and KIE faculty members, is to enhance everyone’s ability to contribute to debates involving ethical issues, and to do so in ways that engage scholars and others within and outside of their own academic disciplines.

Ideal Graduate Fellow candidates will be in the third, fourth, or fifth year of their Ph.D. studies, finished all (or almost all) of their coursework requirements, but still developing new ideas and approaches for their dissertation research. Fellows each receive a stipend of $3,000 that supplements their current funding.

Graduate Fellows meet virtually for a Monday seminar about a dozen times across the Fall and Spring semesters. These seminars often feature visiting speakers and do not typically require preparation in advance. There are also two half-day workshops – one at the end of each term – in which Fellows showcase their own research.

To apply: e-mail the application, along with a copy of your CV, to Kali Wagner with the subject line “Graduate Fellowship.”

DEADLINE: 12 NOON, FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021.

For further information, email Kali Wagner with “Graduate Fellowship question” in the subject heading.

Religions and Public Life Graduate Fellowship 2021-22 — Call for Applications

APPLY for the Religions and Public Life Graduate Fellowship:

“Immigration and Religion II”

DEADLINE: 11:59PM, Saturday, July 31

 

Each year, Religions and Public Life at KIE funds a Graduate Student Working Group around a theme important to religion and public life. The Program has made Immigration and Religion a focus of its current interests, and this year’s group will continue the work begun in 2020-21. Members of last year’s group are welcome to reapply but preference will be given to new applicants.

2021-22 Overview and Theme

The call is open to graduate and professional students wishing to take part in monthly interdisciplinary student-led seminars on “Immigration and Religion.” A wide variety of projects exploring this theme are welcome, including topics such as: Immigrant Religion, the Place of Religion in the Support of Displaced Communities, Religious Activists and Immigrant Rights, Religion in the Refugee Crisis, Migration and Theology, and Religion, Migration, and Identity.

Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics explores the role of religions in historical and cultural context as they influence the lives of their adherents, interact with each other across time and geography, and contribute to the formation of institutions that make up the public sphere. It provides an interdisciplinary platform that puts scholars, students, and practitioners in conversation with one another through collaborative research, innovative teaching, and community engagement. Funding for the graduate scholars also comes from generous support from the Duke Center for Jewish Studies (CJS), the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and the Gerst Fund.

Expectations

The graduate scholars will have the opportunity to develop their research interests and discuss recent scholarship. Members take active part in the events of Religions and Public Life and commit to attending monthly meetings throughout the academic year. Graduate scholars will write a think-piece or blog post relating their research to contemporary issues, to be published on the Religions and Public Life website at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Additionally, scholars will take part in an end-of-year research conference. Scholars receiving CJS or DUMESC funding are expected to participate in at least two CJS or DUMESC events, respectively, during the academic year.

Funding

Graduate scholars receive $1,250 for full participation. The sum is provided in two payments, one in November and one in April.

Application and Deadline

To apply, please submit the materials listed below to Gair McCullough by 11:59 on July 31, 2021, with the subject line: “Religions & Public Life Graduate Scholars.” Awards will be announced by August 15.

  • Curriculum vita
  • Project description (1-2 pages) describing how it connects to the theme of “Immigration and Religion.” Please include your topic and research objectives.
  • Research budget

For further information, email Gair McCullough with “RePLi Graduate Fellowship Question” in the subject heading.