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February 2019

Amoral Markets: Accumulation by Drugpossession and Armspossession in 19th Century China

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke, Room 101 Durham, + Google Map

Mark Driscoll is Associate Professor of East Asian and Global Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is an intellectual historian and cultural studies scholar of East Asia, focusing on Japan’s historical interactions with its regional neighbors, Korea and China. His first book was a monograph on the Japanese imperial propagandist Yuasa Katsuei (Duke University Press, 2005). His second book, also from Duke (2010), called Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque, treated the vexed problem of colonial modernity as…

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Being Human in the Modern World: Why Personalism Matters for Education and Culture

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke, Room 101 Durham, + Google Map

  Philosophical anthropology—the basic science of who we are as humans—is crucial bridge the divide between the social sciences with philosophy and theology that characterizes most modern universities. In this talk, I will discuss how studying personalist philosophy led me to adopt a narrative approach to the study of the human person in my research on suffering and resilience. Making education person-centered also requires understanding our total humanity. I will share how I help students integrate what they learn in…

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March 2019

Extravagant Geometries: Art and the Collapse of Modernization in Latin America

March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke, Room 101 Durham, + Google Map

Jaime Acosta Gonzalez is a PhD candidate in the Program in Literature at Duke University.  His dissertation, Writing in the Interregnum: Fiction and the Neoliberalization of Democracy examines how contemporary fiction encodes both the breakdown of the interstate geopolitical system and the failure of new global democratic forms to emerge in the age of globalization.  His research interests include American and Latin American literature, Marxism and theories of globalization. He is currently co-editing a special issue of Polygraph on the theme of "Neoliberalism and Social…

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Bejan, Bowlin & Atkins: Civility & Tolerance as Virtues in the University

March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Penn Pavilion, Garden Room, 107 Union Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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  Teresa M. Bejan is Associate Professor of Political Theory and Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, she taught at the University of Toronto and as a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale in 2013, and her dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association's Leo Strauss Award for the best dissertation in political philosophy in 2015. In 2016,…

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William Hurlbut: The Ethics of Gene Editing

March 26 @ 5:30 pm
Trent Semans Ctr – Great Hall, 8 Searle Center Dr + Google Map

William B. Hurlbut, MD, is Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Scholar in Neurobiology at the Stanford Medical School. After receiving his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, he completed postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de Paris. His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral…

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The Ethics of Now: Nikole Hannah-Jones

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Durham Arts Council
ethics of now Nikole Hannah-Jones

As a journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones writes in the fierce tradition of muckraker and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells. Tackling subjects as vexed as segregation, education, and gentrification, she guides us through the thicket of policy and personal decision-making, structure and agency, that have brought us to where we are. The Ethics of Now is a series of conversations between Duke historian Adriane Lentz-Smith and a range of artists, advocates, and authors that explore the ethical challenges facing the Durham…

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