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February 2020

Ethics of Now: Kiese Laymon

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St
Durham, NC 27701
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Kiese Laymon does not dissemble. By turns raw, real, fantastical, and funny, his memoirs and fiction articulate the slow death of living amidst state violence and the poetic transcendence of managing to keep on keeping on nonetheless. Personal but public, his writing speaks to and for all of us. 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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March 2020

Ethics of Now: Francisco Cantú

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St
Durham, NC 27701
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  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 and Duke communities.”

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March 26 - March 28
Divinity School Goodson Chapel, 403 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
Hope for a planet in peril -- all info in text

Hope for a Planet in Peril   The realities of anthropogenic climate change, species extinction, and sea level rise compel a rethinking of humanity’s place in the world, and a reimagining of the dominant cultural and political forms that threaten life on our planet. Our situation is one in which many of the built environments — the food and energy systems, the infrastructures for production, transport, and dwelling — designed for human flourishing now imperil the lives of countless fellow…

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June 2020

Virtues & Vocations

June 4 - June 6
JB Duke Hotel & Conference Center, 230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
Virtues & Vocations

Virtues & Vocations is an annual conference hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, in partnership with Duke Divinity School, that will bring together scholars and practitioners across disciplines to foster a national conversation focused on how best to cultivate character in pre-professional and professional education. In 2020, the conference will focus on the professions of education, engineering, and medicine, but participants from all professions are welcome, and indeed encouraged. The design of the conference assumes that professions have a…

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Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar

June 15 - June 19
Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar, June 15th-19th 2020

This 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…

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July 2020

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

July 20 - July 24
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…

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