A vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners dedicated to understanding the moral challenges of our time and creating scholarly frameworks, policy, and practice to address them.
Erin Blanding is a first year from Indian Trail, North Carolina studying biology. She participated in the Kenan Institute’s Project Change preorientation program and is interested in both science and human rights. Erin is also a member of the Chronicle newspaper and volunteers with Duke’s Puppy Kindergarten. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods and reading interesting books.
Teig Hennessy is currently a junior at Duke University. As a Linguistics and French major he is a lover of words and literature and alternate realities (the third is unrelated to the first two). He has weak ankles but a strong spirit, which he puts into everything he does, be it his work at Kenan, stories he writes as a member of the Franklin Humanities Institute Storytelling Fellowship, and improv, as he is a member of Duke University Improv, or DUI. He also loves the “Paris” flavor of tea in the break room.
Juan is a freshman from West Jefferson, North Carolina studying Biology and Ecology. He has participated in the Kenan Focus Program, as well as with Launch Lab (formerly known as Mastery). Juan is interested in a variety of topics, including but not limited to the representation of minorities in literature and pop culture, wildlife biology and diversity and music. He is also a member of the Duke University Marching Band. Outside of academics, he enjoys listening and playing music, exploring Durham, watching YouTube and reading.
Claudia is a senior from Minnesota, studying Sociology and Global Health. She first became involved with Kenan during her first year through the Ethics and Global Citizenship Focus Program, and she continues working with Kenan through SuWA. Claudia also spent the fall semester of her junior year in Jordan studying refugee health and humanitarian action (and eating her weight in hummus and falafel). She loves all things outdoors, and her daily goal is to spread positivity and joy.
David is a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina studying International Comparative studies with a concentration on Africa. He became involved with Kenan through the Ethics and Global Citizenship Focus Program, and is now involved with other Kenan experiences such as the Living Learning Community and Mastery. Else on campus, he enjoys being a part of Hoof n Horn as well as Duke Quidditch. In his spare time he likes to listen to music and analyze the psychology of horror movies.
Divya Nimmagadda is a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, majoring in Public Policy and Economics with a minor in Global Health. She is especially interested in criminal justice reform and immigration law. Outside of working for the Kenan Institute for Ethics, she is involved in Duke Student Government, the Duke International Relations Association and research. She enjoys discovering new music, traveling, diving into deep conversations about pretty much anything and eating!
Gino Nuzzolillo is a junior who will likely major in Public Policy & History. He is interested in human rights, social justice, and American history. In his free time, he loves to read, find new music, and talk about politics. On-campus, he is involved with Duke Partnership for Service, the Community Empowerment Fund, and Dukes & Duchesses, among others.
Steven is a first year student from Raleigh, North Carolina studying Public Policy and Spanish with an interest in pre-law. His passions include immigration law and reform and the study of democracies. He is currently in the Kenan Focus program, Ethics, Leadership and Global Citizenship, and participates in the Launch Lab program. Apart from Kenan, he is also involved with the Duke International Relations Association and Amnesty International. In his free time, he enjoys listening to new music or podcasts, swimming, and going on adventures.
Josie Tarin is a junior from Arkansas who plans to major in Political Science with a concentration in security, peace and conflict. Josie first became involved with Kenan her freshman year, when she volunteered in MASTERY and participated in the DukeImmerse Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience program. In her spare time, she can be found taking a nap or catching up on current events.