A mobile ethics salon

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.

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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.  

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Couching Schedule

Tuesday, 3PM @ BC Plaza

Wednesday 12-2pm @ Outside Bella

Friday, 1-3PM @ BC Plaza and East Campus Bus Stop


Week of 9/23: What Does it Mean to be Ethical?

Week of 9/30: Research Ethics

Week of 10/7: Language and Ethics

Week of 10/14: Intergenerational Ethics

Week of 10/21: Cultural Exchange/Cultural Appropriation

Week of 10/28: Bass Connections Collaboration: Prevention of Sexual Misconduct on University Campuses

Week of 11/4: Global Health

Week of 11/11: War/Veteran’s Day

Week of 11/18: America’s Global Role

Week of 12/2: Consumerism and Minimalism