Ethics Book Club for Staff

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Jim Gudaitis, Director of Advancement Services with the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Development and Alumni Relations office, speaks with colleagues during a recent book club meeting. Photo by Bryan Roth.

Established in 2015 by Suzanne Pierce (of the Sanford School for Public Policy), Ethics Book Clubs for Staff have spread across Duke’s campus. More than 50 books have been read across 19 departments. The program fosters an informal and fun conversational space for Duke staff to discuss works of fiction and non-fiction related, broadly, to ethics.

The Kenan Institute for Ethics invites new departments to apply for seed funding ($500) to purchase books and supplies in their first year. Expectations for all book clubs are as follows:

  • Clubs are open only to staff members from Duke departments and schools; clubs must be comprised entirely of Duke staff members
  • Clubs must engage issues surrounding ethics through their book selections and group conversations (sample book list available upon request)
  • Clubs should meet approximately monthly and meet on-campus, preferably during work hours
  • Clubs should be interested in convening with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Political Science, and Sanford School groups for occasional large-group discussions
  • Clubs should submit a report of activities by the end of the academic year

For more information or to apply for seed funding (applications reviewed on a rolling basis), contact Jeremy Buotte (jeremy.buotte@duke.edu).

DOWNLOAD the seed funding application form as a PDF