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Staff Ethics Book Clubs

Established in 2015, with close to 70 books having been read across 21 departments, the Ethics Book Clubs for Staff initiative seeks to foster 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 departments to keep this form of engagement going in this moment of virtual learning through the creation or continuation of intra- or interdepartmental book clubs. To apply for seed funding ($500), which may be used to purchase books and supplies, please complete and submit the attached form to Jeremy Buotte (jeremy.buotte@duke.edu). Departments that have received seed funding in the past may apply again.

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 discussions (sample book list available upon request)
  • Clubs are to meet virtually on a regular basis (weekly, biweekly, or monthly), preferably during work hours
  • Clubs should be open to convening with other book clubs, as is fitting (e.g., if the same book is being read by more than one department), for occasional group discussions

For more information, please contact Jeremy Buotte (jeremy.buotte@duke.edu).

DOWNLOAD the seed funding application form (PDF)