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Reimagining the character of professional education

Virtues & Vocations is a national forum for scholars and practitioners across disciplines to consider how best to cultivate character in pre-professional and professional education.

Upcoming Events:

DR. VIVEK MURTHY ON CHARACTER, COMMUNITY, AND PUBLIC HEALTH

JANUARY 14, 2021, 7-8pm.

As part of the Good Reason: Purpose & Public Policy workshop at Duke University, Virtues & Vocations presents Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States and co-chair of President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board. Dr. Murthy will speak on Character, Community, and Public Health. There will be time for audience Q&A.

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PURPOSE & CHARACTER IN HIGHER EDUCATION

FEBRUARY 3, 2021, 4:30-6PM.

Virtues & Vocations presents a discussion with Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch, author and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin, Jr., and Bates College President Clayton Spencer. They will discuss the current state of higher education and their involvement in initiatives to make issues of purpose and character central to education.

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Virtues & Vocations recently wrapped up a series of webinars,
Reimagining Education: Conversations on Character, Community, and Crisis.

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What is Higher Education For?: On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology and Andrew Delbanco had a conversation on Higher Education. Andrew Delbanco is a professor at Columbia University and president of the Teagle Foundation.

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Race and Purpose in Higher Education: On Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at noon Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology and Tressie McMillan Cottom had a conversation on Race & Purpose in Higher Education. Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, a senior research professor with the UNC Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She is also the bestselling author of Thick: And Other Essays and Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.

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Lessons from HBCUs on Cultivating Purpose & Community: On Tuesday August 18, 2020 at noon Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Elwood L. Robinson, Chancellor of Winston Salem State University discussed “Lessons from HBCUs on Cultivating Purpose & Community.”

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Social Upheaval and the Search for Meaning & Purpose: On Tuesday August 4, 2020, Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology, and Emily Esfahani Smith, journalist and author of The Power of Meaning discussed “Social Upheaval and the Search for Meaning & Purpose.”

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Character & Leadership in a Crisis: On Tuesday July 28, 2020 at noon Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology and Nancy Koehn, a historian at the Harvard Business School and author of Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times discussed Character & Leadership in a Crisis.

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Why Institutions Matter for Our Future: On Tuesday July 21, 2020 Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology and Yuval Levin, Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and bestselling author of the recent release A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream discussed “Why Institutions Matter for our Future.”

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Cultivating Resilience for the Road Ahead: On Tuesday July 7, 2020 Suzanne Shanahan, Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology and Angela Duckworth, Founder & CEO of Character Lab, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance had a conversation about “Cultivating Resilience for the Road Ahead.”

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Additional Information

The June 2020 Virtues & Vocations conference was cancelled in response to COVID-19. We will be hosting virtual engagements throughout 2020-2021, and hosting a conference in 2021.

  • Suzanne Shanahan Nanerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics Associate Research Professor, Dept of Sociology Duke University; Durham, NC
  • Carole Basile Dean and Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ
  • Thomas Hibbs President, Professor of Philosophy University of Dallas; Irving, TX
  • L. Gregory Jones Dean of the Divinity School Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Distinguished Professor of Theology & Christian Ministry Duke University; Durham, NC
  • Cheryl Maurana Senior VP for Strategic Academic Partnerships; Professor of Population Health Founding Director, Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
  • Christian Miller AC Reid Professor of Philosophy Wake Forest University; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Richard K. Miller President and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Olin College of Engineering; Needham, MA
  • Chris Stawski Senior Fellow, Kern Family Foundation Affiliate Assistant Professor, Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • David Toole Associate Professor of the Practice; Theology, Ethics and Global Health Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Divinity School Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics Duke University; Durham, NC