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Book Club Discussion of "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson With Duke Professor Patrick Smith

Feb 01 2022, 6:30pm EST

The Kenan Institute for Ethics established the Ethics Book Clubs for Alumni to foster community, to provide a space for alumni to read and discuss recently published novels, and to encourage readers to engage with ethical issues and questions found within these works. The Kenan Institute firmly believes that ethics matters everywhere, and literature (particularly novels) are excellent resources for imagining the ways in which ethics constitutes the world as it is now—and as we desire it to be.

The Value of Water

Feb 08 2022, 7:00pm EST

There is nothing more essential to life than water. Most of the world’s major cities were built on or near a waterway because it enabled sustainable and large-scale trade, and provided a reliable resource for farming and industry. While water may appear in abundance, the reality is our world is experiencing a global water crisis with nearly 1 in 10 people lacking access to clean water. Given water’s vital role in our lives, how do we establish best practices in utilizing and managing this precious resource? And, is there a role for large-scale businesses and industry to play?

Nurturing Nature: Improving Health with Biomaterials

Feb 22 2022, 7:00pm EST

Through the exploration of a wide array of biological phenomena, Duke scientists unlock discoveries that lead to new bio-inspired materials that can help the body heal faster and better—or even replace joints and limbs injured or ravaged by cancer. Learn about new biomaterials from materials scientists and biomedical engineers in the Pratt School of Engineering and their collaborators in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine.



The Politics of Water: Equity at Half Empty of Half Full?

Mar 15 2022, 3:00pm EDT

Gaining and securing access to clean water is an equity issue rivaled by few others. How nations, states and cities share and manage water resources is the subject of political negotiations worldwide. Governments can make or break societies with the policy choices they make. Join faculty experts from across Duke as we discuss politics and practices with clean water and how these differ across the globe.



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