The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University has brought on reporter, audio producer, podcast host, Peabody-award nominee, and educator John Biewen as its “director of storytelling and public engagement.”
In a press release about the hire, David Toole, Interim Director of the Kenan Institute says: “Adding John and his podcast to Kenan deepens the Institute’s longstanding commitments to public-facing programs that focus on societal inequities. His engaging, thorough explorations of racism, gender, democracy, and the climate crisis could not be timelier, and I’m excited about his plans for future seasons.”
Biewen will collaborate with Duke’s Michael Betts II on the institute’s program, “America’s Hallowed Ground“, to produce a multi-episode podcast about the 1898 race massacre and coup d’etat in Wilmington, NC, and will continue to produce “Scene on Radio,” too.
This is an enterprising move for Kenan. Imagine the impact if every endowed ethics center at universities across the country… had a Director of Storytelling/Public engagement, let alone a Peabody-nominated podcast. The amount of attention brought to ethics, philosophy, and related fields would be enormous. Public-facing, academic crossover media for the win!
More information here.