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The Center hosts a variety of visitors throughout the academic year to stimulate discussion on regional, national, and international affairs.

See a complete list of our past public programs, as well as a list of our Named Lectures.

2014 - 2015 Rockefeller Center Public Programs

Spring 2015 Events

April 13, 2015 - Co-sponsored public event

Recalculating Wall Street Rationalities: A Rethinking of Financial Risk and "Risk Culture"
3:30 PM
Rockefeller 002

 

CS_S15_Karen_Ho Karen Ho, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Karen Ho is a cultural anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of finance, globalization, and capitalism. She received her BA and MA from Stanford University and her PhD in anthropology from Princeton University. She is the author of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke, 2009) based on work as both an investment banker and a researcher. Her talk will extend her work on the organizational culture of risk on Wall Street that stresses enhancing shareholder value but also generates corporate instabilities magnified by market dynamics and rhythms.

 

April 14, 2015

A Political Economy Project Debate and
The Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
Are CEOs Overpaid?
4:30 PM
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Co-sponsored with the Political Economy Project

 

Panelists:

CS_S15_Lucian_Bebchuk Lucian Bebchuk, William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance; Director of the Program on Corporate Governance; Harvard Law School

Lucian Bebchuk is the Friedman Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance and Director of the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School. Bebchuk is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Inaugural Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Network, and Director of the SSRN Corporate Governance Network. Trained in both law and economics, Professor Bebchuk holds an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Harvard Economics Department. His research focuses on corporate governance, law and finance, and law and economics. Upon electing him to membership in 2000, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences cited him as "[o]ne of the nation's leading scholars of law and economics," who "has made major contribution to the study of corporate control, governance, and insolvency." Bebchuk is the author or coauthor of more than one hundred research papers, as well the widely acclaimed book Pay without Performance: the Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation. Bebchuk’s papers have appeared in the top academic journals in law, in economics, and in finance. The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has ranked him first among legal academics of all fields in terms of citations to his work in each of the past five years. Bebchuk has been a frequent contributor to policy-making, practice, and public debate in the fields of corporate governance and financial regulation. He has appeared in hearings and roundtables before the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Banking Committee, the House of Representatives Committee of Financial Services, and the SEC; has authored numerous op-ed pieces, including in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Financial Times; has advised governmental bodies, such as the Special Master on TARP executive compensation during the financial crisis, and publicly traded firms; has served on the board of directors of OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium. Bebchuk was  included in the list of the "100 most influential players in corporate governance" of Directorship, the "100 most influential people in finance" of Treasury & Risk Management, and the list of top 10 ”governance stars” of Global Proxy Watch.

 

 

CS_S15_Steven_Kaplan Steven N. Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Steven Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he joined the faculty in 1988. Professor Kaplan is also the faculty director of Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is one of the world’s top researchers on private equity, venture capital, corporate governance, executive talent and income inequality. His papers on private equity and venture capital are the standard references in the field. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Kaplan teaches advanced MBA, law and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. His course in entrepreneurial finance and private equity is consistently among the most popular in the school. BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country and one of the top four teachers of entrepreneurship.Professor Kaplan co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. With his students, he helped start Booth’s New Venture Challenge, which has spawned over one hundred companies that have raised over $300 million from investors and have created over $3 billion in market value.  Companies include GrubHub and Braintree (sold to eBay for $800 million). Professor Kaplan serves on the board of Accretive Health, Columbia Acorn Funds, and Morningstar. He earned his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University, and his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College.

 

Moderator:

CS_S15_Doug_Irwin Douglas Irwin, John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College

Douglas Irwin is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is author of Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s (MIT Press, 2012), Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression (Princeton University Press, 2011), Free Trade Under Fire (Princeton University Press, third edition 2009), The Genesis of the GATT (Cambridge University Press, 2008, co-authored with Petros Mavroidis and Alan Sykes), Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade (Princeton University Press, 1996), and many articles on trade policy in books and professional journals. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has also served on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

April 16, 2015

2016 Election. Their Budget. Our Future.4:30 PMRockefeller 003

Co-sponsored by Dartmouth Rootstrikers, College Democrats and College RepublicansSupported by the Rockefeller Center and First Budget

Lecture

Nick Troiano, Youngest Congressional Candidate, Independent Party, PA; Co-founder, The Can Kicks Back

Nick Troiano is a civic entrepreneur from Milford, PA. He is active in leading efforts and supporting organizations that are aimed at strengthening American democracy and tackling our country's most pressing challenges. He is an Advisor to Run for America, a founding member of the Centrist Project, and a James Madison Fellow with the Millennial Action Project.

Nick ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 from Pennsylvania's 10th District and drew national attention as both the youngest candidate and the most successful independent of the cycle, garnering over 22,000 votes. In 2012, Nick co-founded The Can Kicks Back campaign to advocate for bipartisan policies to reduce the national debt and was instrumental in the introduction of the INFORM Act to increase transparency in the federal budget. Previously, he served as National Campus Director for Americans Elect where he organized and supported student groups at over 300 colleges nationwide.

Nick earned a Master's degree in American Government from Georgetown University, where he completed his undergraduate studies with honors and championed the creation of a $1 million Social Innovation and Public Service Fund. He has spoken on the topics of youth engagement, political reform, and fiscal issues to dozens of groups across the country, including along three national bus tours that collectively visited over 40 states. Nick has also provided commentary to a range of television, radio, and print media outlets and is featured in two documentaries, Follow the Leader (PBS) and Broken Eggs.

 

Panel on Fiscal Policy

Steve Marchard, Former Mayor of Portsmouth, NH (D)

Bill Zeliff, Former Congressman from New Hampshire's First District (R)

 

April 23, 2015

China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead
4:30 PM
Rockefeller 003

Co-sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Department of Government

 

PP_S15_David_Shambaugh David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science & International Affairs, and Director, China Policy Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He is presently Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for East Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution. He was previously Reader in Chinese Politics in the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations. He has been selected as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Senior Scholar by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a Distinguished Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Shambaugh is also a frequent commentator in the international media, serves on a number of editorial boards, and has been a consultant to various governments, research institutions, foundations, and private corporations. As an author, he has written or edited 30 books, including China Goes Global: The Partial Power (2013 and selected by The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Bloomberg News as one of the “Best Books of the Year”).

 

April 27, 2015

Class of 1930 Fellow Lecture
Islam and the West: Dialogue or Clash of Civilizations?
5:15 PM
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

 

PP_S15_Akbar_Ahmed Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, School of International Service, American University; former High Commissioner from Pakistan to the UK and Ireland; Rockefeller Center Class of 1930 Fellow

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C and the former Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Previously, Ambassador Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He has also taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities. He is the author of more than a dozen award-winning books including an unprecedented quartet of books examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11: Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (Brookings 2007); Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (Brookings 2010); The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam (Brookings 2013); and Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Empire (forthcoming). Ambassador Ahmed is also a published poet and playwright.

 

April 30, 2015

Law Day Celebration at Dartmouth: The Stephen R. Volk '57 Lecture
Dark Money and Shadow Parties:  The Real Problem in Campaign Finance
4:30 PM
Rockefeller 003

Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group

 

PP_S15_Heather_Gerken Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Professor Heather Gerken specializes in election law and constitutional law. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic’s “Ideas of the Year” section, the Ideas Section of the Boston Globe, and NPR’s On the Media. It has also been the subject of three academic symposia. Professor Gerken clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Justice David Souter. After practicing for several years, she joined the Harvard faculty in September 2000 and was awarded tenure in 2005. In 2006, she joined the Yale faculty. Professor Gerken has won teaching awards at both Yale and Harvard, been named one of the nation’s “twenty-six best law teachers” by a book published by the Harvard University Press, was featured in the National Law Journal for balancing teaching and research, and won a Green Bag award for legal writing, testified three times before Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Professor Gerken served as a senior legal adviser in the “Boiler Room” for the Obama for America campaign in 2008 and 2012. Her proposal for creating a “Democracy Index” was turned into reality by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which created the nation’s first Election Performance Index in 2013.

 

May 1, 2015

Law Day Celebration at Dartmouth: Law Day Panel
Money in Politics: A Discussion of Recent Developments
3:00 PM
Rockefeller 003

Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group

 

Moderator:

CS_S15_John_Greabe John M. Greabe '85, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Professor John Greabe has taught full time at the University of New Hampshire School of Law since 2010, and part time since 1997. His scholarship focuses on federal courts and procedure, civil rights litigation, and constitutional law. Before becoming a full-time law teacher, Professor Greabe taught at Vermont Law School and clerked for several judges within the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Professor Greabe teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, First Amendment, and Judicial Opinion Drafting. He earned his BA from Dartmouth College and his JD from Harvard Law School.

 

Panelists:

CS_S15_Gilles_Bissonette Gilles Bissonette, Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union

Gilles Bissonnette has extensive civil litigation experience, which has included aggressive advocacy in both the freedom of speech and privacy arenas. He was named a “New England Super Lawyers Rising Star” in the 2013 edition of New England Super Lawyers magazine. Prior to joining the NHCLU, Gilles was a civil litigator in Boston at the law firms of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, Todd & Weld LLP, and Cooley LLP.

 

 

PP_S15_Heather_Gerken Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Professor Heather Gerken specializes in election law and constitutional law. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic’s “Ideas of the Year” section, the Ideas Section of the Boston Globe, and NPR’s On the Media. It has also been the subject of three academic symposia. Professor Gerken clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Justice David Souter. After practicing for several years, she joined the Harvard faculty in September 2000 and was awarded tenure in 2005. In 2006, she joined the Yale faculty. Professor Gerken has won teaching awards at both Yale and Harvard, been named one of the nation’s “twenty-six best law teachers” by a book published by the Harvard University Press, was featured in the National Law Journal for balancing teaching and research, and won a Green Bag award for legal writing, testified three times before Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Professor Gerken served as a senior legal adviser in the “Boiler Room” for the Obama for America campaign in 2008 and 2012. Her proposal for creating a “Democracy Index” was turned into reality by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which created the nation’s first Election Performance Index in 2013.

 

CS_S15_Daniel_Weeks Daniel Weeks, Executive Director, Open Democracy

Daniel Weeksis Executive Director of Open Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit working to increase civic engagement and government accountability in the Granite State. Founded by legendary reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock, Open Democracy conducts legislative advocacy, public education, and grassroots organizing at the state and local level; our NH Rebellion walks across New Hampshire gained national and international attention in 2014-15. Prior to Open Democracy, Weeks served as president of Americans for Campaign Reform (now Issue One), working with a bipartisan team of U.S. Senators to advance citizen-funded elections in Congress. As founding director of Students for Clean Elections in Connecticut, he helped pass the first legislature-approved public funding law in the country in 2005. Weeks has written and spoken extensively on democracy issues in the US, UK, and South Africa, including for The AtlanticNew York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and on PBS, NPR, and BBC. He is currently writing a book on poverty and democracy based on poverty-line research he conducted in 30 states by Greyhound bus as a Harvard fellow. Weeks is a graduate of Oxford and Yale.

 

May 11, 2015

The Bernard D. Nossiter '47 Lecture
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Europe in Crisis
4:30 PM
Rockefeller 003

 

PP_S15_Henry_Chu Henry Chu, London Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times; Nieman Fellow, The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

Henry Chu is London bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. He has reported from more than 30 countries for the paper and was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. In addition to London, he has been posted in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and New Delhi. He is currently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

 

May 20, 2015

The Bernard D. Nossiter '47 Lecture
4:30 PM
Rockefeller 003

 

PP_S15_David_Leonhardt David Leonhardt, Managing Editor of The Upshot, New York Times

David Leonhardt is the managing editor of a New York Times website covering politics and policy, started in 2014. He was previously the paper’s Washington bureau chief, as well as an economics columnist. He is the author of the e-book, “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth,” published by The Times and Byliner. Previously, Mr. Leonhardt wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column, focusing on the housing bubble, the economic downturn, the budget deficit, health reform and education. In April 2011, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Mr. Leonhardt has also been a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and helped found the Economix blog. He won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing in 2009 for a Times Magazine article, “Obamanomics.” In 2005, he was one of the reporters who produced “Class Matters,” the paper’s series on social class in the United States. In 2004, he founded an analytical sports column, called “Keeping Score.” Before joining The Times in 1999 as a reporter in the business section, he worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post’s metro section. Mr. Leonhardt studied applied mathematics at Yale. He is a third-generation native of New York. (Source: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/l/david_leonhardt/index.html)

 

 

 

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