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The Center hosts a variety of visitors throughout the academic year to stimulate discussion on regional, national, and international affairs. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the Center was able to assemble an impressive array of speakers including: Alice Rivlin, founder of the Congressional Budget Office, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, The Brookings Institute; Judd Gregg, former U.S. Senator (R-NH); John Lynch, former Governor of New Hampshire; Peter Diamond, winner of the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Sarah Weddington, successful litigator of Roe v. Wade; Bill Bixby, Executive Director, The Concord Coalition; Sonia Nazario, bestselling author of Enrique's Journey, Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing; and Chip Paucek, founder & CEO, 2U Inc.
See a complete list of our past public programs, as well as a list of our Named Lectures.

2013 - 2014 Rockefeller Center Public Programs

Spring 2014 Programs

April 14, 2014

Embers of War: Vietnam Reconsidered
4:30-6:00 pm
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Co-sponsored with the History Department and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding

Booksigning: 6:00-6:30 pm

 

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Photo credit: Lindsay France

Fredrik Logevall
Stephen '59 and Madeline '60 Anbinder Professor of History, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University

Fredrik Logevall is an award-winning, renowned historian, accomplished educator, and prolific writer on the Vietnam War. His epic and groundbreaking book, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam won both the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History and the prestigious Parkman Prize, which deemed it an "extraordinary work of modern history."  In addition to his prolific writing career, Logevall is also the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor of history at Cornell University, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. He is a popular speaker at lecture series, colleges and universities, and historical organizations across the country.  In addition to his expertise in all aspects of the Vietnam War, his in-depth knowledge of international relations and foreign policy allows him to skillfully draw parallels between history and modern day— inspiring audiences and encouraging dialogue about the lessons the past can teach us.

April 17, 2014

Who Cares? Film Screening
5:30-7:30 pm
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Who Cares? is a 93-minute feature film shot in seven countries and carries a very empowering message for individuals: anyone can be a changemaker, regardless of leadership or marketable skills. It starts with having a vision for society while seeking accomplishment in one's life through contributions to improving the lives of others.

 

 

 

May 1, 2014 - Law Day Celebration

The Stephen R. Volk '57 Lecture

Can President Obama End the War on Terror?
4:30-6:00 pm
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Co-sponsored with the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group

 

PP_S14_David_Cole David Cole
Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University Law Center

David Cole teaches constitutional law, national security, and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He has been published widely in law journals and the popular press, and is the author or co-author of several award-winning books.  He received his bachelor's degree and law degree from Yale University. He worked as a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights from 1985-90, and has continued to litigate as a professor. He has litigated many significant constitutional cases in the Supreme Court, including Texas v. Johnson, which extended First Amendment protection to flagburningHe has been involved in many of the nation's most important cases involving civil liberties and national security, including the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen rendered to Syria by U.S. officials and tortured there. The late New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called David "one of the country's great legal voices for civil liberties today." David has received two honorary degrees, and numerous awards for his human rights work, including, in 2013, the inaugural Norman Dorsen Presidential Prize from the ACLU for lifetime commitment to civil liberties.

 

May 2, 2014 - Law Day Celebration

Panel: Preserving Liberty and Security in Fighting Terrorism:  Lessons from the Past, Challenges for the Future
12:30-2:00 pm
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Co-sponsored with the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group

 

Panelists:

PP_S14_Daniel_Benjamin Daniel Benjamin
Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding

Prior to joining the Dickey Center, in 2012, Daniel Benjamin served as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department. In that position, he was the principal advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on counterterrorism. Ambassador Benjamin was the longest serving coordinator for counterterrorism since that position was created, and during his tenure, the Office of the Coordinator was elevated to become the Bureau of Counterterrorism. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Benjamin was a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. From 2001 to 2006, he was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in Washington, and prior to that, he was a Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. During more than five years on the National Security Council staff in the 1990s, Benjamin served as a foreign policy speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and as director for transnational threats.

 

PP_S14_David_Cole David Cole
Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University Law Center


David Cole teaches constitutional law, national security, and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He has been published widely in law journals and the popular press, and is the author or co-author of several award-winning books.  He received his bachelor's degree and law degree from Yale University. He worked as a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights from 1985-90, and has continued to litigate as a professor. He has litigated many significant constitutional cases in the Supreme Court, including Texas v. Johnson, which extended First Amendment protection to flagburningHe has been involved in many of the nation's most important cases involving civil liberties and national security, including the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen rendered to Syria by U.S. officials and tortured there. The late New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called David "one of the country's great legal voices for civil liberties today." David has received two honorary degrees, and numerous awards for his human rights work, including, in 2013, the inaugural Norman Dorsen Presidential Prize from the ACLU for lifetime commitment to civil liberties.

 

 PP_S14_Katharine_Gelber Katharine Gelber
Professor of Public Policy, University of Queensland

Katharine Gelber is Professor of Politics and Public Policy and an ARC Future Fellow, at the University of Queensland. Her recent publications include Speech Matters: How to Get Free Speech Right (University of Queensland Press, 2011), which was a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards 2011 (Literature Non-Fiction category), and articles in journals including Political Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, Melbourne University Law Review, Review of International Studies, the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Australian Journal of Political Science. In 2011 she was awarded the PEN Keneally award for contributions to freedom of expression. In 2011 she was the Australian Expert Witness at a United Nations regional meeting discussing States' compliance with Articles 19 and 20 of the ICCPR. In 2009 Prof Gelber presented the Mitchell Oration in Adelaide on the topic of "freedom of speech and its limits."

 

Moderator:

PP_S14_Susan_Brison Susan Brison
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Susan Brison is Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College where she has been teaching since 1985. She has held visiting positions at Tufts University, New York University, and Princeton University, and has been a Mellon Fellow at New York University and an NEH-funded member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ). She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Professor Brison is currently the faculty associate of Dartmouth's East Wheelcok Cluster.

 

May 8, 2014

The Bernard D. Nossiter '47 Lecture

Pop-Up Learning: How Technology Is Changing and Challenging College
4:30-6:00 pm
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PP_S14_Jeffrey_Young Jeffrey R. Young
Louis Stark Nieman Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism; Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Jeffrey R. Young is an editor and writer focused on technology issues and the future of education. This summer he will return to The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he is a senior editor covering technology. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, teaching a course on multimedia storytelling. Young is the author of the e-book Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education's High-Tech Disruption. He has also written for national publications including The New York Times, New Scientist, Slate, and The Wall Street Journal. Young is a frequent speaker on issues of education and technology, having given talks at the World Knowledge Forum, SXSW, and education and campus events. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University in 1995 and a master's in communication, culture, and technology from Georgetown University in 2001.

 

May 12, 2014

Debating Income Inequality: What's the Problem? What's the Solution?
4:30-6:00 pm
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Co-sponsored with the Political Economy Project

 

PP_S14_Greg_Mankiw N. Gregory Mankiw
Professor of Economics, Harvard University
The Brooks Family Lecturer

N. Gregory Mankiw is Professor of Economics at Harvard University. As a student, he studied economics at Princeton University and MIT. As a teacher, he has taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics, and principles of economics. Professor Mankiw is a prolific writer and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, and in more widely accessible forums, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. He has written two popular textbooks—the intermediate-level textbook Macroeconomics (Worth Publishers) and the introductory textbook Principles of Economics (South-Western/Thomson). Principles of Economics has sold over a million copies and has been translated into twenty languages. In addition to his teaching, research, and writing, Professor Mankiw has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office, and a member of the ETS test development committee for the advanced placement exam in economics. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Jared Bernstein
Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden, Obama Administration

Moderator:

PP_S14_Charlie_Wheelan Charles Wheelan '88
Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center

Charles Wheelan 'is Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow at the Rockefeller Center, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Wheelan was formerly a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School at the University of Chicago. Since 2006, Wheelan has taught economics and public policy courses at Dartmouth during sophomore summer. He has also served as a correspondent for The Economist, and written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Wheelan's first book, Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, served as an accessible and entertaining introduction to economics and is now published in 10 languages. The Chicago Tribune described Naked Economics as "clear, concise, informative, and (gasp) witty," and was selected as one of The 100 Best Business Books of all Time by 800-CEOREAD. Wheelan's next two pubications Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, and The Centrist Manifesto were published in 2013

 

May 14, 2014

The Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Co-sponsored with the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN)

Financial Inclusion & Women Empowerment
4:30-6:00 pm
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PP_S14_Chetna_Sinha Chetna Sinha
Founder & Chairperson, Mann Deshi Mahila Bank and the Mann Deshi Foundation
Ashoka Fellow

An economist, farmer, and activist, Chetna Sinha works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She is the founder and president of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, a micro-enterprise development bank. The Bank's clients are low-income women with incomes averaging INR 40 (USD 1.00) per day. The Bank currently has seven branches, more than 185,000 clients, and conducts 10,000 transactions daily. Because of the Bank's success, Chetna's advice on financial inclusion and women's banking has been sought by the Federal Reserve Bank of India. Through the Mann Deshi Bank and its non-profit sister organization, the Mann Deshi Foundation, Chetna uses a holistic approach to help her clients – one that combines economic activity with the educational tools and health care necessary to lead a productive life. Since 2006, Chetna has partnered with global organizations such as HSBC, British Asia Trust, Accenture, the Clinton Global Initiative, GIZ, Deutsche Bank, Bonita Trust, the Commonwealth of Learning and Global Giving to develop corporate community partnership programs which allow the corporate sector in the U.S. and Europe to gain a unique view of the impact that micro-finance initiatives have on the local rural population.

Chetna Sinha was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for India by Palaniappan Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India on 11th November, 2013. She has been honored with the 2005 Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar award for rural entrepreneurship. She has also been awarded lifetime membership with Ashoka Innovators for the Public, and was selected for the first class of Yale University's World Fellows program in 2002-20033.

Past Public Programs


Last Updated: 4/23/14