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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

May 19, 2015

A Conversation with NH Governor Maggie Hassan
4:30 PM
Silsby 028



NH Governor Maggie Hassan

Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is moving forward with implementing her "Innovate NH" jobs plan, seeking to build the best workforce in the country and strengthen the economy by freezing in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and restoring scholarship funding, doubling and making permanent the state's research and development tax credit, and providing businesses with technical assistance to help them create jobs. Governor Hassan also worked across party lines to enact a bipartisan plan that expands access to health coverage to as many as 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters, the most significant piece of health care legislation that the State of New Hampshire has seen in decades. Recognizing that a modern, safe transportation infrastructure is critical for New Hampshire's businesses and commuters, Governor Hassan signed a bipartisan transportation funding bill, a measure supported by the business community that invests in road and bridge projects across the state – including finishing the expansion of I-93. And the Governor has worked to maintain New Hampshire's high quality of life as one of the safest, healthiest and most livable states in the nation. Governor Hassan successfully worked to invest in a stronger mental health system, put more State Troopers on the road, restore the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, increase funds for services for people with acquired brain disorders and developmental disabilities, and restore funding for the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission. Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work. In 2004, Governor Hassan was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate, serving the people of the 23rd District, which included numerous Seacoast towns. During her six years in office, she was selected by her colleagues to serve as both President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader of the State Senate. As a leader in the Senate, she helped pass universal kindergarten so that every child has the same opportunity to succeed; helped lower the state's dropout rate by increasing the legal dropout age to 18 and establishing alternative education programs; worked to pass New Hampshire Working, a nationally recognized effort to help businesses and workers during the recession; sponsored the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce long-term energy costs, curb pollution, and create jobs; and was instrumental in passing marriage equality in New Hampshire.

The Governor earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from the Northeastern School of Law.(source:


Charlie_Wheelan Charles Wheelan, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Nelson A. 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 publications Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, and The Centrist Manifesto were published in 2013. Prof. Wheelan is the co-founder of the Centrist Party, the party that supports candidates and public policies that enable the development of free enterprise, limited government and individual liberty, while protecting the common good, well being and the economy of the public at large.


May 20, 2015

"Struggling Toward Meritocracy: The Need for Economic Diversity at Top Colleges"
4:30 PM
Rockefeller 003

 Co-sponsored by Department of Government


PP_S15_David_Leonhardt David Leonhardt, Columnist, The New York Times; Editor of The Upshot, The New York Times

David Leonhardt is a columnist at The New York Times and the editor of The Upshot, a Times website covering politics, policy and other subjects. In 2011, he received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for his economic columns. He is the author of the e-single, "Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth," an and New York Times bestseller. David was previously a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the newspaper's Washington Bureau Chief.

Before joining The Times in 1999, he worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post. He studied applied mathematics at Yale and is a third-generation native of New York. His Twitter handle is @DLeonhardt.


June 1, 2015

"Southern Slavery and Its Political Legacy: How America's Peculiar Institution Continues to Affect American Politicas Today"
4:30 PM
Rockefeller 003

Co-sponsored by the Program in Quantitative Social Science


CS_S15_Matthew_Blackwell Matthew Blackwell, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University

Matthew Blackwell is an Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He studies political methodology, with a focus on dynamic causal inference, missing data, panel data, and social network analysis. His substantive interests include American politics, negative advertising, and historical political economy. (source:



CS_S15_Maya_Sen Maya Sen, Assistant Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Maya Sen is a political scientist and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. Sen writes on issues involving the political economy of U.S. race relations, law and politics, and statistical methods. Her research has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, MSNBC, and other outlets, and has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Judicature, the Du Bois Review, and the Journal of Legal Studies. Her current book-length project, co-authored with Matthew Blackwell (Harvard) and Avidit Acharya (Stanford), explores the lasting impact of U.S. slavery on contemporary politics. Sen graduated with her Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University. She also holds an A.M. in Statistics and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. (source:


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