Skip to main content

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center
Dartmouth College
6082 Rockefeller Hall
Hanover, NH 03755 USA
603 646-3874
Rockefeller Center
rocky logo
Home >   Events

Upcoming Events


On October 15, 2014, Justice Broderick discussed his passion for public service, the influence of family and public figures, and, for the first time in public, the hard lessons he learned during a very public impeachment and then acquittal process when he sat on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. To read his candid talk about his personal experiences in public service, click here.

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

Winter 2015 Programs

January 15, 2015

The Roger S. Aaron '64 Lecture
Constitutional Review and a General "Right to Liberty"
4:30 PM

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

PP_W15_Mark_Tushnet Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Mark Tushnet is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of four casebooks, including the most widely used casebook on constitutional law, has written numerous books, including a two-volume work on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall and, most recently, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, In the Balance: The Roberts Court and the Future of Constitutional Law, Why the Constitution Matters, and Weak Courts, Strong Rights: Judicial Review and Social Welfare Rights in Comparative Perspective, and has edited several others. He was President of the Association of American Law Schools in 2003. In 2002 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


January 16, 2014

Lessons Learned from Ferguson and the Implications for the Country
3:30 PM
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

PP_Rev_Starsky_Wilson Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, President & CEO, Deaconess Foundation; Co-chair, The Ferguson Commission

The Reverend Starsky D. Wilson is president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grant making organization devoted to making child well-being a civic priority in the St. Louis region. Wilson earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana, master of divinity from Eden Theological Seminary and is pursuing the doctor of ministry degree at Duke Divinity School. Rev. Wilson is also pastor of Saint John's Church (The Beloved Community) in St. Louis. At Saint John's, Wilson has led congregational activism on myriad issues, including youth violence prevention, Medicaid expansion, public school accreditation, voter mobilization, and initiative petitions to cap predatory lending rates and raise the minimum wage in Missouri, while more than tripling worship attendance and financial stewardship in five years.

Rev. Wilson was recently selected by Missouri Governor, Jeremiah Nixon, to co-chair the Ferguson Commission, created to study and make specific recommendations for how to make progress on the issues raised by events in Ferguson. In other community leadership, Wilson serves boards for the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund, YMCA of Greater St. Louis, FOCUS-St. Louis, Teach for America-St. Louis and the Mayor's Commission on Children, Youth and Families, where he co-chaired the Regional Youth Violence Prevention Task Force. He is a member of the governing council for Washington University's Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences and the Professional Advisory Council for the Brown School of Social Work. Under his leadership, the Urban League Young Professionals established St. Louis' Young Blacks Give Back initiative, which has provided thousands of community service hours to local non-profits over the last twelve years.


January 20, 2015

Faculty Panel: We Were There...Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement
4:30 PM

Moderator and Panelist:

PP_W15_Gretchen_Gerzina Gretchen H. Gerzina, Kathe Tappe Professor in Biography, Professor of English, Chair, The African and African-American Studies (AAAS) Program, Dartmouth College

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography, Professor of English, and Chair of African American Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author or editor of seven books, and was for fifteen years the host of the nationally syndicated public radio program "The Book Show." She has often appeared on American and British radio and television.



PP_W15_Bruce_Nelson J. Bruce Nelson, Emeritus Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Bruce Nelson taught U.S. history at Dartmouth from 1985 to 2009. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and was jailed in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, on the eve of the famous Selma to Montgomery march. He received his bachelor's degree in religion from Princeton University, his master's degree and PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley.


PP_W15_Jay_Satterfield Jay Satterfield, Special Collections Librarian

Jay Satterfield is the head of Dartmouth College's Rauner Special Collections Library. Since arriving at Dartmouth in 2004, he has worked to integrate Special Collections into the intellectual life of the College. He received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 1999 and is the author of "The World's Best Books": Taste, Culture and the Modern Library (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).



Washington, DC Policy Speaker Series

Co-hosted with the Department of Government


CS_F14_Thomas_Shannon Ambassador Thomas Shannon, Jr., Counselor to the Department of State, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., was appointed Counselor of the Department by Secretary Kerry on December 24, 2013. Ambassador Shannon had served briefly as Senior Advisor to the Secretary following his return in September from Brazil, where he served as United States Ambassador for nearly four years. He is a Career Ambassador in the Senior Foreign Service of the United States. Ambassador Shannon is only the seventh Foreign Service Officer to hold the position of Counselor since World War II, and the first in 32 years. Prior to his tenure in Brazil, Ambassador Shannon served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2005-2009), as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council (2003-2005), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State(2002-2003), where he was Director of Andean Affairs (2001-2002). He was U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), with the rank of Ambassador (2000-2001). Ambassador Shannon also served as Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council (1999-2000), as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (1996-1999), and as Regional Labor Attache at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa (1992-1996). Ambassador Shannon graduated with high honors from the College of William and Mary in 1980, having studied government and philosophy. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then studied at Oxford University, where he received a M. Phil in Politics in 1982, and a D.Phil in Politics in 1983. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed and any materials presented during a public program are the speaker's own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.


Past Public Programs

Videos from Events

Slides from Events

Last Updated: 12/17/14