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The Center hosts a variety of visitors throughout the academic year to stimulate discussion on regional, national, and international affairs. Sign up here for Public Programs email reminders.

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

2015 - 2016 Rockefeller Center Public Programs

Fall 2015 Public Events

September 18, 2015 - Co-sponsored Program

Roger S. Aaron '64 Tu'65 Distinguished Lecture on Ethics in Law and Business
Constitution Day Program
"The Law of Our Land: America's Written and Unwritten Constitution"
4:30 pm
Silsby 028

Hosted by the Ethic Institute


CS_F15_Akhil_Amar Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in over 30 cases (citing to four different books and more than a dozen distinct articles), and he regularly testifies before Congress at the invitation of both Republicans and Democrats.

He has written widely for popular publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Slate. He was an informal consultant to the popular TV show, The West Wing, and his work has been showcased on more recent TV shows such as The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose, and The MHP Show. He is also the author of several books, including America's Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005), and America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012).

"A Legal Affairs poll placed Amar among the top 20 contemporary US legal thinkers."


October 5, 2015 - Co-sponsored Program

America's Economic Future
5:00 pm
Georgiopoulos Classroom, Raether Hall, Tuck School of Business

A series featuring presidential primary candidates
Co-sponsored by the Tuck School of Business and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center


CS_F15_GovernorPataki Governor George Pataki, 53rd Governor of New York

Former three-term governor of New York, George Pataki, brought conservative solutions to a state in crisis, revived the economy, and led through the worst terrorist attack on American soil. Governor Pataki grew up in upstate New York working on the family farm where he learned the power of discipline, community, and hard work. He worked year round to afford tuition at Yale University where he led the school's Conservative Party. After graduating Columbia Law School, Pataki practiced law, and was later elected mayor of Peekskill. From there, his public service continued, and he went on to serve as State Assemblyman, State Senator, and three terms as New York State 53rd Governor. He is currently Of Counsel with Chadbourne and Parke LLC, and president of his own small business, The Pataki-Cahill Group, that works in energy, infrastructure, and clean-tech. He also runs South Farm, a working cattle ranch in Essex, NY.


October 8, 2015

The Thurlow Gordon 1906 Lecture
"Indigenous Peoples, Economic Recovery, and the Reform of U.S. Federal Indian Law"
4:30 pm
Rockefeller 003


PP_F15_Robert_Porter Robert Odawi Porter, Attorney (Dentons), Scholar, and Former Tribal President

Robert Odawi Porter is an innovative and results-driven attorney, scholar and political leader who has devoted his professional career to advancing the rights of sovereign American Indian nations and tribes in the United States. A citizen of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Rob was raised in the Nation's Allegany Territory and earned his education from Syracuse University and Harvard Law School. He served two terms as Seneca chief legal counsel, as founding chairman of Seneca Holdings LLC, and, in 2010, was elected as the Seneca Nation's 67th President. He has served as a tenured law professor at the University of Kansas, the University of Iowa, and Syracuse University, and written numerous academic articles on tribal law and governance and a book, "Sovereignty, Colonialism, and the Indigenous Nations: A Reader." A proven advocate, he has served a lead role in major conflicts with the U.S. federal and state governments to protect tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, including efforts to stop New York State from taxing Seneca commerce and lobbying for the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014, which ended the practice of IRS auditing of Indians for benefits received from their tribal governments. Currently, he represents tribal governments, organizations, and businesses in Washington, D.C. at Dentons, the world's largest law firm.


October 16, 2015

The Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
"Strategies for State Economic Prosperity – Small Business Entrepreneurship & Job Creation"
4:30 pm
Rockefeller 003


PP_F15_Mike_kenneally Mike Kennealy '90, Assistant Secretary for Business Growth, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development

Mike Kennealy is the Assistant Secretary for Business Growth for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, and he focuses on executing Governor Charlie Baker's strategy for job creation and business development. Mike joined Governor Baker's Administration in March 2015 and brings two decades of experience working with the management teams of growing companies. He joined Spectrum Equity in 1997 and was a Managing Director of the firm until early 2013. Founded in 1994 with offices in Boston and San Francisco, Spectrum is a leading growth private equity firm that provides capital and strategic support to its portfolio companies. During Mike's more than 15 years at the firm, Spectrum grew from $360 million in assets under management to $4.7 billion and invested in nearly 100 high growth information services, digital media, software, and Internet companies. After retiring from Spectrum, he spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools. There he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives to support the turnaround plan and developed and managed relationships with non-profit partners, philanthropic funders, and the municipal government. Earlier in his career, Mike was an Associate at TA Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm.

Mike, his wife, and three children live in Lexington, Massachusetts where he has served on the Town's finance committee and a variety of non-profit boards. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA since 2009 and is Vice Chairman of the Board. Mike received an AB magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with High Honors in Government from Dartmouth College in 1990 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.


October 19, 2015

In Honor of William Frenzel '50 TU'51
A Conversation about the Federal Budget
4:30 pm
Rockefeller 003


PP_F15_Maya_MacGuineas Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget as well as the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly. Once dubbed "an anti-deficit warrior" by The Wall Street Journal, Maya comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press. In the spring of 2009 Maya did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy. Maya has worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street. As a political independent, she has advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget policy.


PP_F15_Charles_Wheelan Charles Wheelan '88, Senior Lecturer & Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center; Senior Lecturer, Economics Department

Charles Wheelan '88, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, formerly a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School at the University of Chicago, was welcomed back by the Rockefeller Center to Dartmouth fulltime in June 2012. 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. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he has spent time as a speechwriter, a Congressional candidate and in other policy-related positions that inform his academic work. He has authored three books: Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, and The Centrist Manifesto. He is the founder of the Centrist party. He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. in public affairs from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago.


October 29, 2015 - Co-sponsored program

Policy, Politics, and the Affordable Care Act A Look at Structure and Implementation: A Look at Structure and Implementation
4:30 pmRockefeller 003

Co-sponsored by the Healthcare Initiative at Tuck, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, and the Dartmouth Institute

CS_F15_Jim_Blumstein James F. Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law & Policy
Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management; Director, Vanderbilt Health Policy Center

Jim Blumstein ranks among the nation's most prominent scholars of health law, law and medicine, and voting rights. He is currently one of 13 University Professors at Vanderbilt; he was the first awarded that title in the law school and the first to receive a second tenured appointment in Vanderbilt Medical School. The director of Vanderbilt's Health Policy Center, Professor Blumstein has served as the principal investigator on numerous grants concerning managed care, hospital management and medical malpractice. His peers recognized his leadership in health law and policy by electing Professor Blumstein to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, and he was awarded the Earl Sutherland Prize, which is Vanderbilt's preeminent university-wide recognition for lifetime scholarly contributions. In 2007, he received the prestigious McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine from the University of Indiana and delivered the award lecture on hospital-physician joint-venture relationships. Professor Blumstein has been the Olin Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth Medical School, and a Visiting Professor at Duke Law School and at Duke's Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs. He has served as former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's counsel on TennCare reform and has participated actively in a number of Supreme Court cases, arguing three. In 2014, Professor Blumstein was awarded a secondary appointment as a Professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management. A dedicated teacher, Professor Blumstein has received the law school's student-sponsored Hall-Hartman Teaching Award. He joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 1970.


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.


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