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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 2013-2014 academic year, the Center was able to assemble an impressive array of speakers including: Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School professor and former Administrator of the Obama White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration; Diane Ravitch, professor, author, and historian of education; and Greg Mankiw, Professor of Economics at Harvard University.
See a complete list of our past public programs, as well as a list of our Named Lectures.

2014 - 2015 Rockefeller Center Public Programs

Summer 2014 Programs

July 17, 2014

Students' Rights: A Public Forum on Due Process, Free Speech and Privacy Rights in Educational Institutions
Rockefeller 003
4:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union




Gilles_Bissonnette Gilles Bissonnette, 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_X14_Chris_McLaughlin D. Chris McLaughlin '81, Cheshire County Attorney

D. Chris McLaughlin has more than 25 years of experience prosecuting and defending criminal cases in the State of New Hampshire. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), Mr. McLaughlin began his legal career with the NH Public Defender Program in 1988. He left the public defender program in 1992 and was in private practice until his return to the public defender program in 1996. As a public defender, he worked both as a trial attorney and appellate attorney. In 2006, he began his work as a prosecutor, serving as an assistant county attorney in Cheshire County. In February of 2013, he took over his current position of Cheshire County Attorney.


George_Ostler George H. Ostler '77, DesMeules, Olmstead & Ostler

George Ostler has 30 years experience defending persons accused of crimes. He practices statewide in the state courts of New Hampshire and Vermont as well as in the Federal Courts in Vermont and New Hampshire. Mr. Ostler graduated from Dartmouth College in 1977 and Vermont Law School in 1983 (Magna Cum Laude). He was employed by the NH Public Defender Program from 1983 to 1994 and has been a partner in DesMeules, Olrnstead and Ostler since 1994. Mr. Ostler is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, New Hampshire Bar Association, Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the NORML Legal Committee.


PP_X14_Leah_Plunkett Leah Plunkett, Director of Academic Success & Associate Professor of Legal Skills, UNH School of Law

Leah A. Plunkett is the Director of Academic Success & Associate Professor of Legal Skills at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is also Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she works on the Student Privacy Initiative. She was a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School conducting legal scholarship in the areas of criminal and family law. Ms. Plunkett founded the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which handles school discipline, special education, and other matters on behalf of kids and teenagers who are facing criminal charges. She has also been a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, which promotes laws, regulations, and policies that advance economic security for low-income or vulnerable consumers, such as domestic violence survivors.


Judith_Sizer Judith R. Sizer, Rose, Chinitz & Rose

Judith R. Sizer has practiced as a higher education lawyer for over twenty-five years. Before joining Rose, Chinitz & Rose, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has worked in many areas of charities law, including non-profit governance, Board support, advisory boards, fundraising and development, compliance, conflicts, contract negotiation, museum collections, executive compensation, policy work, non-profit tax, and trust and estate administration. Judy began her legal career in the Office of the General Counsel at Yale University, followed by several years in the tax and benefits group at Ropes & Gray in Boston. She has served as Chair of the Boston Bar Association College and University Law Group and in various capacities in the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She has spoken on higher education law issues at numerous conferences and other venues.


June 19, 2014

Using an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Make Social Impact
Rockefeller 003
7:00 PM

Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Collis Center for Student Involvement, Dartmouth Athletics, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer, and Office of Pluralism and Leadership


PP_X14_Jamie_Coughlin Jamie Coughlin, Director of New Venture Incubator Programs, Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer

Jamie Coughlin is the Director of New Venture Incubator Programs at Dartmouth College, where he will oversee the growth of new venture creation and incubation, special events, communications and marketing for the greater Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN)and act as the liaison to the economic development ecosystem. Previously, Jamie was the CEO and Entrepreneur in Residence of the abi Innovation Hub, NH's oldest business incubator, where he led the successful turn-around and rebranding of this 15 year old organization into NH's most active incubator and innovation center. In the process, Jamie was awarded NHBR's 2012 "Business Excellence" Award as NH's most innovative non-profit leader, as well as recognized as a 2013 NH Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" recipient. Jamie serves as the President of the NH Business Incubator Network, is a Board member of the NH High Technology Council and has served as an Adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship for the University of New Hampshire. As an entrepreneur, Jamie has founded and managed a variety of ventures, including an edutech solution focused around audience response systems and an online funding platform for the faith-based market.A New Hampshire native, Jamie received his BA from Princeton University.


2014 Startup Experience Grace Teo Grace Teo, Founder and co-chair of Open Style Lab

Grace Teo is the founder and co-chair of Open Style Lab, and a recent graduate of MIT. While pursuing her PhD at MIT, she received a MIT Public Service Fellowship to establish Open Style Lab. Open Style Lab is a summer program that teams up designers, engineers and occupational therapists to create clothing for people with disabilities. Through multiple partnerships with fashion labels, rehabilitation networks and technology companies, she hopes to bring user-centered and universal design principles into apparel design, and provide a platform for the the health and fashion industry to communicate. Grace is originally from Singapore where she received her B.Eng. at Nanyang Technological University, before moving to Boston to complete her Health Sciences and Technology PhD at MIT.


 PP_X14_Henrik_Scheel Henrik Scheel, CEO & Founder, Startup Experience Inc.

Henrik Scheel is a Danish serial entrepreneur currently living in San Francisco where he focuses on startup projects in entrepreneurship education and telecom. While still an engineering student, Henrik founded two companies in IT and Design Thinking. He then worked with the Global Research team at Vestas Wind Systems and became specialized in strategy development and Innovation Management. In 2010 he moved to Silicon Valley where he founded Startup Experience Inc. Through Startup Experience he has formed partnerships with governments, NGOs and corporate non-profits in 15+ countries and is striving to transform entrepreneurship education in today's school system.


June 20-21, 2014

The Startup Experience Workshop
Make Social Impact. Explore. Innovate. Prototype. Present.The DEN Innovation Center @ 4Currier
June 20, 4:00-8:00 pm & June 21, 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Registration required:

Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Collis Center for Student Involvement, Dartmouth Athletics, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer, and Office of Pluralism and Leadership

The Startup Experience is a crash course on high-impact entrepreneurship and social innovation. Participants will go through an intense journey to identify a problem and turn it into a viable opportunity for a startup company. During the workshop, participants will learn how to identify and understand a big problem, screen new technologies, and use design thinking to come up with great new ideas. Working within lean workgroups, participants will then find an innovative business model and use prototyping and visual communication to pitch the idea to a panel of experts. The Startup Experience simulates the life in a startup company and forces students to get out of their comfort zones. Participants will get hands-on experience with social innovation and gain the necessary confidence to become successful innovators in the future. The program was created in close collaboration with leading entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and has been run successfully in 10+ countries around the world. 


July 10, 2014

The Center for Environmental Leadership Training (CELT) Tribal Sustainability Partnerships and Arctic Protection Initiatives
How Can Dartmouth Make a Difference?
Class of 1930 Room
12:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Climate Institute.




Lunch and a chance to talk with the President and CEO of The Climate Institute, John Topping Jr. '64, and a panel of current CELT interns. Find out how YOU can get involved! Register for luncheon here.


John C. Topping, Jr. '64, Hanover, NH, Co-Founder and President of the Climate Institute since 1986, winner in 2002 of Dartmouth's first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award for Lifetime Achievement and recipient in 2008 from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of a Certificate of Recognition for Contributing to the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC.
Ethan Forauer, Clark University 2015, CELT Summer and Fall Coordinator.
Katie Zhang '16, Thayer School of Engineering, Co-Team Leader for Alaska Hydropower Team.
Hope Wilson '16, Environmental Studies, Co-Team Leader for Alaska Hydropower Team.
David Kadoch, CELT Graduate Fellow, Sustainable Agriculture Expert, Team Leader for Sustainable Agriculture Team.
Michael Dunaway, CELT Graduate Fellow, PhD Candidate Cornell University, Member of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Team Leader of Solar Powered Biodiesel Refinery.
Trevelyan Wing '14, Awarded Lombard Public Service Fellowship to create global Indigenous Youth Forum on Climate Change, to employ virtual platform bringing Native youth leaders in dialogue on climate change issues.



Past Public Programs

Last Updated: 7/11/14