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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

Fall 2014 Programs

September 18, 2014

Constitution Day Program
Hey, You Can't Just Look in There: Current Fourth Amendment Issues Regarding Cell Phone and Email Privacy after Riley v. California (2014)
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4:30 pm


JenniferBrookeSargent Jennifer Brooke Sargent, Visiting Associate Professor of Writing, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric; Faculty, National Judicial College; Former Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; Former District Court Special Justice, NH Judicial Branch

Jennifer Sargent is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth College. Professor Sargent is also a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Professor Sargent served as a District Court Judge in New Hampshire for eight years. She resigned from the bench to serve as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office. Professor Sargent graduated from Emory University in 1989 and Suffolk University Law School in 1992. After law school, she served as a judicial law clerk to the judges of the District and Superior Courts of Vermont. She then spent eight years as a criminal defense trial and appellate attorney in New Hampshire with the New Hampshire Public Defender and New Hampshire Appellate Defender. Professor Sargent taught as an Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth during the years she was on the bench.


September 22, 2014

A Millennial's Take on Emerging Higher Education Policy Issues in the 21st Century
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4:30 pm

ZakiyaSmith Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

Recently named one of Forbes' top 30 under 30 in education, Ms. Zakiya Smith is currently a Strategy Director at the Lumina Foundation, the nation's largest foundation dedicated solely to higher education. At Lumina, she leads the work of the foundation to develop new models of student financial support for higher education. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Ms. Smith served as a Senior Advisor for Education at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she was tasked with developing President Obama's higher education policy. Ms. Smith also served in the Obama administration as a senior adviser at the U. S. Department of Education, where she developed programmatic, policy and budget solutions to respond to pressing challenges in college access, affordability, and completion. Ms. Smith has provided insights on higher education policy at dozens of conferences, briefings, and panels across the nation. She has been featured on C-SPAN and Fox Business News as well as profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes Magazine, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Ms. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in political science and secondary education from Vanderbilt University, and a master's degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


October 2, 2014 - Co-sponsored Program

Latin America and U.S. National Security: the Policy Challenges Ahead
4:30 pm
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Co-sponsored with the Program in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies

CS_F14_Peter_DeShazo Ambassador Peter DeShazo '69, Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies in 2015, former career U.S. diplomat

Ambassador Peter DeShazo is the Executive Director of LASPAU. Before joining LASPAU, he was the director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC from 2004 to 2010. Prior to joining CSIS, he was a member of the career US Senior Foreign Service, serving as deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and deputy US permanent representative to the Organization of American States. During his Foreign Service career, Ambassador DeShazo directed the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the State Department and was director of Western Hemisphere affairs at the US Information Agency. He served in US embassies and consulates in La Paz, Medellin, Santiago, Panama City, Caracas, and Tel Aviv. DeShazo holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Latin American history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with postgraduate study at the Universidad Católica de Chile. He is the author of books and articles in academic and foreign affairs journals. He teaches at the Extension School of Harvard University and taught at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Himself a former Fulbright scholar, Ambassador DeShazo was president of the US-Chile Fulbright Commission.



October 6, 2014 - Co-sponsored Program

5th Annual C. Everett Koop Distinguished Lecture
Corporate Threats to Children's Health –A Panel Discussion
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4:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the C. Everett Koop Institute


JoelBakan Joel Bakan, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia

Joel Bakan is a professor of law at the University of British Columbia, and an internationally renowned legal scholar and commentator. A former Rhodes Scholar and law clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada, Bakan has law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie, and Harvard. His critically acclaimed international hit, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (Free Press, 2004), electrified readers around the world, and became a bestseller in several countries. The book inspired a feature documentary film, The Corporation, written by Bakan and co-created with Mark Achbar, which won numerous awards, including best foreign documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and was a critical and box office success. Bakan's highly regarded scholarly work includes Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs (University of Toronto Press, 1997), as well as textbooks, edited collections, and numerous articles in leading legal and social science journals. His most recent book, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children, was published in 2011, and recognized by the American Library Association's "Booklist" as one of the top 10 business books of the year.


BruceLanphear Bruce Lanphear, Professor, Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital, and Simon Fraser University

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, is a Clinician Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His primary goal is to help quantify and ultimately prevent disease and disability due to exposures to environmental contaminants and pollutants, such as lead, tobacco and pesticides. Over the past decade, Dr. Lanphear has become increasingly vexed by our inability to control the "pandemic of consumption" – the largely preventable, worldwide epidemic of chronic disease and disability due to industrial pollutants, environmental contaminants and excess consumption. He is leading an effort to build an online Atlas of Environmental Health to enhance public understanding of how environmental influences impact human health.

JamesSargent James Sargent, Scott M. and Lisa G Stuart Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Geisel School of Medicine

James Sargent is a pediatrician and behavioral epidemiologist whose current research involves evaluating media and marketing influences on adolescent cancer risk behaviors, including smoking, alcohol consumption, eating, and sexual activity. The research is an acknowledgement that unhealthy consumption of products produced and marketed by large corporate interests is the largest cause of preventable cancers and the biggest threat to population health overall. The solution lies not in adjusting unhealthy behaviors at the individual level or altering metabolic processes to make unhealthy products less harmful. Instead, society needs to exert control over corporate activities and constrain how products like cigarettes, alcohol, energy dense food, and guns are produced and promoted. Dr. Sargent is Co-director of the Cancer Control Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and holds the Scott M. and Lisa G Stuart Professor of Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Sargent received his MD from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 1984 and completed his residency in pediatrics at Boston City Hospital. He has been at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth since 1989. 


October 8, 2014

The William H. Timbers '37 Lecture:
Mechanical Brains and Responsible Choices: Challenges of Neuroscience to Responsibility
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4:30 pm

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

MichaelMoore Michael S. Moore, Walgreen University Chair, Center for Advanced Study Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois College of Law

Michael Moore currently holds the only University-level chair at the University of Illinois' three campuses, the Walgreen Chair. He is also the Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University. He has previously taught at Penn, Berkeley, San Diego, USC, ANU, Virginia, Stanford, Northwestern, and others. His research interests have had as one of their centers the issues related to moral responsibility. Five of his seven books (including the most recent, Causation and Responsibility, OUP 2009, paper 2010) have been devoted to these issues. From 2007 to 2010 he was a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Law and Neuroscience Research Project and Chair of its Intentions and Decisions research group; he also lectures from time to time to the Neuroscience Seminar of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.


October 9, 2014

The Presidency in Real Time: A Rudman Center Conversation with Presidential Chiefs of Staff
Livestreamed from the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy
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3:00 pm

Co-hosted with the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College, UNH's Carsey Institute, and sponsored by Bank of America

Christopher Whipple, Executive Producer of the documentary film The Presidential Gatekeepers

Confirmed panelists:
Kenneth Duberstein, Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan
Mack McLarty, Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton
Andrew Card, Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush


  October 13, 2014

Public Service Is Not for Sissies: Hard Lessons
4:30 pm

Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecturer

JohnBroderickJohn T. Broderick, Jr., Executive Director, Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy, UNH School of Law

John T. Broderick, Jr., was named the first Warren B. Rudman chairman at UNH Law and executive director of its Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy, on July 1, 2014. Broderick became the fifth dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2011, and stepped down in 2014. Prior to the UNH School of Law appointment, Broderick served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court for 15 years. During his tenure as Chief Justice over the last six years, he was the administrative head of all the state's courts, in addition to his judicial duties, and became nationally known for reexamining the way the court system works and redesigning it to meet the challenges of the 21st century. A frequent speaker around the nation on the need to improve and modernize our judicial system, Broderick was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), on which he served for 10 years. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, Broderick was a litigation attorney in the Manchester, NH, law firm of Devine, Millimet, Stahl & Branch, and was a founding shareholder of Broderick & Dean, Professional Association (formerly Merrill & Broderick). He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth for more than 10 years. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and, magna cum laude, of the College of the Holy Cross.


October 14, 2014

Washington, DC Policy Speaker Series
4:30 pm

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.


October 22, 2014

Washington, DC Policy Speaker Series
4:30 pm

Co-hosted with the Department of Government


CS_F14_Judge_Griffith Judge Thomas B. Griffith, Justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Judge Griffith was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in June 2005. A graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Judge Griffith was engaged in private practice from 1985 to1995 and again in 1999, first in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was an associate at Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson, and later in Washington, D.C., where he was an associate and then a partner at Wiley, Rein and Fielding. His primary areas of emphasis were commercial and corporate litigation and government investigations. From 1995 to 1999, Judge Griffith was Senate Legal Counsel of the United States. In that capacity, he represented the interests of the Senate in litigation and advised the Senate leadership and its committees on investigations, including the impeachment trial of President Clinton. From 2000 until his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals, Judge Griffith was Assistant to the President and General Counsel of Brigham Young University. From 1999 to 2000, Judge Griffith was General Counsel to the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, a congressional commission created to study the interplay between tax policy and electronic commerce. From 2002 to 2003, Judge Griffith served as a member of the United States Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, which examined the role of Title IX in intercollegiate athletics. Judge Griffith has long been active in the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI). He currently serves on the CEELI Council of the ABA's Rule of Law Initiative and on the board of directors of the CEELI Institute in Prague. Since joining the Court, Judge Griffith has taught courses on Presidential Powers and Judicial Process at the Brigham Young University Law School and on the Role of an Article III judge at Stanford Law School.


October 27, 2014

Brooks Family Lecture:
The Coming Battles over Social Security
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
5:30 pm

MichaelAstrue Mike Astrue, former Commissioner of the Social Security Administration

Michael Astrue has split his career between public service and the biotechnology industry. He led one of the most successful turnarounds in the history of the industry as CEO of Transkaryotic Therapies and served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. He also worked for thirteen years in senior positions in four Administrations. Among other positions, he served in the Reagan and Bush White Houses as Associate Counsel to the President, and as General Counsel of HHS (1989-1992), where he personally litigated the first federal HIV discrimination and patient dumping enforcement cases. As Commissioner of Social Security (2007-2013) he reported directly to Presidents Bush and Obama. He overhauled the agency's antiquated IT systems and electronic services, reduced backlogs, created fast tracks for patients with severe rare disorders, and significantly improved the economic information provided to the public, particularly to women, as they make retirement choices. A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, he has received two honorary degrees and numerous awards, including the Public Health Award from the National Organization of Rare Disorders and Humanitarian of the Year from the Alzheimer's Association.


November 6, 2014

Veterans Day Program
International Environmental Security: What in the World Is Worth Fighting For?
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4:30 pm

ChrisKing W. Chris King, Dean, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Dr. W. Chris King serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff. Dr. King earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee in 1988. Dr. King has authored two books, and 15 book chapters with his most recent manuscript being, Understanding International Environmental Security: A Strategic Military Perspective. He has published more than 30 journal articles and scientific reports, and lectured at more than 50 professional conferences, including the technical sessions of the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009. Dr. King won both the American Academy of Environmental Engineering Honor Award in 1992 for his work on the Kuwait health risk assessment and the Army Science Award for outstanding research for his work in geophysical remote sensing. In 2000, he completed his M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College. Dr. King is a licensed professional engineer and is board certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers with a specialty in hazardous waste management. He is a founding member of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change. He retired from active duty after 34 years of commissioned service at the rank of Brigadier General.


Past Public Programs

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