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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


Washington, DC Policy Speaker Series
Rockefeller 003
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 15, 2014

Inaugural Lecture in Interregional Asian and Middle Eastern Studies:
Network Asia: Histories of the Future
3:15 pmCarson L01

Lecture co-sponsored by the Advanced Seminar in East Asian Studies, Charles and Elfriede Collis Professorship in History, Department of Anthropology, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Leslie Center for the Humanities, and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences.


CS_F14_Prasenjit_Duara Prasenjit Duara, Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Prasenjit Duara is the Raffles Professor of Humanities at the National University of Singapore, where he is also Director of Asian Research Institute and Research in Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to Chinese history, he works more broadly on Asia in the twentieth century, and on historical thought and historiography. Prof. Duara, originally from Assam, India, spent a major part of his career teaching at the Department of History in the University of Chicago, where he was also chairman of the department from 2004-2007. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from St. Stephen's College in Delhi, his M. Phil. in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and his Ph.D in History and East Asian languages from Harvard University.


  October 15, 2014

Public Service Is Not for the Faint of Heart: Hard Lessons
4:30 pm
Rockefeller 003

Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecturer

JohnBroderick John 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 22, 2014

Washington, DC Policy Speaker Series
Rockefeller 003
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?
Rockefeller 003
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

Last Updated: 10/12/14