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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.

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


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. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Dean Paul Brest and Professors Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin, and Reva Siegel, Professor Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale Univ. Press, 1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998), America's Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005), and most recently, America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012). Source:


October 8, 2015

The Thurlow Gordon 1906 Lecture
4:30 pm


PP_F15_Robert_Porter Robert Odawi Porter, Senior Advisor, Dentons Law Firm

Robert Odawi Porter is an expert in the field of American Indian law and has dedicated his 20-year legal career to protecting and expanding the rights of indigenous nations and peoples. He joined the Dentons Law Firm on January 1, 2013, following the completion of his term as the 67th president of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Robert also served the Seneca Nation for nine years as its chief legal counsel, holding the position of attorney general and later acting as senior policy advisor and counsel. During his career, Robert has represented both private Indian-owned businesses and Fortune 500 corporations. Focusing on complex legal and policy matters, his practice at the firm represents Indian nations, individual Indians and Indian-owned businesses, as well as companies doing business in Indian Country.Robert is a recognized expert in federal Indian law and has worked to protect Indian treaty rights throughout his career as a practicing attorney.
Before serving as Seneca Nation president, Robert spent more than 10 years as a tenured law professor at the University of Kansas, the University of Iowa and Syracuse University. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications focusing on indigenous law and governance, tribal sovereignty, and the cultural, political and legal impacts of Euro-American colonization on indigenous peoples. Robert is a graduate of Syracuse University and Harvard Law School. He started his legal career working at the global law firms of Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, DC, and Baker & Hostetler in Cleveland. He is a member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation and was raised on the Nation's Allegany Territory.


October 16, 2015

The Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
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 progress)

A Conversation between Maya MacGuineas and Professor Charles Wheelan
4:30 pm


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. Source:


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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Last Updated: 9/3/15