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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
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 6, 2014 - Co-sponsored Program

5th Annual C. Everett Koop Distinguished Lecture
Corporate Threats to Children's Health –A Panel Discussion
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 Roger S. Aaron '64 Lecture:
Mechanical Brains and Responsible Choices: Challenges of Neuroscience to Responsibility
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. He is married to Heidi Hurd, has four children, and principally resides in Monticello, Illinois. 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 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
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

Co-hosted by 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.


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 27, 2014

Brooks Family Lecture:
The Coming Battles over Social Security
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?
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: 8/22/14