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During Spring Term the Rockefeller Center will present another full calendar of events, lectures, and student activities. Read about our activities and news coverage of events here. You can also sign up to receive our new electronic newsletter, published at the start of each term, and our RSS feed. View 2008-2009 News Briefs.


3rd Annual New Hampshire State of the State Poll on Politics, Economic Issues, and Social Policies

State of the State 2010 The Rockefeller Center’s third annual State of the State surveyed a sample of New Hampshire registered voters (N=406) to get their opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United States. Sample demographics and polling methodology are summarized at the end of the press release. Read the complete press release.

Congratulations to Devon Mosley '09

Devon Mosley DeVon Mosley '09 has recently received a $10,000 Kathryn Wasserman Davis Project for Peace grant, which supports grassroots efforts to promote peace. Mosley will spend this summer carrying out his project. While on campus Devon was a active Rocky participant, attending Civic Skills Training and was awarded a Class of '64 Rockefeller Center sponsored internship. Mosley graduated with a minor in public policy. Read the Dartmouth press release.

May 24, 2010

Oconnell James O’Connell, President, Boston Heath Care for the Homeless presented a lecture “Dispatches from the Streets: Lessons Learned During 25 Years of Caring for Boston’s Rough Sleepers.” This was in conjunction with the student-led conference “One Voice: A Conference and Discussion on Homeless Shelters in New Hampshire and Vermont” also held on May 24. Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

Homelessness is a prism that refracts the weaknesses from many sectors of society, including housing, welfare, health, human services, education, labor, and corrections; Chronically homeless persons are high utilizers of costly emergency room and hospital services, yet have marked disparities in morbidity and mortality; Housing is the necessary but not sufficient solution to preventing and ending chronic homelessness.

Chronically homeless persons, especially those who sleep on the streets of our cities, bear a complex burden of co-occurring medical, mental health, and substance abuse problems and suffer marked health care disparities, including premature mortality. This session will explore the lessons learned by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program during 25 years of caring for these marginalized individuals. The evolution of the service delivery model will be reviewed, emphasizing both the successes and failures in BHCHP’s attempts to bring quality and continuity of care to this marginalized population.

After graduating from Harvard Medical School and completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. O'Connell began his fulltime clinical work with homeless individuals as the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in 1985.

As President of the program, Dr. O’Connell has seen the program evolve to meet the needs of community. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program now serves over 11,000 homeless persons each year in two hospital-based clinics and over 80 shelters and outreach sites in Boston. In 1993, Dr. O’Connell founded BHCHP’s medical respite program which has 104 beds dedicated to acute, sub-acute, peri-operative, rehabilitative, recuperative, and palliative end-of-life care for homeless men and women who would otherwise require costly acute care hospitalizations. Working with the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science, Dr. O’Connell designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program in 1995.

In 2009, Dr. O’Connell was awarded the prestigious J.H. Kanter Prize for his exceptional work to enhance health care delivery for homeless people in Boston. This national award recognizes physicians for their “tireless efforts and creativity” in developing ways to eliminate health disparities and improve health care throughout the United States.

Dr. O’Connell is the editor of The Health Care of Homeless Persons: A Manual of Communicable Diseases and Common Problems in Shelters and on the Streets, and an editor of A Practical Approach to Pulmonary Medicine. His articles have appeared in the “New England Journal of Medicine,” the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” “Circulation,” the “Journal of Clinical Ethics,” and several other medical journals.

May 13, 2010

Reynolds James Reynolds, BBC Foreign Correspondent, presented a lecture entitled “Stuff Them or Shoot Them? - The Future of the Foreign Correspondent.” Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

What place is there for the traditional foreign correspondent? Is the job a costly, anachronistic relic? Why send in foreign correspondents when local reporters can often do the same job? James Reynolds is a BBC Foreign Correspondent. He was first posted to Santiago, Chile in 1998 as the BBC's South America Correspondent. During the next three years, he covered the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile, the fall of Alberto Fujimori in Peru, the guerrilla war in Colombia, and unrest in Ecuador and Bolivia. 

In 2001, he was posted to Jerusalem as a BBC Middle East Correspondent. There, he covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraq War, and Israel's war against Hezbollah. In 2006, Reynolds was appointed BBC China Correspondent, based in Beijing. He covered protests in Tibet, the Sichuan earthquake, and the Olympic Games. For the last year, Reynolds has been a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. In his spare time, Reynolds enjoys floating in the Dead Sea. This was The Bernard D. Nossiter '47 leacture.

May 7, 2010

putnam Robert Putnam, The Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, Director, The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement, Harvard Kennedy School presented a lecture entitled “E Pluribus Unum: Immigration, Diversity, and Community.” Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

Historically, American communities have been beehives of civic activity, just as the famed French visitor, Alexis de Tocqueville, said nearly two centuries ago. Over the last half century, however, Americans have become steadily isolated from one another. By many different measures--membership in civic associations, time spent with friends, collaborative work on community projects, and even numbers of picnics--Americans have become steadily less connected with one another and with our communities. Why has this happened? Does it really matter? And if it does matter, what can we do about it?

 Robert D. Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, and Visiting Professor and Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Change, University of Manchester (UK). Raised in a small town in the Midwest and educated at Swarthmore, Oxford, and Yale, he has served as Dean of the Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He was the 2006 recipient of the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious international award for scholarly achievement in political science. The London Sunday Times has called him “the most influential academic in the world today.”

He has written a dozen books, translated into twenty languages, including the best-selling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, and Better Together: Restoring the American Community, a study of new forms of social connectedness. His Making Democracy Work was praised by the Economist as "a great work of social science, worthy to rank alongside de Tocqueville, Pareto and Weber." Both Making Democracy Work and Bowling Alone rank among the most cited publications in the social sciences worldwide in the last half century.

Putnam has worked on these themes with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, as well as with British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Ireland’s Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi, and many other national leaders and grassroots activists around the world. He founded the Saguaro Seminar, bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners from across America to develop actionable ideas for civic renewal. His earlier work included research on political elites, Italian politics, and globalization.

Before coming to Harvard in 1979, he taught at the University of Michigan and served on the staff of the National Security Council. He is currently working on four major empirical projects: (1) the changing role of religion in contemporary America, (2) strategies for social integration in the context of immigration and ethnic diversity, (3) the effects of workplace practices on family and community life, and (4) growing class disparities among American youth.

May 5, 2010

pwood Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars presented a lecture on “Here They Come: Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education.” This lecture was co-sponsored with the Dartmouth Presidents Office, the Dartmouth Government Department, and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.

May 4, 2010

tanner On May 4 Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, gave a lecture entitled "Health Care Reform: What Just Happened?” Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

$1 Trillion is a lot of HealthCare! What do we get? What did we give up? Michael Tanner will discuss the background of health care reform in The United States, “The Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act” and what it means for you, costs associated with the new Law, and the battles still to come. Come find out about the impact of the reform for yourself!

Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security. Under Tanner's direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice, which is widely considered the leading impetus for transforming the soon-to-be-bankrupt system into a private savings program. “Time Magazine” calls Tanner, "one of the architects of the private accounts movement," and “Congressional Quarterly” named him one of the nation's five most influential experts on Social Security.

His other books include, Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It (Second Edition, 2007), The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society (2003), and A New Deal for Social Security (1998). Tanner's writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs. Before joining Cato in 1993, Tanner served as director of research of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and as legislative director for the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Co-sponsored with The Dartmouth College Libertarians and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center

May 3, 2010

garthwaith On May 3, 2010, Craig Garthwaite, Senior Lecturer of Management & Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, presented "Giving Mom a Break: The Impact of Higher EITC Payments on Maternal Health" at the Health Policy faculty workshop. Learn more about the Center's Faculty Workshops.

April 30, 2010 - Law Day

The Rockefeller Center co-sponsored a number of events associated with Dartmouth Law Day. To read a full listing of the events read the Dartmouth press release.

Two Faculty Workshops were also held on April 30

blanton Hart Blanton, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, presented "Punishing difference and rewarding diversity: A deviance regulation analysis of social structure" at the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) faculty workshop.

kreps Sarah Kreps, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, & Affiliate, Einaudi Center for International Studies’ Foreign Policy Initiative, Cornell University, presented "The Price is Wrong: Why Do States Underestimate the Costs of Conflict?" at the International/Foreign Policy faculty workshop. This workshop was supported by the John Sloan Dickey Center and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.

April 29, 2010

mott John Mott ’81, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia presented a lecture on "“Hate Crime and Civil Rights Violations in the United States -- the Law Enforcement Response” as part of the campus-wide Law Day activities. Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth. A DVD of this presentation is available at the Jones Media Center.

Despite our advances as a society, civil rights violations, including hate crime, continues to occur in all regions of the United States. Vigorous state and federal law enforcement is essential to protect all individuals against criminal violations of their civil rights.

In the fall of 2009, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which created a new federal hate crime statute. The legislation enhanced the ability of federal authorities to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws and, equally significantly, expanded the scope of the existing hate crime statute to protect individuals targeted on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability. This controversial development occurred against the backdrop of a federal system in which the various States have their own law enforcement schemes and interest in protecting individuals from crime within their jurisdictions. This presentation will examine the enforcement of criminal civil rights violations, including hate crime, in the United States, the State and federal law enforcement response to these criminal acts, and the interaction between State and federal authorities in these often high profile cases.

Judge John M. Mott was appointed to the Superior Court for the District of Columbia in 2000 by President Clinton and has spent over 20 years in the courtroom as a public defender, federal civil rights prosecutor, and trial judge. Judge Mott graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1981, where he was a captain of the ski team and a member of Casque and Gauntlet. After Dartmouth, Judge Mott taught high school history, worked at the National Council of La Raza and Neighborhood Legal Services, traveled extensively in South America, and worked in Japan. After a distinguished three years at Northeastern University School of Law, Judge Mott began his legal career at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service (PDS), a national leader in indigent defense. From 1988 – 1995, as a staff attorney and supervisor at PDS, Judge Mott represented indigent defendants in juvenile proceedings, appeals, and scores of serious felony matters. From 1995 – 2000, Judge Mott prosecuted hate crime, police brutality and official misconduct, involuntary servitude and other cases at the United States Department of Justice. As a Senior Trial Attorney, he handled a number of high profile trials. As a Deputy Chief, he supervised the trial attorneys and coordinated the efforts of the Worker Exploitation Task Force. As Acting Chief, he approved all criminal civil rights prosecutions, helped to create the Task Force on Violence Against Health Care Providers, and worked on legislative matters including the Hate Crime bill. He received many awards at DOJ, including a Special Achievement Award for his service as Acting Chief. Judge Mott has been active in the Washington community for over 20 years as a youth track and soccer coach, expanding the Youth Court to a Spanish language site, and as Youth Chair of the Coalition Against Drugs and Violence.

The Stephen R. Volk ’57 Lecture – Honoring “Law Day”

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

Monday, April 26, 2010

A team of students from the Rockefeller Center's Policy Research Shop testified before the New Hampshire DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) Commission. Read more about this testimony.

prs100423 On April 26th, 2010, a team of students from the Rockefeller Center's Policy Research Shop testified before the New Hampshire DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) Commission. The Commission, chaired by Representative William Butynski, is comprised of representatives from New Hampshire's Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. The PRS students, Alicia Modeen '10, Elisabeth Ericson '11, and Brian Freeman '11, presented their findings about options for structuring programs and processes for repeat DWI offenders. The students collected and analyzed information about other states' policies and the latest peer reviewed research concerning screening, assessment, punishment, treatment, and new technology to reduce recidivism. Their findings are reflected in the Policy Research Shop brief, “DWI Repeat Offenders in the Criminal Justice System: National Trends and Policy Options for New Hampshire.” The team made a 30-minute presentation and then ably answered challenging questions for another 30 minutes. Their research will help New Hampshire restructure its DWI multiple offender practices. 

[Photo: PRS students, Elisabeth Ericson '11, and Brian Freeman '11 and Alicia Modeen '10,respond to questions from Chairman Butynski and Rep. Ricia McMahon]

April 19, 2010

woolley Mary Woolley, President of Research!America presented a lecture on “Global Health is America's Health: Your Role in Connecting Research to Policy.”

Mary Woolley is the president of Research!America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit, membership supported grassroots public education and advocacy organization committed to making medical and health research a higher national priority. Under her leadership, Research!America has earned the attention and respect of elected and appointed officials, researchers in the public, private and academic sectors, media, and community leaders with its record of innovation in advocacy for research. Research!America’s reports and publications, Web sites, and constituent education initiatives have been honored by leading regional and international communications and advocacy organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America.

Woolley is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on its Governing Council. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and serves on the National Academies Board on Life Sciences. She is a founding member of the Board of Associates of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Woolley has served as president of the Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI), as editor of the “Journal of the Society of Research Administrators,” as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and as a consultant to several research organizations.

Woolley has a 30-year editorial and publication history on science advocacy and research related topics. Her op-eds and letters to the editor are published in newspapers and magazines from coast to coast including “The New York Times” and “Washington Post.” She has been published in “Science,” “Nature,” “Issues in Science and Technology,” “The New England Journal of Medicine,” “The Journal of the American Medical Association,” “The Scientist,” and others. She is a sought-after speaker and is frequently interviewed by science, news and policy journalists and has received recognition by PBS as an “Unsung Heroine.”

For her work on behalf of medical research, she has been honored as a Woman of Vision by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science and has received the American Hospital Association Silver Touchstone Award for Public Affairs Programming, the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Dean's Award for Distinguished Service, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Special Award for Science Advocacy, the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research Health Advocacy Award, the Awareness and Advocacy Award from the Clinical Research Forum, and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine Paul G. Rogers Public Service Award.

A native of Chicago, Woolley received a bachelor of science from Stanford University and a master of arts from San Francisco State University. In her early career, Woolley served as San Francisco project director for the then largest-ever NIH-funded clinical trial, the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT). In 1981, she became administrator of the Medical Research Institute of San Francisco, and in 1986 was named the Institute's executive director and CEO. Woolley has served as president and CEO of Research!America since 1990.

This lecture was co-sponsored with The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

April 17, 2010

wheelantedx On April 17 Dartmouth hosted a groundbreaking event known as TEDx. TED, by the way, stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. At Dartmouth, 14 speakers from a variety of disciplines spoke over the course of several hours. TEDx is based on the popular TED Talks, and TEDx events have cropped up on a few campuses nationwide. Read more about Tedx at Dartmouth in the College's news release. The Student Assembly and the Abbot Technology Leaders Program at the Thayer School of Engineering were the main sponsors for the event, while the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, and the Tucker Foundation have provided additional funding. See more of the event on the TEDx at Dartmouth Flickr site, TEDx at Dartmouth on YouTube, and by visiting the TEDx at Dartmouth website.

April 16, 2010

emsm Ezekiel Emanuel presented an interactive program on “How to Think Through Ethical Dilemmas.” Through the use of case studies he challenged the audience to consider the value of having an ethical framework for evaluating hard multi-faceted questions in clinical research and bioethics. Read a review of the program in The Dartmouth. A DVD of this presentation is available at the Jones Media Center.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, the Chair of the Clinical Center Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently serving as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He is also a breast oncologist and author.

After completing his undergraduate education at Amherst College, he received his M.Sc. from Oxford University in Biochemistry. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. His dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political science dissertation of the year. In 1987-88, he was a fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Dr Emanuel completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has been on the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School before joining the NIH.

Dr. Emanuel developed The Medical Directive, a comprehensive living will that has been endorsed by “Consumer Reports on Health,” “Harvard Health Letter,” “The New York Times,” “Wall Street Journal,” and many other publications. He has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, health care reform, international research ethics, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship in the “New England Journal of Medicine,” “The Lancet,” “JAMA,” and many other medical journals. His books include "Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America," "The Ends of Human Life: Medical Ethics in a Liberal Polity,"and "The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics."

 He has received numerous awards including election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Science and the Association of American Physicians. “Hippocrates Magazine” selected him as Doctor of the Year in Ethics. He received the AMA-Burroughs Welcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the John Mendelsohn Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a Fulbright Scholarship (which he declined). In 2007 Roosevelt University presented Dr. Emanuel with the President’s Medal for Social Justice.

Dr. Emanuel served on President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), and on the bioethics panel of the Pan-American Healthcare Organization. Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UCLA, the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the Kovtiz Professor at Stanford Medical School.

This program was co-sponsored by the Dartmouth College Hillel,  The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, and The William Jewett Tucker Foundation.

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April 15, 2010

muirhead Russell Muirhead, Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics, Dartmouth College presented a lecture on  "What Good Citizens Should Know: Civics for the 21st Century.” Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth. A DVD of this lecture is available at the Jones Media Center.

Good citizenship is about feeling, acting, and thinking. We are supposed to feel certain ways--for instance, tolerant and understanding toward others. And good citizens are active--in particular, they vote. But they also petition, meet, organize, and mobilize. Finally, good citizens are supposed to think, or to understand. Of the three aspects of good citizenship, thinking is often cast as the least important, in part because it is undemocratic to expect citizens to know too much. Against this tendency, Muirhead argues for the importance of thinking and knowledge in politics. In particular, Muirhead argues that good citizens should have a sound understanding of what their government has done well and what it has messed up. And there is no way to form this kind of understanding, Muirhead argues, without entertaining partisanship. This is elementary of what government does well and what it does not constitutes the basics of civic understanding, and yet it is all too often overlooked.

Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College. Raised in Manchester, N.H., Muirhead was educated at Harvard University where he receive d his A.B. and his Ph.D. in Government. Muirhead received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University. He is the author of Just Work (Harvard University Press, 2004) and a forthcoming book A Defense of Party Spirit. He is currently working on a short book about why politicians are so painful to hear. Muirhead has taught at Harvard University and at the University of Texas at Austin.

This lecture was co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters.

zoi Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, presented a lecture on "America's Clean Energy Future." Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

Cathy Zoi was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 19, 2009 as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In her capacity as Assistant Secretary, Ms. Zoi is responsible for leading the programs, staff, and policies of EERE, as well as engaging constituent groups in the efficiency and renewable energy sectors.

In her role as Assistant Secretary, Ms. Zoi manages the U.S. Department of Energy's $2.3 billion applied science, research, development, and deployment portfolio, which promotes marketplace integration of renewable and environmentally sound energy technologies. Additionally, Ms. Zoi oversees EERE's $16.8 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. EERE is responsible for education, conservation, regulation, and efficient use of our nation's energy resources, including federal energy management, building codes, appliance standards, vehicle technologies, and the ENERGY STAR® program. EERE works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality through public-private partnerships.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Zoi served as founding CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection. Established in January 2007 and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, the Alliance is a non-profit organization spearheading a multi-year, multimillion dollar effort aimed at informing Americans of both the urgency and solvability of global warming. During her tenure with the Alliance, Ms. Zoi created the Repower America challenge with Vice President Gore, which set the goal of achieving 100% clean electricity within ten years. Ms. Zoi also launched the "We" Campaign—one of the most prominent climate solutions operations in the nation.

She earned a B.S. in Geology from Duke University (Magna cum laude) and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth College.

This program was co-sponsored with the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, Thayer School of Engineering

April 9, 2010


A moderated panel discussion on "Great Issues in Energy Symposium, The Nuclear Option" was held on April 9, 2010. Speakers included:

Dr. Ernest Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Joe Romm,Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; and Dr. Alex Glaser,Assistant Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University. The discussion was moderated by: Lee Lynd, Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering Design, and Andrew Samwick, Professor of Economics and Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. Read a review of the discussion in The Dartmouth.

Late Winter Term News

guthrie Jessica Guthrie '10 was recently interviewed by President Kim on her Dartmouth experience. Guthrie describes the Rockefeller Center as her 'second home.' She has participated in the Center's First Year Fellows program, Civic Skills Training, is a Senior Honors Thesis award recipient and a Rockefeller Center Leadership Fellow. Watch the complete interview between Jessica Guthrie and President Kim on YouTube.

knight David J. Knight ’10, of Slidell, La., has won the inaugural Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color. The teaching fellowship provides Knight a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education in preparation to teach in a high-need public school, support and mentoring throughout a three-year teaching commitment, and guidance toward a teaching certification. He is one of 25 students across the country to win the competitive fellowship. Knight is a recipient of a Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grant, as well as a member of the 2009-10 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Read the full Dartmouth press release. [photo by Joe Mehling ’69]

shambaugh Jay Shambaugh, assistant professor of economics, co-authored an article entitled " Financial Exchange Rates and International Currency Exposures" in the March 2010 volume of The American Economic Review. Work on the article was begun while Shambaugh was a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Integration Studies, Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin, and was funded by a 2006 Rockefeller Center Faculty Research Grant. The full article is available online at the AEAweb.

March 16, 2010

On March 16, 2010, Anya Perret ‘11, David Lumbert ‘12, and Boyd Lever ’10 from the Center's Policy Research Shop presented their findings on the social costs of gambling in formal testimony before the New Hampshire Gaming Study Commission in Concord. read more . The 15-member Commission was created by Governor John Lynch to investigate the costs and benefits of expanding gambling in New Hampshire to include casino gambling. The students were commended on the breadth and detail of their report by commission members.


[Professor Ron Shaiko, Anya Perret,NH Gaming Study Commission Vice-Chair John Foster,David Lumbert,and Boyd Lever]

March 4, 2010

On March 4, 2010, Christopher Whitehead '12, Daniel Van Deusen '11, and Travis Blalock '12 of the Rockefeller Center's Policy Research Shop presented their findings from analysis of state parks data from across the nation to New Hampshire legislators from of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee, the Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee, and the Fish and Game and the Marine Resources Committee. As noted in their research New Hampshire is the only state in the United States that provides no public funding to support its state park system.

The presentation occurred in conjunction with the formation of a study group to assess future directions for oversight of state parks in the state of New Hampshire. The presentation was based on the students' written report, also provided to the legislators.


[Representative Laurie Harding and the Chair of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee, and sponsor of the PRS project; Chris Whitehead ’12, Dan VanDeusen ’11, and Travis Blalock ’12; Representative Ricia McMahon,]

Rosenblum Nancy Rosenblum, Senator Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government Theory, Harvard University presented a public lecture on"Partisanship and Independence: The Moral Distinctiveness of 'Party-ID."youtube Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

Partisanship and Independence: The Moral Distinctiveness of “Party ID” is an analysis of contemporary hostility toward political parties and partisanship. Nancy Rosenblum assesses the claim common to both democratic theory and ordinary political discourse that Independents occupy the moral high ground. She challenges the moral and political assertions made on behalf of Independence. She argues to the contrary that partisanship is the morally distinctive political identity of representative democracy. The widespread assumption that an “intelligently and progressively democratic” system depends on the ability of its supporters to attain a nonpartisan spirit is exactly wrong.

Nancy Rosenblum is the Senator Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government. In 2004 she became Chair of the Department of Government. Her field of research is political theory, both historical and contemporary political thought. On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship has been published by Princeton University Press in 2008. She is the author of Membership and Morals: The Personal Uses of Pluralism in America (1998), which was awarded the APSA David Easton Prize in 2000. Her recent edited works include Breaking the Cycles of Hatred: Memory, Law, and Repair with Martha Minow (2002) Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith: Religious Accommodation in Pluralist Democracies (2000) and Civil Society and Government, co-edited with Robert Post. In addition to Government courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, Prof. Rosenblum offers a course on "legalism" in the moral reasoning core curriculum. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

March 2, 2010

Barnico Thomas A. Barnico ’77Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General presented a lecture on "World Trade and States’ Rights: New Threats to Sovereignty"youtube as part of The Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture series. Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

International trade agreements have expanded rapidly in recent years. Supporters claim that the agreements carefully balance the benefits of free trade with the labor, environmental, and other regulatory interests of the signatory nations. Many States of the United States, however, claim that trade agreements unduly restrict or preempt state laws regulating commerce. As Congress considers the next round of trade agreements, the States will continue to seek to protect their sovereign interests.

Mr. Barnico has served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1981. He represents the state and its officers in civil cases involving constitutional law, administrative law, and business regulation. He has argued three cases in the United States Supreme Court, nineteen cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and 70 cases in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Mr. Barnico has been a Lecturer and Director of the Attorney General Clinical Program at Boston College Law School since 1989. He received his A.B. degree, cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1977. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1980. Mr. Barnico also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County (MA) in 1980 and 1981.

February 4, 2010

sloane Melanie Sloan, Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Washington, DC presented a lecture on "Can the Government be Trusted to Oversee Itself?"youtube While on campus Sloan was a guest at a lunch hosted by the Rockefeller Center's discussion groups Rocky VoxMasters and PoliTALK. She was also a guest speaker in Professor Linda Fowler's government class on the "American Political System." Read a review of her lecture in The Dartmouth.

Melanie Sloan serves as CREW's Executive Director and is a nationally recognized expert on congressional ethics. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries. Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Sloan served as Minority Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, working on criminal justice issues for then-Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI). Ms. Sloan also served as Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY). There, she drafted portions of the 1994 Crime Bill, including the Violence Against Women Act. In 1993, Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE). Prior to working for the Congress, she was an associate at Howrey and Simon in Washington DC. Ms. Sloan received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and has published in the Yale Law and Policy Review, and numerous other publications. Frequently called upon by national news programs to provide analysis, Ms. Sloan has appeared on shows including: NPR's All Things Considered, CNN's The Situation Room, Larry King Live and Lou Dobbs, MSNBC's Hardball and Countdown with Keith Olbermann, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, and ABC World News Tonight. Ms. Sloan also regularly provides insight to newspapers and magazines across the country including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and Rolling Stone, which named her One of the Year's Greatest Mavericks in 2006. She has been profiled in a number of publications including: Ms. Magazine, Time Magazine and Mother Jones. Ms. Sloan has also been named one of Washington, DC’s Top Grassroots Lobbyists by The Hill for three years running and was profiled in the September 2009 issue of O Magazine as part of the O Power List.

February 2, 2010

prs20100204 On February 2, 2010, three Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students, Brendan McVeigh ’10, Elizabeth Mitchell ’10, and Ian Rorick ’10 testified in Concord before the New Hampshire House Executive Departments and Administration Committee, chaired by Rep. Anne-Marie Irwin and the Science, Technology and Energy Committee, chaired by Rep. Naida Kaen. The joint session served as a review of House Bill 1688 which proposes change to state regulations regarding the installation and operation of boilers and pressure vessels in New Hampshire. The bill considers altering state regulation to allow European biomass boilers to enter the New Hampshire market. Brendan, Elizabeth and Ian made a twenty-minute presentation to the members of the committees, and responded to questions from committee members. The group, along with Benjamin Beckerman ’10, provided written testimony in the form of a policy brief to the committees. The analysis of boiler regulation is one component of the students’ work to analyze policy options for New Hampshire in its goal to have 25 percent of its energy powered from renewable resources by the year 2025.

hermansm On February 2, 2010 Melissa Herman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College, presented "Consistency in parenting styles among multiracial and monoracial adolescents: the impact of ethnic and racial ancestry" at the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) faculty workshop. Learn more about the Center's Faculty Workshops.

January 29, 2010

Martin_Dimitrov On January 29 Martin Dimitrov, Assistant Professor of Government, gave a presentation on "Popular Accountability under Authoritarianism: Citizen Complaints in Communist Europe and China. This presentation was in fulfillment of his most recent Rockefeller Center faculty research grant. Learn more about the Center's Faculty Research funding opportunities.

January 28, 2010

young On Thursday, January 28, Joshua Young visited Public Policy 48, "Policy Analysis and Local Governance," to discuss his work as the Legislative Liaison and Deputy Director of Community Coordination for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), New England's largest anti-poverty non-profit organization. Taught by Professor Andrew Samwick, the students in Public Policy 48 are currently analyzing the problems of racial segregation and concentrated poverty in their hometown areas. A 20-year veteran of state and local politics in Massachusetts, particularly in the field of affordable housing, Mr. Young had lunch after class with a group of students from the Center's Policy Research Shop, where they discussed their research projects in support of the New Hampshire and Vermont state legislatures.

January 25-26, 2010

mchenry Stephanie McHenry ’84, President, ShoreBank, Cleveland Region, Ohio presented a lecture on"Banking to Change the World: Creating Jobs and Empowering Communities, " youtube as a Martin Luther King Celebration Event Sponsored by the Rockefeller Center. Read a review of the lecture  in The Dartmouth. While on campus McHenry also was a guest at a luncheon hosted by the Rockefeller Center Women in Leadership and the Dartmouth Women in Business groups, and the Social Enterprise and Economic Development Society(SEEDS). On January 26 she participated in Professor Andrew Samwick's 'Policy Analysis and Local Governance" public policy class.

Stephanie McHenry is the President of ShoreBank, Cleveland Region. ShoreBank is the nation's first and largest community development and environmental bank, with $2.3 billion in total assets. Since beginning work in Cleveland in 1994, ShoreBank has invested more than $300 million in Greater Cleveland neighborhoods. Prior to joining the bank, Ms. McHenry served as the Senior Director, Minority Business Development for The Greater Cleveland Growth Association, where she led its successful efforts to support minority business growth. An active board member, she is past chair of the board of the National Cooperative Bank (Washington, DC), and serves on local governing bodies, including those of the Cleveland State University, and ideastream® (public radio and television). She is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Dartmouth College Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for public policy. Ms. McHenry is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2003. In 2007, she was profiled in Crain's "Women of Note" feature, and received a YWCA "Woman of Achievement" award in 2008. Ms. McHenry is a 1984 graduate of Dartmouth College with a bachelor's degree in economics and currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

January 24, 2010

MLDP Special Session: Corporate Recruiting Super Day

The Rockefeller Center held a special MLDP session "Corporate Recruiting Superday" on Sunday, January 24th, 2010 open to all Dartmouth students. This event addressed the weaknesses/disadvantages that recruiters often find in Dartmouth students: Lack of financial technical background, An understanding of the financial market, and the ability to market yourself. After going through corporate recruiting themselves last Fall, two Dartmouth seniors - Sumiran Das and Anh Le, frequently heard employers voice these concerns and so worked together with the Rockefeller Center to organize this event.

January 15

Rockefeller Center Supports Parliamentary Debate Team

parlimentdebate On January 15 and 16, the Rockefeller Center was the site of a parliamentary debate tournament hosted by the Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate student group, with support funding provided by the Rockefeller Center. In all over forty schools were represented in the tournament. The tournament was organized into preliminary rounds. These preliminary rounds determined which schools advanced to the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds. The Johns Hopkins University pair earned top team at the competition, and one of the Johns Hopkins debaters earned top speaker honors.

January 12, 2010

wheatley On January 12, 2010, Thalia Wheatley, Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College presented "Is morality unified? Evidence that distinct neural systems underlie judgments of harm, dishonesty, and disgust" at the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) faculty workshop. Learn more about the Center's Faculty Workshops.

prs100113 PRS Students Testify in Concord on Third Party Ballot Access. On January 12, 2010, two Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students, Jeremy Kaufmann ‘12 and William Hix ’12, testified in Concord before the New Hampshire House Committee on Election Law, chaired by Rep. Jane Clemons, on a proposed third party ballot access bill. Jeremy and Will provided written testimony in the form of a policy brief, made a ten-minute Powerpoint presentation to the members of the committee, and responded to questions from committee members. Their presentation was preceded by testimony from NH Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan, Rich Tomasso, Chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, as well as representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations. Read more about PRS testimonies.

 Learn more about the Policy Research Shop.

Geeta Anand '89, Former Member of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors

geeta Geeta Anand '89, a former member of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter and feature writer for the Wall Street Journal. Anand based in Mumbai, India.

In 2006 Anand published The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million--And Bucked the Medical Establishment--In a Quest to Save His Children, which has inspired Harrison Ford's latest film Extraordinary Measures.

alex_in-nic  For the past six years, Dartmouth has partnered with URACCAN through the Tucker Cross Cultural Education and Service Program (CCESP), which sends a 30-person team of Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff to rural Siuna, Nicaragua, every December for a service and educational program. This past December Alex Rivadeneria '10, a Rockefeller Center student assistant for the Rockefeller Leadership Program, was a participant. He writes of his experience-

"The communities around Siuna are extremely rural, and all of Nicaragua is plagued by the social and political devastation of years of upheaval and revolution. For example, the communities we worked in lacked clean running water and electricity, let alone access to the internet or even good public libraries. Even well-off people in the communities live in dirt floor houses, and a cement foundation seems luxurious. Almost every person who came to the clinic complained of chronic pain all throughout their bodies from the hard labor that they perform at home or in the fields. Most women, for instance, work as “amas de casa” (homemakers), spending all day in poorly-ventilated kitchens, breathing in copious amounts of smoke. Men, on the other hand, work in “el campo” (the fields, the countryside) where they toil in the sun, perpetually hunched over, doing agricultural work with machetes.

As a health team member, my responsibilities included doing patient intake, helping translate for providers, working in a pharmacy and doing a health presentation for local heath providers. Working and living directly in the community meant daily interaction with the local people who were extremely welcoming. The children were a particular joy to spend time with. Although their lives are also difficult, increased efforts to ensure the literacy of the country’s children has brought the gift of reading to even some of the most rural communities in Nicaragua. Many children voraciously read the books that we brought with us to the clinic, and were happy to show off their skills. If there is hope for the future of Nicaragua, it certainly lies with these beautiful and intelligent children.

Overall, the experience was not always easy, but the connections and exchanges I had with many of the people on the ground are something that I will not soon forget." Learn more about the Tucker Foundation's CCESP

the experience was not always easy, but the connections and exchanges I had with many of the people on the ground are something that I will not soon forget." Learn more about the Tucker Foundation's CCESP.

Winter Term Policy Research Shop Filled with Student Researchers

prs2010 Twenty-seven students are currently participating in the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop (PRS), a record number of participants. The student researchers are working on eight distinct projects for state legislators, a state commission, the judicial branch, and a consortium of non-profit organizations during the Winter 2010 term. Research projects for state legislative committees in New Hampshire include: third party ballot access (to be presented in testimony on January 12, 2010 to the NH House Committee on Elections), public funding of state parks, disability benefits, alternative energy resources, and revisions to driving-under-the-influence (DUI) law. One student research group is working with the NH Gaming Study Commission on the social costs of gambling, the impact of gambling on crime, and the financial costs and benefits of introducing casino gambling. Another PRS group is working with NH Chief Justice Broderick to help the judicial branch better serve citizens who seek to represent themselves in NH state courts (pro se cases). Finally, a student group is working with the executive directors of homeless shelters in Vermont and New Hampshire to develop standards and establish best practices for the shelters. As each of these projects is completed, the students will move on the new research projects waiting to be undertaken by the PRS. 

New Public Policy Spring-Term Course PBPL 51 “Leadership in Civil Society” (course description)

Leadership in Civil Society will be taught by Professor Ron Shaiko during the Spring Term. As a means of introducing the course Professor Shaiko draws a direct connection between civil society and leadership.

Leadership in civil society is manifest in many ways, particularly at the grassroots level in American society. As Alexis de Tocqueville observed, “we are a nation of joiners.” It is through the joining of forces in collective action that citizens have a more direct impact on public policy and the more general “pursuit of happiness” in contemporary society. It is through civil society that individual thoughts, preferences, and behaviors are aggregated to create social capital. The aggregation of individual preferences, behaviors, and resources in support of collective, societal goals requires leadership.

Leadership in Civil Society will focus on those aspects of leadership that are directly applicable to the accumulation and utilization of social capital through the various organizational manifestations of civil society. Students will explore the broad literature on nonprofit leadership as well as the more targeted literatures that address grassroots mobilization, religious (lay/servant) leadership, interest group influence, organizational maintenance and political representation, and the leadership problems associated with collective action. In addition, the course will focus on the roles of political parties as aggregators of societal interests and as intermediaries between citizens and the state. The various roles of the news media in civil society will also be critically analyzed in order to evaluate the leadership capacity of news organizations in providing the information necessary to participate in American society as informed citizens.

Learn more about the Rockefeller Center's Public Policy Minor

Winter Term Interns Announced

sankar Amrita Sankar '12 is one of eight new Rockefeller Center interns for the Winter Term. Read about our new interns and where they will be spending their internships. Learn more about the Rockefeller Center public affairs and public policy internships.


News from MLDP

jacobs “Systems thinking is cyclical in nature, we must train ourselves to think in this manner because our education teaches us to thinking linearly,” said Marty Jacobs ‘82, Systems In Sync President. Jacobs led the MLDP session on Wednesday November 11, 2009 on strategic planning and systems thinking. Students began the night testing their systems thinking skills with a balloon exercise. Students found the exercise to be challenging despite the simple directions to keep the balloon in the air, when a weighted balloon was introduced to the system. Jacobs summarized the exercise as a teaching tool to help students remember that the best laid plans can be interrupted with a smallest change. Summaries of MLDP Fall sessions are now available. Find out more about MLDP and how you can participate.

2008-09 Rockefeller Center Annual Report

2008-09 Annual ReportThe 2008-09 Rockefeller Center Annual Report is now available online. Read about our new leadership initiatives, public policy classes, faculty grants, and much more. The new Rocky By the Numbers page is also included.

Dartmouth economics professor named New Hampshire Professor of the Year

samwick09 The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has named Dartmouth economist and Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick New Hampshire Professor of the Year. Read the press release from Dartmouth College's Office of Public Affairs, and the article in The Dartmouth.Listen to the podcast "Innovation and Impact in Teaching" by Professor Samwick. The announcement of Professor Samwick's award was noted in the following media outlets in New England: The Boston Globe  [11/18/09], WBZ-TV, Ch. 38, Boston [11/18/09], WMUR-TV, Ch. 9, Manchester, NH [11/18/09] its 2009 New Hampshire Professor of the Year. Read the full

Health Policy Faculty Workshop

hoffs Dr. Timothy Hoff, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, University at Albany presented "Practice Under Pressure: Saving Primary Care Medicine in the Age of Health Reform" at the Rockefeller Center’s Health Policy Faculty Workshop on Wednesday, November 11. Professor Hoff’s book Practice Under Pressure: Primary Care Physicians and Their Medicine in the Twenty-first Century (Rutgers, 2009) is soon to be released. Learn more about the Center's faculty workshops.

Where Are They Now?  

hurdsm Joshua L. Hurd ‘08 graduated with a minor in public policy along with a major, with high honors, in environmental studies. In addition to his minor in public policy, Josh worked in the Policy Research Shop and co-authored several policy briefs. He also was a recipient of Rockefeller funding for an internship at a nonprofit conservation advocacy group in Montana. Upon graduation Josh returned to that organization as a full-time research associate. This fall he began his graduate work toward a master’s degree in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Josh was awarded a full academic fellowship from the Harris School for the two-year program that includes full tuition remission and a $10,000 annual stipend.

November 21, 2009

The Center was one of several sponsors of the conference "The Ethics of Patriotism." This conference was organized by Michelle T. Clarke, a recipient of a Rockefeller Center faculty research grant. Learn more about the conference at the The Ethics of Patriotism website. Read a review of the conference in The Dartmouth.

ethics conference

November 19, 2009

cahill William Cahill ’75 met with students in Professor Shaiko’s PBPL 45 class. Cahill described his experiences as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as a member of the Governor’s Executive Council. Cahill spoke about the current budget process in Concord, as well as his current role in state policymaking as owner and manager of Cahill Public Affairs, a strategic communications and lobbying firm. He represents a variety of healthcare advocacy groups in Concord, including the American Cancer Society.

November 13, 2009

kunal On Nov. 13-14th, the Rockefeller Center sponsored two Dartmouth students, Kunal Arya '12 and Connie Hu '11 to attend the Net Impact Conference held at Cornell University. This conference brought together 2400 undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals to discuss the hopes and challenges facing the clean energy, sustainable business, international development, and social entrepreneurship sectors. Key topics discussed included public policy intervention in clean energy, the innovation social ventures have brought to the development sector, international aid's ability to meet the needs of the base of the pyramid, intrapeneurship by corporate leaders to promote socially responsible business, and where the role of the private sector ends and the public sector begins in promoting sustainability and global social justice. In addition to learning about these cutting edge issues from prominent speakers (including Dartmouth Trustee and GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt '78, who explained how volatility in the price of oil reduced GE Energy's ability to do R&D in renewable wind energy) and discussing them in small breakout sessions with industry professionals, the students also discovered new best practices relating to climate advocacy, social enterprise, delivering clean water, and applying for foundation or corporate support that they hope to share with campus leaders that are passionate about social justice and environmental issues at an upcoming event held by the Rockefeller Center and Net Impact's local Dartmouth chapter.

narang Vipin Narang, a Research Fellow, International Security Program/Projecton Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. presented "Posturing for Peace? Pakistan's Nuclear Postures and South Asian Stability" at the International/Foreign Policy faculty workshop. This workshop was supported by the John Sloan Dickey Center and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.

November 10, 2009

Chu_Flag DR. DAVID S. C. CHU, President and CEO, Institute for Defense Analyses, former Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense presented a public lecture on "The Challenge of Managing Defense"youtube as part of the Brooks Family Lecture series. Read a new of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

Dr. Chu is President of the Institute for Defense Analyses. IDA's mission is to assist the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Commands, and the Defense Agencies, in addressing important national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise He served in the Department of Defense as Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness (2001-09), and earlier as Assistant Secretary and Director for Program Analysis and Evaluation (1978-93). From 1978 to 1981 he was the Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office for National Security and International Affairs. Dr. Chu served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He was an economist with RAND from 1970 to 1978, Director of RAND's Washington Office (1994-98), and Vice President for its Army Research Division (1998-2001).

Dr. Chu received his BA in Economics and Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in economics, from Yale University. He is the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service with Gold Palm, the Department of Veterans Affairs Meritorious Service Award, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, and the National Public Service Award of the National Academy of Public Administration, of which he is a Fellow.

November 9, 2009

fyf 11.9 The 2009 First-Year Fellows met over dinner on Nov. 9 to discuss Sophomore Summer. One of the responsibilities for the First-Year Fellows is to prepare and execute Rockefeller Center activities for Dartmouth’s Sophomore Summer Program. Learn more about the Center's First-Year Fellows Program.




November 6, 2009

hoevenlynch2009 "Governing a State During a National Recession", a discussion between governors John Hoeven '79 (ND) and John H. Lynch (NH). "As governors, we need to do what we can to promote an environment that will allow businesses to compete and to prosper, because ultimately, if businesses are successful, they will make more money, they will grow their revenues, and it will create more jobs,” Governor Lynch was quoted as saying. Both governors discussed how their states were coping with financial challenges and business initiatives aimed at improving the economy in each state. Read a review of the discussion in the Valley News and The Dartmouth. This program will not be available on the Dartmouth YouTube channel, but a DVD is available for check-out from the Jones Media Center.







alicia and steven  At the recent Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' dinner Alicia Modeen '10 and Steven Cheng '12 [shown here] discussed their experiences as the Center's first Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) interns.

Alicia Modeen is from Vernon, Connecticut, and attended Rockville High School, where she was the president of the Class of 2006 and participated in several student organizations. At Dartmouth, she is Geography major and a Public Policy minor with a focus in public health. Modeen served as the assistant photography and graphics editor for The Dartmouth, is a member of the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health, and acts as a tutor for the Academic Skills Center. She is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sisterhood and was elected the Vice President of Member Development for the Summer 2008 term. Modeen is also an intern at the Upper Valley Housing Coalition, a local non-profit organization dedicated to bringing affordable housing to the area. Upon her graduation in June of 2010 she hopes to enroll in a dual degree program offering a Masters of Public Health and Juris Doctor.

Steven Cheng is from Austin, Texas, where he graduated from Westwood High School. He is currently pursuing a double major in economics and psychology, with a minor in public policy. His activities at Dartmouth include serving as a business manager for The Dartmouth newspaper, working at the Collis Student Center, and conducting research through the Policy Research Shop. He was also a member of the Orientation Team for the Class of 2012. For his off-campus terms, he interned with the Corporation for National and Community Service the summer following freshmen year, then had the opportunity to live and learn in Lyon, France as a language study abroad participant during his sophomore spring. He continues to be highly interested in issues of civic and political engagement.

WIBO was founded in 1966 as a private non-profit organization that is committed to assisting men and women with the drive to become successful entrepreneurs. The WIBO internship opportunities are funded through a generous gift from Michael C Jackson '62, a former chair of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors.

PRS Policy Brief 0809-11 "Participant Outcomes of the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) Program" by Steven Cheng and Alicia Modeen contains a full report on their experience.

[Photo by Tilman Dette '10]

October 28, 2008

mulcahy ANNE MULCAHY, Chairman, Xerox Corporation spoke on "Leadership Lessons Learned on the Firing Line." youtube Anne Mulcahy is chairman of Xerox Corporation. From August 2001 through June 2009, she was also chief executive officer of the corporation. Mulcahy retired from the CEO post effective July 1, 2009 and retains the position of chairman. Prior to serving as CEO, Mulcahy was president and chief operating officer of Xerox from May 2000 through July 2001. She has also served as president of Xerox’s General Markets Operations, which created and sold products for reseller, dealer and retail channels.

Mulcahy began her Xerox career as a field sales representative in 1975 and assumed increasingly responsible sales and senior management positions. From 1992 through 1995 Mulcahy was vice president for human resources, responsible for compensation, benefits, human resource strategy, labor relations, management development and employee training.

She became chief staff officer in 1997 and corporate senior vice president in 1998. Prior to that, she served as vice president and staff officer for Customer Operations, covering South America and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and China.

Mulcahy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. In addition to the Xerox board, she is a board of director of Catalyst, Citigroup Inc., Fuji Xerox Company, Ltd., Target Corporation, and The Washington Post Company.

This lecture was presented in cooperation with the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN), was the Rockefeller Center's Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship. Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

Faculty Workshop

McDermott Dr. Rose McDermott, Professor of Political Science, Brown University, presented "Individual Differences in Fear Dispositions and Their Relationship to Political Preferences" at the International/Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. This workshop was supported by the John Sloan Dickey Center and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.  Learn more about the Center's faculty workshops.

October 23, 2009

leadership poster 102009 A special homecoming weekend event. The Rockefeller Center hosted a panel discussion on "Leadership: Past, Present and Future."youtube The panel discussed the way leadership has traditionally been developed in the past, how we are developing it today and what we need to do to be ready for the leadership challenges of the future. Comparing the lessons of leadership across generations were Scott Creelman '64, retired CEO of Spaulding Sports and captain of the 1963 Ivy Champion football team; Ron Schram '64, trustee emeritus and current chair of the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center; Andrew Samwick, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center: and J.R. Santo '10 and Derikka Mobley '10, both Rocky Leadership Fellows.










October 21, 2009

pierce David Pierce - NH State Representative (Grafton- District 09) visited Professor Ron Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class on October 21 to discuss with students the NH legislative policy making process. He will be sponsoring a student project on third party ballot access. Students will be analyzing the varying levels of difficulty in granting third parties access to ballot positions across all of the states and assessing the current New Hampshire ballot access laws in comparison to the standards set in other states. Last year Rep. Pierce sponsored a Policy Research Shop (PRS) project on voter suppression [policy brief 0809-02]; three PRS students testified on the issue before the Election Law Committee in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in March of 2009. Learn more about the Center's Policy Research Shop.

October 16, 2009

simons Dr. Ron Simons, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, University of Georgia spoke on "Human Nature, Morality, and Crime: Test of a Social Schematic Theory of Antisocial Behavior” at a recent SPRIG faculty workshop Attendees included members of SPRIG as well as faculty from the Sociology Department. Learn more about the Center's faculty workshops.

October 14, 2009

MLDP Update

garveysm On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Professor John Garvey  presented the MLDP session entitled " Problem Solving, Decision Making and Negotiation." This session introduced students to the basic tools and processes involved in systematically: identifying problems (or wants or needs); identifying the desired outcome; deciding what options are available to best achieve the desired outcome, and; negotiating with those who must be included in the process of obtaining the desired outcome. Read more about this session, and how you can participate in the MLDP.

October 12, 2009

howarthsm Dr. Joan Martinez-Alier, Professor of Economics and Economic History, Autonomous University of Barcelona spoke on"Social Metabolism and Ecological Distribution Conflicts,” as part of a joint program of the Environment/Development Faculty Workshop group and Professor Christopher Sneddon’s class on the Environment and politics in Southeast Asia (Geography/Environmental Studies 44). Learn more about the Center's faculty workshops.

October 8, 2009

mackinnon CATHARINE MACKINNON, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan presented The William H. Timbers '37 Lecture entitled "Women's Status, Men's States." This lecture was presented in cooperation with the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association. The lecture will not be available on Dartmouth's YouTube channel, but a copy is available at the Jones Media Center. Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.


Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, specializes in sex equality issues under international and constitutional law. She pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation. The Supreme Court of Canada largely accepted her approaches to equality, pornography, and hate speech. Her scholarly books include ex Equality (2001, 2007), Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (1989), Only Words (1993), Women's Lives, Men's Laws (2005), and Are Women Human? (2006). She is published in journals, the popular press, and many languages. Representing Bosnian women survivors of Serbian genocidal sexual atrocities, she won with co-counsel a damage award of $745 million in August 2000 in Kadic v. Karadzic, which first recognized rape as an act of genocide. She works with Equality Now, an NGO promoting international sex equality rights for women. Professor MacKinnon holds a B.A. from Smith College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale. She has taught at Yale, Chicago, Harvard, Osgoode Hall, Stanford, Basel (Switzerland), and Columbia, spent a year at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and practices and consults nationally and internationally. She is one of the most widely-cited legal scholars in English.

Health Policy Faculty Workshop

landonsm On October 8 Dr. Bruce Landon, MD, MBA, MSC, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School & Associate Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center presented a very well-attended workshop on "The Patient-centered Medical Home: Thinking Ahead to Implementation." This was part of the Health Policy Faculty Workshop series. Learn more about the Center's faculty workshops.

October 7, 2009

MLDP Session

hiltonsm “Creating a collective us will help motivate others to join you.” Kate Hilton ’99, of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, hosted a session Wednesday, October 7, 2009 on communicating with others using narratives. Hilton began the session with a version of her personal narrative about her experience at Dartmouth and how it has shaped her work and passion now. Read more about this session of MLDP.

Environment and Development Faculty Workshop

jamesmccarthy Dr.James McCarthy, Associate Professor of Geography, Pennsylvania State University, presented "From Tree-huggers to Terrorists: a Genealogy of Eco-terrorism” at the recent Environment and Development faculty workshop. Learn more about the Center's faculty workshops.

Faculty Research

Dimitrovbook Martin Dimitrov, Assistant Professor of Government recently published "Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China." Support for research on the book was provided through a Rockefeller Center Faculty Research Grant. Read about the book on


October 6, 2009

williamfischel  WILLIAM FISCHEL,Patricia F. and William B. Hale ‘44 Professor in Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College presented a lecture on"Making the Grade: The Economic Evolution of American School Districts."Y In the lecture Professor Fischel argued that “Schools were established by local people.“It wasn’t the legislature that created them.” Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth

Most public discussions of school reform regard local school districts as putty in the hands of policy-makers at the state and national level. "Making the Grade" argues that this view is mistaken. The most important line on the map for most homebuyers is the school district. A home in a favorable district can generate a price premium of ten to twenty percent. This lecture will explain how modern districts evolved from the rural one-room school districts of the nineteenth century. As high-school education became important to children's success in life in the twentieth century, states sought to consolidate the one-room schools into larger districts. Local voters rejected plans to form districts along county and township lines. They agreed to consolidation only along lines that included the "organic communities" that residents had formed for themselves. Far from being "accidents of geography," modern school districts represent the best examples of consensual local governments in the United States. Their evolutionary history suggests that they will be able to adapt to the education demands of the twenty-first century in spite of the "top down" approach to education reforms that are currently in vogue.


SPRIG Faculty Workshop

sprig1009 On October 6 Dr. Joseph Bafumi, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College presented a very well-attended workshop on " "Prejudice, Black Threat and the Racist Voter in the 2008 Presidential Election." This was part of the SPRIG Faculty Workshop series.


October 1, 2009

stocktonposter DR. PAUL STOCKTON ‘76, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs presented a lecture on "When the Worst Things Happen - Preparing for Catastrophes."youtube "The system that we have is exceptionally tuned to deal with what I call ‘normal’ disasters. We need to capture the wisdom of states and localities, not only in implementing disaster response, but in shaping it," he said. Read the review of the lecture in The Dartmouth. This lecture was also covered by C-Span.

Assistant Secretary Stockton received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1976 and a doctorate in government from Harvard in 1986. From 1986-1989, Assistant Secretary Stockton served as legislative assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, advising the senator on defense, intelligence, counter-narcotics policy, and served as the senator's personal representative to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1989 - 1990, Assistant Secretary Stockton was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, University. During his graduate studies at Harvard, he served as a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

While visiting Dartmouth Dr. Stockton also met with PoliTALK, a Rockefeller Discussion Group, and other invited students.



September 29, 2009

Fyf0909 First Year Forum, The Rockefeller Center's weekly informal discussion group for freshmen, started the year off with a bang, as 52 members of the class of 2013 turned out for the first meeting of the year. In order to facilitate meaningful discussions, the First Year Forum student leaders split the participants into two groups – with one in Morrison Commons and one in Hinman Forum.

The lively discussion centered on the current health care reform debate, with students exchanging their views on the role that government should, or should not, play in providing its citizens with health care. During the Fall 2009 term, First Year Forum is led by Melissa Saphier '12, Lucy Pollard '10, and Ben Gonin '12. Learn more about the Rocky Student Discussion Groups.






September 24, 2009

shaiko Professor Ronald Shaiko, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences presented the Constitution Day Lecture "Petitioning Government: Interest Groups, Lobbying, and the First Amendment."youtube Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

September 23, 2009

The New MLDP is Launched

mldp1 On September 23 the Rockefeller Center's new Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) was launched. Dr. Elizabeth Winslow, (Dartmouth ‘83) of Tuck Business School hosted the first session, "What Makes a Good Leader? Vision, Confidence, Training and Commitment." Read more about session 1, as well as viewing the list of current participants, and learning more about the exciting new MLDP. You can also read more about the program in the The Dartmouth article. (Sept. 15, 2009)

September 17, 2009

Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop

A Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop study was cited in The Citizen of Laconia (online ed.) editorial "Don't forget counties in prison study"(September 17, 2009). Read the complete PRS Policy Brief "Coordinating the New Hampshire corrections system"  Learn more about the Policy Research Shop.

Open House 09 On September 17th the Rockefeller Center held its annual open house. Specifically aimed at first year students, this year’s event drew over 200 students.

September 9, 2009

Director of the Rockefeller Center Reappointed

samwickformal Andrew A. Samwick, professor of economics, has been reappointed director of Dartmouth’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, for a second five-year term. Read more in the September issue of the VoX . [Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69]

September 2009

CST reception June 09 Civic Skills Training (CST) celebrated its 5th anniversary during the Fall 2009 CST program in Washington, DC. during the alumni reception. Learn more about Civic Skills Training and the Current Participants in the program.

A Wrap-Up of Summer 2009 News Briefs

Summer Newsletter - Our Summer newsletter is also available as a printable Pdf. This newsletter contains the most up-to-date Rocky Roadmap



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August 31, 2009

Judy Retires On August 31 our dear friend and colleague Judy Forthergill retired from Dartmouth College (and the Rockefeller Center). Many people from both around campus and beyond knew Judy as our Events Administrator extraordinaire. She will be sorely missed. In her place the very capable Sarah Morgan has become our Coordinator of Public and Special Events. Learn more about Sarah Morgan.

July 15, 2009

Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Summer Barbecue

Keble 09 [back row: Catriona Witcombe (from Keble College), Erik Landgraff '11, Graham Healy-Day ‘11, Riddhi Dasgupta (from Keble College), Tomas Jagelka '11, Vlad Dobru '10, Joel Stockton (from Keble College) Front row: Richard Yates (from Keble College), Duc Mai '11, Brian Freeman '11, Jonathan Choi '11, Reyad Allie '11, and Elena Falloon '11, not pictured:Lillian Xia '11, Peter Keshtkar '11, Cacey Tang '11, Lindsey Beckett '11, and Michael Fields '11 ]

Among the attendees was Graham Healy-Day ‘11, who shared his experiences as a recent participant in the program. Learn more about the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange.


July 7, 2009

Anna Post speaks on "Business Etiquette for the Digital Age"

Post[Shown here are Karen Doster '11, Lindsey Beckett '11 and Anna Post]

Anna Post is Emily Post's great-great-granddaughter and an author, spokesperson and presenter for The Emily Post Institute. A graduate of the Emily Post Business Etiquette Train the Trainer Program, Anna gave a lecture on Tuesday in the Rockefeller Center titled "Business Etiquette for the Digital Age," which was part of the Dartmouth Professional Student Workshop, a three-week program designed to help students hone their business skills during the Summer term.  Read a review of the lecture in The Dartmouth.

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