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Daughtry ’84 Named Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced the Reverend Leah D. Daughtry ’84 as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

This award was established by the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors in 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a similar commitment to these shared ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.

Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.

Daughtry will receive the award in Hanover during the Board of Visitor’s biannual spring meeting in April.

Public Program: “The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction”

Addiction is epidemic in our society and, as such, has become a common word that many people are familiar with, perhaps even painfully so. When one hears this word, thoughts of alcohol and drug addiction almost exclusively come to mind. However, addiction can manifest in many other forms as well, each of which is perceived and received differently by society. Indeed, some forms of addiction have become nonchalantly embedded into our daily vocabularies, as in the case of shopping or Internet addictions. In other words, addiction is a spectrum, running the gambit from textbook heroin addiction to workaholism, and it is vital to recognize this diversity.

Rocky and Me: Ke Zhao '17 Senior Reflection

In our Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Talking Policy with Columnist Megan McArdle

Megan McArdle is a Washington-based writer focused on the interrelationship of business, economics, and public policy. Her work has appeared in outlets including but not limited to The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Newsweek, Time, and Businessweek. Her book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, analyzes how failing well may turn out to be a key to success.

McArdle received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. When she graduated from business school in 2001, she had no intention of becoming a journalist. In fact, she had another job lined up in 2001, which ultimately did not work out and led her to an administrative position at the World Trade Center site.

Student Veterans Lunch with Professor Wohlforth

On Thursday, April 13, the Rockefeller Center and the Student Veterans Association at Dartmouth co-hosted a Student Lunch with Professor William Wohlforth.

Professor Wohlforth, the Daniel Webster Professor of Government at Dartmouth, discussed and answered questions on his newest book, America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century, co-authored with colleague, Stephen Brooks.

America Abroad provides a nuanced look at how America’s global role is shifting, and offers the first systematic analysis of how world politics would change if America were to pull back and pursue foreign policy retrenchment.  

The Q&A between Professor Wohlforth and students in attendance centered around the following questions: How would America's interests fare if the United States decided to disengage from the world?; Will the U.S. long continue to be the only superpower in the international system?; and Should it sustain the world-shaping grand strategy it's followed since the dawn of the Cold War?

An Introduction to Global Leadership with Dr. Gama Perruci

Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center at Marietta College, facilitated one of the most engaging, entertaining, and eye-opening lectures I've ever been a part of.

From the very start, we were parts of the complex puzzle of cultural competency that he was putting together. Dr. Perruci explained concepts using us as role-playing examples, which made the lessons more real.

Our simulation of a welcome ceremony on a small island made me think outside of the box and confront my cultural biases. This ritual, which we thought to be somewhat odd - and almost demeaning - in many ways, actually reflected ideals such as female empowerment and respect.

Dr. Perucci showed us our cultural biases and how they can "contaminate" our world view, thus holding us back from becoming true global citizens. While the lecture itself was incredibly informative, I found the lessons learned useful in every day interactions with my friends. I have many friends from different backgrounds and this lecture gave me a little more insight into why they may approach certain "norms" in the ways that they do. 

Internship Tip Series: Internship Housing

Housing Tip Sheet

This tip sheet was compiled from the feedback of previous interns. Scroll to the bottom for links that have been helpful to students in the past.


1. Start Early: Affordable internship housing gets competitive (especially for the summer term), so start as early as possible. Start looking even before you have secured an internship, and put down a deposit as soon as your internship is confirmed.  Since rates often increase with time, we encourage you to not rely on or wait for funding decisions from the Rockefeller Center or other Dartmouth funding sources – make a commitment and make a plan-B both for housing and funding.

Public Program: "Is America Great Again Yet?"

Is America great again yet? We are approaching the conclusion of Trump’s first 100 days—the conspicuous yardstick for which pundits, the media, and politicians alike measure the direction and achievements of an administration. It has been an eventful 2017. Have Trump’s actions been congruent with his campaign promises? Are his accomplishments thus far befitting of his campaign philosophy? Are his supporters content? What do these days forecast for the rest of his term?

Rocky and Me: Nikita Bakhru '17 Senior Reflection

In our Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

While at Dartmouth, I was fortunate to receive an interdisciplinary education, exploring classes in departments and ultimately deciding to major in Government. Outside of class, I spent much of my time choreographing, dancing, and performing with Raaz, Dartmouth’s South Asian fusion dance team, which I became captain of during my senior year. I have also served as Director of Parent Alumni Relations for my sorority, Alpha Phi, and as a member of women leadership organizations, such as Women in Science and Women in Business.

Public Program: “Dreamland: America's Opiate Epidemic”

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. The death rates have increased in 30 states and the drug overdose death rate has significantly increased from 12.3 per 100,000 population in 2010 to 16.3 in 2015. In 2015, there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses and 33,091 (63.1%) of those deaths were due to opioids. Opioid addiction is truly driving the drug epidemic in the United States; 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdoes. (Source:

Opioid addiction has a detrimentally widespread reach, negatively affecting the health, social, and economic welfare of society. But how did our nation come to this point? What caused this epidemic?


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