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Perkins Bass 1934 Lectures

Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor Lew Feldstein Talks About Social Capital

Lewis Feldstein, the Rockefeller Center 2016-2017 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, delivered the Perkins Bass 1934 Lecture on Tuesday, August 1 entitled “Viewing the World Through a Social Capital Lens: Who You Know Matters, Community Building Counts.”

Lewis M. Feldstein Named Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced Lewis M. Feldstein, former CEO and President of New Hampshire’s largest foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, as the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Named after longtime New Hampshire U.S. Congressman Perkins Bass, member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1934, this appointment is meant to celebrate a New Hampshire citizen who has made outstanding contributions in government, and provide Visitors the opportunity to share their knowledge with the Dartmouth community.

“I am honored, and delighted, by this appointment,” says Feldstein. “I’ve spoken at Dartmouth a number of times. Without exception, the response was informed, sharp – and often challenging and provocative. I expect to learn every bit as much as I teach. What more can I ask?”

Rockefeller Center’s Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, Terie Norelli, Visits PBPL 45 Class

Terie Norelli, the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, discusses her work as Speaker of the New Hampshire House.

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Terie Norelli, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and President and CEO of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, spoke in Professor Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class. This was her first event at the Rockefeller Center as the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor. During her visit, Norelli commented on the large size of New Hampshire’s legislature and the unique atmosphere of this state legislature in recent years. She emphasized that recently, women have had a large role in state politics in New Hampshire and have had the ability to redirect the focus of the legislature to address women’s issues that had not previously been the focus of the NH policy agenda. Furthermore, she explained that the small district sizes in New Hampshire make the state legislative environment more hospitable to female candidates.

Public Service is Not for the Faint of Heart: Hard Lessons with John Broderick

Former Chief Justice Broderick was named the second Perkins Bass Distinguished Fellow by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center in December 2013 and visited the Dartmouth campus each term during 2014, visiting classes, engaging with students and faculty, and culminating his Perkins Bass Visitorship with a public talk on October 15, 2014.

Justice Broderick's public talk, “Public Service Is Not for the Faint of Heart: Hard Lessons,” discussed his passion for public service, the influence of family and public figures, and, for the first time in public, the hard lessons he learned during a very public impeachment and then acquittal process when he sat on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. To read his candid talk about his personal experiences in public service, click here


Public Program: The Perkins Bass Lecture - "Public Service is Not for the Faint of Heart: Hard Lessons" with John Broderick

Please join us for John Broderick’s talk, “Public Service Is Not for the Faint of Heart: Hard Lessons,” in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on October 15, 2014.

A former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the first Warren B. Rudman chairman at UNH Law, and a frequent speaker on the need to improve and modernize our judicial system, John T. Broderick has dedicated almost his entire life to public service. In fact, he became nationally known for reexamining the way the court system works and redesigning it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Although he has had a long and successful career, Broderick believes that a career in public service is not necessarily an easy one. Having faced challenges and having learned hard lessons from his experiences, Broderick will be the first to admit the realities of a pursuing a career in public service.



Former Governor Lynch Talks Bipartisanship, Business

This article by Keith Chapman origially appeared in the Dartmouth News on January 31, 2013.


With eight years of experience as governor of New Hampshire behind him, John Lynch spoke at Dartmouth this week about the importance of bipartisanship at the state and national level.

“I think we have to be optimistic that we can solve the problems if we can work together,” Lynch told his audience at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.

The state’s longest-serving governor in nearly 200 years spoke for more than an hour, touching on his experience in business, New Hampshire’s role in the political process, and challenges facing the state and nation. This was Lynch’s first lecture as the inaugural Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, named for Perkins Bass ’34, a former U.S. Representative from New Hampshire who died in 2011.

Lynch, a Democrat, said one challenge facing New Hampshire and the nation is partisan politics. He said officials in the highest offices must take the initiative and set the example of working across the aisle.

Governor John Lynch Presents: “The State of State Government: Lessons from Concord,” at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on January 29, 2013


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