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Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Jovanay Carter '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Jovanay Carter, a member of the Class of 2019, has developed a project which highlights the experiences of black ballerinas in the United States from the mid-20th century to the contemporary era. Jovanay plans to emphasize a small part of the cultural experience of blacks in America to highlight key themes of class, race, gender, intersectionality, power dynamics, body politics, and the myth of the black superwoman.

Notes From the Field: Elise Burr '19

Elise Burr '19 interned at the Institute for the Study of War during the summer of 2018. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

I served as an Iraq research analyst intern at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) during the summer of 2018. ISW is a non-partisan think-tank aimed at improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW provides the public and U.S. decisionmakers timely intelligence on politics, terror threats, and military engagements in several Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Eileen Brady

As a First-Year Fellow, Eileen Brady ’21 interned at the American Wind Energy Association under the mentorship of Tom Kiernan ’81. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I worked for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry. AWEA represents the interests of roughly 1,000 member organizations including wind power project developers, parts manufacturers, utilities, and researchers. The association promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers through education and advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels. This includes public outreach, grassroots and grass tops organization, and lobbying efforts.

Thirty-Five Years of Excellence

“Fill these physical spaces with intellectual excellence. Build a true center of dynamic inquiry, controversy, and cross-fertilization. Realize within these walls the excitement and the stimulus of the life of Nelson A. Rockefeller. If you do all this, the building will be transposed into a true center, and the hopes and expectations of all of us will be realized.”

Thirty-five years ago, Rodman Rockefeller ’54 spoke these words at the dedication of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center on September 24, 1983. He and members of the Class of 1930 were instrumental in the creation of the Center, inspired by the life of Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30, former governor of New York State and vice president of the United States.

Nelson Rockefeller combined optimism and tremendous energy for public service and informed public debate. He cared deeply about the issues that resonate with every generation. He believed in people and was convinced that when informed people of goodwill came together, any challenge, even the most complex problems, could be solved.

18F PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Practicum Releases Its Final Report

The fall term course began in the classroom with Professor Charles Wheelan ’88 and a select group of students. This year students examined the genesis and implementation of the peace accords signed in 2016 between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The final report synthesizes the lesson learned from 10 weeks of study on campus and two weeks of travel in Colombia. It provides relevant background, analysis, and actionable recommendations for the U.S. around the primary research question: What role, if any, does the U.S. have in the implementation of the Colombian peace process?

The two weeks in Colombia were spent speaking with relevant stakeholders in the U.S. and Colombian governments, nongovernmental organizations, social activists and humanitarians, conflict victims, art collectives, and former guerillas at FARC reintegration camps. 

“The importance of travel is twofold,” explains Wheelan, “One is this marriage of learning in the classroom and talking to people on the ground; and two, testing your hypotheses and listening to people who have very conflicting points of view.”

Notes From the Field: Christina Reagan '19

Christina Reagan '19 interned at JustLeadershipUSA, a non-profit advocacy organization fighting for criminal justice reform, during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I was a policy and advocacy intern at JustLeadershipUSA in New York City. JustLeadershipUSA is a non-profit advocacy organization fighting for criminal justice reform on a local, state, and national level. They are comprised of three different pillars—Membership, with the goal of enrolling all incarcerated people in the US as members; Leadership, with the goal of training formerly incarcerated people and lifting up their voices as leaders in the fight against mass incarceration; and lastly, Advocacy, which is made up of campaigns to change the policies that affect communities impacted by mass incarceration.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Jennifer Wu '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Jennifer Wu, a member of the Class of 2019, is a Quantitative Social Science (QSS) major and a Government and Japanese minor.

Jennifer is interested in political psychology, public opinion, and political methodology and her QSS senior thesis looks at how people react to civil comments from a politician compared to uncivil comments, and how much of a difference it makes to the public if politicians apologize for their uncivil comments. Furthermore, it will look at whether in-group/out-group characteristics, specifically gender of respondent and politician, moderate how favorably people view a politician after an apology compared to no apology. Her advisor is Government Professor Yusaku Horiuchi, the Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Caterina Hyneman

As a First-Year Fellow, Caterina Hyneman ’21 interned at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) under the mentorship of Danielle Downing ’99. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). POGO is an independent, nonpartisan watchdog organization that champions government reforms to combat waste, fraud, and abuse. It not only conducts investigations into the federal government, but partners with government officials through projects such as the Congressional Oversight Training to help them perform oversight themselves. In addition, POGO publishes policy recommendations to suggest solutions and urge the government to act in bipartisan ways and in the best interest of the people they represent.

Dartmouth College Public Service Legacy: Samuel Everett Pingree, Class of 1857

This article is part of a series recognizing Dartmouth Alumni who have served in public office and demonstrated their commitment to the ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.

Samuel Everett Pingree, Dartmouth class of 1857, was known in all areas of his life for his dedication: he was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor for his service in the civil war, he held the record for the longest service rendered to his community of Hartford, Vermont, and he was heavily involved with the alumni of the college, leading the procession of alumni at graduation for many years because he was always the oldest alumni present. As governor of Vermont, he earned the title of Vermont’s “grand old man,” a fitting summation of all that he did for the northeast.

Notes From the Field: Catherine Rocchi '19

Catherine Rocchi '19 interned at the Crag Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm based in Portland, Oregon, during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Crag lawyers provide clients—usually other nonprofits—with free or low-cost legal services in line with the organization’s mission to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy. In addition, Crag may supplement these legal services with assistance on campaign strategies, communications, community organizing and media relations.

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