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Jason Barabas '93 Named Rockefeller Center Director

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Rockefeller Center Announcement

May 19, 2020

Jason Barabas ’93, a professor of political science and director of the master’s program in public policy at Stony Brook University, has been named director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, Elizabeth Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced today.

Barabas begins his job as director of the Rockefeller Center, and as a professor of government, on July 1, taking over from interim director Russell Muirhead, who has led the center while Dartmouth conducted a national search for a permanent director. Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a P'10 Professor of Economics, stepped down as the Rockefeller Center's director at the end of June 2019, to return to teaching and research after leading the center for 15 years.

Professor Charles Wheelan wins Dean of Faculty Teaching Award

Professor Charles Wheelan, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow at the Rockefeller Center was recently awarded The Dean of Faculty Teaching Award.

This award is given to a non-tenure track faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to Dartmouth and career distinction. The awardee is selected by the Dean of Faculty in consultation with the associate deans for each division - sciences, arts & humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary programs.

Rocky Watch:"Crisis Governance: Lessons from American Policy History"

How does the United States government fare in the face of crises both past and present? In a “Rocky Watch” lecture live-streamed on May 27, 2020, Research Assistant Professor of Government Herschel Nachlis tackled this question. The lecture, “Crisis Governance: Lessons from American Policy History”, focused on patterns in crisis governance throughout the United States’ history. 

Professor Nachlis explained, “I’m interested in how old policies, old governance structures, interact with new social problems and new political problems.” This broad perspective informs his interest in crisis governing. In an interview following the event, Professor Nachlis shared a few key takeaways.

First, while it is tempting to direct all criticism towards current political actors, we should also turn a critical eye to the deeper structural problems that inform present-day responses. Chief among those is the fact that “we have underinvested in public health for the last fifty to sixty years,” he said. 

Rocky and Me: Peter Charalambous '20 Senior Reflection

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

After four years, I have reached the conclusion that Dartmouth College, and the Rockefeller Center in particular, are truly special places. While they’re special in more ways than one — historic, unique, and perhaps sentimental — what makes Dartmouth and Rocky special in my eyes is that they are one of the few places where nearly everything exists to support students. That’s a rare thing in the world as a whole, with most people out there to make it themselves with often little regard for others. At Dartmouth, though, everyone from the professors in your classes to the staff members you’ve never met before are united in the goal of student success. They want to see students grow and accomplish their goals, and they work towards that goal with unparalleled kindness and generosity.

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin Discusses the Fate of Globalization in Final Rocky Watch Event of the Spring Term

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Joan Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, spoke with Dartmouth students and community members at the Rockefeller Center’s final Rocky Watch event of the spring term. Rocky Watch is a weekly series of live broadcasts that the Center hopes will foster a virtual common space for community discussion in this time of social distancing and remote learning.

Prior to joining the Dickey Center in 2012, Benjamin served as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department, as a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, and as Germany bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. Ambassador Benjamin will be leaving the Dickey Center later this month to serve as president of the American Academy in Berlin. Benjamin’s lecture focused on the impact that the coronavirus is having on globalization and the international order. 

Rocky and Me: Tyler Baum '20 Senior Reflection

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

It is hard to believe that my four years at Dartmouth are coming to a close. From the moment I set foot in Hanover, I was drawn to the Rockefeller Center and its experiential approach to an education in public policy. Since the fall of 2016, I have been actively engaged in curricular, co-curricular, and research activities at the Rockefeller Center, and I consider no place other than Rocky to be my home at Dartmouth.

Professor Wheelan on “The Rationing: A Novel about a Pandemic in the Time of a Pandemic”

On Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, students and community members tuned in once again to Rocky Watch, the Rockefeller Center’s series of virtual public policy broadcasts. The series welcomed Professor Charles Wheelan, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center. Professor Wheelan’s recent fiction novel, The Rationing, came out just months prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his lecture, entitled “The Rationing: A Novel about a Pandemic in the Time of a Pandemic,” Professor Wheelan discussed the unsurprising nature of the current pandemic, as well as other long-term public policy issues that we tend to neglect in favor of more pressing problems.

Kate Hilton Discusses the Psychology of Change with The Rockefeller Center

On Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, expert in community organizing and the psychology of change, Kate Hilton, spoke with Dartmouth students and community members at the Rockefeller Center’s sixth Rocky Watch event of the spring term. Rocky Watch is a weekly series of live broadcasts that the center hopes will foster a virtual common space for community discussion in this time of social distancing and remote learning.

Hilton studied at Dartmouth and Harvard Divinity School, and currently serves as leadership faculty in the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program at The George Washington University and at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Her talk covered how change can happen on an individual and systemic level. 

Board of Visitor Member Maya Wiley '86 recently a guest on podcast The Oath

Check out the podcast here.

Maya Wiley is a brilliant and powerful woman who has spent her professional life at the intersection of law, education, and policy. Born into both privilege and poverty – the child of two prominent civil rights activists, Maya grew up in a loving and intact home and, yet, in a broken educational system. And if that seems contradictory, Maya explains why it is not.

Dartmouth Students Learn About Careers in Law with the Rockefeller Center

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, N. Bruce Duthu ’80, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth, Sue Finegan ’85, a Partner and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, & Popeo, PC, Shirley Jefferson, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity at Vermont Law School, and John Mott ’81, a Former Associate Judge on the DC Superior Court, participated in a virtual panel on careers in law cohosted by the Rockefeller Center and the Center for Professional Development. The panel was intended to help undergraduates get a better grasp of what studying and pursuing a career in law entails.  

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