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FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips ’00 Discusses Politics, Markets, and Populism with the Rockefeller Center

On Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, Noah Phillips ’00, a commissioner on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and former Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, of Texas, met with Dartmouth students and community members to deliver the Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture at the Rockefeller Center.

The FTC is a government agency that “protects consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices through law enforcement, advocacy, and education, without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.” The Commission is led by five commissioners, three of whom are Democrats and two of whom—including Commissioner Phillips—are Republicans.

Commissioner Phillips used the occasion to offer his thoughts on the state of the FTC and of antitrust policy in the United States more generally. Before beginning, he emphasized that “what I’m going to say tonight is not the view of the Federal Trade Commission and is not the view of my fellow commissioners. It’s really not the view of my fellow commissioners.”

Tina Nadeau Discusses Harm Reduction with the Rockefeller Center

On Monday, November 8th, 2021, Tina Nadeau, Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, convened with Dartmouth students and community members in Filene Auditorium for the Rockefeller Center’s Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture.

Judge Nadeau has led a distinguished career in the justice system, with much of her work having been in New Hampshire’s drug courts—specialized court programs that target individuals with drug dependency problems. Among other accomplishments, in 2016 she received the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Association Kathleen Taylor Legislator Award; in 2017 she received the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals Leadership; and in June 2020 she was appointed as an inaugural member of the national Council on Criminal Justice and served as a member of the COVID-19 task force. Synthesizing these contributions, Nadeau’s lecture outlined her approach to drug treatment in the New Hampshire court system.

Katyal and Garre Discuss the Current State of the Supreme Court of the United States and Reflect on Their Time as Advocates

On October 21, 2021, the Rockefeller Center, the Warren B. Rudman Center at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, and the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education co-hosted a conversation with Greg Garre ’87 and Neal Katyal ’91 titled “Renewing Trust in Democracy: the Role of Courts.” Moderated by Laura Knoy, former host of NHPR's "The Exchange," their discussion centered around the role of the Supreme Court in maintaining a balanced democracy, the threats the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) faces in maintaining this role, and how Garre and Katyal’s own extensive experience as advocates have informed their own understanding of the Court’s critical work.

President Emeritus Wright Calls for Greater Recognition of Veterans’ Service and Sacrifice

On November 11, 2021, the Rockefeller Center and the Dickey Center for International Understanding co-sponsored a Veterans’ Day lecture by Dartmouth President Emeritus James Wright titled “Veterans Today and the Wars in Which They Have Served.” Hosted by Rockefeller Center Director Jason Barabas ’93, Wright invited listeners to reconsider the shifting landscape of America’s wars and, in doing so, better understand the sacrifice, struggles, and valiant work of those who have served.

Having spent years giving remarks in remembrance of service members and visiting veterans to learn their stories and encourage them to continue pursuing their education, Wright noted that these experiences—and in particular, one speech at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.—inspired him to “sharpen” his understanding of those who serve, what they experience, and the challenges they face. Much of America today only hears about the details of a war—casualties, victories, losses—through numbers; however, Wright argued, “numbers can numb our recognition” of those who serve and “their humanity.”

MDLP Fall 2021 Excellence

Each term, the Management Leadership Development Program (MLDP) provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be more effective leaders. At each session, participants are asked to nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and how their nominees provided an excellent example of leadership during the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance, on-time assignments, and be nominated multiple times by multiple peers to complete the program with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Fall 2021. We thank them for their effort and commitment to the program. Congratulations!

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Sarah Hutchinson '22 RGLP Reflection: Observing and Engaging Across Difference

The most important tools for building a platform for dialogue across difference are seeking out information, cultivating an attitude of graciousness and humility, and acting to create an environment that helps people to feel heard and appreciated. Considerate focus on the other person, discerning the nature and needs of the circumstance, and responding attentively are essential elements of interacting adaptively to support difference.

First, it is necessary to pay attention to interactions with others in order to recognize differences. You can do this by listening actively, particularly by listening more than you speak. You can also observe how a person presents themself to others, such as in facial expressions, vocal inflection, and body language. Consider the ways in which people are unlike or like you and some possible reasons behind those differences or similarities.

Seria Zara '20 RGLP Reflection: Evaluating Your Intercultural Conflict Style

Session 5 of RGLP, held on October 18th, 2021, was titled, "Evaluating Your Intercultural Conflict Style" with Sadhana Hall. Sadhana shared a short summary of her illustrious, cross-cultural career, starting in hard sciences in college in India to over time transitioning into health and global public policy where she has made a global impact and been recognized internationally for her leadership. Among other things, she shared how she is in a cross-cultural marriage and it’s made her very flexible. It was discussed how cultural differences do not only exist across cultures, but can exist within the same culture (such as subcultures), between generations and within the same generation, and between and within sub-groups as well. The session entailed various introspective exercises exploring our ‘conflict resolution styles’ based on the intercultural conflict style (ICS) inventory from the Intercultural Development Research Institute and thought-provoking discussions involving our experiences navigating conflict and values and skills critical to resolving it.

Anais Zhang '24 RGLP Reflection - Culture and Capoeira: Leaning Into Discomfort

Fua Nascimento, master of capoeira, crooned at the top of his lungs while tapping a steady rhythm on a conga drum and stomping his bare feet on the sleek hardwood floor. My peers and I stood in a circle around him, captivated by the lilt of his voice as he sang traditional songs. In this experiential learning session of RGLP, through the practice of capoeira —a Brazilian form of martial arts — I learned to let go of my inhibitions, to approach a setting with openness and curiosity, and to dive into the culture of another country.

Skylar Wiseman '24 RGLP Reflection: A Dialogue of Difference; Skills We Should Want to Develop

Over the course of RGLP I’ve had much concentrated exposure to differing cultural norms, values, and shared experiences. This has not necessarily been a comfortable process; from Capoeira to eating with chopsticks (which is probably disproportionately hard for me compared to others) to considering and overcoming my own cultural biases. I’ve learned that one of the most important tools one can employ in conducting dialogues across difference is a toleration of ambiguity and uncertainty. Having an unfamiliarity or discomfort with differing cultural norms is simply part of the experience of intercultural relationships. What matters more is how one overcomes these differences and the communication inherently tied up in such an act. Expressing differing backgrounds, perspectives, and  cultural expectations can go a long way in resolving conflict or tension before it arises. When we approach situations from a place of understanding and communication, the outcome is more often than not leniency and growth. Both parties learn from and about each other and come away from the experience gratified rather than upset. 

Teddy Truex '22 RGLP Reflection: The Importance of Adaptability in Intercultural Settings

Adaptability has always been a strength of mine and something I value highly in leaders. As a leader in an ever changing world, it is extremely important to be quick on your feet and be able to adapt to any situation or environment that may arise. RGLP reinforced this belief for me and exposed me to new dimensions of adaptability that I had never thought about before. In approaching intercultural interactions of any kind, adaptability means many things. It means being conscious of how your own culture affects the ways you communicate and express yourself. It means being aware of potential differences in the communication styles of people from different backgrounds, and not taking your own cultural norms for granted. It means being able to adjust your own perceptions and reflect on mistakes or miscalculations you make in an intercultural interaction. It means being able to adjust the way you express your thoughts and feelings in order to communicate more effectively with people from different backgrounds. All of these aspects of adaptability are crucial to being an effective leader in culturally diverse settings.


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