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January 23, 2020 5:03PM
Students eating a buffet dinner with metal silverware

By Eliza Gallant of The Dartmouth

The Rockefeller Center for Public Policy recently transitioned to using only metal cutlery at all of its events in order to reduce its plastic usage. With a large portion of meals at dining locations and catered events using disposable plastic cutlery, the transition to reusable cutlery marks a significant effort to reduce...

January 13, 2020 11:08AM
Students in Greece

Excerpt from "Students travel abroad over winter break for experiential programs" by Coalter Palmer in The Dartmouth. Read full article here.


Students in PBPL 85, “Global Policy Leadership,” led by government professor Herschel Nachlis, traveled to Europe to investigate international responses to the global financial crisis, Eurozone crisis...

January 11, 2020 6:11PM

At the 2019 Keres Children's Learning Center Symposium, I met Montessori and language teachers from tribes all over the country, including a Dartmouth alumn working on Lakota language now. I'm so grateful to KCLC for bringing this community of educators together and allowing me to join them. Before meeting Trisha Moquino, the founder of KCLC, I had not known that there were any Native Montessori schools, let alone Native language and culture immersion Montessori schools. The panelists were...

January 06, 2020 11:41AM
Students at the airport

For the PBPL 85 students, the penultimate day of the trip very much blended into the final day, as we worked tirelessly throughout the night to incorporate all the insights we accumulated throughout the trip into the final policy memo.

Fueled by candy, Bugles, and an inordinate amount of chicken McNuggets, we spent the night poring over our interview notes, reflecting on how each speaker fits into the broader narrative, and drafting a thorough and comprehensive memo.  Luckily, the...

January 05, 2020 12:58PM

Attending the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism in Cuba’s capital city was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the events related to the presidential election in Bolivia to the well-known problems faced by Venezuela, there is much currently going on in Latin America. I would be sufficiently glad about the opportunity of encountering Latin American people in such a context to discuss about these troubled events and what they represent for...

December 20, 2019 11:37AM
Students writing memo at a hotel in Frankfut

On Saturday, our final day and night in Europe, the group spent time unwinding from the busy trip, exploring Berlin, and then furiously finishing our policy memo.

 After the fun evening on Friday night, many of us spent Saturday morning working on the memo over breakfast, then exploring Berlin in small groups, despite the rainy weather.  Some went to see the Berlin Wall memorial and museum, Checkpoint Charlie, and East Side Gallery, and reflected on the significance of the Cold War. ...

December 20, 2019 11:31AM
Students with Sumi Steffen in the studio of DW

We began our second day in Berlin by working on the group memo.  After 12+ weeks of focusing on these issues, our travel and course are sadly coming to a close.  But in addition to work, we also managed to have some fun, as we took time to explore Berlin's many historical sights and museums (in some cases with impressively elaborate travel plans to cover just about the entire city).  There was also some fleeting evidence and discussion of the delights and surprises from the prior night's...

December 20, 2019 10:48AM
MLDP Students holding up their certificates

Each term the Management Leadership Development Program 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,...

December 16, 2019 4:43PM
German Countryside

Although we were sad to depart Switzerland so soon, we woke up early on Thursday ready for the journey ahead.

We arrived at the Basel train station at dawn. After finding our seats in the train car and storing our bags -- our skills in these areas are improving -- settled in for the eight hour ride to Berlin.  As the train moved amongst the snowcapped hills and small towns of central Germany, we napped, snacked, and most importantly, we began to revise the final version of our...

December 16, 2019 2:40PM
Students posing with Paul Moser Boehm

Our one full day in Basel was set to be spent at the Bank for International Settlements.  The BIS is in many ways a central bank for central banks and is owned by 60 central banks from countries representing 95% of global GDP. The BIS aids central banks' pursuit of monetary and fiscal stability and facilitates international cooperation among central banks on these issues.  Given the BIS's central role in addressing many of the issues we've been examining, and that the Bank was generously...



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