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May 30, 2019 3:54PM
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"Students from the new public policy class “Leadership in Civil Society: Philanthropy in the Nonprofit Sector” awarded a total of $40,000 in grants to eight Upper Valley nonprofits Thursday, capping off months of work identifying and narrowing down proposals from some 30 area organizations.

Ronald Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director of curricular and research programs for the ...

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May 29, 2019 5:42PM
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On Monday, April 8, 2019, current Founder and CEO of Develop LLC Steve Glickman spoke in a fireside chat with Dean Matthew Slaughter on Opportunity Zones, a new tax incentive program enacted under the December 2017 tax bill. The event was the Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

Steve spoke passionately about the potential of the program to drive private capital to real estate and various other sectors in approximately 8,700 low-income areas. When asked of the selection...

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May 28, 2019 12:39AM
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Attending American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2019 Annual Meeting was an extremely valuable experience. It gave me the opportunity to present my thesis research in front of some of my academic idols as well as engage with the discipline of Geography in an entirely new way. It happened at the perfect moment, when I was getting ready to finish my thesis but still had twenty pages to write and needed re-inspiration to power through the last few pages.

I got to discuss my research...

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May 26, 2019 12:26AM
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Samantha Hussey, a member of the Class of 2020, is a Sociology major and Government and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies double minor from Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi, who is interested in the interplay of race, gender, and socioeconomic status within social interactions and identities.

Through her thesis, she will use a mixed methods approach to investigate Dartmouth’s social scene and its effects on students’ social identities in order to answer: What factors create and influence...

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May 25, 2019 3:37PM
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In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Puja Devi, a member of the class of 2019, initially found her way to the Rockefeller Center during her sophomore year when she started to think more about how to improve her own professional development. She decided to take the Management and Leadership Development...

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May 24, 2019 11:40AM
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Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving ’72a P ’10 Professor of Economics, was honored at the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors dinner on May 9, 2019 for his 15 years of leadership as director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. Samwick’s term as director ends on June 30, 2019. 

Cheryl Bascomb ’82, Vice President of Alumni Relations, began the evening’s program by recognizing the 250thAnniversary of Dartmouth and the...

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May 23, 2019 12:00AM
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Soham Basu '20 interned at the Pakistan Desk at the U.S. State Department (SCA/P) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter, I worked on the Pakistan Desk at the U.S. State Department (SCA/P). The Pakistan Desk is housed in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and has four main teams: Political, Economic, Congressional Assistance, and Political-Military. My supervisor was on the political-military team and his...

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May 22, 2019 11:24AM
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The Dartmouth Sustainability Summit brought together students from various colleges to discuss sustainability action on their campuses and sustainable practices in general. It also involved career panelists and speakers to further students' knowledge of sustainability beyond the college campus.

As a first-year student at Dartmouth, the experience of planning such a large- scale event, like the Sustainability Summit, was completely foreign to me. However, as the event itself is only a...

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May 21, 2019 2:15PM
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On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Dick '64 and Barbara Couch, leaders of the Couch Family Foundation and the Hypertherm Hope Foundation, visited PBPL 51: Leadership in Civil Society: Philanthropy in the Nonprofit Sector, taught by Professor Ron Shaiko. This term, the course focuses on philanthropic efforts in the Upper Valley region surrounding Dartmouth. Dick and Barbara have demonstrated their philanthropy through their family foundation as well as their corporate foundation. 

Hypertherm is...

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May 21, 2019 12:35PM
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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.

Alyssa Gao, a member of the Class of 2020, is from Chicago, Illinois, pursuing a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Public Policy and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

Gao was inspired to write a thesis during her internship at the Brookings Institution, where she conducted...

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