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December 26, 2018 10:15AM
Genna Liu Senior Honors

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.

Genna Liu, a member of the Class of 2019, is a Quantitative Social Science and Economics major.

Genna is interested in using quantitative analysis to understand issues relating to immigration, trade, and policy. After becoming interested in survey methodology through the Government DSP, she is...

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December 23, 2018 11:00AM
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Mini-Grant recipient, Danny Li '19 shares his experience attending the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) hosted by the United States Miliary Academy at West point.

From October 24-27, 2018, I represented Dartmouth at the 70th Annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point. The conference was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to engage with high-level policymakers, expand my breadth and depth of...

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December 20, 2018 10:50AM
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As a First-Year Fellow, Bruna Decerega ’21 interned at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) under the mentorship of Jeff Kelley ’69. Here is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). USCRI is a non-profit institution committed to serving refugees, immigrants, unaccompanied minors, and survivors of human trafficking who fled their home country by force or by choice. The organization...

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December 17, 2018 12:42PM
veterans day

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center hosted a talk entitled “Imprints and Consequences of War: Personal Reflections of Dartmouth Alumni Veterans,” featuring Jason Hartwig ’06 and Brad Wolcott ’06. Both men were involved with ROTC during their time at Dartmouth, and both men went on to serve in the Armor Branch in the U.S. Army. The Armor Branch is an active combat branch with reconnaissance, surveillance, and infantry units. Armor soldiers are responsible for operating...

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December 14, 2018 10:03AM
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Casey Hunter '19 interned with the Military and Veterans Affairs Department for the New York City Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This past summer, I worked in the Military and Veterans Affairs Department for the New York City Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. I created and maintained in depth individual case files for over three hundred constituents, drafted letters to...

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December 13, 2018 9:43AM
Senior Honors Thesis Evan Morgan

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.

Evan Morgan, a member of the Class of 2019, is a Quantitative Social Science major and History minor from San Clemente, California.

Using an online survey experiment, Evan seeks to determine the effect of stigmatizing language on drug policy preferences and perceptions of people who use drugs. This project...

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December 12, 2018 12:39PM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

After a relaxing weekend in coffee country, the traveled back to Bogota for a final round of meetings. After a bagged breakfast and a few last sips of coffee, we were off. Little did we know the surprise guest we had in store.

Our first stop in Bogota was our long awaited debrief with the U.S embassy. After two weeks of traveling throughout the country and engaging with stakeholders from all sides of the conflict, from FARC ex-combatants to hardline former government officials, we had...

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December 11, 2018 11:39AM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

We spent our final weekend of the trip at a finca near Salento, a town in the mountains known for coffee estates, dramatic palm trees, and rare parrots. The finca is beautiful, with a dramatic infinity pool, hammocks overlooking fields of banana trees, and lots of fresh fruit. The idyllic surroundings helped us from feeling to overworked during the first half of the weekend – while we did spend all of Saturday and much of Sunday working we were able to write poolside or looking...

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December 10, 2018 7:40AM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

We began our last day in Medellín with a fascinating meeting with Juan Gómez Martínez, the former mayor of Medellín (1988-1990 and 1998-2000) and former Governor of Antioquia (1992-1994).

During Mr. Martínez’ first tenure as mayor, the infamous Medellín cartel leader Pablo Escobar was still at large and directed many murders, kidnappings, and bombings throughout the city. Mr. Martínez shared with the group his account of a kidnapping attempt by Escobar’s men while he was running for...

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December 09, 2018 4:29PM
18F PBPL 85 Colombia

After meeting with many representatives from government agencies and non-governmental organizations, the PBPL 85 group was incredibly excited to meet with one of Colombia’s most successful companies for a perspective of the private sector: Grupo-EPM.  Grupo-EPM operates at the intersection of the private sector and the conflict facing Colombia. 

As the central utility company of Colombia, Grupo-EMP is both a private entity and an extension of the state due to its crucial role in...

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