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PRS Students Testify Before NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform

Policy Research Shop members Michael Altamirano ‘13, Brandon Debot ’14, and Steven Cheung ’13 (left to right) present their findings on cost of living adjustments to members of the NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pension Reforms on Friday, February 10, 2012.

On Friday, February 10, 2012, three Dartmouth students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, Michael Altamirano ‘13, Steven Cheung ‘13, and Brandon Debot ’14, traveled to the NH Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH, to testify before the NH Special Committee on Public Employee Pensions Reform. 

RLF in Review: Prof. Sonu Bedi on Multicultural Dilemmas

Assistant professor of Government at Dartmouth, Sonu Bedi, joined the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows this week. Bedi teaches courses in law and political theory. For this session, entitled “Multicultural Dilemmas: Adjudicating Hard Cases,” Bedi discussed how societies must contend with those who do not ascribe to its norms. Bedi asked Fellows to consider how people should be treated if they come from distinctive, minority cultures or religions through the use of three very interesting federal court decisions regarding religious exemptions and indigenous rights as well as the recent decision by France to ban the wearing of religious symbols in public schools. Fellows worked in groups to talk about the cases and afterwards Bedi led a group discussion focused on the importance of looking beyond hard facts and encouraged Fellows to embrace inclusivity when making hard decisions.
- Anna-Kay Thomas '12
To learn more about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, click here.

PRS students testify at NH Legal Advice and Referral Center

Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students Zheng-Yi Yang '14, Danielle Unterschutz '14, and Ayushi Narayan '14 posing with Connie Rakowsky, Director of the New Hampshire Legal Advice and Referral Center in Concord, NH on February 8, 2012.

Former Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag To Discuss New US Political Economy on 2/8 at 4 PM

Dr. Peter Orszag, Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama Administration and of the Congressional Budget Office, and currently Vice Chairman of Global Banking, Citigroup, Inc., to provide his unique insights into the new U.S. political economy.

International Relations and Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop hosts security expert Dr. Erica Chenoweth

Dr. Erica Chenoweth

On February 3, 2012, Dr. Erica Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and Director of Wesleyan’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, was our guest at the International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Lunch, discussing her public talk entitled,  "Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future,” which took place later that afternoon.
The International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop is joint enterprise with The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and the John Sloan Dickey Center, and provides a venue for faculty to receive feedback on their manuscripts and to debate new work in the field of security studies.  
It is convened by Christianne Hardy Wohlforth, Acting Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Government.

RLF in Review: Leadership in Higher Education

This week, Carol L. Folt, Acting Provost and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College joined Rockefeller Leadership Fellows for an engaging session on Leadership in higher education. Folt discussed the changing role of women in academia and shared her personal story of how she became a Biology professor and Acting Provost at Dartmouth. One of Folt’s main takeaways was the idea of exhibiting leadership at every level and how mastering skills at one job level actively prepares you for the next job level. Carol Folt also described how higher education is similar to business, but one key difference is that higher education benefits from having shared governance. Folt discussed different roles of leaders in higher education and had an open Q&A session with Fellows about what leadership in higher education had to offer.
- Anna-Kay Thomas '12
To learn more about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, click here.

Environment and Development Faculty Workshop explores issues of land ownership and activism

Cesar Chavez Fellow Christopher Loperena

On February 2, 2012, the Environment and Development Faculty Workshop hosted Christopher Loperena, Cesar Chavez Fellow, Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College.  In his presentation, "Nuestra Lucha: Garifuna Women’s Activism, Land, and the Politics of Survival in Triunfo de la Cruz, Honduras," Loperena discussed the concepts of land ownership and political and social activism, of Garifuna’s women in Honduras.

Chenoweth to Speak at Dartmouth about "Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future"

Internationally recognized authority on terrorism, nonviolent resistance, and counterterrorism to speak on the impact of nonviolent versus violent strategies to revolutionize a political system.

According to Professor Erica Chenoweth of Wesleyan University’s Department of Government and Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, history shows nonviolent resistance trumps violent tactics by transforming the political environment into durable, internally peaceful democracies.

MLDP Recap: Design For The User Experience

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information, about MLDP, click here.

O'Hara Discusses Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood at Winter SPRIG Faculty Workshop

Professor Ross O’Hara Discusses “Longitudinal Associations Between Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood" at SPRIG Faculty Workshop

On January 10, 2012, the Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Ross O’Hara, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri. In his presentation, "Longitudinal Associations Between Problematic Alcohol Use and Risky Sexual Behavior from Adolescence to Adulthood," Dr. O’Hara discussed the effects of alcohol usage on an individual’s sexual behavior from adolescence into adulthood.

The Social Psychology Research Interest Group (SPRIG) is supported by the Rockefeller Center and includes faculty from the Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, Economics, the Tuck School of Business, the Dartmouth Medical School, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Government. these workshops are focused on empirical research devoted to understanding social behavior broadly defined.

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