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Dartmouth President Jim Kim Kicks Off Winter Term Sessions for Rockfeller Leadership Fellows

The first term of the 2012 RLF session began with a special presentation by Dartmouth's President, Jim Kim. Kim’s presentation centered on the leadership difficulties and leadership strides he has faced during his presidency and that others have faced before him. President Kim began with a brief history of Dartmouth’s founding and the great issues Dartmouth Presidents have faced since Dartmouth’s founding. Kim began by discussing Dartmouth founders, Eleazar Wheelock and Samson Occum, and their struggles, both internally and externally, to create Dartmouth physically and academically. He moved on to speak of William Jewett Tucker’s tremendous task of modernizing the Dartmouth curriculum and making scientific strides. Then there was were Ernest Hopkins and John Dickey who helped establish Dartmouth’s PhD program. Kim wrapped up his history lesson by talking about President John Kememy’s enormous contribution of allowing women to attend the college and the implication that had.

2012 Student Forum on Global Learning Takes Place on Monday, January 16th

Join us at the 3rd Annual Student Forum On Global Learning, which will take place on January 16, 2012, as part of Dartmouth's 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Rockefeller Center Faculty Called Upon for #FITN #NH Primary Analysis

The "First In The Nation" New Hampshire Primaries are over, and the attention of the campaigns and media have moved to states like South Carolina.  In the analysis stage of the NH Primary, Rockefeller Center staff and faculty have been called upon and quoted in several publications. 

Among them, Professors Ron Shaiko and Linda Fowler.  Shaiko is Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Curricular Programs at the Rockefeller Center, and Fowler is a former Director of the Rockefeller Center.  This winter term, Prof. Shaiko is teaching Introduction to Public Policy and Prof. Fowler is teaching Leadership and Political Institutions.

Here's a sampling of the recent media mentions:

Yale Professor of International Law to Give Lecture on Thursday, January 12th at 4:30 PM

Yale Professor of International Law to give the Timbers ’37 Lecture addressing a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

Due to the unchecked power of the presidency by Congress, the Courts, and the citizens of the United States, America faces a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

  • How have we allowed the president to attain this limitless power?
  • How can we pass laws legitimately under the procedures outlined by the constitution with the insurmountable political and legal hurdles?
  • How can we check the president’s power and legitimize effective international lawmaking? 
  • Does our constitution provide a solution to the current crisis or must we revise the procedures framed by our founding fathers?

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School. Under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Wald she served as a Law Clerk and held fellowships at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Center for the Ethics and the Professions.

Winter 2012 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 2 -- Winter 2012



The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.




A Look Back at the 2011 Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth #econdebate #fitn

As the First in the Nation NH Primary date draws near, the Rockefeller Center wanted to reflect on the ways students engaged with the candidates, debate partners, and the greater Dartmouth community last fall during the Bloomberg/The Washington Post/WBIN-TV Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth.

You can see more links to news, photos, and videos on the 2011 Debate web site.  You can also find an album of our behind the scenes photos and other media mentions on our Facebook page.

Policy Research Shop Gears Up For Busy Winter Term

Offered in the fall term, Public Policy 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research, taught by Professor Ron Shaiko, Associate Director of the Rockefeller Center, and Professor Ben Cole, a Rockefeller Center post-doctoral fellow and co-manager of the Policy Research Shop (PRS), included a record number of 27 students and produced a record-breaking nine PRS projects that will be completed in the winter term in the PRS.   

Former U.S. Comptroller General to Discuss “America at a Crossroads: The Fiscal Challenges and a Way Forward” on Jan. 9th at 4:30 PM

America is at a critical crossroads. The choices that U.S. elected officials make in connection with the role of government and its finances over the next 5 years will largely determine whether America’s collective future will be better than its past.

  • What are America’s fiscal facts?
  • What are sensible solutions to America’s fiscal challenges?
  • How will these solutions work to make America stay great?
  • How can the American Dream stay alive for today’s families and future generations of Americans?

Presidential candidates have been invited.

Rockefeller Center Funds 13 Students for Winter 2012 Public Policy Internships

The Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth Centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates.  Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term.

NEW Winter 2012 Public Policy Course Now Available for Enrollment

It's time for Winter 2012 course selection!  We are happy to announce a brand new offering: 

PBPL 52: Leadership in Political Institutions
Professor Linda Fowler, 12W:2A
This course explores how political leaders in the U.S. reconcile the constraints of public office with the opportunities to make major changes in society. Drawing from diverse materials on the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, the course explores the following questions: How does leadership differ in the public and private spheres? What personal skills and attributes affect the success or failure of leaders of political institutions? What criteria do/should citizens apply to public leaders? How do political context and historical contingency shape institutional leadership? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.


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