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2013 Constitution Day: Dartmouth Trustee Annette Gordon-Reed '81 to Discuss "Our Founders' Constitution" on 9/18

Today, September 17th, might seem rather unremarkable. The second day of fall term classes, the Dartmouth campus will begin to come back to life with the rush of both new and returning students. But many students may not realize that this is no ordinary day. In fact, it is one of the cornerstones of our nation’s founding; although Constitution Day is a rather low-key holiday, it reminds us of the original document that proclaimed the rights and laws that we still abide by today.

Dartmouth Alumna Annette Gordon-Reed ’81, who continued on to graduate from Harvard Law School in 1984 and is currently a member of Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees, researches the Constitution and its evolution to modern times. She is also well known for her two books: Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which went on to win 16 books awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award.

Meet the Directors, Student Leaders at Public Policy Open House - Thursday, 9/12 from 11 AM to 12 PM

We hope that you will have a few minutes to stop by the Center on Thursday, September 12th for our Public Policy Open House.  We have several students who have participated in different programs we offer, along with public policy faculty and Center staff, ready to answer any questions you might have about the range of academic, co-curricular, and special events that we sponsor.

As with nearly any Rocky event, there will be refreshments and swag available. 

The Rockefeller Center can be found on the corner of Webster Ave. and North Main St. in Hanover, and is attached to Silsby Hall.

Staff Profile: Meet Vincent Mack

Vincent L. Mack is the Program Officer for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Center's staff, Vincent lived in Germany, working extensively for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a program partnered through the United Nations and the Department of the State. An avid traveler, he thoroughly enjoys one-on-one conversations, exploring other cultures and places, and has been to nearly 25 countries. His experiences abroad continually inspire him to encourage Dartmouth students to widen their global perspective through leadership and public service.

Public Policy 2013 Fall Courses Available at Dartmouth

Consider one of several Public Policy courses offered this fall term.  We will be highlighting some of the following courses in the upcoming weeks. Fall 2013

Public Policy Courses Available for Fall 2013

Public Policy Courses Available – FALL 2013
PBPL 42: Ethics and Public PolicyProfessor Lucas Swaine (10)This course examines the nature and validity of arguments about vexing moral issues in public policy. Students examine a number of basic moral controversies in public life, focusing on different frameworks for thinking about justice and the ends of politics. The primary aim of the course is to provide each student with an opportunity to develop his/her ability to think in sophisticated ways about morally difficult policy issues. Among the questions students address will be the following: Are policies that permit torture justifiable under any circumstances? Do people have basic moral claims to unequal economic holdings and rewards, or should economic distribution be patterned for the sake of social justice? Should people be permitted to move freely between countries? Is abortion wrong in theory or in practice, and in what ways should it be restricted? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

Mini Grant Recap: The Paganucci Fellows' Trip to Liberia

The ProjectThe Paganucci Fellows social impact consulting project this year was to develop an expansion strategy for the Global Grassroots eAcademy for Social Change, a web-based social innovation platform. The eAcademy is tailored toward early-stage, grassroots social change agents who are interested in starting their own non-governmental or civil society organizations to address social issues in their communities. Global Grassroots has developed a beta version of the eAcademy and is about to wrap up the first round of pilot testing with pilot users in 10 countries which The modules are delivered entirely online.


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