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Ursula Rick TH'03 Presents: "An Engineer Goes to Capitol Hill" on May 24 at 3:30 PM

An Engineer Goes to Capitol Hill:  The role of science and engineering in policy and politicsJones Seminar Friday, May 24
3:30 pm

Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall 
FEATURING:
Ursula Rick TH’03
Regulatory Affairs Analyst
Western Energy Alliance

42 Years of Protecting Native American Rights Lecture, Wed May 22nd

42 Years of Protecting Native American Rights: A Lecture by John Echohawk

Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30pm in Carson L01

John Echohawk, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund, will be giving a lecture on the current legal landscape of Federal Indian law, and how the Native American Rights Fund has advanced the sovereign rights of tribal nations in the US over the past 42 years. Mr. Echohawk will discuss paradigm-shifting changes in Federal Indian law, the effectiveness of legal action as a tool to secure Native American rights, sources and motivation for working in the public interest, and potential careers working on behalf of Native American tribes. Mr. Echohawk is a founding member of the Native American Rights Fund, and is recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.
This event will receive funding from the Rockefeller Center Mini-Grants program.

MLDP Recap: Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Negotiation with John Burwell Garvey, Professor and Director, Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, UNH School of Law

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.

This past Tuesday, we had the pleasure of receiving Professor John Burwell Garvey of the UNH School of Law to talk to us about Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Negotiation.  He explained that decision-making for the individual is about finding out your options and doing the most to keep your options open, all things being equal. This resonated with me because I believe that Dartmouth is all about keeping our options open – there are so many opportunities available to us that it pays to be strategic about what we chose to spend our time on.

But what if it’s not just your decision? You need to negotiate – find where the interests of each party intersect and work towards a compromise.  What I found particularly interesting was Professor Garvey’s insight that it is in the closing stage where good negotiators often make the most gains. According to Professor Garvey, patience is key.

Nobel Laureate Peter Diamond Talks to Dartmouth About National Unemployment and Debt

 


On May 15, Nobel Laureate and MIT economist Peter Diamond came to Dartmouth to deliver a talk on the current country's crisis on unemployment and debt. Diamond was the guest speaker during a student lunch organized by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center before going to the Tuck School of Business to give a presentation as part of the Global Insights Distinguished Speaker Series. 

He argued that the U.S. must address the unemployment crisis immediately, a subject that resonated with college students who will soon be joining the workforce. He said, "The longer we go on with high unemployment, the more we’re going to have people suffering this pattern for years into the future.” In order to alleviate this crisis, Diamond believes that economic stimulus is the solution that will drive growth. He recommends investments in long-term infrastructure as well as education and basic research.

Click here to access more detailed summary of Diamond's talk, written by Kirk Kardashian.

 

MLDP Recap: Developing a Global Mindset with Chris Wohlforth

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.

 
Professor Christianne Hardy Wohlforth, Director of the Montgomery Endowment and Associate Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, spoke to MLDP on May 7th about “Developing a Global Mindset.” Her session focused on the idea that moments of discomfort — particularly those where we experience discomfort due to differences in cultural experiences and expectations — are learning moments, rather than simply awkward moments. Using a personal example from her own time at Princeton, when she herself had an awkward experience with a visiting Russian scholar, Professor Wohlforth emphasized the idea that we each individually need to learn how to negotiate cultural difference in a world where our workplace are increasingly heterogeneous and culturally diverse.

Matt Dunne, Head of US Community Affairs at Google, Speaks to Students About Social Responsibility

 On May 16th, Matt Dunne, former Assistant Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth and Vermont State Senator, came to speak with Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students about his current role as Head of US Community Affairs at Google. He equated his role to the role of a Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at other companies. After being appointed in 2006, Dunne has served as the community liaison for Google Inc. His primary responsibility is maintaining a positive and professional relationship between the inhabitants of towns and cities in which Google has or is creating data centers. He was hired after a particular incident in Kentucky in which Google was perceived negatively for largely taking over a town while offering little in return in the way of jobs or community improvement.

Recent Media Mentions of the Rockefeller Center's 2013 NH State of the State Poll

The Rockefeller's recently released 2013 New Hampshire State of the State poll is named in the following list of media mentions:

MLDP Recap: Presentation for the User Experience with Dave Uejio

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. 

Joseph Singh '14 Named the Presidential Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Congratulations to Joseph Singh '14, who has been selected as the 2013-2014 Presidential Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

About Joseph:

PolitTALK with Journalist Souad Mekhennet

 

On Monday, May 8th, New York Times columnist Souad Mekhennet spoke to students about her experience working in the Middle East over lunch.  A German reporter of Turkish and Moroccan descent, Mekhennet has covered conflicts and terrorist groups in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. With recent events escalating in Syria, it was very interesting to listen to Mekhennet's opinions about a post-Arab Spring world.  

 

 

 

Mekhennet discussed with students about her recent reporting in Bahrain, where her goal was to tell the stories of women and other minority groups.  She wanted to investigate the silenced majority in the region and their thoughts on the recent protests.  Bridget Golob '14, a student participant in the lunch, commented, "Getting to talk in an informal setting with Souad Mekhennet was fantastic. She shared a lot about her on-the-ground experiences, her thoughts about the future of women's rights and democratic values in the Middle East, and about her role as a reporter and not a biased observer."

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