The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


Gus Speth Presents: "System Change Not Climate Change: Manifesto for a New Economy," at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30pm on February 7, 2013

America likes to envision itself as the shining beacon at the top of the hill, the leading democratic example for other countries to admire and attempt to imitate. However, in the current environment of America’s ruthless capitalism, are we still the land of opportunity that we once were?

James Gustave “Gus” Speth has researched the 20 leading advanced democracies through a lens of 30 key indicators of national well-being, and has come to the conclusion that we rank dead last. After decades of progressive effort, America’s political economy requires deep, systemic changes if we are to hand down an attractive American system to our grandchildren. Professor Speth will discuss how this transformative change can come about, and what life would be like in this improved future that he calls “America the Possible.”

Q & A with Former NH Senator Judd Gregg


Former Senator Judd Gregg is serving as Dartmouth's first Distinguished Fellow and  will be teaching, lecturing, and counseling Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students. Having served as senator for three terms and serving the state of New Hampshire as Governor from 1989 to 1993, Senator Gregg will remain at Dartmouth for three years to engage with students interested in government and public policy. Before presenting his public lecture on Federal Budgeting in a Post-Cliff Environment, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Senator Gregg for a brief interview. 

Courtney Wong (CW): You've been a guest at Dartmouth many time before -- giving public lectures, speaking to classes, hosting discussion lunches -- what keeps drawing you back to campus? 

Will Kymlicka Presents: "Animals and the Frontiers of Citizenship" - Tuesday, Feb 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM in Rocky 003

Could man’s best friend be man’s equivalent with regard to citizenship? From the pets that we love to the animals we fear and admire, it seems there is a clear distinction between animal and human—with the right of citizenship being reserved exclusively for humans. However, are animals deserving of protection beyond animals cruelty, potentially even citizenship?

Professor Will Kymlicka is the Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University, and focuses his studies on multicultural citizenship. He questions whether animals are the type of being with whom humans can establish fair terms of cooperating citizenship. Furthermore, if citizenship were extended to “unruly beasts,” would it erode the highest forms of humanity and justice embodied within the traditional idea of citizenship?

John Lynch Named Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences nominated former NH Governor John H. Lynch, as the first Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor.

Named after longtime New Hampshire U.S. Congressman Perkins Bass and member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1934, this appointment is meant to celebrate a New Hampshire citizen who has made outstanding contributions in government, and provides Visitors the opportunity to share their knowledge with the Dartmouth community.

With eight years of experience as governor of New Hampshire behind him, John Lynch spoke at Dartmouth this week about the importance of bipartisanship at the state and national level.

“I think we have to be optimistic that we can solve the problems if we can work together,” Lynch told his audience at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.

College Libertarians Present: Benjamin Friedman on "The Virtues of Foreign Policy Restraint" on Thurs, 1/31 at 4:30 PM

The College Libertarians are hosting Dartmouth alumnus Benjamin Friedman'00  to speak on "The Virtues of Foreign Policy Restraint" this Thursday, 1/31 at 4:30 in Rockefeller 003

Mr. Friedman is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute, his areas of expertise including counter-terrorism, homeland security and defense politics. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

The College Libertarians seek to create a growing community of independent, informed students by promoting the ideals of life, liberty, property, self-ownership, and personal responsibility. They meet weekly for discussions of current events, and can be contacted at

You can also find out more about Benjamin Friedman and his work at the Cato Institute here.

MLDP Recap: The Art of the Narrative with Kate Hilton ‘99

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 winter’s Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) continued to challenge and expand participants’ notions of leadership during its third session on Tuesday, January 22nd. The session, entitled “The Art of the Public Narrative,” was led by Kate Hilton ’99. Hilton received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School where she studied public leadership. She is currently the Director of ReThink Health, and a Principal in Practice for the Leading Change Project at Harvard University.

Networking for Jobs and Internships Event on 2/1

Have YOU prepared for YOUR upcoming off-term?
The Rocky Center wants to remind you that there are important deadlines coming up!
>>>The upcoming spring term internship funding deadline is on WEDNESDAY, Feb 6th 

>>>Semester-based schools are more likely to have interns ready to begin summer placements in May. Make sure you plan early so you don't miss key deadlines or apply for spots that have already been filled! 

If you are still unsure of your off-term plans, there is still time to get that internship of your dreams! 
>>>Check out the Networking for Jobs and Internships Event
2/1 (FRI) @ 3:30 PM in Career Services 

Governor John Lynch Presents: “The State of State Government: Lessons from Concord,” at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on January 29, 2013


Senator Judd Gregg Presents: "Federal Budgeting in a Post-Cliff Environment" at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on Jan. 28, 2013

In the twilight hours before the impending fiscal cliff, America’s politicians were able to come to a bipartisan compromise and pass the “Cliff Bill.” By passing the bill at the last possible moment, were the politicians heroes or was this a bill that should have been passed before the issue became so pressing? Furthermore, one may wonder if this bill actually fixes the fiscal cliff and its underlying causes, or does it simply kick that can down the road and postpone impending fiscal tragedy?

Senator Judd Gregg served three terms in the U.S. Senate, including time as the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee. He personally dealt with many of the problems that led to the fiscal cliff, and will share his professional knowledge on how this recently passed Cliff Bill will affect fiscal policy, the federal debt, the federal deficit, and the overall federal budgeting process.

MLDP Recap: What Makes a Good Leader? with Professor Betsy Winslow '83

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

Tonight we learned about Leadership from Professor Elizabeth Winslow. Our own George Philipose introduced Professor Winslow and her many accomplishments. As an Adjunct Professor on Leadership at Tuck, we were fortunate to have her share her expertise with us.


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