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PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Travels to Northern Ireland

After a great final week in Northern Ireland, the PBPL 85 participants are back in the USA. The final few days in Belfast were a frenetic combination of meetings, side trips to the remarkable Irish coast, and a final push to complete the memo on lessons from the Northern Ireland peace process that could be applied to other sectarian conflicts around the world.

 

 

Reflections from Rockefeller Leadership Fellow Luke Katler ’15, Foley House UGA

The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program strengthens the leadership abilities of seniors through workshops, discussion groups, personal reflection, and team-building exercises. Here, a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow reflects on the how lessons from the program have been applied to a life experience.

Nate Fick’s description of a great leader as one who exercises both moral and ethical authority has been a tremendously valuable lesson from the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, and one that I have successfully applied to my own leadership style. I used this principle to more effectively carry out my role as the Undergraduate Advisor (UGA) of Foley House, a living cooperative in which residents maintain the house and cook for one another five nights each week.

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Ayesha Dholakia '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.
 

 

PBPL 85 students pose for a group photo during a weekend of adventure.

This weekend has been full of adventuring. On Saturday, we woke up bright and early to take a bus to Derry/Londonderry/Stroke City. For our first stop, we explored the Museum of Free Derry where we took in powerful video footage, letters, and other information about Bloody Sunday. Next we grabbed lunch followed by a walking tour. Led by an ex-prisoner, the tour took us around the city to see such sights as the Bogside Murals. It slightly warmer out than the Siberia-esque weather we experienced the day before. After the tour, we  jumped on the bus back, grabbed dinner, and went to work, rejuvenated after the previous night’s game night and work ceasefire.

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Summer Modelfino '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Today was our first full day in Belfast, and the ladies at Pearl Court Guesthouse prepared a fantastic breakfast. In the morning, our classmate Noah stormed out of the guesthose, suitcase in hand, without a word. We had to carry on without him, since we had two speakers lined up and needed to prepare our questions. It turns out he was just dropping off his laundry, which made the rest of us feel a little silly. With the group together, minus one, it was go-time. I would also like to recognize Ester for her transatlantic adventure to interview with monkeys.

In true historian fashion, our first speaker, Henry Patterson, shared some of his knowledge with us about the UUP. Thank you, Mr. Patterson! Next on the agenda was Avila Kilmurray, one of the founders of the Women's Coalition Party. She gave us some insight on community-based projects and her work over the last 20 years.

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Noah Reichblum '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

 

 

PBPL 85 students at Boston College's Dublin campus.

Today was filled meetings, pints of Guinness, and a riveting contemporary take on partition in Northern Ireland. Our morning started bright and early, with a classic Irish breakfast of sausages, eggs, and a whole lot of coffee. The group then trumped off to Boston College's campus in Dublin. We learned about Gerry Adams' past, the current Boston College Controversy, and a whole lot more.

 

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Kevin Schorr '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

 

 

PBPL 85 students with former Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

The stakes were raised once again for the team today as we prepared to meet with the former Taoiseach, or Prime Minister for those of you not yet versed in Gaelic, of the Irish Free State/Republic, Bertie Ahern.

 

 

 

 

The meeting naturally took place at a valued site of Irish heritage, the Jameson distillery. No drinks were had, but many a pastry devoured by those in attendance as Bertie gave us a first-hand account of his experiences in the Good Friday peace talks, as well as a few choice words about resident British correspondent Nick’s favorite Iron-Lady politician, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

 

 

 

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Participant Fiona Weeks '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Today our group finally made it to Dublin, or as they call it, The Emerald City. We're certainly not in Kansas anymore. Using our knowledge of the area to fit in with the locals, we were immediately called out for being American by the Scottish lads “on holiday” who we met at the baggage claim. They were right, we are American. Except for Nick, our expert on British imperialism. CJ was dissatisfied with our transportation, the Mercedes minibus, but we relished in the luxury after sitting in tiny vans all the way to Heathrow. Afterward, we sped to the Belvedere Hotel. We had time only to hit the pubs and then hit the hay.

PBPL 85 Global Policy Leadership Participant Heather Szilagyi '15

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

The Global Policy Leadership Practicum touched down in London after a long day of travel on December 3, 2014. We are tasked with producing a policy “white paper” outlining lessons learned from the Northern Ireland peace process that could be applied to other seemingly intractable conflicts around the world, but this prodigious assignment did not stop us from taking advantage of our time in London. We mingled with native Londoners, including our fellow classmate, at Borough Market and a local comedy club, then met more than our fair share of tourists at the London Eye and busy Christmas Markets.

Our most unique introduction to London, however, was the generous, amazing dinner we enjoyed with Dartmouth alumni at the home of John Scott '88.

 

 

Rockefeller Center Program Helps Students Map Their Future

This article was originally published on Dartmouth Now on December 8, 2014. 

The winter interim is an ideal time for students to reflect on their experiences and accomplishments at Dartmouth, and to assess the path ahead, says Sam Williamson, a program coordinator at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. As a tool to foster this kind of careful reflection, the Rockefeller Center designed “Create Your Path,” a series of six short online video workshops culminating in a live capstone session at the Rockefeller Center, says Williamson, who has overseen the program since he came to Dartmouth in January 2014.

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Travels to Northern Ireland

This post is part of a series on the Global Policy Leadership Practicum through PBPL 85. Students reflect on their experiences as part the travel abroad portion of the course to Northern Ireland during the winter break.

Public Policy 85, Global Policy Leadership Practicum, is a course that combines experiential learning and public policy, creating a unique and interactive learning environment for students. The course serves as a tool for connecting a select group of Dartmouth students to real-world international policy experience. Twelve rising juniors and seniors who have demonstrated keen interest in public policy while at Dartmouth are selected each year for participation in the course. Taught by renowned Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Charles Wheelan '88, each year the course addresses a different international public policy debate. The unique aspect of the course is that it takes learning beyond the classroom and textbook by traveling to the country of study during winter break.

 

 

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