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


RBEL Recap: Senior Policy Lecturer Charles Wheelan '88 speaks about his transformation into a journalist

This event was sponsored by the Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership (RBEL), a student discussion group that meets every Wednesday evening. For more information, click here.

Recap: "Becoming Global Citizens" with Kwame Anthony Appiah

We entered, in small crowds, into the white-walled, airy space of the Hanover Inn Grand Ballroom to await Kwame Anthony Appiah’s talk entitled “"Becoming Global Citizens: Civil Discourse Across Difference.” The talk was prefaced by a moment of silence for the recent passing of Torin Tucker ’15, and I was struck, as I often have been since the news of his death was released, by how much more we cling to each other when faced with tragedy. It isn’t a mere gesture of sentimentality, but more of an affirmation of the human bonds that exist even on a college campus where priorities are in perpetual competition.

Appiah’s talk itself focused on the value of conversation without agenda, without discernible aim, the kind that exposes one to discovery through accident. He proposed that we stumble upon ways to increase our acceptance of the differences that compose our world. Appiah’s description of a cosmopolitan conversation is of one that primarily takes place between strangers, particularly strangers on the move. 

RLF Recap: How to Frame Three Hard Cases - Abortion, Same Sex Marriage, and Affirmative Action

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program below. For more information about RLF, click here. 

This week, RLF had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Sonu Bedi from the Government department. Professor Bedi, who has a PhD in political science and a law degree, drew from his extensive background on constitutional law and political theory to discuss three controversial topics with the fellow: abortion, same-sex marriage, and affirmative action.

MLDP Recap: MLDP Goes Outside, Braving the Winter Cold with Steven Spaulding

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 week’s session of the Management Leadership Development Program was a little out of the ordinary. Rather than meeting in a classroom and discussing different aspects of leadership and character, we finally tested our skills in an interactive session titled, “Leading Through Action.” Steven Spaulding, the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership, applied lessons from the Dartmouth Peak Performance program, and helped each MLDP participant more clearly define and strengthen their leadership skills.

PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership, "Economic Reform in India," Has Released Its Final Report

To read the entire PBPL 85 report regarding economic reform in India on SlideShare, please click here.

The students in Public Policy 85, the inaugural Practicum in Global Policy Leadership, have delivered their final report with prescriptions for economic reform in India. The memo lays out a series of highly detailed recommendations ranging from introducing a national Goods and Services Tax (GST) to making significant new investments in education and infrastructure. The memo was written collaboratively by the 12 students participating in the course as a hypothetical “white paper” that could serve as an economic blueprint for the next Indian government. (There will be national elections in 2014.)

Marianne Schnall talks about "What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?"

Marianne Schnall speaking to students in
Collis Commonground.

This event was partially funded by the Rockefeller Center Mini-Grants Program. For more information regarding Mini-Grants, click here.

On Tuesday, January 28th, activist and interviewer Marianne Schnall visited Dartmouth College for a packed afternoon engaging with students, faculty, staff and community members. Schnall was a guest in Janice McCabe’s Sociology of Gender course where the group engaged in an hour-long discussion on Schnall’s most recent book, What Will It Take to Make A Woman President? Conversations about Women, Leadership and Power. The class discussed the importance of having female role models in thinking about how to inspire young women and girls to pursue careers in the public sector and to look towards the American presidency as an opportunity to address social imbalances.

Improve Dartmouth - A New Website to Create Positive Change at Dartmouth

Photo by Eli Burakian ’00

To view the Improve Dartmouth website, click here (Dartmouth NetID required). 

At Dartmouth, there’s no shortage of critical, passionate people with terrific ideas about how to make this community the best that it can be. However, there is a lack of implementation simply due to the turnover of students in organizations each term. Dartmouth Roots, the student-run organization behind Improve Dartmouth, is structured specifically to implement actionable ideas that require continuity of leadership and prolonged oversight. 

RLF Recap: Fellows hear about "Contemporary Leadership Competencies" from Harry Sheehy, Dartmouth's Athletics Director

Harry Sheehy, Dartmouth’s Athletics Director, visited RLF last Thursday to speak about his experiences with leadership, especially with regards to managing teams of people. As a result of his time as an athlete, a coach, and an administrator, Mr. Sheehy has identified common underlying themes in how a leader can best interact with his/her followers in working towards an organization’s goals. He began the session by talking about his personal background, including the challenges he faced during coaching and how they added value to his role as a leader. 

Following this, Mr. Sheehy played clips from Remember the Titans and highlighted both the subtle and not so subtle messages about good and bad leadership. One major point was that the successes and failures of a leader are reflected through the attitudes of those being led. This brought about a transition into an analysis of the different character qualities of followers, split between energy-taking traits and energy-giving traits. Through constructing and repeating a clear vision, a leader can help foster self-awareness and group motivation. 

Jonathan Shrier '85 Speaks on the Obama Administration's Commitment to Global Food Security

Jonathan Shrier ’85, deputy coordinator for the U.S. Feed the Future initiative, visited campus last week to speak about the Obama administration’s commitment to tackling global food security. In the wake of the 2008 food crisis that triggered riots in over 30 capital cities worldwide, donor nations are turning their attention to agricultural development, an issue that had long been neglected on the international community’s agenda.

Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors Program Kick-off Proves a Resounding Success

This ongoing series shares the experiences of participants and facilitators in D-LAB (Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors), a student-facilitated program designed for first-year students to discover the relationship between leadership and personal values.

So what does baking a cake have to do with leadership? I know of no better person to ask than any of the 70 freshman who gathered in Fahey first floor last Monday for the inaugural session of the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (D-LAB) Program. D-LAB, a new student-facilitated initiative co-sponsored by the Rockefeller and Collis centers, offers first year students an opportunity to engage in profound self-reflection and discussion.


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