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The Rockefeller Center's Latest Course Offering, Public Policy 49, Featured in The Dartmouth

Public Policy 49, "Environmental Policy Research Workshop," was recently featured in an article penned by Jose Garza '17. PBPL 49 is the Rockefeller Center's newest course and was offered for the first time this winter.

PBPL 49 is designed to guide students in conducting research on environmental policy-based projects. These projects are based on requests from the Vermont and New Hampshire state legislature. Students will learn the basic theory and research methods in environmental social science and they will spend the second half of the course applying these skills in team-based settings in order to address the questions posed in the projects. Satisfactory completion of the course will qualify students for entry into the Rockefeller Policy Research Shop.

A small excerpt from Garza's article:

Group Facilitation workshop with Darin Eich, Ph.D., Founder of

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.  

Recap: Create Your Path with Darin Eich, Ph.D., Founder of

The Rockefeller Center's new "Create Your Path" program offers students a guided opportunity to step back and reflect on their first two years at Dartmouth, and develop a strategy to organize themselves at a higher level. For more information about the program, click here.

Naming our interests and strengths can be difficult. Do we even know what we are capable of? And if we don’t know ourselves, how can others know what we are capable of?

As busy college students, it is difficult to simply reflect. Darin Eich, Ph.D., Founder of, has developed a program for Dartmouth students to reflect and take action. During winter break, students participated in virtual workshops. Online videos guided them through a series of activities, such as listing key moments to defining specific strengths and passions. Participants were advised not to judge their responses and write whatever came to mind. Throughout the exercise, Eich shared his own responses to the prompts, which showed the specificity and variety of possible interests, strengths, and passions.

MLDP Recap: Kick-off to Network, Connect and Communicate with Darin Eich

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. If you were asked if you could sing, would you raise your hand? How about dance? Draw? Darin Eich, Founder of, asked us these very questions as we squirmed in our seat and looked around to see who were the singers, dancers, and artists of the group. But Eich said that had we been in kindergarten, we would have jumped at the chance to say we were all these things. This had happened when his mother asked her kindergarten class the same questions. Somewhere along the way, we began to think we had to be the best in order to raise our hands. Like this exercise, Eich’s other exercises taught us to think outside the box. As we introduced ourselves, Eich pushed us to not generalize but instead say something innovative. You could talk about your ambitions, passions or even an important childhood character.

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig to give talk, "The New Hampshire Rebellion" on 1/9/14 @ 4:30 PM

As the first state in the nation to hold its presidential primary, New Hampshire holds special significance in the U.S. electoral process. While only a few delegates are selected in the primary, the election receives extensive media coverage and serves as a testing ground for candidates from both major parties. By setting a precedent for the rest of the primary season, how can New Hampshire voters influence the political climate in DC?
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. In this talk, Professor Lessig describes how New Hampshire holds the key to forcing corruption reform on DC, if its citizens can be mobilized to act. He discusses the movement that has this aim - the New Hampshire Rebellion - and its strategy for success.

Class of 1930 Fellow Cass Sunstein to give talk, "Free by Default" at Dartmouth on 1/23/14 at 4:30 PM

Impersonal default rules, chosen by private or public institutions, establish settings and starting points for countless goods and activities – cell phones, rental car agreements, computers, savings plans, health insurance, websites, privacy, and much more. Some of these rules do a great deal of good, but others are poorly chosen, perhaps because those who select them are insufficiently informed, perhaps because they are self-interested, perhaps because one size does not fit all.

The obvious alternative to impersonal default rules is active choosing, by which people are asked or required to make decisions on their own. The problem is that if active choosing were required in all contexts, people would quickly be overwhelmed; default rules save a great deal of time, making it possible to make other choices and in that sense promoting autonomy.

Exciting Public Policy Course Opportunities for Winter 2014 at Dartmouth

PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy
Professor Ronald Shaiko, 14W: 10

This course is designed as the gateway offering for students beginning to pursue a minor in public policy through the Rockefeller Center. The term will be divided into four main components:

  • The Nature of Public Policy: What is Public Policy, Who Makes It, and Why Study It
  • Making Public Policy: The Process, Structure, and Context of Policymaking
  • The Policy Players: Institutional and Non-Institutional Actors
  • The Policy Game: Rules, Strategies, Culture, and Resources

In the concluding section of the course, we will be pursuing specific policy domains—environmental policy, education policy, health care policy, welfare policy, immigration policy, and defense policy.
Dist: SOC; WCult: W


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