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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: VALERIE TRUONG '21

Valerie Truong '21 interned at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) during the 2020 spring term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MICHAEL NACHMAN '21

Michael Nachman '21 interned at the State Department during the 2020 spring term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to intern at the State Department this spring. I did the majority of the work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but had a great experience nonetheless building experience and knowledge that directly relates to my academic and professional interests. One of the most positive parts of my experience was the opportunity to engage with several specific policy topics within the office’s mandate in ways that helped me develop a degree of expertise in narrow policy areas. Rather than work on issues and policy questions that are very broad, my projects allowed me to look closely at problems I would never have had the opportunity to study in a classroom setting. For example, I now know more about Sudan’s gold supply chains than I ever thought I would.

MLDP Spring 2020 Excellence

Each term the Management Leadership Development Program provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be more effective leaders. At each session, participants are asked to nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and how their nominees provided an excellent example of leadership during the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated multiple times, by multiple peers to complete the program with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Spring 2020. We thank them for their effort and commitment to the program. Congratulations!

Rocky Watch:"Crisis Governance: Lessons from American Policy History"

How does the United States government fare in the face of crises both past and present? In a “Rocky Watch” lecture live-streamed on May 27, 2020, Research Assistant Professor of Government Herschel Nachlis tackled this question. The lecture, “Crisis Governance: Lessons from American Policy History”, focused on patterns in crisis governance throughout the United States’ history. 

Professor Nachlis explained, “I’m interested in how old policies, old governance structures, interact with new social problems and new political problems.” This broad perspective informs his interest in crisis governing. In an interview following the event, Professor Nachlis shared a few key takeaways.

First, while it is tempting to direct all criticism towards current political actors, we should also turn a critical eye to the deeper structural problems that inform present-day responses. Chief among those is the fact that “we have underinvested in public health for the last fifty to sixty years,” he said. 

Rocky and Me: Peter Charalambous '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

After four years, I have reached the conclusion that Dartmouth College, and the Rockefeller Center in particular, are truly special places. While they’re special in more ways than one — historic, unique, and perhaps sentimental — what makes Dartmouth and Rocky special in my eyes is that they are one of the few places where nearly everything exists to support students. That’s a rare thing in the world as a whole, with most people out there to make it themselves with often little regard for others. At Dartmouth, though, everyone from the professors in your classes to the staff members you’ve never met before are united in the goal of student success. They want to see students grow and accomplish their goals, and they work towards that goal with unparalleled kindness and generosity.

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin Discusses the Fate of Globalization in Final Rocky Watch Event of the Spring Term

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Joan Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, spoke with Dartmouth students and community members at the Rockefeller Center’s final Rocky Watch event of the spring term. Rocky Watch is a weekly series of live broadcasts that the Center hopes will foster a virtual common space for community discussion in this time of social distancing and remote learning.

Prior to joining the Dickey Center in 2012, Benjamin served as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department, as a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, and as Germany bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. Ambassador Benjamin will be leaving the Dickey Center later this month to serve as president of the American Academy in Berlin. Benjamin’s lecture focused on the impact that the coronavirus is having on globalization and the international order. 

Rocky and Me: Tyler Baum '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

It is hard to believe that my four years at Dartmouth are coming to a close. From the moment I set foot in Hanover, I was drawn to the Rockefeller Center and its experiential approach to an education in public policy. Since the fall of 2016, I have been actively engaged in curricular, co-curricular, and research activities at the Rockefeller Center, and I consider no place other than Rocky to be my home at Dartmouth.

Professor Wheelan on “The Rationing: A Novel about a Pandemic in the Time of a Pandemic”

On Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, students and community members tuned in once again to Rocky Watch, the Rockefeller Center’s series of virtual public policy broadcasts. The series welcomed Professor Charles Wheelan, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center. Professor Wheelan’s recent fiction novel, The Rationing, came out just months prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his lecture, entitled “The Rationing: A Novel about a Pandemic in the Time of a Pandemic,” Professor Wheelan discussed the unsurprising nature of the current pandemic, as well as other long-term public policy issues that we tend to neglect in favor of more pressing problems.

Kate Hilton Discusses the Psychology of Change with The Rockefeller Center

On Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, expert in community organizing and the psychology of change, Kate Hilton, spoke with Dartmouth students and community members at the Rockefeller Center’s sixth Rocky Watch event of the spring term. Rocky Watch is a weekly series of live broadcasts that the center hopes will foster a virtual common space for community discussion in this time of social distancing and remote learning.

Hilton studied at Dartmouth and Harvard Divinity School, and currently serves as leadership faculty in the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program at The George Washington University and at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Her talk covered how change can happen on an individual and systemic level. 

Dartmouth Students Learn About Careers in Law with the Rockefeller Center

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, N. Bruce Duthu ’80, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth, Sue Finegan ’85, a Partner and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, & Popeo, PC, Shirley Jefferson, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity at Vermont Law School, and John Mott ’81, a Former Associate Judge on the DC Superior Court, participated in a virtual panel on careers in law cohosted by the Rockefeller Center and the Center for Professional Development. The panel was intended to help undergraduates get a better grasp of what studying and pursuing a career in law entails.  

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