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The 2020 GlobeMed Annual Benefit Dinner at Dartmouth

The 2020 GlobeMed Annual Benefit Dinner not only raised over $300 to support health initiatives by the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT), but also educated students on the mission of KWAT and global childhood hunger and mortality. KWAT is dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of the Kachin minority in order to improve the lives of women and children in Kachin society.

Dartmouth Libertarians' Event: The Moral Case for Free Enterprise

Visiting speaker Yaron Brook, Chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute, visited Dartmouth on February 27th to lecture as part of his speaking series, The Moral Case For Capitalism. As the title suggests, not only did Dr. Brook address the precipitous decline in global poverty and unprecedented material wealth that has resulted from industrialization and free trade - he takes those as givens - but he offered an ethical case for profit-seeking selfishness. Dr. Brook posited that some of the greatest technological innovators, such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, produced Windows and Macintosh, respectively, because these products made their lives better. Their innovations only translated to the accumulation of such monumental wealth because customers were willing to pay for their products only because their lives were made better off by at least that dollar amount and, in all likelihood, significantly moreso. Anybody who has taken high school economics or Econ 001 at Dartmouth should be able to immediately recognize what Yaron Brook is describing here: consumer surplus! Yet, Dr.

Ellie Briskin '21 RGLP Reflection: The Difference Between Intention and Perception

             There is a largely under-appreciated difference between intention and perception. In our day-to-day lives, each of us may intend for our words and actions to convey a certain meaning, and believe that meaning has been clearly expressed. Yet there is no guarantee that others are actually perceiving our meaning as intended.

             People often don’t bother going out of their way to assure their actions are interpreted as planned, for we often make the mistake of assuming that everyone sees the world as we do. Along this line of thinking, we assume everyone has the same, uniform understanding of the norms which define things like what it means to be sexist, what it means to be racist, what it means to be rude, and what it means to be kind. Yet so many of these “norms” are actually socially and culturally dictated, leading to a high level of misunderstandings in cross-cultural interactions.

Sam Tabrisky '22 RGLP Reflection: How History Informs Present-Day Intercultural Communication and Leadership

The most interesting RGLP session for me was Dr. Gama Perruci’s. As an avid lover of history, I find the ways in which history can inform our decisions in the present to be fascinating. This poses the question: how can history inform present day intercultural communication and leadership? Dr. Perruci walked us through the history of national identity and how that has evolved recently in our increasingly globalized world. Reconciling historical national identity with globalization is a problem that many countries around the world are wrestling with right now and has led to the rise of reactionary leaders who promise a return to a mythical, less connected past. If we are to apply the categories of cultural understanding, then these reactionaries and the people that support them are most likely in stages 1 or 2, denial and defense. Historically, the average person did not have to interact with members of different cultures, or at the very least, members of cultures drastically different than them. These centuries of isolation make a lethal combination when combined with nationalism. Nationalism, like many human cultural developments, has its place in history.

RLF Recap: "Business, Strategy, Society"

On Thursday, February 17th, Professor Curt Welling ’71 came to talk to us about the leadership challenges presented by controversial social issues. Professor Welling graduated from Dartmouth College as part of the class of 1971, and later graduated Tuck Business school in 1977. After graduating from Tuck, Professor Welling spent 25 years working in the investment banking and securities industries, and then spent the next 11 working for AmeriCares as their president and chief executive officer. He now teaches classes on Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, Business and Society.

During our session, he spoke to us about how to handle potential obstacles that might arise due to controversial social issues. He began by outlining all of the various considerations that a leader must take into account when faced with a challenge. After that, he helped us establish a framework by which we could lay out the opportunities and obstacles that are associated with facing a difficult challenge. He then took these concepts out of the abstract and had us role play through a real-life case study.

Keeping Up with the First-in-nation Primary

On the evening of February 11, 2020, students, faculty, and community members convened in the TV Lounge at the Collis Center for Student Involvement to watch and discuss coverage of the New Hampshire presidential primary. “Rocky’s Most-Watched Watch Party for Dartmouth Students,” co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center and the Collis Governing Board, included opening remarks, a raffle for students who voted that day, and participation from ABC News Live, which covered the primary from Collis. As election results from around the state were processed, students and community members enjoyed pizza and discussed their thoughts and predictions on the potential victor. 

Rocky hosts field hearing for NH Service Year Workforce Commission

On Monday evening, March 2, 2020, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College hosted the first field hearing of the New Hampshire Service Year Workforce Commission, chaired by New Hampshire Rep.

Policy Research Shop Testifies in Concord

On Monday, March 2, 2020, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students Andrew Culver '22, Paul Hager 22', and Tyler Work '20 traveled to Concord to testify before the New Hampshire House Committee on Science, Technology, and Energy, chaired by Rep. Robert Backus.  The students have spent the past several months researching the implementation of California regulatory standards for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and hybrid vehicles in several states to provide evidence to the committee on the possible impacts of H.R. 1444, a bill to adopt the California Clean Cars Program in New Hampshire. Andrew, Paul, and Tyler, spent more than an hour presenting their findings to the members of the committee and responding to a wide variety of questions from virtually all of the committee members.  Their policy brief, “Considerations for the Implementation of the California Clean Cars Program in New Hampshire,” PRS Policy Brief 1920-03, was circulated to the committee prior to their testimony.  The team also provided printed copies of their Powerpoint slides to committee members.  Chairman Backus thanked the team members for their hard work and for their excellent presentation.  As H.R.

Selina Noor '22 RGLP Reflection: Culture as a Gateway to Identity

As a first generation American-born citizen, I’ve had the privilege to grow up in an environment where my cross-cultural experiences have shaped me and influenced my perspectives on the things that define me. It’s possible to say that a child raised to enjoy quintessentially Bangladeshi dishes like murgi bhuna, listen to Bruce Springsteen on Sunday night drives, wake up at five in the morning to start prayer during Eid al-Adha, and scream her lungs out while watching her hometown football team, the Kansas City Chiefs, score a touchdown has a diverse outlook on the atmosphere around her. I’ve been blessed to be able to incorporate my two cultures into my daily life such that my identity would be incomplete without them. The perspectives I’ve gained while learning about what it means to be a Bangladeshi American with multicultural interests have enabled me to appreciate others’ diverse backgrounds and try to learn more about the connections different cultures share. RGLP helped me understand how realizing that such connections exist is vital to leadership through a global lens.

Sasha Kokshinskiy '22 RGLP Reflection: A Dual Identity Amongst Dueling Cultures

Growing up, I was always fascinated observing Russia and America engage in a power struggle within the world. As someone who grew up with an American upbringing in a Russian household, I could not understand why these two cultures were always exchanging various undiplomatic tit-for-tats. If the Russian and American parts of me were able to peacefully coexist, why was that not mirrored in the real world?

I came to later learn the various reasons as to why this conflict continued to take place (political tensions post-Cold War, etc.), but I still could not come to understand the lack of cultural appreciation and understanding that people continued to have, from both the East and the West. Just as there were times where people in Russia were inconsiderate of my American culture, there were equally as many times where Americans were inconsiderate of my Russian culture. 

Whether it was making rash, stereotypical comments, not being willing to recognize a certain custom I have, or being ignorant of my dual identity, I have questioned (far too many times) whether or not I would ever feel comfortable being a “Russian-American” in my day-to-day life.


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