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Hwikeun Kim '22 RGLP Reflection: Being prepared to face the “unprepared”

The past eight weeks participating in the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) allowed me to reflect on my own personal cultural values and grow to understand what it means to be a global cultural leader in the era of fast-changing technology and globalization. Before participating in the RGLP, I was tied to my own comfort zone and was afraid to engage in things that were beyond my own cultural background or something that I was not prepared to face. I think it is easy to be “super-prepared” and be ready with multiple solutions to when faced with a problem at Dartmouth. However, I believe the true global leaders should be ready to face the “unprepared.”


Blake McGill '22 RGLP Reflection: "Breaking Out of the Bubble"

I stumble down the stairs to find all 14 other female students making posters for tomorrow’s rally. The next morning, at the Supreme Court, which happens to be our neighbor, justices will be hearing oral arguments in the most recent abortion case. I stand silently in front of signs reading “No Uterus, No Opinion” and “Never Again” intertwined in bloody coat hangers that cover our living room floor. I clutch my crucifix, grab a granola bar, and call my father: he will know what to do.

Ned Helms, Tom Rath ‘67, and Andrew Smith Preview a Packed Primary Season

On January 22, 2020, in a discussion moderated by Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow Charles Wheelan, panelists Ned Helms, Tom Rath ‘67, and Andrew Smith sought to provide students and visitors at the Rockefeller Center with a preview to the 2020 New Hampshire presidential primary, set for February 11. As seasoned experts in the local and national political sphere, Helms, Rath, and Smith each used their diverse experiences in campaign work and analysis to draw connections to past elections, describe modern-day campaign challenges, and explain why New Hampshire has become such a critical state in our national election cycle. 

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

On February 6, we were joined by professor Sonu Bedi, a professor in the Government department and Director of the Dartmouth Ethics Institute. Professor Bedi’s research focuses on issues of constitutional legal theory, identity, and justice.

Oren Cass, Karl Widerquist, Debate Universal Basic Income at Dartmouth

On Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, American political philosopher and economist Karl Widerquist of Georgetown University-Qatar and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute Oren Cass sat down in Filene Auditorium for a Political Economy Debate on the merits of Universal Basic Income (UBI). Widerquist debated on behalf of UBI while Cass debated against it. 

Widerquist has been a passionate advocate for a UBI since he was 15, when he first encountered the concept on Milton Friedman’s television show. Much of his subsequent academic work has focused on the subject. Cass, who served as Mitt Romney’s domestic policy advisor in the 2012 presidential election, first seriously considered the concept in his research on why America’s economic progress hasn’t correlated with improved outcomes for its workers. Unimpressed by UBI as a policy prescription for elevating the American worker, he’s written numerous articles critiquing UBI in recent years. 

Eighth Annual Physicians for Human Rights Conference

The eighth annual Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) conference at Dartmouth took place on January 10th and 11th, 2020, and was organized by the Nathan Smith Society and the Geisel Physicians for Human Rights group. This year’s conference, “A 20/20 Vision for Our Children’s Future” was dedicated to the subject of our youth, and encompassed their rights, wellbeing, and standards of upbringing. Experts from legal, academic, and clinical backgrounds were invited to share their knowledge and findings on how best to ensure that children in today’s world thrive throughout their development and into adulthood.

RLF Recap: "Don't Go It Alone: Effective Delegation and Empowerment for Leaders"

Alison Fragale graduated from Dartmouth in 1997, majoring in math and economics. After graduation, she worked as a management consultant for McKinsey before leaving to pursue her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, with a focus in social psychology, at Stanford. Currently, Alison works as the associate professor of organizational behavior and strategy at the University of North Carolina’s business school. Additionally, she does research on interpersonal hierarchies in groups and organizations.

RLF Recap: "The Art of Telling People What They Don't Want to Hear"

The real distinction in Washington lies not between Democrats and Republicans, or liberals and conservatives, but between Political Hacks and Policy Wonks.  The Hacks consist of consultants, pundits, and professionals who believe campaigns are won and lost on strategies including image, polling, advertising, and turnout. The Wonks consist of policy experts and academics who believe voters care what a candidate stands for and will do in office. In order to identify the problems on Americans’ minds and develop and pass policies that solve these problems, we need collaboration between Hacks and Wonks.     

Dartmouth Model United Nations in Montreal

In the last week of January, Dartmouth Model United Nations travelled to Montreal to attend McMUN (McGill University’s Model U.N. Conference.) The Dartmouth delegation was composed of sixteen undergraduate students, and included ‘23s, ‘22s and ‘20s. This was Dartmouth’s second year participating in McMUN, and the team experienced lots of student interest in attending. After holding tryouts in fall term, the Dartmouth delegation met regularly to craft position papers and strengthen their Model U.N. skills.

It was surprisingly balmy weather for the duration of the team’s stay in Montreal. After arriving on Thursday, January 23rd, the delegates delved into intense committee sessions from Thursday night until Sunday morning. Dartmouth delegates were involved in a wide range of committees: all the way from representing Russia in a Korean disarmament committee to playing the role of a Journalist in a South American crisis war committee. It was a wonderful weekend of meeting like-minded individuals from all over the continent, and the professionality of the whole conference was inspiring.


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