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

Andrew Samwick

The Rockefeller Center's Annual Student and Alumni Reception

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center hosted its annual Student and Alumni Reception in Washington, DC. Each year the occasion provides an opportunity for the Center’s First-Year Fellows, newly arrived to the city and ready to embark on their 8-week summer internships, to meet and network with their Dartmouth Alumni mentors. 

Director Andrew Samwick alongside four of this year's First Year Fellows. Photo by Laurie DeWitt.

“The First-Year Fellows program is a great example of the partnership between the Rockefeller Center and Dartmouth alumni, who find many ways to contribute to the education of each successive cohort of Dartmouth students,” noted the Center’s Director, Professor Andrew Samwick, during his brief remarks at the reception. Samwick also used the occasion to acknowledge Deputy Director Sadhana Hall’s completion of ten years with the Center and Dartmouth College.

Rockefeller Center Alumni Reception in NYC

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Maya and Robert Tichio ’99, together with Andrew Samwick, Ronald Shaiko, and Sadhana Hall hosted a reception in New York City for alumni who at some point in their Dartmouth lives called Rocky “home.” The event was principally in celebration of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s growth over the past decade. In particular, the evening commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the newly endowed Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop.

RLF Recap: The "Resource Curse" with Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program. RLF provides fellows with resources in leadership theories and practical skills. Selected their Junior Spring, these Seniors take part in the workshops, dinner discussions, and team-building exercises as they gain a better understanding of the qualities and responsibilities necessary for leaders and successful leadership styles.

The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows were most recently visited by the director of the Rockefeller Center, Andrew Samwick. In addition to leading the Center, Professor Samwick is the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving Professor of Economics at Dartmouth. From 2003 to 2004 he served as the chief economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. After I introduced him, Professor Samwick joked that he needed to update his bio to reflect an area of focus I had left out–his new-found interest in social entrepreneurship.

Winter 2015 Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Experiential Learning

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term. 

Inauguration of Philip J. Hanlon '77

In his inauguration address, President Hanlon issued a call-to-action to build Dartmouth’s academic enterprise around four themes: experiential learning, learning technologies, research impact, and affordability. The programs at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center incorporate all of these themes—most prominently experiential learning—in the realms of public policy and leadership development.

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick - The Leadership Implications of 'Too Big to Fail'

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick was featured recently in an opinion piece in The New York Times. In the piece, Director Samwick discusses the leadership implications of the phrase "too big to fail.

Read the full article at the following link:

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick

Director Samwick recently completed twenty years of teaching at Dartmouth and ten years of leading the Rockefeller Center. Under his guidance, the Rockefeller Center has witnessed the growth of its curricular and co-curricular programs and renewed its commitment to Dartmouth's mission to educate the most promising students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and responsible leadership.

Fall 2014 Rockefeller Center Direct Line - The Theory and Practice of Public Policy in the United States

The start of each term brings a direct line from Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick.

With the arrival of the Fall Term, the faculty and staff of the Rockefeller Center welcomed the Class of 2018 to Dartmouth. Over the next four years, the curriculum and programs at the Center will engage them in the theory and practice of public policy. Public policy is relevant in all areas in which stakeholders are diffuse, problems are complex and interdisciplinary, and solutions must mobilize market and non-market resources.

PBPL 43: Social Entrepreneurship is now Cross-Listed with the Economics Department!

The Rockefeller Center’s new course “PBPL 43: Social Entrepreneurship” is now cross-listed with ECON 77. Taught by Professor and Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Andrew Samwick, this course will use the context of 50th anniversary of the declaration on the “War on Poverty” to investigate the nature and causes of poverty, both domestically and abroad, and the emergence of social entrepreneurship to address this issue. This course will also have a strong experiential component where students will work in small groups to identify and develop ideas for their own social ventures.

The course change period for the summer term is now open (May 8-29) and students are encouraged to consider PBPL 43/ECON 77. As a cross-listed course, this will also count towards the ECON major or minor.

Spring 2014 Rockefeller Center Direct Line - "The Next Phase of the War on Poverty"

January 8th of this year marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launching of “an unconditional war on poverty in America” in his first State of the Union Address. Taking stock of this effort over the intervening five decades, scholars can point to identifiable reductions in poverty among groups like the elderly who benefited from the most generous programs of the War on Poverty. But the War on Poverty’s motivating challenge of “poverty amidst prosperity” in America is still with us today, and it remains a vexing problem for public policy. 

The Rockefeller Center Launches New Social Entrepreneurship Course!

The Rockefeller Center is launching a new course starting this summer!

Listed as Public Policy 43, the course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship, defined generally as the process of finding innovative, sustainable solutions to social problems and, more specifically for this course, social problems that are a cause or consequence of poverty. 

PBPL 43 has three objectives:

RLF Recap: Leadership and the Curse of Natural Resources with Professor Andrew Samwick

To kick off the winter term, the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Samwick to come speak to us about an interesting phenomenon known as the “curse of natural resources.” Prior to the session, the students read over several articles describing this phenomenon in action around the world and learned about how mineral and oil wealth have been historically associated with lower GDP growth and greater inequality. To start the session, Professor Samwick asked us to ponder why such a paradox occurs and how poor leadership contributes to the problem. Among the reasons brought up were corruption, civil society indifference, conflict, and loss of sovereignty, all pertaining to a macro level of understanding the “curse.” Professor Samwick then highlighted key factors that have driven economic growth in countries without the crutch of easy resource exports, which include investment in education, innovation in technology, and the fortification of strong institutions.


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