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Notes from the Field: Yifan He '20

Yifan He '20 interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the winter of 2018, I interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) through the Student Honors Program in Washington, DC. I was part of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, which aims to incorporate economics and data to both inform policy-making and facilitate investigations that lead to enforcement actions. More specifically, I worked with two offices: the Office of Markets, a rulemaking office that provides economic analyses on proposed market rules, and the Office of Structural Disclosure, an office that makes data more transparent and accessible to the public. 

Notes from the Field: Andrew Heo '19

Andrew Heo '19 interned at the US Dept. of Commerce in the Beijing Embassy for the Fall 2017 term. In response to this internship, Andrew wrote a memoir detailing his experiences. The following is an excerpt from his memoir.

China came to me as a bit of a paradox. Growing up in Korea, I inherited many cultural values shared by Chinese society. Yet although these two nations share a cultural root belonging to an ancient antiquity, they certainly developed distinct cultures, and have taken radically different trajectories in modern history. Thus China is to me at once a familiar society as well as an entirely foreign one. This, perhaps, is the appeal of China to me. As I explore its foreign culture and learn of its long history, I learn more about my own Korean culture.

Leadership Lessons from former White House Chief of Staff, Andrew Card

Andrew H. Card, Jr., appointed in November 2000, served as Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush from January 2001 to April 2006. In this capacity, he coordinated the priorities of the Administration’s agenda, the development of policies, and appointments of Cabinet Secretaries and senior officials throughout the government. Mr. Card, the second longest tenured White House Chief of Staff, has served in senior government roles for three U.S. Presidents and presently holds numerous positions. Card serves on the Board of Directors of public corporations Union Pacific and Lorillard, on the Business Advisory Board of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, on the Global Advisory Board of Alexander Proudfoot, on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and on a number of non-profit boards. 

The Rockefeller Center in collaboration with the Dickey Center hosted a student dinner with Mr. Card before his participation as a panelist in "Spymasters: Can We Kill Our Way Out?" on Wednesday, October 26, at 6:30-8:00 pm, in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall.

Prior to the student dinner, Nikita Bakhru ’17 sat down with Andrew Card for an interview.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

What government system is currently in place in the United States of America? Ask different groups of citizens, and you may receive very different answers. Some may answer democracy, others constitutional republic, or perhaps representative democracy. However, the Central Intelligence Agency classifies our government as federal presidential republic. This confusion may in part be due to our nation’s unwavering support of the ideals of democracy. What is the true nature of our government? How did our founding fathers come to believe this government was the most appropriate form?

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that honors fallen service members. Observed every year on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day began after the American Civil War and was originally called Decoration Day.

It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments and putting flags or flowers on the graves of service members. One of the biggest Memorial Day traditions is for the President to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

This year, President Obama has proclaimed Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and designated the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. as a time during which people may unite in prayer. Read the entire proclamation here.

Most local towns in the Upper Valley have a war memorial site and a few even organize more formal Memorial Day celebrations. Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who laid down their lives to defend our freedom:

Is There Life After Iowa and New Hampshire?

With the passing of the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, two crucial steps in the lead up to the Presidential election have now occurred. As members of the Dartmouth community, many of us had the opportunity to participate in Tuesday’s primary. Political primaries are an essential component of the political process as they hold outsized sway over public opinion. Despite the relatively small number of voters, the media, the American public, the candidates, donors and other politicians pay close attention to the results of these early contests. Everyone seeks an answer to the same question – which candidates have the ability to progress onto later primaries and to potentially win the election?

The Rockefeller Center hosted a panel of Dartmouth Government Department faculty who study American politics, to share their expertise. The panel included Professors Joseph Bafumi, Linda Fowler and Dean Lacy and was moderated by Professor Ron Shaiko.

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