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Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Spring 2012

Khan AcademyMITxMBA@UNC.  Higher education is going online, and if it can be online, there is no reason why it cannot be global.  When Ben Wildavsky visitedcampus last month as part of the Leading Voices in Higher Education lecture series, he said, “My real argument is that globalization is a real opportunity. It’s not really something to worry about. That’s fundamentally because it’s not a zero-sum game.” 

President of Kosovo Speaks at Dartmouth on 3/6 at 4:30 PM, Watch Online or in Moore Theater

On Tuesday, March 6 the Dartmouth community is honored to host a distinguished guest, Atifete Jahjaga, president of the Republic of Kosovo. You are invited to view a live online broadcast of President Jahjaga's public address, "The Kosovo Story: Challenges and Successes in State-Building Processes."

The lecture will be broadcast live from the Hopkins Center's Moore Theater at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) via: In-person attendance at the event is open to the public with seating on a first-come basis.

President Jahjaga was elected to the presidency of Kosovo last April at the age of 35. She is the fourth person to be elected president of the new nation, following its fight for independence 13 years ago.

She will spend time during her two-day visit to Dartmouth meeting and discussing a variety of issues—including leadership and health care—with faculty, students, and administrators. The president will also attend an undergraduate class session on state creation.

Dine with Diplomats, Public Servants, and Pundits at the Rockefeller Center

Did you know...

When we bring speakers to campus for our student programs and public lectures, the Rockefeller Center tries to incorporate many different opportunities for students and speakers to engage in meaningful conversations. 

Very often, these opportunities include meals or coffee hour chats with our featured guests.  Students can sign up to attend these opportunities via our Eventbrite page.  We may also send specific invitations to a class or student group that has been identified by faculty and staff. 

To make sure you don't miss out on any of these great chances to have informal conversations with high-profile speakers, be sure to subscribe to our Student Opportunities email list.

Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible? Talk by key negotiator on Monday, Feb. 13th at 4 PM

Key negotiator between the Government of Israel and Hamas reveals the truth behind secret talks.

  • Can Israelis and Palestinians ever live in peace?
  • Can Palestinians make peace amongst themselves?
  • What role do secret talks play in solving these issues?

Twenty years of peace processes between Israelis and Palestinians have proved futile. Irreconcilable differences clog the channels of diplomacy. The Palestinian house is divided into two separate regimes. A right-wing religious government rules Israel. The United States is occupied with the upcoming presidential election and Europe is focused on recovery from financial collapse, leaving Israel and Palestine alone to achieve peace. Can the two parties do it by themselves?

International Relations and Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop hosts security expert Dr. Erica Chenoweth

Dr. Erica Chenoweth

On February 3, 2012, Dr. Erica Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and Director of Wesleyan’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, was our guest at the International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Lunch, discussing her public talk entitled,  "Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future,” which took place later that afternoon.
The International Relations/Foreign Policy Faculty Workshop is joint enterprise with The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and the John Sloan Dickey Center, and provides a venue for faculty to receive feedback on their manuscripts and to debate new work in the field of security studies.  
It is convened by Christianne Hardy Wohlforth, Acting Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Government.

2012 Student Forum on Global Learning Takes Place on Monday, January 16th

Join us at the 3rd Annual Student Forum On Global Learning, which will take place on January 16, 2012, as part of Dartmouth's 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Yale Professor of International Law to Give Lecture on Thursday, January 12th at 4:30 PM

Yale Professor of International Law to give the Timbers ’37 Lecture addressing a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

Due to the unchecked power of the presidency by Congress, the Courts, and the citizens of the United States, America faces a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

  • How have we allowed the president to attain this limitless power?
  • How can we pass laws legitimately under the procedures outlined by the constitution with the insurmountable political and legal hurdles?
  • How can we check the president’s power and legitimize effective international lawmaking? 
  • Does our constitution provide a solution to the current crisis or must we revise the procedures framed by our founding fathers?

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School. Under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Wald she served as a Law Clerk and held fellowships at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Center for the Ethics and the Professions.

Congrats to Josh Marcuse '04 - Named to the @brazencareerist 20 Young Professionals to Watch in 2012 List

We're happy to share that Dartmouth alum Josh Marcuse '04 has been named as one of 20 young professionals to watch in 2012 by Brazen Careerist

Marcuse is the founder and President of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, "committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leadership." He advises individuals and institutions on how to engage and interact with young professionals in the foreign policy community, and frequently speaks to students and recent graduates about careers in international affairs, leadership, management, entrepreneurship and civic participation.

Josh has been affiliated with Rockefeller Center programs both as a student, and then as an alum.  He has come back to campus as part of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows "Word of Advice from Alums" session, and has been a great resource for students in Washington, DC for our Civic Skills Training program.

VT Law School Professor to Discuss "The Role of Law in International Human Rights Advocacy" on 11/16 at 4:30 PM


Survivors of torture seeking to hold a former head of state accountable; an investigation into deaths in police custody; a community surrounded by a toxic soup of chemical contaminants turning to international organizations for help; efforts to strengthen U.N. action on the rights of LGBT people. What role has international law played in these and other human rights initiatives? What have been some of the limits of this law? Professor Stephanie Farrior will share observations from more than 25 years of international human rights advocacy.


Looking for an European Fall internship? Application deadline: July 1st

Fall European Parliament Internship

Office of William (The Earl of) Dartmouth MEP

Location: European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg

Note: William Dartmouth is a direct descendant of the Second Earl of Dartmouth, for whom Dartmouth College is named.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Employment Start Date: Sept. 16
Duration of internship: 1-3 monthsApplication deadline: July 1st, 2011

The internship offers a chance to experience the day to day operation of an MEP's office in the European Parliament, from experience in EU legislation, the work of the European Parliament to drafting speeches and press releases. An important task will be research particularly relating to the International Trade Committee of which William (The Earl of) Dartmouth is a Member and also the Coordinator for his political Group. There will also be some work related to the Foreign Affairs Committee.


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