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2012 Constitution Day: Former US Sen. Judd Gregg to Discuss "The Role of the Senate" for Constitution Day Program on Sept. 17th at 4:30 PM

The United States Constitution, the oldest written document of its kind still in continuous use, has guided U.S. lawmakers and politicians for over 200 years. While the U.S. Senate continues to best interpret and apply it, the current financial upheaval has come to test this body and its methods. In attempting to remedy the extensive damage to the economy, bi-partisan negotiation in the Senate is changing in an interesting and critical way.

September 17, Constitution Day, commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 brave men. Former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire will discuss the role of the Senate in the current fiscal crisis: how the United States Senate has evolved into the most likely forum under our constitutional structure for substantive bi-partisan action on major issues.

Wheelan '88 Teaches Course in American Politics and Public Policy in Fall 2012

Students in PBPL 20: Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy this fall with Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow Charles Wheelan ’88 will have visits from several notable guest speakers.  Coordinated with our fall public programs, the class will have visits from

Spring 2012 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 3 -- Spring 2012

The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.

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.” 

Public Policy Minor Continues to Grow in 2011 - 2012

As the spring term begins, we are now able to tally all of the course enrollments for the 2011-2012 academic year.Once again, student enrollments in public policy courses has reached new record with over 440 students taking summer, fall, winter, and spring classes. Also, enrollment in our gateway class taught by Professor Ron Shaiko—PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy—reached an all-time high during the winter term with 101 students completing the class.

At the conclusion of the public policy minor, 38 graduating seniors will complete their degree requirements with minors in public policy, including six students graduating with engineering majors modified with public policy, also an all-time high. More than half of the students who enrolled in PBPL 5 as first-year students four years ago have completed five additional courses in public policy are graduating with minors in public policy this year.

Theda Skocpol to Give Class of 1930 Lecture on May 1st - “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism”

Plan to join us on May 1, 2012 for the Class of 1930 Lecture, which will take place 4:30-6:00 pm in Room 003, Rockefeller Center.

“The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism”
Theda Skocpol
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University

On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama Administration programs to shore up the plunging housing market. Invoking the Founding Fathers and ridiculing "losers" who could not pay their mortgages, Santelli called for "Tea Party" protests. Over the next two years, conservative activists took to the streets and airways, built hundreds of local Tea Party groups, and weighed in with votes and money to help right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010. In this penetrating new study, Harvard University's Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson go beyond images of protesters in Colonial costumes to provide a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party. What they find is sometimes surprising.

Eleven Members of the Dartmouth Class of 2012 Receive Funding to support Senior Honors Thesis Research in Social Sciences

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center provides grants twice a year of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. For the Class of 2012, we awarded eleven students from five different departments a total of $7,497.29 in grants. 

The research projects ranged from addressing the problem of implementing public welfare systems in three Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, to the work private American foundations did to help rebuild Western Germany after World War II.

The grant application deadlines for the graduating Class of 2013 are Friday, May 18, 2012 or Friday, October 12, 2012.

Winter 2012 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 2 -- Winter 2012



The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.




A Look Back at the 2011 Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth #econdebate #fitn

As the First in the Nation NH Primary date draws near, the Rockefeller Center wanted to reflect on the ways students engaged with the candidates, debate partners, and the greater Dartmouth community last fall during the Bloomberg/The Washington Post/WBIN-TV Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth.

You can see more links to news, photos, and videos on the 2011 Debate web site.  You can also find an album of our behind the scenes photos and other media mentions on our Facebook page.

Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Winter 2012

It is January 2012 – the month of the New Hampshire presidential primary.   Apart from last October’s debate on economic issues hosted by Dartmouth in collaboration with Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and WBIN-TV, the campus has been as quiet as I have ever seen it in a presidential primary season.   In a recent blog post, I attributed this quiet to four factors: an aggressive national debate schedule, Dartmouth’s location in a Democratic part of New Hampshire, the lack of a natural campaigner (like John McCain in 2008) in the current group of Republican candidates, and the irrelevance of fundraising constraints in the campaign so far.


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