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


Rockefeller Center Student Profile: Julius Bedford '12

We meet and get to know a number of Dartmouth students over the course of the academic year.  Students involved with the Rockefeller Center don't fit a particular mold - they have a broad variety of interests and passions.  The following is a snapshot of one of those students.  

Learn more about Julius Bedford, Class of 2012

Julius gives a presentation during Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, Fall 2011.

"I decided to come to Dartmouth because of its great academic reputation, its study abroad programs, and its strong alumni network. I was also afforded the opportunity to visit Dartmouth for three days the summer before my senior year high school with a program called Destination Dartmouth. This program was my first look at the college; I was able to walk the campus, sit in on classes, and meet students. Everyone seemed so happy and proud to be at Dartmouth and I really saw myself being a part of this community.

Former U.S. Comptroller General to Discuss “America at a Crossroads: The Fiscal Challenges and a Way Forward” on Jan. 9th at 4:30 PM

America is at a critical crossroads. The choices that U.S. elected officials make in connection with the role of government and its finances over the next 5 years will largely determine whether America’s collective future will be better than its past.

  • What are America’s fiscal facts?
  • What are sensible solutions to America’s fiscal challenges?
  • How will these solutions work to make America stay great?
  • How can the American Dream stay alive for today’s families and future generations of Americans?

Presidential candidates have been invited.

Rockefeller Center Funds 13 Students for Winter 2012 Public Policy Internships

The Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth Centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates.  Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term.

Fall 2011 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 1 -- Fall 2011



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



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Spring 2011 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 16, No. 4 -- Spring 2011

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 2011

I can hardly believe that it was four years ago this Memorial Day that Dartmouth welcomed then-Senator Barack Obama for a visit to campus that drew upwards of 5,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members to the courtyard outside the entrance to the Rockefeller Center.  We may never see a presidential election campaign as wide open as 2008 again in our lifetimes.  It was the first time in many decades that neither party had an incumbent president or vice president in the running.  The 2012 campaign will be more typical, with almost all of the activity expected to be in one of the major political parties, as Republicans use the primary season to nominate a challenger to President Obama. As is always the case, the economy will play an important role.  Economist Ray Fair of Yale has been studying the link between economic conditions and electoral outcomes for decades.  His latest PDF icon

Public Policy Course Enrollments Top 400 Students for 2010-2011 Academic Year

Matthew Oatway '12 asks a question to guest, Bethany Henderson, in PBPL 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance class, February 17, 2011.

For the first time in Rockefeller Center history, Public Policy classes have attracted more than 400 students during the 2010-2011 academic year.  Prior to the redesign of the Public Policy Minor curriculum during the 2006-2007 academic year, public policy courses never attracted more than 100 students a year.  In fact, for the decade preceding the curriculum redesign (from 1997 to 2006), an average of 63 students enrolled in public policy courses per year.  With the major redesign of the Public Policy Minor in 2006-2007, student enrollments jumped to 285 students.  Last year, a total of 380 students completed public policy courses. 

Policy Research Shop Year Begins with Several Testimonies

Thus far in the 2010-2011 academic year, four groups of Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students have testified before state policymakers in Vermont and New Hampshire.  On September 9, 2010, Travis Blalock '12 of the Policy Research Shop (PRS) gave testimony before the Vermont Child Poverty Council at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Council, chaired by Rep. Ann Pugh and Sen. Douglas Racine, is a working group composed of legislators, nonprofit leaders, and representatives from executive agencies who deal with child poverty issues in Vermont. Travis's presentation was part of the report by the Families in Deep Poverty Working Group of the Council, headed by Legislative Counsel Robin Lunge. Travis's presentation outlined the characteristics of the deep poverty population in Vermont compared to the nation as a whole, and highlighted some of the challenges posed by its different characteristics. He then offered recommendations for reaching the deep poverty population, including addressing compounding issues and improving public transportation in rural areas.

Reflections of Past MLDP Participant and Candidate for Minnesota State Senate: Taylor Stevenson ‘10

“Politics is artful communication. It is finding the right words, meeting the right people, and quickly adapting to often difficult situations. Each day might mean meeting a hundred new people, writing a press release that will be scrutinized by thousands of voters in the paper, composing a letter to an organization or top donor asking for financial support – often with only your story and a name on an index card. These are nerve-racking situations, and they are all make or break in a political campaign. And all of these situations lay at the periphery of the MLDP coursework, yet bear direct connections to the core principles taught in each MLDP lesson.” – Taylor Stevenson ’10, in his reflection report on the role of MLDP in his recent election campaign


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