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Perkins Bass Visitor

Drug Court: Where Justice Meets Treatment

On May 12, 2021, Tina Nadeau, Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court joined the Rockefeller Center to deliver the 2021 Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture. The discussion was moderated by Senior Fellow and the Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs, Professor Ronald G. Shaiko.

Chief Justice Nadeau is board member of the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals, and New Futures, a nonprofit organization that works to reduce substance use disorder. She is also a faculty member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. The subject of her lecture was “Drug Court: Where Justice Meets Treatment”.

N.H. Superior Court Justice Tina Nadeau Is Perkins Bass Visitor

New Hampshire Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, a leader in the development of drug courts in New Hampshire and a national advocate for the legal alternative that incorporates addiction and mental health treatment, is the 2021 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.

Named for longtime New Hampshire U.S. Congressman Perkins Bass, Class of 1934, the distinguished visitors program invites New Hampshire citizens who have made outstanding contributions in government to share their experiences with the Dartmouth community.

Nadeau said she is honored to join the distinguished roster of Perkins Bass visitors at Dartmouth. Her first public event, "Drug Court—Where Justice Meets Treatment," was hosted by the Rockefeller Center on May 12th. You can watch a recording of the event here.

Dissecting the State of Student Debt: What’s the Path Forward?

On March 3, 2021, Dr. Mark W. Huddleston, President Emeritus of the University of New Hampshire, presented the 2021 Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture, titled “The Burden of Student Debt: Dimensions, Complexities, and Options.” In a discussion hosted by Professor Charles Wheelan ’88, Huddleston shared his own findings on the trends and implications of student debt in the United States, as well as his perspective on today’s discourse surrounding potential solutions to this complex issue.

A Constitution Day Conversation with Senator Kelly Ayotte

In honor of Constitution Day, the Nelson Rockefeller Center hosted a conversation — touching on federalism and polarization in politics — between former Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and research assistant professor Dr. Herschel Nachlis. Senator Ayotte is this year’s Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, an honor bestowed annually on a New Hampshire citizen who has made or is making an outstanding contribution in the field of government.

During her opening remarks, Ayotte paid homage to her friend and mentor the late Senator John McCain. She lamented the fact that American politics today is “not just in a place where we disagree with people, we have to insult them too,” urging the audience to follow McCain’s example and treat with respect those with whom they disagree. Compromise is both necessary and commendable, she said. Without either, the Constitution would have been impossible; the founders did not agree on everything.

The value of cooperation in politics is something that she grew to appreciate as she transitioned from serving as Attorney General for New Hampshire to representing the state in the United States Senate.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Visits PBPL 5 Class

On Monday, February 19, 2018, former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), visited Professor Shaiko's Public Policy 5 Class. 

Senator Ayotte, the 2018 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, spoke to the class of approximately 100 students about how experiences working with her colleagues in the Senate to adopt more evidence-based processes of selecting and evaluating new and ongoing government programs.

Senator Ayotte highlighted her contribution to a book that is being read by PBPL 5 student this term—Moneyball for Government—edited by former Congressman and former OMB Director under President George W. Bush, Jim Nussle,+ and former OMB director under President Obama, Peter Orszag. In the book, Senator Ayotte joined Senator Mark Warner, (D-VA) in writing a chapter about their views on performance/evidence-based policymaking. 

Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor Lew Feldstein Talks About Social Capital

Lewis Feldstein, the Rockefeller Center 2016-2017 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, delivered the Perkins Bass 1934 Lecture on Tuesday, August 1 entitled “Viewing the World Through a Social Capital Lens: Who You Know Matters, Community Building Counts.”

Lewis M. Feldstein Named Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced Lewis M. Feldstein, former CEO and President of New Hampshire’s largest foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, as the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Named after longtime New Hampshire U.S. Congressman Perkins Bass, member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1934, this appointment is meant to celebrate a New Hampshire citizen who has made outstanding contributions in government, and provide Visitors the opportunity to share their knowledge with the Dartmouth community.

“I am honored, and delighted, by this appointment,” says Feldstein. “I’ve spoken at Dartmouth a number of times. Without exception, the response was informed, sharp – and often challenging and provocative. I expect to learn every bit as much as I teach. What more can I ask?”

Inspiring Stories from Women in Leadership

Women in contemporary American society have seen more opportunities than ever for meaningful leadership roles in the workplace. As increasing numbers of women become CEOs, professors, and even presidential candidates, it seems that few societal barriers remain to prevent women from professional advancement. Yet it remains an open question if women receive treatment truly equal to men within a workplace environment. Is the day-to-day experience at work really equivalent for the genders?

Four women in leadership roles spoke to these questions in a panel discussion at the Rockefeller Center titled “Inspiring Stories from Women in Leadership.” The panel featured female leaders representing a variety of sectors within today’s professional world. The panelists shared their personal experiences, challenges, successes and insights about the realities of professional women in contemporary society.

The panel included the following women leaders:

Rockefeller Center’s Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, Terie Norelli, Visits PBPL 45 Class

Terie Norelli, the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, discusses her work as Speaker of the New Hampshire House.

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Terie Norelli, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and President and CEO of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, spoke in Professor Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class. This was her first event at the Rockefeller Center as the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor. During her visit, Norelli commented on the large size of New Hampshire’s legislature and the unique atmosphere of this state legislature in recent years. She emphasized that recently, women have had a large role in state politics in New Hampshire and have had the ability to redirect the focus of the legislature to address women’s issues that had not previously been the focus of the NH policy agenda. Furthermore, she explained that the small district sizes in New Hampshire make the state legislative environment more hospitable to female candidates.

Former NH House Speaker Norelli Named Perkin Bass Visitor

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced that former Speaker of the New Hampshire House Terie Norelli, who now leads the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, will be the third Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“I'm really looking forward to coming to Dartmouth as Perkins Bass Visitor and engaging with the next generation coming up,” Norelli says. “I think that younger people are less interested in all the conflict we see in politics today and more interested in working together to find solutions. And quite frankly, I think women often have a more collaborative approach that will be reinforced by a younger generation that already has that mindset.”

Norelli was the first Democratic woman to lead the New Hampshire House. During her tenure in leadership, from 2007 to 2014, she worked to pass marriage equality and three state budgets, and was a leader of the bipartisan negotiations that led to the passage of Medicaid expansion in the state.


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