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

Politics and Government

George Pataki Meets with Students

Republican presidential hopeful and former New York Governor George Pataki met with about 50 Dartmouth students on Monday, October 5 in the Rockefeller Center’s Class of 1930 room. Following the meet and greet with students, Pataki gave a talk entitled “America’s Economic Future” at the Tuck School of Business. Pataki’s lecture was the first in a series Co-sponsored by the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, which will feature presidential candidates addressing the topic of America’s economic future.

Internships 101: Interning with a Political Campaign

The Rockefeller Center occasionally posts tips on securing great internships through its Internships 101 series. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization. 

Terren Klein '17 speaks with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during his spring, 2015 internship in Claremont, NH.

With 2016 just around the corner and presidential candidates making their way to New Hampshire, now is the perfect opportunity to get involved with a campaign. Whether you have your heart set on a certain presidential candidate or want to work for a local campaign, here are several tips to help guide you through the process.

Apply by March 2nd for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellowship

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellowship, 2015-2016
For Juniors graduating in 2017 or Seniors graduating in 2016, the deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015.
This fellowship enables one student from Dartmouth to participate in a year-long program from the Dartmouth campus, as well as through attending two separate conferences in Washington, DC. It is a unique opportunity to study the US Presidency, the public policy-making process, and our Chief Executive's relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public, through on-campus research and off-campus conference participation.
At these conferences, the Fellows have the opportunity to discuss national issues with presidential scholars and White House Fellows, are briefed by senior government officials and nationally recognized policy experts, and prepare and present an original research paper.


FREE SCREENING: FRED - "An Insider's Look at Presidential Campaigns"

 
When Fred Karger began running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in February 2010 filmmaker John Fitzgerald Keitel was at his side. John spent the next two years documenting his historic campaign as the first openly gay candidate for president from either major political party. 

Now a one-hour documentary, FRED is out and gives audiences an inside look at the roller coaster campaign. Follow Fred from the towns of New Hampshire to the Iowa State Fair. Watch as he takes on Fox News and Mitt Romney. See the reaction from Republican rank and file voters to any openly gay GOP candidate as he campaigns from New Orleans to New York, from Gay Pride Parades to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Watch as he fights for inclusion in the debates, takes on his opponents and campaigns to let lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans know that anything is possible. Fred will take questions and provide an inside look at Presidential Campaigns. 

David Cobb connects with Dartmouth Students on Social Justice

After his provocative speech and question and answer session, David Cobb took part in an equally impassioned discussion over dinner with students at the Rockefeller Center. While his speech focused more on the constitutionality of corporate rights and limited liability, the dinner discussion took on a more social justice-oriented character.

Cobb, when asked how he came to be so committed to his cause for creating a dialogue about changing the political system and incorporating the voices of those typically excluded into the electoral process, spoke first of his extremely modest upbringing in rural Texas and his introduction to activism and injustice as a college student. He engaged students in a heartfelt talk about his aspirations and his commitment to working with college students today to promote change. Students voiced their personal struggles with reconciling their viewpoints on property rights, incentivized action and inequality.

Q&A with David Cobb, Spokesperson for Move to Amend

David Cobb, the National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited, has spearheaded a movement against corporate polluters in order to affect necessary systemic social change. A member of the board of directors of Move to Amend, trial lawyer and former presidential candidate for the Green Party, David Cobb has devoted himself to full time political activism. Since then, he has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He encourages American citizens to join together to prevent corporate personhood and the social injustices associated with it.

Before presenting his talk, “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule,” Courtney Wong ’15 sat down with David Cobb for a brief interview.

Courtney Wong (CW): What inspired you to become interested in political activism?

Armed with a smile, David Cobb tells a tale about challenging corporate rule

Accompanied by folk music and armed with a smile, David Cobb began his lecture by asking the audience: “How many of you believe that ‘We the People’ are ruling in the United States?” When only a few hands went up, he continued, “This is a sign that America is being ruled by a small, few elite.”

David Cobb, a trial lawyer, political activist and former Green-Party presidential candidate, is currently the National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the political coalition Move to Amend. Born in Texas, Cobb attended the University of Houston Law School before becoming a lawyer. Since then, he has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience.

CANCELED: Alex Castellanos Visits Dartmouth to Present a New Vision for the Republican Party

CANCELED DUE TO WORK EMERGENCY FOR MR. CASTELLANOS

According to a recent Gallup poll, the favorability for the U.S. Republican Party has sunken to the record low of 28 percentage points – the lowest rating for either party ever recorded. A question on many people’s minds is: what can the Republican Party do to gain more traction with voters? Could a rebrand of the party itself lead to a reversal of this polarization?

Alex Castellanos, founding partner of Purple Strategies and founder of NewRepublican.org, has a number of interesting perspectives on the challenges facing the Republican Party and what it might take to transform its future.

Apply by March 3rd for a Fellowship with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress!

 
Each year, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center works with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. to enable one student from Dartmouth to participate in a unique fellowship program from the Dartmouth campus, as well as through attending two separate conferencesin Washington, D.C. Their goal is to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service.

The program offers 85 select undergraduates and graduate students from leading colleges and universities a unique opportunity to study the U.S Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our Chief Executive's relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public, through on-campus research and off-campus conference participation.

At these two conferences, the Fellows have the opportunity to discuss national issues with presidential scholars and White House Fellows, are briefed by senior government officials and nationally recognized policy experts, and prepare and present an original research paper. Fellows write this research paper over the course of the winter, working with a faculty member and an identified expert in the field.

Marianne Schnall talks about "What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?"

Marianne Schnall speaking to students in
Collis Commonground.

This event was partially funded by the Rockefeller Center Mini-Grants Program. For more information regarding Mini-Grants, click here.

On Tuesday, January 28th, activist and interviewer Marianne Schnall visited Dartmouth College for a packed afternoon engaging with students, faculty, staff and community members. Schnall was a guest in Janice McCabe’s Sociology of Gender course where the group engaged in an hour-long discussion on Schnall’s most recent book, What Will It Take to Make A Woman President? Conversations about Women, Leadership and Power. The class discussed the importance of having female role models in thinking about how to inspire young women and girls to pursue careers in the public sector and to look towards the American presidency as an opportunity to address social imbalances.

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