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

Politics and Government

2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

The Rockefeller Center is happy to bring you first-hand coverage from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions by Ester Cross '15. 

Hello, and welcome to this Rocky on the Road blog series in which I will be discussing the Republican and Democratic National Conventions from the convention floors. I will first cover the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL from August 27-31. Then, I will travel to Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention hosted from September 4-6. While at the conventions, I will be interning with the Talk Radio News Service, an organization that provides news reports to talk radio programs around the country as well as news coverage on their website and through television reporting.

Dartmouth Alumnus Sen. Rob Portman '78 (R-OH) Attracts Media Attention in Romney VP Decision

As Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney considered options for his running mate in the 2012 election, more of the nation was introduced to Dartmouth alumnus and friend of the Rockefeller Center - Ohio Sen. Rob Portman '78.

Sen. Portman has actively engaged in creating opportunities for Dartmouth students to learn and experience public policy, including a visit in early July.

Portman is featured in this Dartmouth Now post.

“Both in Washington while serving in government, and in Hanover on trips back to campus, Rob has made a point of sharing the benefits of his insights and experiences with Dartmouth students who are just embarking on careers that will be spent trying to address the public policy challenges that face their generation,” says Professor Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving ’72a, P ’10 Professor of Economics, and director of the Center. 

Careers in Government: Alumni Panel

Careers in Government: Alumni Panel
Monday, August 13
4:30-6:00 pm
Haldeman 041

More info/ RSVP: Click here

Join us to learn about the variety of paths that can lead you to a career in government! Hear valuable insights from Dartmouth alums about internships, diverse paths within the field,  and advice about getting your foot in the door.


Panelists Include:


Stuart Reed ’08, Council on Foreign Relations

Sasha Rogers ’05, Office of Management & Budget

Nik Steinberg ’02, Human Rights Watch
Matt McKnight ’05, Indus Growth Partners

Meredith Wilson-Chang ’07, Defense Intelligence Agency

Moderated by Government Professor, Brian Greenhill

EVENT IS SPONSORED BY: Dickey Center for International Understanding, Department of Government, Rockefeller Center, & Career Services

First-Year Fellows Meet US Representatives Carney '78, Bass '74, and Capuano '73 at 25th Annual Webster Dinner

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.

“What Is Wrong (and Right) with Congress? A Critique by Two Former Congresswomen" on Monday, Febrary 27th at 4:30 PM

With current approval ratings at 12% and partisan deadlock preventing the U.S. Government from addressing such pressing issues as budget deficits and the national debt, many Americans have become disillusioned with the members of Congress they elected and the bureaucratic institution that seems too divided to serve the country. Former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly will speak about their time in Congress, and the current state of the institution.

The Congress to Campus Program was founded as an opportunity for two former members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, to visit colleges and interact with students, drawing from their experiences to impart wisdom and insight on the future leaders of tomorrow. As part of the visit, the former members of Congress also participate in a public forum, open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth is proud to welcome former Congresswomen Beverly Byron and Sue Kelly.

Former Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag To Discuss New US Political Economy on 2/8 at 4 PM

Dr. Peter Orszag, Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama Administration and of the Congressional Budget Office, and currently Vice Chairman of Global Banking, Citigroup, Inc., to provide his unique insights into the new U.S. political economy.

Rockefeller Center Faculty Called Upon for #FITN #NH Primary Analysis

The "First In The Nation" New Hampshire Primaries are over, and the attention of the campaigns and media have moved to states like South Carolina.  In the analysis stage of the NH Primary, Rockefeller Center staff and faculty have been called upon and quoted in several publications. 

Among them, Professors Ron Shaiko and Linda Fowler.  Shaiko is Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Curricular Programs at the Rockefeller Center, and Fowler is a former Director of the Rockefeller Center.  This winter term, Prof. Shaiko is teaching Introduction to Public Policy and Prof. Fowler is teaching Leadership and Political Institutions.

Here's a sampling of the recent media mentions:

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.

GOP Presidential Candidate Fred Karger at Dartmouth TODAY - Friday, 1/6/12

Fred Karger, the first openly gay presidential candidate, will be in Collis today (Friday, January 6th) from 10am to 12pm.  

Fred has been a fierce advocate for gay rights, filing the complaint that got the Mormon Church convicted of 13 counts of elections fraud for the Church's involvement in repealing gay marriage in California. Fred has positioned himself as the protest vote in the 2012 Republican Primary. As the only Moderate Republican, Fred is the only candidate who supports gay marriage, who is pro-choice, who supports marijuana legalization and wants us out of Afghanistan now.  According to the Karger campaign staff, Fred is tied with Rick Perry and Rick Santorum in the newest New Hampshire polls.  

Read about a past Karger event on campus here.

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