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

Public Program

Veteran Panelists Reflect on Diversity and Inclusion in the Military

In commemoration of Veterans Day, the Rockefeller Center co-hosted a conversation on diversity and inclusion in the military co-sponsored with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding on November 11, 2020. Moderated by Associate Professor of Government Jason Lyall, panelists included Brad Carney ’20, an Army veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division and later as an Army Ranger in the 3rd Ranger Battalion, and Karla Rosas ’20, who served in the Air Force for five years as a Security Forces member.

Jake Tapper '91 Muses on Biden's Win, Politics, Career Tips

Article from Dartmouth News by Bill Platt, November 13, 2020

Dartmouth students had the chance to talk over the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, discuss the state of politics going forward, and get some career advice from CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper '91 Thursday during a post-election discussion sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.

2020 Presidential Election Night Watch Party

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On Tue. Nov. 3rd at 7pm ET join the Rockefeller Center and CBS New National Correspondent, Chip Reid on Tuesday for a 2020 Presidential Election Night Watch Party!

What would a Biden victory mean?

What would a Trump victory mean?

Is this a turning point in American history?



 Join us in person at:

Collis Common Ground – hosted by the Collis Governing Board

Cutter Shabazz – hosted by College Democrats

Collis 1010 and One Wheelock – hosted by the Student Assembly

Panelists Discuss Policing, Racism, and Criminal Justice Reform

Linda Greenhouse Discusses How the Supreme Court is Pulling Us Apart with the Rockefeller Center

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent from 1978-2007, spoke with Dartmouth students and community members for the Rockefeller Center’s Constitution Day Lecture. Rocky Watch is a weekly series of live broadcasts that foster a virtual common space for community discussion in this time of social distancing and remote learning.

Director Jason Barabas '93 Outlines Rocky’s Past, Present, and Future

Oren Cass, Karl Widerquist, Debate Universal Basic Income at Dartmouth

On Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, American political philosopher and economist Karl Widerquist of Georgetown University-Qatar and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute Oren Cass sat down in Filene Auditorium for a Political Economy Debate on the merits of Universal Basic Income (UBI). Widerquist debated on behalf of UBI while Cass debated against it. 

Widerquist has been a passionate advocate for a UBI since he was 15, when he first encountered the concept on Milton Friedman’s television show. Much of his subsequent academic work has focused on the subject. Cass, who served as Mitt Romney’s domestic policy advisor in the 2012 presidential election, first seriously considered the concept in his research on why America’s economic progress hasn’t correlated with improved outcomes for its workers. Unimpressed by UBI as a policy prescription for elevating the American worker, he’s written numerous articles critiquing UBI in recent years. 

American Capitalism after the Volcker Shock of 1980

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, University of Chicago history professor and economic historian Jonathan Levy spoke at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. His talk, titled “Instability and Inequality: American Capitalism after the Volcker Shock of 1980,” touched on the importance of the United States Federal Reserve in global economic policymaking, the links between inequality and the Great Recession, and the roots of contemporary economic transformations.

Levy said that in his field, economic history, “the action is back in history departments” after a temporary migration to economics departments in the 1970s and 1980s. “Especially since 2008 and the Great Recession, historians have become more interested in economic questions than they were in the past.”

Brooks Family Lecture: Bringing America Together

On Jan. 29, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, delivered the Brooks Family Lecture for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. His talk was titled “Bringing America Together.” Brooks has served as the president of the think tank since January 1, 2009. Before joining AEI, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain. Additionally, Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise.   

Deeds Not Words: Taking Action to Make Change

On Friday, January 25, 2019, Wendy Davis spoke with students in an afternoon session “Deeds Not Words: Taking Action to Make Change.” Wendy Davis is the founding director of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young women in public and political discourse. She is a former Texas State Senator, 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, frequent public speaker and author. Davis gained national prominence in 2013 when she strapped on a pair of pink sneakers and held a 13-hour filibuster to protect women’s reproductive freedoms in Texas. Her fight ultimately led to a successful and landmark decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, strengthening the landscape for abortion rights throughout the country.


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