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

Public Programs

Public Program: Washington, DC Policy Speaker Series - "Was Bork Right about Judges?" with Judge Thomas Griffith

Please join us for the first public talk in the Washington, DC Policy Speaker Series.  Judge Griffith will present, “Was Bork Right about Judges?” in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on October 22, 2014.

Public Program: The Perkins Bass Lecture - "Public Service is Not for the Faint of Heart: Hard Lessons" with John Broderick

Please join us for John Broderick’s talk, “Public Service Is Not for the Faint of Heart: Hard Lessons,” in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on October 15, 2014.

A former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the first Warren B. Rudman chairman at UNH Law, and a frequent speaker on the need to improve and modernize our judicial system, John T. Broderick has dedicated almost his entire life to public service. In fact, he became nationally known for reexamining the way the court system works and redesigning it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Although he has had a long and successful career, Broderick believes that a career in public service is not necessarily an easy one. Having faced challenges and having learned hard lessons from his experiences, Broderick will be the first to admit the realities of a pursuing a career in public service.



2014 Constitution Day: Q&A with Professor Jennifer Sargent

For this year’s Constitution Day, the Rockefeller Center featured Jennifer Sargent, a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth College. In her lecture, Professor Sargent discussed the scope of the Fourth Amendment’s privacy law as it applies to digital technology and information.

In addition to being a part of the Dartmouth faculty, Professor Sargent is also a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Professor Sargent served as a District Court Judge in New Hampshire for eight years before she resigned from the bench to serve as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office.

Public Program: The Presidency in Real Time - A Rudman Center Conversation with Presidential Chiefs of Staff

Please join us for “The Presidency in Real Time: A Rudman Center Conversation with Presidential Chiefs of Staff”, live-streamed from the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire inRockefeller 003 at 3:00 pm on October 9, 2014.

The Rockefeller Center is excited to bring to students and faculty the chance to directly ask questions to various Presidential Chiefs of Staff who have loyally served for many years in the White House. Co-hosted with the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy, as well as UNH's Carsey Institute, three Chiefs of Staffs will be participating in a riveting panel hosted by Christopher Whipple, the Executive Producer of the documentary film The Presidential Gatekeepers. Professor Dean Lacy will host at Dartmouth.
These Chiefs of Staffs have been at the forefront of the Presidency and this is your opportunity to ask them about their exciting experiences.

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Public Program: The William H. Timbers '37 Lecture - "Mechanical Brains and Responsible Choices: Challenges of Neuroscience to Responsibility" this Wednesday

Please join us for the William H. Timbers ’37 Lecture: “Mechanical Brains and Responsible Choices: Challenges of Neuroscience to Responsibility” with Michael Moore in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm in October 8, 2014.

What is the cause of human behavior? Is it something abstract that exists in our psychological consciousness, or is it the result of a fundamental physical chain of processes that gets transferred form neuron to neuron? A 2013 article from The New York Times stated, “Once we understand the brain well enough, we will be able to understand behavior…We will see that people don’t really possess free will; their actions are caused by material processes emerging directly out of nature.” If humans don’t possess control over their own mental processes, does it mean that scientists will eventually have the capability to control behavior if they are able to solve the biological chain of psychological processes?

Public Program: 5th Annual C. Everett Koop Panel Discussion - “Corporate Threats to Children’s Health” this Monday

Please join us for the 5th Annual C. Everett Koop Panel Discussion, “Corporate Threats to Children’s Health” in Silsby 028 at 4:30 pm on October 6, 2014. A reception and student dinner will follow the public talk.

People's days are so busy that most people don’t take the time to really think about what they are putting into their bodies. In fact, the leading causes of chronic disease and death are from products that people voluntarily consume such as heavily processed foods, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and environmental toxins. Voluntary use of these products, which often begins in childhood, means that their associated harms are entirely preventable. Society should be aware of the outcomes of its decision-making and lifestyle choices as well as the influence of the corporations that profit from the sale of these harmful products.

Public Program: “Latin America and US National Security: The Policy Challenges Ahead” with Ambassador DeShazo this Thursday

Please join us for “Latin America and US National Security: The Policy Challenges Ahead” in Rockefeller 001 at 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 2.
Latin America serves as a crucial trade partner and diplomatic ally to the United States, but the region is also as the nation's largest supplier of illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants. The economic, cultural, and political issues generated by Latin America have never played a more important role in US foreign relations than they do today.

Public Program: Higher Education Policy Issues in the 21st Century with Zakiya Smith this Monday at 4:30 pm

Please join us for Zakiya Smith’s talk, “A Millennial’s Take on Emerging Higher Education Policy Issues in the 21st Century” in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on Monday, September 22nd.

In today’s economy, earning a post-secondary degree is essential to remain competitive. Out of all of the commentary surrounding higher education, college affordability remains at the forefront of discussion among college faculty and staff, journalists, and the government. The cost of higher education has skyrocketed in the US over the past few decades, and there have been many calls to improve its affordability. Recently, President Obama has announced plans to help everyone afford college by keeping costs down and improving financial aid. 

2014 Constitution Day: Celebrate on September 18th at 4:30 pm with a talk by Professor Sargent

Students’ Rights: A Public Forum on Due Process, Free Speech, and Privacy Rights in Educational Institutions - This Thursday

College campuses often seem to operate in a different sphere from the rest of society. Especially on an isolated campus like Dartmouth's, students reference the perceived “Dartmouth bubble” that insulates the university community from outside society. Moreover, students at schools like Dartmouth fall under the jurisdiction of private university administrations and are subjected to their rules and regulations. In many cases, this blurs the lines of which constitutional rights are still protected under a public or private university’s authority.


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