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

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Reflections On Black History Month by Jordyn Turner '16

February marks the observance of Black History Month. However, the discussion on race does not begin or end with this month: issues of race are pervasive and have significant effects – both tangible and systemic – on the lives of people of color in this country that span well beyond the parameters of 28 days. 

Rev. Leah Daughtry, pastor of The House of the Lord Church and CEO of the 2016 National Democratic Convention Committee, reminded us of the universal nature of race issues with the delivery of her powerful message on the importance of civil discourse – one of several of the Rockefeller Center’s programming events organized in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month. 

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:

Is There Life After Iowa and New Hampshire?

With the passing of the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, two crucial steps in the lead up to the Presidential election have now occurred. As members of the Dartmouth community, many of us had the opportunity to participate in Tuesday’s primary. Political primaries are an essential component of the political process as they hold outsized sway over public opinion. Despite the relatively small number of voters, the media, the American public, the candidates, donors and other politicians pay close attention to the results of these early contests. Everyone seeks an answer to the same question – which candidates have the ability to progress onto later primaries and to potentially win the election?

The Rockefeller Center hosted a panel of Dartmouth Government Department faculty who study American politics, to share their expertise. The panel included Professors Joseph Bafumi, Linda Fowler and Dean Lacy and was moderated by Professor Ron Shaiko.

A Place for the Displaced: Finding Home & Health For Refugees

“A Place for the Displaced,” the fourth annual symposium put on by Geisel’s chapter of Physician for Human Rights, the Nathan Smith Society, and the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health explored the issue of refugee health. The two-day event was a chance to foster discussion around the current Syrian refugee crisis and to shed light on the pockets of refugees living in communities near us such as Manchester, Concord and Burlington. The program followed the journey of migrants around the world; we began by examining of the global context of forced migration, then moved on to exploring refugee camps and refugees’ immediate health needs, and closed the day by looking at process of resettlement within the U.S.

Student Lunch with Jake Tapper '91

Dartmouth students gathered at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center on Friday, February 5, 2016 for lunch with Jake Tapper ’91. Today, Jake Tapper is an anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent at CNN, hosts The Lead, and moderated the CNN Republican Debate on Dec 16, 2015. As a student, he was a cartoonist for The Dartmouth and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

When asked to reflect upon his time at Dartmouth compared to now, he acknowledged the conservative nature of Dartmouth while he attended, and is glad to see the direction of inclusivity the College has taken. Mr. Tapper commented on the attention he received from his undergraduate professors, and loves that the strong emphasis on students has remained constant. At Dartmouth, he made lifelong friends and was able to pursue many of his interests because of the small class size.

He had friendly advice for Dartmouth students, saying “don’t sweat it if you don’t know what you want to do right now.” Mr. Tapper’s own journey to journalism was one fraught with divergence, but he reminded students to keep searching until they find an occupation they love.

Teaching Why Black Lives Matter

Racial tensions and violence in American society have reached the forefront of contemporary civil discourse. With incidents of violence such as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, activist movements including Black Lives Matter have emerged to protest around the issues of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States. As activist groups like BLM have emerged on university campuses across the nation, it is important to engage as a community in discussion about racial issues and why they must be addressed.

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, five members of Dartmouth’s faculty spoke to these issues in a panel discussion titled, “Teaching Why Black Lives Matter.” The panel focused on the issues that inflamed Ferguson, MO and stimulated a group of faculty to teach a course at Dartmouth about the facts associated with black lives mattering. The panel engaged the Dartmouth community at large in a discussion about racial violence and inequality, associated activist movements across the nation, and how these issues affect each one of us.

The panel was made up of the following faculty members:

Global Perspectives on HIV/AIDS

For the past several decades, HIV/AIDS has occupied a prominent space in our dialogues about public health. However, certain misconceptions have plagued these dialogues since the initial discovery of the disease, and continue to persist to these days. These misconceptions, including those regarding gender and sexuality, have significantly impacted public health policies attempting to respond to HIV/AIDS.

On January 19, 2016 the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, along with the Hopkins Center Outreach and OPAL – Sexuality, Women and Gender Advising, welcomed Dada Masilo, a South African dancer and choreographer, and Dartmouth professors Lisa Adams, Abigail Neely, and Denise Anthony, to discuss the ways that gender and sexuality impact HIV/AIDS policy and healthcare delivery as part of Dartmouth’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Town Hall Meeting with Gov. John Kasich

Governor Kasich was the fourth speaker in the series, America’s Economic Future, featuring presidential primary candidates. He spoke on Monday, January 18, 2016, from 3:30pm-4:30pm, in the Georgiopoulos Classroom, Raether Hall to a crowd of about 200. The event, co-sponsored by the Tuck School of Business and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, was Kasich's second visit to Dartmouth since he joined the Republican primary contest.

The governor jumped into the town hall exchange after brief opening remarks by Matthew Slaughter and Andrew Samwick. He took questions and conversed with students and members of the community well after the host, former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, called time. Lynch, a senior fellow at Tuck’s Center for Global Business and Government, has been instrumental in organizing the series, which has also hosted Republican presidential hopefuls Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former New York Gov. George Pataki, as well as Democrat presidential candidate former Senator Hillary Clinton.

Words & Their Consequences: Civil Discourse in 21st Century, Leah Daughtry '84

On Friday, January 15, 2016 Rev. Leah Daughtry '84, CEO of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Principal of On These Things, and Pastor of The House of the Lord Church presented "Words & Their Consequences: Civil Discourse in 21st Century." The talk, which took place in Room 003 from 4:00-5:30 pm, focused on how to engage in an elegant civil discourse on issues of significance at a local and global level and how people should think about the impact of their words, their behaviors, and their actions. The program was part of the Dartmouth College Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016

The United States have federally observed the third Monday of January as Martin Luther King Jr. day since 1986, and all 50 states have observed it since 2000.  Then president Ronald Reagan first signed the holiday into law in 1983, although it wasn’t observed until 3 years later.   The holiday falls near or on King’s January 15th birthday and serves to honor his devoted activism with the Civil Rights Movement until his 1968 assassination. 

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