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

Public Programs

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. 

Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, lead a town hall discussion at Dartmouth in an event hosted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences and the Tuck School of Business.

Before Sander's appearance, Madeline Cooper '16 and Jordyn Turner '16, gave a short speech that urged students to be politically active.

The discussion officially began at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. but the line to get in started forming well before that time. It was estimated that over 1900 people showed up to hear the Senator from Vermont talk about his vision for tuition-free higher education, as well as his plans to address climate change and take on a corrupt political system holding in place a rigged economy.

The views and opinions expressed and any materials presented during a public program are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.

A Conversation with Secretary Hillary Clinton

As the third speaker featured in the series America’s Economic Future, co-sponsored by the Tuck School of Business and the Rockefeller Center, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Dartmouth on November 10, 2015. Held in Spaulding Auditorium, the event hosted over a thousand Dartmouth students and Upper Valley residents, spilling over into overflow seating in Alumni Hall.

Hillary Clinton has served as Secretary of State, Senator from New York, First Lady of the United States, First Lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, activist, and volunteer. During the event, Clinton discussed America’s economic status in the past seven years, beginning with when President Obama took office amidst the work economic crisis since the Great Depression. She began by emphasizing how poor conditions used to be, when America was losing over 800,000 jobs a month, and then turned the discussion toward a focus on America’s economic future.

“That’s especially relevant to Tuck students,” said Clinton. “You’re not just going to live in that future. You are going to help shape it.”

Public Program: Town Hall Meeting with Presidential Candidate US Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with Dartmouth students and members of the community on November 4th, 2015.

As a part of the series America’s Economic Future, co-sponsored by Tuck and the Rockefeller Center, United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke at Dartmouth on November 4, 2015. Open to the public as a “town hall meeting,” the event took place at the Top of the Hop and was hosted both Dartmouth students and Upper Valley residents.
During the event, Senator Graham discussed his aspirations as a presidential candidate while also describing his upbringing and background. Graham spoke about his childhood living in a single room behind the family liquor store in South Carolina, his role as his family’s first college graduate, his experience in law school, and his 33 years of service in the Air Force JAG Corps. Graham argued that all of his past experiences contributed to his decision to run as a presidential candidate.

Vanderbilt Professor James Blumstein visits Dartmouth

Jim Blumstein ranks among the nation’s most prominent scholars of health law, law and medicine, and voting rights. He is currently one of 13 University Professors at Vanderbilt; he was the first awarded that title in the law school and the first to receive a second tenured appointment in Vanderbilt Medical School. The director of Vanderbilt’s Health Policy Center, Professor Blumstein has served as the principal investigator on numerous grants concerning managed care, hospital management and medical malpractice. Professor Blumstein has been an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth Medical School, and has served as former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s counsel on TennCare reform and has participated actively in a number of Supreme Court cases, arguing three. In 2014, Professor Blumstein was awarded a secondary appointment as a Professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management. A dedicated teacher, Professor Blumstein has received the law school’s student-sponsored Hall-Hartman Teaching Award. He joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 1970.

Republican Presidential Candidate George Pataki Talks about America’s Economic Future

This article was originally published in The Dartmouth on October 6th, 2015.

Presidential candidate George Pataki spoke about America' economic future. Photo by Seamore Zhu '19.

Five months after formally announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Exeter, New Hampshire, former New York governor George Pataki returned to the Granite State on Monday night and spoke to a small crowd of students, faculty and Upper Valley community members in the Georgiopoulos Classroom at the Tuck School of Business.

Co-sponsored by the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Pataki’s lecture was the first in a series which will feature presidential candidates addressing the topic of America’s economic future.

Pataki’s lecture touched on topics ranging from America’s corporate regulatory system to global climate change. He proposed smaller government, fewer tax codes and increased political bipartisanship as key components to economic success.

Public Program: "Policy, Politics and the Affordable Care Act" with Jim Blumenstein

The Affordable Care Act expands access to affordable care and enhances the quality of care by increasing Medicaid coverage for millions of low-income Americans. The Affordable Care act was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Barack Obama and is often called “Obamacare.” In a momentous decision, the Supreme Court upheld the Act in June 2015 and also ruled in favor of ACA in the June 2012 NIFIB v. Seleblius Case.

Interview with Public Program Speaker Maya MacGuineas

Before MacGuineas’s discussion with Professor Charles Wheelan regarding the federal budget on October 19, 2015, Nikita Bakhru ’17 sat down with her for an interview.

Maya MacGuineas is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget as well as the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly. Once dubbed “an anti-deficit warrior” by The Wall Street Journal, Maya comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press. In the spring of 2009 Maya did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy. Maya has worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street. As a political independent, she has advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget policy.

Nikita Bakhru (NB): Your areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. What led you to these interests?

Public Program: “Strategies for State Economic Prosperity” with Mike Kennealy '90

Mike Kennealy '90 will be discussing the challenges in using business principles to run a state government.

While much of today’s political discourse revolves around our national economic climate, each individual state faces unique challenges in its pursuit of job creation and financial prosperity. Striving for economic development on the state level can be much like running a business, as policymakers engage with companies to promote job growth and long-term economic success.

Robert Odawi Porter gave the Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture at the Rockefeller Center

Robert Odawi Porter is an innovative and results-driven attorney, scholar and political leader who has devoted his professional career to advancing the rights of sovereign American Indian nations and tribes in the United States. Currently, he represents tribal governments, organizations, and businesses in Washington, D.C. at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. Porter gave the Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture, “Indigenous Peoples, Economic Recovery, and the Reform of U.S. Federal Indian Law,” on October 8, 2015. Before his talk, Nikita Bakhru ’17 sat down with Mr. Porter for an interview.

Nikita Bakhru (NB): You have devoted much of your professional career to advancing the rights of sovereign nations and tribes in the United States. What inspired your interest in American Indian Law?


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