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

Public Programs

2015 Constitution Day: PoliTALK with Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School

On Thursday, September 17th, the Rockefeller Center hosted a PoliTALK student dinner with Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School as part of Dartmouth's annual Constitution Day celebration. Professor Amar teaches constitutional law both at Yale College and Yale Law School, and has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 30 cases. 

Public Program: Q&A with Harvard Professors Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen

Before their talk, "Southern Slavery and Its Political Legacy: How America’s Peculiar Institution Continues to Affect American Politics Today,"on Monday, June 1, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen for an interview.

Public Program: Q&A with David Leonhardt, Editor of The Upshot for the New York Times

Before his talk, "Struggling Toward Meritocracy: The Need for Economic Diversity at Top Colleges," on Wednesday, May 20, Courtney Wong ’15 sat down with David Leonhardt for an interview.

David Leonhardt is a columnist at The New York Times and the editor of The Upshot, a Times website covering politics, policy and other subjects. The recipient of the Pulitzer Price for commentary in 2011, David joined The Times in 1999 as a staff writer and then became the newspaper’s Washington Bureau Chief. He is also the author of the e-single, "Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth," an Amazon.com and New York Times bestseller. He graduated with a degree in applied mathematics from Yale University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. 

Public Program: Q&A with Henry Chu, London Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times

Before the Bernard D. Nossiter '47 Lecture, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Europe in Crisis," with Henry Chu on Monday, May 11, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Henry Chu for an interview.

The London Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, Henry Chu has traveled all over the world, reporting from various countries about unique stories of the human condition. He has reported from more than 30 countries for the Los Angeles Times alone and has covered Europe since 2008. In addition to London, he has also been posted in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and New Delhi. Having received his B.A. from Harvard University, Chu returned to his alma mater 25 years later as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

 

 

Los Angeles Times London Bureau Chief Henry Chu speaks on the future of the European Union. Photo by Abigail Chen '17.

Courtney Wong (CW): After having been to so many countries, do you have a favorite place to travel?

Public Program: "Southern Slavery and its Political Legacy" this Monday

Please join us for "Southern Slavery and Its Political Legacy: How American’s Peculiar Institution Continues to Affect American Politics Today" with Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen from 4:30 to 5:40 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Monday, June 1. Refreshments will be served.

Can contemporary differences in political attitudes across counties in the American South be traced to historical perspectives during the Civil War era? Two leading political scientists believe so. Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen, both Assistant Professors at Harvard University, offer evidence for a new theory that explains how the historical persistence of racial attitudes and the legacy of southern slavery continue to affect politics today.

Public Program: Q&A with Professor Heather Gerken

Before her Law Day Lecture, "Dark Money and Shadow Parties: The Real Problem in Campaign Finance" with Heather K. Gerken on Thursday, April 30, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Heather Gerken for an interview.

This year’s celebration of Law Day at Dartmouth focused on the relationship between corporate spending and American politics, and how the Citizens United ruling has led to concerns about "dark money." Heather Gerken, a professor at Yale Law School who specializes in election law and constitutional law, delivered a public talk on the theme of money in politics, examining how the constitutional constraints on campaign finance have affected reform efforts.

Dartmouth Now: Governor Urges Dartmouth Students to Consider N.H. Careers

This article, written by Bill Platt, originally appeared in Dartmouth Now on May 21, 2015. Click here to read it on Dartmouth Now's site.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's message to millennials at a Dartmouth forum this week was short and to the point: Consider a career in public service in the Granite State.

Gov. Maggie Hassan met with members of the Dartmouth College Democrats during her visit to campus on May 19. Photo by Eli Burakian '00.

"New Hampshire is a great place for that," Hassan said at a public event hosted by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences on Tuesday, May 19. "The state still does politics in a grass-roots way—human capital is what's important."

Public Program: Q&A with Professor Steven Kaplan

Before the Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, "Are CEOs Overpaid?" on April 14, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Professor Steven N. Kaplan for an interview.

The Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Steven N. Kaplan is one of the world’s top researchers on private equity, venture capital, corporate governance, executive talent, and income inequality. Professor Kaplan is also the faculty director of Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and he teaches advanced MBA, law and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance, private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. In addition, he co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth, which has successfully spawned more than 100 companies, including GrubHub and Braintree.

Public Program: "Struggling Toward Meritocracy: The Need for Economic Diversity at Top Colleges" with David Leonhardt this Wednesday

Please join us for David Leonhardt’s talk, "Struggling Toward Meritocracy: The Need for Economic Diversity at Top Colleges," from 4:30  to 6:00 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Wednesday, May 20.

Students, please register here for a coffee hour with David Leonhardt from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in Morrison Commons, Rockefeller Center.

Public Program: "A Conversation with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan" this Tuesday

Please join us for "A Conversation with NH Governor Maggie Hassan," moderated by Professor Charlie Wheelan '88, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Silsby 28 on Tuesday, May 19.

What is it like to oversee the policy functions of the Granite State? Governor Maggie Hassan will discuss her experiences in office as well as her upcoming goals for New Hampshire with Dartmouth’s own Professor Charlie Wheelan '88. Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on bringing people together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.

In Tuesday's public talk, Governor Hassan will discuss her viewpoint on current economic policies, including her "Innovate NH" jobs plan, which seeks to build the best workforce in the country and strengthen the economy by making higher education more affordable, doubling the state's research and development tax credit, and providing businesses with technical assistance to help them create jobs.

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