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

Public Programs

Public Program: "A Conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski"

Please join us for A Conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski" with Moderator Curt Welling '71, Tu'77 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Cook Auditorium, Murdough Hall, Tuck School of Business on Friday, May 1.

Curt Wellling '71, Tu'77, Senior Fellow with the Center of Global Business and Government at the Tuck School of Business and Chair of the Board of Visitors at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, will lead a discussion of current issues with two co-hosts of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC. Morning Joe is hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. "Morning Joe" features interviews with top news-makers and in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. The unique broadcast has been called "the thinking viewer’s choice" by USA Weekend and "an important wake-up call for political and media leaders" by the Associated Press. This event is co-sponsored with the Center of Global Business and Government, Tuck School of Business.

Public Programs: Law Day Celebration this Thursday and Friday

Please join us for the Stephen R. Volk '57 Law Day Lecture, "Dark Money and Shadow Parties: The Real Problem in Campaign Finance" with Heather K. Gerken at 4:30 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Thursday, April 30.

Also join us for the public panel, "Money in Politics: A Discussion of Recent Developments" at 3:00 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Friday, May 1.

Observed annually on May 1, Law Day is a national celebration of the rule of law in the United States. Law Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of law and the legal system in our society. It allows us to appreciate the vitality of the law and importance of legal processes to the way our democratic system functions.

Public Program: "Islam and the West: Dialogue or Clash of Civilizations?" with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Please join us for Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s talk, "Islam and the West: Dialogue or Clash of Civilizations?" Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall at 5:15 pm on April 27.

Students, register here for a dinner with Ambassador Ahmed from 6:45 to 7:45 pm in Morrisson Commons, Rockefeller Center.

The relationship between the West and Islam has been one of constant tension post-9/11, as highlighted by reactions to the recent extremist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris as well as recurring acts of terrorism by ISIS. In the resulting dialogue, Samuel Huntington’s thesis of a "clash of civilizations," which argues that there is an inherent clash between Western and Islamic values, has gained new fervor.

Public Program: "China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead" with David Shambaugh

Please join us for David Shambaugh’s talk, "China at the Crossroads? Reform Challenges Ahead," in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm on Thursday, April 23. A book signing will follow the public talk.

Students, register here for a dinner with David Shambaugh from 6:15 to 7:15 pm in Morrisson Commons, Rockefeller Center.

For the past three decades, analysts have been charting China’s rise to power. Now the world’s second largest economy with a population of 1.36 billion people, it is time to understand the new challenges that China faces in its internal and global development. Many experts believe that China has reached a critical "crossroads," a point at which it must decide which reforms are necessary to implement in order to prevent internal stagnation and to continue its ascent to global dominance.

Public Program: The Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship - "Are CEOs Overpaid?"

Please join us for the Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, “Are CEOs Overpaid?” at Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, April 14.

As income inequality continues to dominate America’s socioeconomic issues, the spotlight remains on the top one percent of earners. Executive compensation continues to be highly scrutinized by economists, policymakers, the press, and the rest of society. CEO compensation varies by firm, and it is sometimes difficult to decipher why exactly executive income is at these levels. Are CEOs paid based on their performance in competitive markets, or are they overpaid due to imperfect markets and inattentive boards of directors?

Public Program: Q&A with Former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue

Before his talk on October 27 titled "The Coming Battles Over Social Security," Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Michael Astrue for an interview.

Public Program: Q&A with Dr. W. Chris King, Veterans Day Program Lecturer

This year’s Veterans Day Program Lecture featured Dr. W. Chris King, Dean at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Before his talk, "International Environmental Security: What in the World is Worth Fighting For?," Courtney Wong ’15 sat down with Dr. King for an interview.

Dr. W. Chris King serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the US Army’s Command and General Staff. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee, published more than 30 journal articles and scientific reports as well as two books, and lectured at more than 50 professional conferences. He is a founding member of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change. Dr. King retired from active duty after 34 years of commissioned service at the rank of Brigadier General.

Public Program: Q&A with Professor Bruce Nelson, Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement Panelist

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. For this year’s celebration of this momentous event, the Rockefeller Center explored Dartmouth’s connections to the Civil Rights Movement by hosting a faculty panel. After their talk, "We Were There…Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement," Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Bruce Nelson, a speaker on the panel, for an interview. This is the last interview in a series with each of the panelists.

J. Bruce Nelson taught US history at Dartmouth from 1985 to 2009. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and was jailed in Selma, Alabama in 1965, on the eve of the famous Selma to Montgomery march.

Professor Bruce Nelson

Courtney Wong (CW): What prompted you to become involved in the Civil Rights Movement, a movement that preached some vastly different values than the ones you grew up with?

Public Program: Q&A with Professor Gretchen Gerzina, Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement Panelist

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. For this year’s celebration of this momentous event, the Rockefeller Center explored Dartmouth’s connections to the Civil Rights Movement by hosting a faculty panel. After their talk, "We Were There…Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement," Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Gretchen Gerzina, a speaker on the panel, for an interview. This is the second interview in a series with each of the panelists.

The Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography, Professor of English, and Chair of African American Studies at Dartmouth College, Gretchen Gerzina is the author or editor of seven books and was for 15 years the host of the nationally syndicated public radio program "The Book Show." An Ann Arbor, Michigan native, Gerzina recently wrote a novel entitled "Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and into Legend."
 

Public Program: Q&A with Special Collections Librarian Jay Satterfield, Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement Panelist

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. For this year’s celebration of this momentous event, the Rockefeller Center explored Dartmouth’s connections to the Civil Rights Movement by hosting a faculty panel. After their talk, "We Were There…Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement," Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Jay Satterfield, a speaker on the panel, for an interview. This is the first interview in a series with each of the panelists.

Head of Dartmouth College’s Rauner Special Collections Library, Jay Satterfield has worked to integrate Special Collections into the intellectual life of the College since his arrival in 2004. He received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 1999 and is the author of "The World’s Best Books: Taste, Culture and the Modern Library."

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