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Jonathan Shrier '85 Speaks on the Obama Administration's Commitment to Global Food Security

Jonathan Shrier ’85, deputy coordinator for the U.S. Feed the Future initiative, visited campus last week to speak about the Obama administration’s commitment to tackling global food security. In the wake of the 2008 food crisis that triggered riots in over 30 capital cities worldwide, donor nations are turning their attention to agricultural development, an issue that had long been neglected on the international community’s agenda.

Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors Program Kick-off Proves a Resounding Success

This ongoing series shares the experiences of participants and facilitators in D-LAB (Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors), a student-facilitated program designed for first-year students to discover the relationship between leadership and personal values.

So what does baking a cake have to do with leadership? I know of no better person to ask than any of the 70 freshman who gathered in Fahey first floor last Monday for the inaugural session of the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (D-LAB) Program. D-LAB, a new student-facilitated initiative co-sponsored by the Rockefeller and Collis centers, offers first year students an opportunity to engage in profound self-reflection and discussion.

Recap: "Writing in the Workplace" with Sara Chaney

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information about MLDP, click here.

This week’s MLDP session titled “Writing in the Workplace” was led by Professor Sara Chaney. I took Writing 5 with Professor Chaney, so I expected some practical insight on writing in today’s age of technology and alternative forms of communication. I was glad to see that she addressed this right off the bat with an activity that had us decide which medium (e-mail, phone, or in-person) was most appropriate for various scenarios. I’m sure that nearly every Dartmouth student can relate to this situation. Whether it’s contacting a professor about a recommendation, reaching out to an old acquaintance, or trying to forge a new relationship, it’s always a little tricky to decide how to go about doing so.

Recap: The Student Forum on Global Learning, an MLK Day Celebration Event

  As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. On this occasion, Maureen Mentrek '16 attended the Annual Student Forum on Global Learning which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Center, and we invited her to write a guest blog post discussing her experiences.
On Monday January 20th, Dartmouth held multiple events to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One such event was the fifth annual Student Forum on Global Learning. The day began with a keynote address given by President Phil Hanlon. The forum then broke into multiple student-led presentations to explore global and cross-cultural learning experiences that students had had through internships, fellowships, research, and study abroad programs. I attended three such presentations, each of which forced me to reevaluate my view of the global community in which we live. 

MLK Student Forum on Global Learning: Reflecting on "Deconstructing Community Service: Creating Impact at Home"

Deconstructing Community Service: Creating Impact at Home!
Does the greatest service impact take place when one identifies and addresses a challenge in one's home as opposed to elsewhere? Growing up in Nepal and Ghana respectively, Pawan and George share how they came to recognize their countries’ broken educational systems—something that inspired and led them to make a difference. Pawan went home to teach in a public school in his native village in Nepal as a Tucker Fellow while introducing students to the art of experiential learning through movie making. George founded Project iSWEST (Innovating Solutions with Engineering, Science and Technology), a program aimed at creating an “Innovation Revolution” in Ghana. The project was coordinated to provide a short-term training in basic electronics, robotics, computer and Arduino programing. Pawan and George address what enabled them to not just create meaningful experiences for themselves but also contribute greatly to their respective communities.”

MLDP Recap: Kate Hilton ’99 delivers "The Art of the Narrative"

 The third MLDP Session “The Art of the Narrative” was presented by Kate Hilton ’99, Director of Organizing for Health, a project of ReThink Health, and Principal in Practice for Leading Change at Harvard University. The art of public narrative is rooted, according to Hilton, in the understanding of an issue, an ability to tell a personal story and motivate people to join the action. Through the narrative of self, the speaker creates an environment which motivates and inspires the audience.

Finding the story that anyone could relate to was the MLDP participants’ task of the day. Students were asked to design their own calls to action by combining a story of self, a story of us and a story of now. Participants then practiced their narratives in small groups to receive helpful feedback. One student was especially fortunate to present his narrative in front of the entire class and inspired us all to introspect and break out of the closets that we were all in.

Student Reactions from MLK Student Forum on Global Learning

On January 20th, students, faculty and staff congregated together for a Student Forum on Global Learning. Student presenters reflected on their experiences in a global context and on how their understanding of global issues, other cultures, and/or personal perceptions were enhanced by their cross-cultural experiences. The Rockefeller Center was just one of several campus institutions that helped sponsor the event.

We encouraged many students to attend the Student Forum, which was held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and some were able to. Here is a small sampling of feedback students provided after attending a few of the day's sessions:  

Recap: Cass Sunstein discusses Impersonal Default Rules and Active Choosing

Cass Sunstein, author of the popular 2008 non-fiction Nudge, Harvard Law professor and husband of US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, punctuated his visit to Dartmouth this week with an extremely provocative speech in Filene Auditorium. In his speech, “Free by Default," Sunstein presented and qualified the pros and cons of personalized default rules – in comparison to the models of impersonal default rules and active choosing.

RLF Recap: Leadership and the Curse of Natural Resources with Professor Andrew Samwick

To kick off the winter term, the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Samwick to come speak to us about an interesting phenomenon known as the “curse of natural resources.” Prior to the session, the students read over several articles describing this phenomenon in action around the world and learned about how mineral and oil wealth have been historically associated with lower GDP growth and greater inequality. To start the session, Professor Samwick asked us to ponder why such a paradox occurs and how poor leadership contributes to the problem. Among the reasons brought up were corruption, civil society indifference, conflict, and loss of sovereignty, all pertaining to a macro level of understanding the “curse.” Professor Samwick then highlighted key factors that have driven economic growth in countries without the crutch of easy resource exports, which include investment in education, innovation in technology, and the fortification of strong institutions.

"Nothing Hard About the Math; It's All About the Politics" Faculty Panel Recap

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.  


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