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Student Discussion Groups

Voxmasters Recap: A Call to Action

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

On Wednesday, October 2, several MLDP students attended the Rockefeller Center’s VoxMasters discussion group, which allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. The group, led by Sarah Ogren ’16 and Shoshana Silverstein ’15, meets every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m.

PolitTALK with Journalist Souad Mekhennet


On Monday, May 8th, New York Times columnist Souad Mekhennet spoke to students about her experience working in the Middle East over lunch.  A German reporter of Turkish and Moroccan descent, Mekhennet has covered conflicts and terrorist groups in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. With recent events escalating in Syria, it was very interesting to listen to Mekhennet's opinions about a post-Arab Spring world.  




Mekhennet discussed with students about her recent reporting in Bahrain, where her goal was to tell the stories of women and other minority groups.  She wanted to investigate the silenced majority in the region and their thoughts on the recent protests.  Bridget Golob '14, a student participant in the lunch, commented, "Getting to talk in an informal setting with Souad Mekhennet was fantastic. She shared a lot about her on-the-ground experiences, her thoughts about the future of women's rights and democratic values in the Middle East, and about her role as a reporter and not a biased observer."

RBEL Students Discuss Leadership Organizational Strategies with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Who thought that a chamber orchestra could be the model for a successful business organization? The Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership (RBEL) Student Discussion Group was proud to invite members of the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for a lunch discussion regarding the similarities between leadership in an orchestra and leadership in any business organization.

RBEL: Dartmouth Develops

The U.S. economy has had its share of ups and downs. Luckily, there is a solid group of entrepreneurs that use their aspirations and innovations to provide a reviving spark. They take the initiative to address business problems and fill certain niches with stronger enterprises. The Rockefeller Center is pleased to be welcoming back some of Dartmouth’s own alumni entrepreneurs who have shown that with a creative idea and a motivated work ethic, business ventures can succeed. They will speak to how Dartmouth helped them develop as entrepreneurs and how they have developed successful businesses of their own.
Panelists will include:

  • Bill Bender '78, Founder, SolaFlect Energy
  • Steven Reinitz '09, Co-founder, B.B.R. Medical Innovations, Inc.
  • Nick Taranto '06, Co-founder,

Dartmouth’s George Philipose '15, RBEL Student Discussion Group Leader, will be the moderator. This event is planned and hosted by Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership (RBEL) Student Discussion Group.

Please join us for the Dartmouth Develops panel at Rockefeller 001 at 4:30 pm, April 18, 2013.

Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leaders (RBEL) Conversation with Bob Hager '60

Read an MLDP Participant’s account of our most recent session in Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leaders (RBEL). For more information, about MLDP, click here.

RBEL meets on Wednesday nights at 7 PM, and often includes a special guest speaker.  Click here for more information.

VoxMasters: Using Rhetorical Techniques to Address an Audience

Read an MLDP Participant’s account of our most recent session in VoxMasters. For more information, about MLDP, click here

VoxMasters meets on Wednesday evenings at 6 PM. Click here for more information.

College Libertarians Present: Benjamin Friedman on "The Virtues of Foreign Policy Restraint" on Thurs, 1/31 at 4:30 PM

The College Libertarians are hosting Dartmouth alumnus Benjamin Friedman'00  to speak on "The Virtues of Foreign Policy Restraint" this Thursday, 1/31 at 4:30 in Rockefeller 003

Mr. Friedman is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute, his areas of expertise including counter-terrorism, homeland security and defense politics. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

The College Libertarians seek to create a growing community of independent, informed students by promoting the ideals of life, liberty, property, self-ownership, and personal responsibility. They meet weekly for discussions of current events, and can be contacted at

You can also find out more about Benjamin Friedman and his work at the Cato Institute here.

RBEL Host Prof. Punam Keller

Read a student's account of a recent session of Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leaders, one of our student-led groups.

PoliTALK with Jennifer Taub: Regulation of Financial Institutions

Read a student's account of a recent lecture by Jennifer Taub and the following dinner and discussion hosted by PoliTalk.

VoxMasters Builds Upon and Improves Skills

Read a student's account of a recent session of Rocky VoxMasters, one of our student-led groups. 

I went to a “passion” themed session of VoxMasters during the fall term. That week’s event was hosted by both the VoxMasters student group and the Modern Abolition Initiative. Aside from eating delicious Thai food, we gathered to practice making “call to action” speeches. This is a subject we had also covered in an earlier MLDP session, so I was able to gain further experience with this type of speech. Participants spoke about everything from the power of coincidence to broken tennis rackets, and one even gave a speech about puppies after seeking topic ideas from the crowd.


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