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Student Discussion Groups

Student Discussion Groups Begin This Week

Student-led and organized, our discussion groups are available for students looking for opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions outside of the classroom.  All discussions include dinner, and except as noted (PoliTALK dinners with special guests, for example) do not require prior commitment or sign up.

Space is limited, and if you have any questions - please contact the group directly.  You can also contact the student leaders:

First Year Forum
Sam Marullo '13
Kali Montecalvo '13

Catherine O'Sullivan '14
Stephanie McFeeters '15

Rocky VoxMasters
Jacob Hickson '13
Shoshana Silverstein '15

Rocky Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership (RBEL)
George Philipose '15
Katelyn Walker '14

PoliTALK to host Dinesh D'Souza '83 for first dinner discussion of Spring 2012 on Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:30 PM

Student Discussion Groups begin again this week. Please visit the Rockefeller Center home page and calendar for more details. This is an announcement from one of our groups.

Dartmouth alum Dinesh D'Souza '83, former editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth Review, noted Christian apologist, and President of King's College, will be speaking on the moral case for free markets. Come listen to one of Dartmouth's most famous living alumni in Rockefeller's Class of 1930 Room, sponsored by PoliTalk, The Dartmouth Review, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Refreshments provided.

Leadership in Public Law Dinner Discussion Series Begins Monday, April 2nd at 5 PM

State attorneys general are leaders in many large state and federal controversies. Their roles span the full range of law and public policy: crime, public health, consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental regulation. State attorneys general also act as the lawyer for their state government in state and federal courts. They occupy a crucial and contested space on the boundaries among the branches of state government and between the federal and state governments.

A new Rockefeller Center Spring 2012 dinner discussion series will study the opportunities for public leadership presented by these roles and address such questions as:

PoliTALK with Dean Charlotte Johnson

Read a student's account of our PoliTALK event with Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson. For more information about our student discussion groups including PoliTALK, click here.

Robert Burka '67 is Guest Speaker at Rocky Student Discussion Group: One of Four Weekly Offerings

Photo credit: Maggie Rowland / The Dartmouth Staff

Law, Life,  and Leadership - one of four Rockefeller Center Student Discussion Groups - was happy to host Dartmouth Alum Robert Burka '67 at this week's dinner discussion.

Burka's discussion forced the participants to examine many facets of the current political situation in America and recognize the parallels that can be drawn between this and previous eras in American history. As noted by a student attending the discussion, "By recognizing these similarities, we can try to learn from our past mistakes and better handle issues such as whether senior government officials are obligated to criticize the administration's policies in a time of war, be it the war against terror or our involvement in the situation in Libya." 

Dinner with Dartmouth Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears - TONIGHT at 6:30 PM - Rockefeller's Class of 1930 Room

Come discuss speech communication with Dean Spears over free Margaritas fajitas!

Rocky VoxMasters, Dartmouth's public speaking group, and Law, Life, and Leadership, the multi-perspective discussion group, will host a dinner discussion tonight, Wednesday, March 2nd. Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears, who received a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Rhode Island, will share her speaking-related experiences. Come for food, discussion, and a conversation with Dean Spears in a relaxed, non-administrative environment!  6:30 - 7:30 PM in the Class of 1930 Room at the Rockefeller Center.

 -- Nicole Yunger Halpern '11

Rocky VoxMasters and Law, Life, and Leadership are two of the Rockefeller Center's student discussion groups.  This is the last week of winter term dinner discussions.  Spring 2011 discussions will begin the week of April 4th.

PoliTALK hosts Midterm Madness 2010 Election Bracket; Guest Speaker Indur Goklany October 7th

PoliTALK is one of four student-led discussion groups that the Rockefeller Center supports.  For the first PoliTALK meeting of the fall term on September 30th, the PoliTALK team tried something completely new. Paying homage to basketball's March Madness and many political pundits favorite pastime -  prognosticating - PoliTALK established the Midterm Madness 2010 Election Bracket. Students picked winners in a large number of competitive senate races and predicted the composition of the House and Senate for the 112th Congress. After the midterm elections PoliTALK will host a post-election analysis discussion group, where we will award a prize to the best political prophet in the group!

On Thursday, October 7th, PoliTALK will be hosting a special guest speaker, Indur Gaklany, for their 6:30 PM meeting.   Mr. Goklany will be giving a lecture,  "The Improving State of the World", in 001 Rockefeller Center at 4:30 PM, and then join PoliTALK for a dinner discussion at 6:30 PM.

- Mason Cole '13 and Ben Schifberg '13, PoliTALK Discussion Leaders


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