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

Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture

FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips ’00 Discusses Politics, Markets, and Populism with the Rockefeller Center

On Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, Noah Phillips ’00, a commissioner on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and former Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, of Texas, met with Dartmouth students and community members to deliver the Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture at the Rockefeller Center.

The FTC is a government agency that “protects consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices through law enforcement, advocacy, and education, without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.” The Commission is led by five commissioners, three of whom are Democrats and two of whom—including Commissioner Phillips—are Republicans.

Commissioner Phillips used the occasion to offer his thoughts on the state of the FTC and of antitrust policy in the United States more generally. Before beginning, he emphasized that “what I’m going to say tonight is not the view of the Federal Trade Commission and is not the view of my fellow commissioners. It’s really not the view of my fellow commissioners.”

Todd Henderson on the Importance of Societal Trust in Human Progress

As part of the Thurlow M. Gordon Lecture 1906 Lecture series, the Rockefeller Center hosted Todd Henderson, the Michael J. Marks Professor of Law and Mark Claster Mamolen Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School, who gave a presentation in Rockefeller 003 on the importance of societal trust in human progress and the role of trust-creating institutions.

Henderson introduced his presentation with the assertion that the norm of “stranger danger” ends up being highly limiting since individuals ends up forgoing many potential opportunities. Therefore, Henderson asserted that the cultivation of societal trust is the key to prosperous economies since it allows individuals to be more willing to engage in cooperative endeavors. He then transitioned into an overview of the institutions which have historically been guarantors of societal trust, as well as their pitfalls.

Public Program: Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture - "Indigenous Peoples, Economic Recovery, and the Reform of the US Federal Indian Law" with Robert Odawi Porter

Please join us on Thursday October 8th at 4:30 PM in Rocky 003 for the Thurlow M. Gordon 1906 Lecture, “Indigenous Peoples, Economic Recovery, and the Reform of US Federal Indian Law,” by Robert Odawi Porter. American indigenous peoples are afflicted by chronic poverty and confront challenges in ensuring their distinct identities. Widespread poverty is a consequence of systematic efforts by the US government to suppress tribal sovereignty and assimilate the Indian populations, thus preventing economic recovery. Robert Odawi Porter is a Senior Advisor at Dentons law firm, where he represents Indians, Indian nations, and Indian-owned businesses. Mr. Porter has dedicated his 20-year legal career to defending and increasing the rights of indigenous peoples, nations, and their businesses. He is renowned in the field of American Indian law and will bring his profound experiences and insight to a lecture in Rockefeller 003 on October 8th.  An attorney, political leader, and expert scholar in the legal intricacies that confront more than 5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) people, Mr.

“The U.S. Financial System: Still Risky after All These Years,” - Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, November 1, 2012.

Four years after the financial crisis of 2008, America’s economic future hangs in the balance, teetering on the edge of a double-dip recession. The risky investment behavior on Wall Street that led to our initial economic crisis persists. The government attempted to address the problem through the Dodd-Frank Act, but its regulatory effectiveness has been diluted by its hundreds of complex rules and heavy industry lobbying against its implementation.

Vermont Law School Professor Jennifer Taub will address the persistence of risk in our financial system, and the government’s shortcomings in its regulation. She will analyze whether riskiness is inherent in the industry, or if regulatory loopholes have allowed irresponsible behavior to thrive. Finally, she will present alternatives for reforming the industry that could help avoid future economic crises.

"The Solicitor General: From the Japanese-American Internment to Health Care" on May 7th at 4:30 PM




In America’s system of checks and balances, the Supreme Court stands as the final judge of Congressional and Presidential actions; their rulings serve to direct American society and legislation. Instrumental in influencing the Court’s decision is the Solicitor General, the President’s highest legal representative in America’s highest court.

Georgetown Law School Professor Neal Katyal, boasting several Supreme Court victories of his own as Acting Solicitor General, has examined the integral role of the Solicitor General in defending the constitutionality of government interests in the Supreme Court. Professor Katyal will discuss the Solicitor General’s role in some of America’s landmark cases, from Japanese-American Internment during World War II, to the current constitutional battle be waged over health care.

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