Social Change through Policy Summer Series

Join us every Thursday in July for a specialized virtual visit for prospective students interested in public policy as a substantive part of their college experience. These events are hosted by the Office of Admissions in partnership with Dartmouth's Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.

Each session features different Dartmouth faculty members and current students who will discuss their ongoing work around public policy. Register for one or more of the four sessions below (July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30).


Social Change through Policy

Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Professor Russell Muirhead will provide an overview of the mission of the Rockefeller Center and have a discussion with a few students about the personal and professional growth they have experienced as a result of participating in curricular and co-curricular programs of the Rockefeller Center.

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Host/moderator: Professor Russell Muirhead is the interim director of the Rockefeller Center. He is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics in the Government Department and the co-author of a recent book about the rise of conspiratorial thinking in American politics: A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy (2019). His past publications include books on the place of partisanship in democratic citizenship (The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age, 2014) and on the moral meaning of work (Just Work, 2004).

Student participants: Amanda McIntyre '22 from Chicago is double majoring in African/African American studies and sociology with a public policy minor; Rik Abels '21 from the Netherlands is double majoring in government and economics with a Middle Eastern studies minor; Alexander Kokoshinskiy '22 from Colorado is double majoring in economics and mathematics with a minor in public policy.

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Experiential Learning at the Rockefeller Center: Bridging Our Curricular and Co-Curricular Programming

Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET

This session will focus on two of our core courses in the public policy minor curriculum—PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy and PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research—as well as two of our premier co-curricular programs that are linked to these two classes—The First-Year Fellows Program and the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop.

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Host/speaker: Ronald G. Shaiko is a Senior Fellow and the Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. The 2019-2020 academic year marks his 33rd year of university teaching and his 19th year at Dartmouth College.
In November of 2007, he received the Linda '82 and Paul Gridley Faculty Fellow Award from the Dean of the College; the award recognizes exemplary faculty involvement outside of the classroom. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Professor Shaiko was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics in the American Studies Center at Warsaw University in Poland during the 2000-2001 academic year. Throughout the decade of the 1990s, Professor Shaiko taught at American University, where he founded and served as the founding academic director of the Lobbying Institute. During his 10 years at American, Professor Shaiko served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993-1994 and as a Democracy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development in 1998-1999.


Using the World to Understand Ourselves

Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Charles Wheelan teaches a variety of public policy classes. One of them, the Global Practicum in Policy Leadership, involves a different place and topic each year. Students study a topic during the fall quarter on campus, such as U.S. involvement in the Colombian peace process. At the end of the term, the class visits that country or region for two weeks to meet with policymakers, journalists, academics, and other experts who can share their experiences. The goal is to learn about important international topics but also to bring back lessons that are applicable to other policy settings, domestic or international.

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Host/speaker: Charles Wheelan '88, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, was formerly a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School at the University of Chicago prior to returning to Dartmouth full-time in June 2012. He has also served as a correspondent for The Economist, and written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he has spent time as a speechwriter, a Congressional candidate and in other policy-related positions that inform his academic work. He has authored four books: Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, The Centrist Manifesto, and Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters. His most recent publication is The Rationing, a novel published in 2019 about the politics of a pandemic. He is the founder of the Centrist party.


Student Experiences in Public Policy and Leadership

Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director, will begin this session outlining the relationship between public policy and leadership. Program Officers who manage the Center's programs will then engage in a lively discussion with students about how these programs build leadership skills and competencies.


A photo of Sadhana Hall
Sadhana Warty Hall is the Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center. Hall designs, implements, and oversees programs for undergraduate students focusing on leadership, public policy, and civic engagement; Hannah Andritsakis is the Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs; Robin T. Frye is a Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences; Leslie R. Wagner-Ould Ismail is a Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences.

Student Participants:
Nate Pucci '22 from Massachusetts is majoring in economics with minors in public policy and Spanish; Kate Yuan '23 from Connecticut is majoring in government or environmental studies with minors in public policy and human-centered design; Mounisha Anumolu '23 from Connecticut is double majoring in computer science and economics, with a minor in public policy; Joshua Freitag '23 from Washington is majoring in quantitative social science and minoring in public policy and Spanish

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