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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Public Program: "A Conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski"

Please join us for A Conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski" with Moderator Curt Welling '71, Tu'77 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Cook Auditorium, Murdough Hall, Tuck School of Business on Friday, May 1.

Curt Wellling '71, Tu'77, Senior Fellow with the Center of Global Business and Government at the Tuck School of Business and Chair of the Board of Visitors at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, will lead a discussion of current issues with two co-hosts of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC. Morning Joe is hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. "Morning Joe" features interviews with top news-makers and in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. The unique broadcast has been called "the thinking viewer’s choice" by USA Weekend and "an important wake-up call for political and media leaders" by the Associated Press. This event is co-sponsored with the Center of Global Business and Government, Tuck School of Business.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough
Former congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) is the host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," the show TIME magazine calls "revolutionary" and the New York Times ranked as the top news program of 2008. In April 2011, Scarborough was named to the prestigious "TIME 100" list of the world’s most influential people. In describing why he was selected, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "Joe speaks from his mind without fear of favor; he puts his country before his party… That independence makes Joe Scarborough such a valuable voice in American politics. And it’s what makes Morning Joe such a successful show." Previously, Scarborough hosted "Scarborough Country” on MSNBC, a primetime news show The San Francisco Chronicle called "must-see TV." In addition to his career in television, Scarborough is also the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America’s Promise," a book that draws on the forgotten genius of conservatism to offer a road map for the movement and the country. Delivering a searing indictment of the political leaders who have led us astray, Scarborough inspires conservatives to reclaim their heritage by drawing upon the strength of the movement’s rich history. Prior to his career in television, Scarborough was the publisher and editor of the award-winning newspaper the Florida Sun. Scarborough served as a member of Congress from 1994 to 2001. While in office, he was a member of the judiciary, armed services, oversight, and national security committees. He was also part of a small group of young Republican congressmen who were said to possess a surprising amount of power given their youth and lack of years in Congress by the National Journal. His 2004 book "Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day" predicted the collapse of the Republican majority and the US economy due to reckless spending. In 2013, Scarborough released "The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics—And Can Again," which takes a nuanced and surprising look at the unexpected rise and self-inflicted fall of the Republican Party. "The Right Path" has been described as a book that "deserves to be widely read, carefully considered, and energetically debated." Sourced from

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski
Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and the author of three best-selling books. Her memoir "All Things At Once" became a “New York Times” best seller in January 2010. Her second book "Knowing Your Value," which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached #1 on The New York Times best sellers list for business books in spring 2011. Her most recent book "Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own" debuted on the best-sellers list in spring 2013. Brzezinski also writes "Getting What You Want" for Cosmopolitan, a monthly column about career confidence and empowerment. Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition" and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to "CBS Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes." She reported live from Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11, 2001 attacks. A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of Foreign Policy Expert and Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a Williams College alum. Brzezinski lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. Sourced from

Curt Welling '71, Tu'77
Curt Welling '71, Tu'77 joined the Center for Global Business and Government at Tuck in January 2014. Welling is the former president and CEO of AmeriCares, the nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines and medical supplies to people in crisis. As president and CEO, Welling oversaw the distribution of $9 billion in aid worldwide. Under his leadership, AmeriCares became the world’s leading organization for delivering donated medicines and medical supplies, and launched multi-year relief efforts for several major disasters including the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, and the Southeast Asia tsunami. Before joining AmeriCares in 2002, Welling spent 25 years in senior executive roles in the investment banking and securities industries, including president and CEO of SG Cowen Securities Corporation and senior managing director of global equity capital markets at Bear Stearns. He currently serves on the boards of both Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE) and Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ: SAPE). He also chairs the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth and serves on the board of the Adirondack Council. Welling was the founding board chair of the Donaldson Adoption Institute and board chair of Spence Chapin Services. He earned a bachelor of arts in English from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Tuck School of Business, and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Public Programs: Law Day Celebration this Thursday and Friday

Please join us for the Stephen R. Volk '57 Law Day Lecture, "Dark Money and Shadow Parties: The Real Problem in Campaign Finance" with Heather K. Gerken at 4:30 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Thursday, April 30.

Also join us for the public panel, "Money in Politics: A Discussion of Recent Developments" at 3:00 pm in Rockefeller 003 on Friday, May 1.

Observed annually on May 1, Law Day is a national celebration of the rule of law in the United States. Law Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of law and the legal system in our society. It allows us to appreciate the vitality of the law and importance of legal processes to the way our democratic system functions.

Yale Law School's Heather Gerkin will deliver a lecture on dark money and shadow parties.

This year, the 2015 Law Day Celebration at Dartmouth will focus on the relationship between corporate spending and American politics and how the Citizens United ruling has led to concerns about "dark money." A public lecture and panel will focus on the broad theme of money in politics, examining how the constitutional constraints on campaign finance have affected reform efforts. These events will highlight the effects of recent judicial rulings on the influence of "dark money" in the American political system.

The Rockefeller Center, the Dartmouth Lawyers Association, and the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group are excited to celebrate Law Day this year with a public lecture and panel. Heather K. Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will deliver a lecture on Thursday entitled "Dark Money and Shadow Parties: The Real Problem in Campaign Finance." Joining Professor Gerken on Friday's panel entitled "Money in Politics: A Discussion of Recent Developments" will be Gilles Bissonnette, Staff Lawyer from the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union; David Weeks, Executive Director of Open Democracy; and moderator John Greabe '85, Professor of Law at UNH School of Law.

Friday, April 24, 2015

RGLP Recap: Understanding Idenity with Dr. Dottie Morris

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.

This week RGLP participants had the pleasure of participating in a session with Dr. Dottie Morris, Chief Officer of Diversity and Multiculturalism and Title IX Coordinator at Keene State College. Much of our session centered on the concept of identity—how we as individuals come to understand identity, what elements of our lives and experiences have influenced its development, and if identity is even a constant in a world of fluctuating circumstances.

RGLP Participants explore identity and perspective through scattered seating directions. Photo by May Nguyen '18.

When we entered the Class of 1930 room to begin our session, we found an assortment of chairs scattered about the room without clear organization. Some faced the windows, some faced the whiteboard, and others were at random angles. After we all chose where to sit down, Dottie began leading us through a discussion about what our choices and behaviors in this new "chair" environment represented, an allegory to our life experiences. We talked about the role of agency and the role of choice, or lack thereof, in individuals’ realities, about the necessity of questioning one’s environment and the circumstances you are presented with, and the role that respect, curiosity, and an underlying desire for conformity play in that very questioning.

We then moved to small one-on-one talks about our personal perceptions on identity. We found that identity was rooted in families for some people, in personal pursuits for some participants, and in movement from place to place for others. Shifting back to a group discussion, many of us asserted that transitioning to and living in the Dartmouth environment had a salient effect on our identities. We discussed the concept of "losing oneself" in this context and tried to distill what such a phrase actually meant. Is losing yourself inherently a negative thing, rooted in a loss or sacrifice of identity? Or is it that the clean slate and multitude of opportunities at Dartmouth offer a potential for personal re-invention, with such an evolution of identity in fact being a positive development?

Ultimately, the core tenets of Dottie’s message during our session were simple. "Conformity without analysis stifles innovation" and "It is better to co-create than to integrate." The first of these seems self-explanatory but extremely accurate in my opinion. The second, however, requires slightly more clarification. What is the difference between co-creation and integration? Our group, together with Dottie’s guidance, found the delineation to be a stark one. Integration involves a combination of two aspects into one compromised whole, where inevitably one is subsumed by the other. Co-creation maintains the integrity of two separate entities by having them work in tandem to create something new entirely, the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts.

-Written by Aylin Woodward '15, Spring 2015 RGLP Participant  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Public Program: "Islam and the West: Dialogue or Clash of Civilizations?" with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Please join us for Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s talk, "Islam and the West: Dialogue or Clash of Civilizations?" Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall at 5:15 pm on April 27.

Students, register here for a dinner with Ambassador Ahmed from 6:45 to 7:45 pm in Morrisson Commons, Rockefeller Center.

The relationship between the West and Islam has been one of constant tension post-9/11, as highlighted by reactions to the recent extremist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris as well as recurring acts of terrorism by ISIS. In the resulting dialogue, Samuel Huntington’s thesis of a "clash of civilizations," which argues that there is an inherent clash between Western and Islamic values, has gained new fervor.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, a prominent scholar and researcher on US-Islamic relations, will discuss Huntington’s "clash of civilizations" thesis as well as perceptions of Islam after 9/11. In addition to presenting his own studies that examine relationships between the West and Islam, Ambassador Ahmed will also emphasize that what is really needed is a "dialogue of civilizations," something which would help both groups move beyond the misunderstanding of different religions and cultures that is so prevalent today.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC and the former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He is also the author of over a dozen award-winning books that examine the relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11, including "Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam" and "The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant Han Suh '15

In this series, the Rockefeller Center features our Student Program Assistants, student staff who contribute significantly to the success of the Center’s events, programs, and activities.

What happens when someone spends all of their time in the Rockefeller Center as a first-year student? They become curious about all of the exciting people and events occurring around them and began asking questions. This was the case for Han Suh '15. Han, a Government major, spent a tremendous amount of time in the Rockefeller Center and Silsby Hall as a result of her studies early in her Dartmouth career. Han would often walk by the offices of Rockefeller Center staff, who typically keep their doors open, and see students constantly going in and out. She was intrigued by the fact that so many students were involved in the Center and that the staff were so welcoming and supportive. In addition, Han was attracted to many of the programs and talks the Rockefeller Center offered because they coincided with her interests in public policy, law, and government. Han followed this interest to become a Rockefeller Center student program assistant.

Student Program Assistant for the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program Han Suh '15. Photo by Abigail Chen '17.

Han began working with the Rockefeller Center as the Database Manager while the Center was first transitioning to Batchbook, a database tool. Currently, Han serves as a Student Program Assistant for the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP). RGLP brings together students who have exemplified leadership skills and desire to further these skills on a globally conscious level. A primary focus of RGLP is international leadership competencies and how these can be applied in the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. Han was particularly drawn to RGLP because the program was extremely relevant to her international background. Han is originally from Seoul, Korea. Through RGLP, she became more eager to pursue intercultural education on campus. This past Winter Term for instance, Han completed a Government seminar entitled, "Multiculturalism." The course, she states, "really enhanced my understanding of the topic, and I am excited to offer some new perspectives for the spring [program] this year."

Being the Student Program Assistant for RGLP has been a wonderful experience, Han notes. Through the program, she has been exposed to a wide range of students and is constantly meeting new people. Han explains that this is because the Rockefeller Center draws from the widest range of students possible - different majors, interests, ethnicities, geographic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and more. Because of this, Han has made new friends and learned from perspectives that she believes she would never have encountered otherwise.

-Written by Crandalyn Jackson '15, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant