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January 8, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

MPP Washington, DC Career Expo Alumni Reception

Please join us for the annual Alumni and Friends Reception at the Duke in DC Office on Monday, January 8th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  This is an informal opportunity for graduate MPP students to meet alumni and hear about your work while practicing their networking skills and elevator speeches. Please bring business cards and information about internships and job openings. 

Location: Duke in DC Office - 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500n Washington, DC 20004


February 6, 2018, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

MPP & MIDP NC Career Expo Reception

Please join us for the annual Alumni and Friends Reception at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Tuesday, February 6th, from 5:30-6:30 PM.  This is an informal opportunity for graduate MPP and MIDP students to meet you and hear about your work while practicing their networking skills and elevator speeches. Please bring business cards and information about internships and job openings. 

Location: Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford Building

Click here to register - Deadline is Tuesday, January 30, 2018


March 2-3, 2018

36 Hours @ Duke in DC: Politics Edition with Kristin Goss & Frederick "Fritz" Mayer

Location: Duke in DC Office - 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20004

36 Hours at Duke is a collaborative alumni and student workshop event which matches 20 alumni with 20 students for an intensive learning experience at Duke. During this specific workshop, we will connect to discuss and do joint projects on issues surrounding our current political climate. For more information or interest, contact Durice Galloway, Director of Alumni Engagement at durice.galloway@duke.edu.

Registration will open soon.


March 13, 2018

Terry Tuesday

Location: Various venues across the country (and world!)

Join your fellow Sanford alumni to celebrate and honor the legacy and life of Terry Sanford. During this centennial year celebration, we will host a gathering in various cities to bring together the Sanford community to reflect on the legacy of our Uncle Terry and challenge ourselves on how we carry forward his "outrageous ambitious" into our lives and community. Check back for additional information about this event soon!


April 13-15, 2018

Duke Reunion Weekend - click here for more information

Special Sanford Reunion Events, Saturday, April 14, 2018

Coming back for Reunion Weekend? Sanford will be celebrating its alumni from graduation years ending in 3 or 8 with special Sanford events on the Saturday of Reunion Weekend. For the first time, we will host a special community gathering during the Sanford Celebration Picnic with fan-favorite faculty and staff, students from all programs, and alumni. If you are interested in coordinating an event for your class, please contact Durice Galloway, Director of Alumni Engagement at durice.galloway@duke.edu.

Forever Sanford Coffee Chats with current students in Sanford 05, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Celebration Picnic in the tent between Sanford Building and Rubenstein Building, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Special Alumni-Themed Class with Professor Tony Brown in Sanford 05, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Click here to register - Deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Faculty on the Road Event with Professor Deondra Rose

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Deondra Rose is an Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy with a secondary appointment in the Department of Political Science.  Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark social policies on the American political landscape.  In addition to U.S. public/social policy, Rose's research and teaching interests include higher education policy, American political development (APD), political behavior, identity politics (e.g., gender, race, and socioeconomic status), and inequality.


Past Events Include

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

A Conversation on Politics & Sanford with Fritz Mayer

Location: Private home - Chicago, IL. 

How can we improve the democratic processes in the U.S. and around the world? Join Fritz Mayer Sanford's Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation and Serve to explore the new work being done by this ambitious new center. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

A Conversation with Tony Brown – How to “Do Better, Be Better”

Location: Private home – Westchester, New York. 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A Conversation with Tony Brown – How to “Do Better, Be Better”

Location: Radisson, Martinique on Broadway, 49 W. 32nd Street (Between Broadway & Fifth Avenue)

Tony Brown is one of the most popular members of Sanford's faculty.


Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

A Conversation on Human Trafficking - CANCELLED

Location: Dechert LLP, 40th Floor Conference Room 100 Olivier Street Boston, MA

Please join Judith Kelley, Senior Associate Dean of the Sanford School, as she shares insights from her new book, Scorecard Diplomacy: Grading States to Influence Their Reputation and Behavior. The book explores the effect U.S. foreign policy can have on human trafficking. She will also share updates about new research.


36 Hours at Duke: DeWitt Wallace – Journalism Edition

Location: Sanford School

36 Hours at Duke is a collaborative alumni and student workshop event which matches 20 alumni with 20 students for an intensive learning experience at Duke. Bill Adair, Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy​ will host this session which will focus on emerging forms of journalism, innovation in media, and fact-checking. Alumni-journalists who have committed to this event include Craig Whitlock (Washington Post), Sanette Tanaka (VOX), Daniel Carp (ESPN), Jeremy Bowers (New York Times), and Tyler Dukes (WRAL). Students working in the Duke Reporters’ Lab will present their research with Google and Facebook, faculty will talk about the use and abuse of data in journalism and fact-checking, and an alumni team will lead a discussion on ways in which media organizations are evolving and designing news products.


'Raising Bertie' Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

Location: Sanford 04, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

This film is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men's narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity.

Following the film, we will have a panel discussion with the film's director, Margaret Byrne, the producer, Ian Kibbe, and two of the film's subjects, Vivian Saunders (executive director of The Hive), and Davonte "Dada" Harrell. This discussion will be moderated by our own Professor Jay Pearson.

October 20-22, 2017


A Conversation with Tony Brown – How to “Do Better, Be Better”

Location: Oakland, CA

Join popular faculty member Tony Brown of the Hart Leadership Program for a program exploring how to do better and be better professionally. 

October 20, 2017


Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

A Conversation on Issues of Nutrition, Obesity and Public Policy with Kelly Brownell, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy

Location: Duke in DC Office - 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20004

Join Kelly Brownell, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, for an invigorating conversation on issues of nutrition, obesity and public policy. Dean Brownell is cited as a leading warrior in the area of nutrition and public policy as well as a moral entrepreneur with special influence on public discourse in the obesity field. Learn about his work in this area and about the new World Food Policy Center at Sanford.