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Alumni Events

October 20, 2017


'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.

This event is free and open to the public. While tickets are not required, physical space is limited, we and request that you RSVP by clicking here.

October 20-22, 2017


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.

Click here to RSVP – Deadline, Friday, September 29, Limited space remaining


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

A Conversation on Human Trafficking

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.

Click here to RSVP – Deadline, Monday, October 23, 2017 at Midnight. Register starting Oct. 9th. 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Location: New York, New York

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

Click here to RSVP – Deadline is Wednesday, November 25, 2017 by Midnight Register starting Oct. 9th.


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

A Conversation on POLIS: The Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation and Service & Sanford

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. 

Click here to RSVP – Deadline is Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Midnight. Register starting Oct. 9th.


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. 

Click here to RSVP – Deadline is Wednesday, November 25, 2017 at Midnight. Register starting Oct. 9th.


November 10-12, 2017

36 Hours at Duke: Social Justice

Location: Sanford Building, Duke University

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. The theme for this session is social justice.

Click here to RSVP – Deadline is Friday, October 27, 2017 at Midnight. Register starting Oct. 23rd.

Past Events Include

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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.


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.