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Adair Named Director of DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Bill Adair, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, has been named director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University. 


'My personal experiences taught me about the complexities of poverty' - Duke-UNC BECR Center Awards Fellowship

Carolyn Barnes.

Would our understanding of poverty and food insecurity improve if people studying the topic had firsthand experience with economic hardship and hunger? A grant program created by a Duke-UNC research center hopes to show that it can.


Mitt Romney Speaks At Duke: 'If You Get the Chance to Run for President, Do It'

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney recently spoke at Duke University in a talk sponsored by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture hosted by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. Romney was most recently the Republican candidate for president of the United States.


How Politically Polarized Is The Country, Really?

Gerson, Dionne and moderator

Political commentators Michael Gerson and E.J. Dionne Jr. agreed in a recent public talk at Duke University that political polarization is at its worst levels ever due to broad cultural changes, ideological sorting and increased institutionalization of division.


Romney Talks on Foreign Policy, Elections

Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, had a terrific NCCA basketball bracket, picking Duke University as the winner, but he declined to share a bracket for the 2016 presidential race before a full house at Duke on April 8.


You Are Invited to a Sanford Community Dialogue on Racism and Inclusion

Flowers and blue sky: Eric via Flickr/CC

A message from Dean Kelly Brownell: Dear Students, Faculty and Staff. Please join us in a community-wide dialogue about what the recent events on campus mean for, and to, our community -- students, staff and faculty. Help answer the question:


Secret Lives of Sanford Professors: Pageants and Policy

Deondra Rose suring her reign as Miss UGA

Politics and policy became real to Assistant Professor Deondra Rose –  even became her life’s work  – when she was on a bus one day as an undergrad at the University of Georgia. There were two young women sitting across from her, looking at a sign above her head. The sign was an advertisement was for the Miss University of Georgia (Miss UGA) pageant.


Writing Advice For Students From Pulitzer-Winner Tony Kushner [VIDEO]

Tony Kushner smiling and gesturing

"You're famous for last-minute, improvised, sometimes panic-filled approaches to finishing and staging plays," noted a Duke University student to playwright Tony Kushner. "What would you say to students looking to create?" Kushner was in Durham, NC recently to deliver the Crown Lecture in Ethics at Duke University. 


Jentleson Named Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress

Library of Congress Kissinger Chair Bruce W. Jentleson

Bruce W. Jentleson, an accomplished American foreign policy scholar and former senior advisor at the U.S. State Department, has been selected as the 15th Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress Kluge Center.


Students Who Started Kindergarten Late More Likely to Drop Out, Commit Crimes

Schooling, Birthdays, and Crime Phil Cook

Children who are older when they start kindergarten do well in the short term, academically and socially. But as teenagers, these old-for-grade students are more likely to drop out and commit serious crimes, says new research from Duke University. The negative outcomes are significantly more likely for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 


Portrait of Die-hard Sports Fans Yields Surprises

College basketball fans cheer.

New research by Charles Clotfelter, a professor of public policy, economics and law at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy sheds light on ultra-loyal college sports fans. Only about a third of die-hard college sports fans are alumni of their teams’ universities, and another third never attended college at all.


Duke Basketball Player Amber Henson Reflects on Senior Night, Choosing Public Policy

Amber Henson with basketball.

Amber Henson is a key player for the Duke women's basketball team. On the heels of senior night, she reflected on her decision to attend Duke and choose public policy as a major.