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04.09.2015

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.

04.09.2015

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.

04.06.2015

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:

03.30.2015

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.

03.24.2015

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. 

03.20.2015

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.

03.19.2015

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. 

03.16.2015

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.

03.03.2015

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.

02.16.2015

In India, Children Receive Wrong Treatments for Deadly Ailments

Manoj Mohanan pilot tests data collection instruments with a healthcare provider in India. Picture by Ved Prakash Sharma.

Few health care providers in rural India know the correct treatments for childhood diarrhea and pneumonia – two leading killers of young children worldwide. But even when they do, they rarely prescribe them properly, according to a new Duke University study.

02.10.2015

Terror Threat Assessment

A new report issued this week by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security shows that terrorist plots involving Muslim-Americans accounted for only a small fraction of the threats to public safety in the United States.

02.03.2015

Durham Children's Data Center Aims to Improve Lives

Photo of collaborators.

Leaders seeking to improve the lives of Durham’s children are joining forces to create the Durham Children’s Data Center, a hub for research into vital policy and practice questions. Initial partners in the Data Center include Durham County, the Durham Public Schools and Duke University. 

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