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Rabbi Lord Sacks on Religion and Conflict in Modern World

“What are we to do at this hour?”, when the far right is rising in Britain and in Europe and anti-Semitism has re-emerged, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks asked the audience at the Sanford School of Public Policy. “The Jewish truth, how to tell the human story, begins with the bad and ends with the good,” he said. “It is a narrative of hope. But, not every narrative works for all time,” he said.  


Flimflams, Scams and Ripoffs (Podcast)

the word "fraud" on an old-time circus poster

John Rusnak was a currency trader in Baltimore when he was convicted of one of the largest bank frauds in American history. He made some poor bets, and rather than telling his boss or others at the bank, he tried to cover the losses up.


Commander Of U.S. Southern Command Joins Gen. Dempsey On Stage At Duke

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of the United States Southern Command, will join Gen. Martin Dempsey for a talk on “Current Challenges & Opportunities for the U.S. Military in the Caribbean, Central and South America.” The talk will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Fleishman Commons at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Duke political science professor Peter Feaver will moderate the discussion, which is free and open to the public.


New Study Shows Why Some U.S. Immigrants Study Math Vs. Poetry

School Children

The future occupations of U.S. immigrant children are influenced by how similar their native language is to English, finds a new study by scholars at Duke University and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. “The more difficult it is for the child to learn English, the more likely they will invest in math/logic and physical skills over communications skills,” said co-author Marcos Rangel.


What WikiLeaks Reveals About Human Trafficking (Podcast)

Ocean at night

Across the globe more than 20 million people are victimized by human trafficking, the modern form of slavery. Judith Kelley has been digging in to the WikiLeaks documents to see whether ranking countries on how we


Alumna Profile: Health System CEO Reflects on Career as 'Unconventional Leader'

Nancy Schlichting

How do you save a hospital system? That’s the question Nancy Schlichting PPS ’76, had to answer when she took over as CEO of the Henry Ford Hospital and subsequently became system CEO. The Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System was losing millions, the city of Detroit was in decline, and employee morale was low. Schlichting and her team managed to turn the system around, bringing it to profitability by 2003.


Philip J. Cook: A Life of Scholarship on Bad Behavior

Colleagues and former students of Philip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke, will discuss Cook’s impact on “Crime and Public Safety” and “Valuing Life and Liberty” this spring.


Tech Innovator to Discuss Cyber Warfare March 21

Jared Cohen, president of Google’s technology incubator, Jigsaw, will deliver a talk at Duke University on cyberwarfare and how use of technology by nations and corporations drives global power and influence. The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International lecture, “Cyberpowers in the New World Disorder,” takes place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Penn Pavilion on West Campus. Public policy professor Bruce Jentleson will interview Cohen. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow the discussion.


#HumansofDukeSanford: Raphael Obonyo

Raphael Obonyo

"I grew up in a small village in Kenya, an informal settlement called Korogocho. It’s the third largest slum in Kenya. I heard of this scholarship by the Ford Foundation. It was extremely competitive. So I applied for this scholarship, and I got it. And it was a good scholarship because if you got it, you could go to any university in the world, provided you were qualified. Duke was always my first choice. Even if I got the scholarship now, I would still come to Duke." - Raphael Obonyo MPP’13


Oh The Places This Blue Tarp Will Go

tarp with smiling people around it

Camping under a tent is a rite of passage for many Duke students. Young people brave the elements for months in a tent community called Krzyzewskiville (K-Ville) in order to attend the Duke/UNC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.


Author Describes How Dog-Whistle Politics Drive Harmful Policies

Dog whistles produce a sound so high-pitched only dogs can hear them.  Dog-whistle politics works in much the same way, said UC-Berkeley Professor Ian Haney Lopez. Haney Lopez gave the Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture at Page Auditorium on March 2, and focused on the history of racially coded language in presidential campaigns.


Education Policy & the Public Interest: Celebrating the Scholarship of Helen “Sunny” Ladd

Colleagues and former students of Helen “Sunny” Ladd, the Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies and professor of economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will discuss Ladd’s impact on the fields of education finance and policy and education and the public interest.