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Sanford Student Will Speak at Commencement

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Duke senior Elena Elliott grew up in a setting where college was not a given. Elliott, who will deliver the student speech at Duke commencement exercises on Sunday, said many classmates in her Dallas high school didn’t consider college possible. “I knew many kids who were bright and could have done extremely well at a place like Duke, but college was not on their horizon,” said Elliott, the daughter of an immigrant.


100 Duke and Durham Students Collaborate on Stage Production

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Over the 2016-2017 school year, 50 students from Duke University collaborated with dozens of high school students from the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in Durham, NC to create a live show, Just Listen.


Duke in DC students had front seat for Trump's First 100 days

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President Trump is not the only one rounding out 100 days in a new city. Students in the Duke in DC study-away program also have been hard at work finding their feet in the nation’s capital. Begun in 2013 under the direction of Kristin Goss, associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, the undergraduate program offers students the chance to translate their academic work into policy work through a combination of coursework and part-time internships.  


Napoli, Bail Awarded Carnegie Fellowships

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Philip Napoli, James R. Shepley Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Christopher Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke, were named 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today. They are among 35 scholars selected for the prestigious fellowship, which includes a $200,000 award.


Phil Bennett tapped for new role at FRONTLINE

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Phil Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson professor of the practice of public policy studies and journalism, has accepted a position as special projects editor of FRONTLINE, PBS’ investigative documentary series.


State of Durham County’s Young Children Unveiled in Comprehensive Report

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Durham, NC — Durham’s young children face a range of difficult challenges to thriving and learning, according to a report released today by a joint Durham County and Duke University task force.


Amazon Echo Plays A Role in Finding Political Truths (Podcast)

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Recently, a team at the Duke Reporters Lab has been developing a fact-checking app for the Amazon Echo. Owners of the Echo can “ask the fact-checkers” about claims they hear on the news and social media.


Pre-Kindergarten Effects – What the Science Says

How well are we preparing young children to enter kindergarten ready to learn? Educators in K-12 school systems are faced with wide disparities in skill levels of entering kindergarteners, which means many children are already far behind many of their peers.


Sanford program puts military officers in the Duke classroom

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His first day as a Duke Fellow, COL Wes MacMullen took a seat in a Sanford School classroom, and after a few moments of silence had a nervous thought.


Elite “policy plutocrats” are playing an increasing role in remaking society.

Americans feel estranged and ideologically polarized, unable to address public problems or even to agree on what constitutes a public problem in the first place. These forces of disunity, afflicting elected officials and everyday voters alike, have created a political crisis that has become a crisis of governance.  Enter America’s billionaire philanthropists.


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.  


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.