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11.04.2016

Ways & Means Podcast: Crazy Districts, Lopsided Elections

In the 2012 election, Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives nationally got 1.5 million more votes than Republican candidates but the Republicans emerged with a 33-seat majority in the House. Why? Because of gerrymandering.

11.03.2016

Alumna Gives Voice to 'Invisible' Children

More than 2 billion children worldwide are “invisible,” said Maya Ajmera, MPP’93. The founder and former president of the Global Fund for Children called invisibility “a lack of hope, a lack of opportunity and a lack of access.” Nearly half a billion children live in extreme poverty, 215 million are engaged in hazardous labor, 100 million live on the street, and 1.2 million are trafficked annually.

11.01.2016

Is Shotgun Marriage Dead?

Shotgun marriages have faded in popularity overall, but are on the rise among some groups, says new research from Duke University. And not all shotgun marriages are as rocky as one might think.

11.01.2016

Expert on Elections Votes for the First Time

Judith Kelley, professor of public policy and political science, is an expert on election fraud and international election monitoring. She literally wrote a book on the topic. But until Monday, October 31, 2016, she had never voted.

The reason? She’s Danish, lives in the United States, and did not want to give up her Danish citizenship. Denmark requires voters to reside in country, and, until recently, did not allow dual citizenship. So she couldn’t vote in Denmark or the United States. Here’s what it was like.

10.31.2016

It's Time To Reassess U.S. Grand Strategy (Policy 360 Podcast)

As we edge ever closer to election day in the U.S., Sanford professor Peter Feaver argues it’s time to critically examine the country’s grand strategy. He says the need to do so is becoming ever more pressing.

10.31.2016

Alumnus Profile: Gregg Behr MPP’00: Combining Philanthropy and Innovation in Education

This summer, Gregg Behr, MPP/JD’00, was stunned to find himself at the White House, attending an event as a guest of honor. Behr was being celebrated as one of 10 “Champions of Change for Making.” The category honors people who successfully promote hands-on learning and serve their communities through innovation and creativity.

10.28.2016

#HumansOfDukeSanford: Yuran Chen, PPS '18

My parents immigrated from China to Singapore when they were quite young for work. As a kid moving from Singapore to the US and fitting in here, I realized my life had been a lot easier. We were really lucky. But it’s so arbitrary. For another family, maybe they had a more difficult route getting here, which makes so much of a difference in where we turn out, but you can’t forget that we all started in the same place.

10.26.2016

Duke Reporter’s Lab Debuts New Fact-checking Technologies

Live fact-checking

Election season provides a deluge of information: from the debates to major policy speeches to political ads. It can be difficult to parse what’s true, what’s not and what’s a straight-up lie. However, several new projects led by the Reporters’ Lab, a program of the Duke Sanford School’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, are developing ways to improve that experience.

10.26.2016

Political Operatives Discuss Presidential Campaigns at Duke

Two seasoned political operatives, Karl Rove and Jim Messina, met at Duke Tuesday to discuss the “strange” presidential campaign as it heads toward Nov. 8 -- Election Day.

10.25.2016

Ways & Means Podcast: Who Is White?

Very often, we toss around the terms “black, “Hispanic” and “white” as if we all agree on what they mean. Yet a look at history shows that ideas about our nation’s racial categories – what they are and who fits into them – are always changing.

10.24.2016

Clinton Foundation President, Former HHS Secretary Visits Sanford

Donna Shalala

By Jackie Ogburn

Clinton Foundation President and CEO Donna Shalala drew on her long career in higher education, government, and philanthropy during a talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Wednesday.

10.21.2016

#HumansOfDukeSanford: Adebimpe Mbang Femi-Oyewo, MIDP’18

“Right now in Nigeria, volunteering isn’t so big. We’re still a developing country, so most people are just thinking about how to get through the day. We want to create a culture of volunteerism by making it as easy and fun as possible. We’re also trying to demonstrate impact. So many of our nonprofits are underfunded and understaffed, so even though two hours of volunteer time seems small to us, it’s two hours that they don’t have to pay a professional. If you’re a photographer or an accountant, you can use those skills and put them on your resume. We’re trying to make volunteering a way of life; we want to build a vibrant community of Nigerians who want to change the world.” - Adebimpe Mbang Femi-Oyewo MIDP’18.

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