Talking Politics on the Rooftop

June 9, 2022 @ 6:00pm EST
Duke in DC Terrace Rooftop
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Please join us to gather with fellow alumni and enjoy the spectacular views from the Duke in DC rooftop terrace. Professor Deondra Rose, Director of Polis: Center for Politics, will be on hand to chat about how Sanford is utilizing political research, distinguished practitioners, and a dose of fun to foster rich political discourse to help a new generation of leaders find on-ramps to public service. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Alumni Celebration Honoring Donna Dyer 

June 22, 2022 @ 4:30pm EST
900 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park 

Sanford Development and Alumni Relations invites alumni to honor Donna Dyer, who has been guiding students through career decisions since 1997. Join us at RTP’s Boxyard, a shipping container restaurant and entertainment venue. We will meet for drinks and pizza and share Donna stories from the past two decades as we honor her on the occasion of her retirement. Can’t join us in person? Send your good wishes on our Kudoboard

Fighting to a Draw: Redistricting and the 2022 Elections

April 19, 2022 @ 6:00pm EST
Karsh Alumni Center

After months of heated debate and dramatic court rulings, the latest battles over redistricting are finally drawing to a close in North Carolina and across the country—at least for the moment. Join for a reception with two of our state's leading redistricting experts, Asher D. Hildebrand and Tyler Dukes, as they take stock of the new maps and invite the audience to participate in an interactive discussion about gerrymandering and American democracy.


Featured Event

In April, 2022 five MPP alumni returned to Sanford to meet with MPP students for a Black Sanford Connects event. Black Sanford Connects was an opportunity for current Black Sanford students to meet and network with Sanford Black MPP Alumni from a variety of industries in order to build authentic relationships and share experiences of being a Black professional in policy. The group met for three hours.

Remembering Janet Jackson’s “Wardrobe Malfunction” and its Possible Lessons for Social Media Regulation

April 12, 2022 @ 6:00pm EST
David M. Rubenstein Conference Center at Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500

Almost 20 years ago, Janet Jackson famously had a “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show that brought the topic of broadcast regulation into the spotlight. Today, the prevalence of disinformation on social media has prompted ongoing conversations about whether some form of regulation is appropriate or feasible. Join us for a reception and conversation with Professor Philip Napoli about the lessons from that infamous event that that are relevant to how we think about social media regulation.

Return to the Classroom: Learn to Write an Op-Ed

April 5, 2022 @ 1:00pm EST

Do you want to write an opinion piece – traditionally known as an op-ed – but not sure where to start? Join Professor Stephen Buckley ‘89 and Alison Jones, Managing Editor of The 9th Street Journal, for an inspiring interactive session during which they’ll answer your questions, look at well-crafted examples, and let you practice writing.

Faith & Politics

March 31, 2022 @ 6:00pm PST
The University Club, San Francisco
Co-sponsored by Duke NorCal

Bay Area alumni, you are invited to join a conversation with Sanford Professor Abdullah Antepli on a topic not generally welcome at the family dinner table: politics and religion. Faith and faith communities are one of the most powerful--yet one of the least understood--forces in American public life and public policy circles. America is the most religious developed country in the world by almost every measure of study. Individual religious commitments, values and moral imaginations as well as the influence and impact of USA’s incredibly diverse religious landscape continue to shape our local, national and global policies in such consequential fashions.


A Conversation with the Founding Mothers of NPR

Fifty years ago, both the public policy program at Duke and National Public Radio were created. Sanford Professor Frank Bruni moderated a conversation with Founding Mothers of NPR, Susan Stamberg and Linda Wertheimer. Watch the conversation here.

The Future of Public Service and Our Democracy: What are the Needs of Our Nation and Our World?

Named for David M. Rubenstein, this endowed lecture series brings high-profile thought leaders and policy makers to campus each year. This year, Michael Sorrell '90 '94, Judy Woodruff '68, and David Gergen joined Duke in celebrating 50 years of public policy education and scholarship by discussing the future of public service and our democracy. See highlights of the conversation here.

A Conversation With Dr. Dave A. Chokshi PPS '03, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos MSN'17, Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing

Dean Ramos and Dr. Chokshi PPS ’03 discussed the large-scale, transformative events that are re-shaping how we are looking at our systems of care and how they are impacting New York. They addressed topics such as health equity, the COVID-19 pandemic, core values and how our healthcare workforce is adapting and responding to these changes. Watch the program here.

A Career in Service: Congressman David Price & Judy Woodruff

Join Polis: Center for Politics for a fireside chat with Rep. David Price and PBS’s Judy Woodruff T’68. Congressman Price will discussed his 30 years of public service and the most recent edition of his book, The Congressional Experience. Watch the conversation here.

Power of Advocacy: Leveraging An Unprecedented Opportunity for Education Equity and Justice

The Center for Child and Family Policy invites you to the Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture featuring Denise Forte '88, Interim CEO of The Education Trust. The pandemic ushered in an unprecedented crisis in education with the impact far greater on students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. Fortunately, this is also a time of unprecedented opportunity in education. Effective advocacy is essential to ensuring vital resources both meet the level of need in this moment and help eliminate the systemic inequities in our education system. Listen here.

Crown Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: Equity and Inclusion on Sesame Street

Named for benefactor Lester Crown, the lecture was established to bring speakers to Duke to discuss ethical concerns in the arts, sciences, medicine, business, and other fields. It was conceived of as a centerpiece in the Sanford School's efforts to focus student, faculty, and public opinion on the critical importance of ethical decision-making in the professions and public life. This year, we welcomed Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street where we will talk about Equity and Inclusion on Sesame Street. View a recording here.

Trends, challenges, and solutions for government national security apparatus: Preparing for the future of national security

The evolving focus of national security and U.S. priorities are always hotly debated issues in Washington, D.C. Yet in our current moment these debates have taken on a new urgency. Today we see a plethora of new and progressing national security issues demanding adequate governmental action including climate change, cyber security, and evolving domestic threats. How will these and other emerging issues impact the future of national security? Listen to this conversation with Susan Gordon, Former U.S. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Duke University Rubenstein Fellow and Tim Nichols, Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Former Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps. The conversation was moderated by Sanford School for Public Policy Dean Judith Kelley.

Examining Child Poverty, Equity and School Finance in Baltimore City

Child poverty and inequality in education are two enormous issues that seem to go hand-in-hand, creating a cycle of poor life outcomes for children facing such circumstances. Professor Lisa Gennetian and leaders in Baltimore education will explore how the impact of the causal mechanisms underlying child poverty shapes children's development. Listen here.

Where Black women Hold Power: fireside chat with prince george's county executive anGela alsobrooks pps '93

Listen to this conversation facilitated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Robin Hamilton A.B.'95 with Angela Alsobrooks A.B.'93 who will share the story of her rise to County Executive of Prince George's County. This event is inspired by: The county where Black women hold power — a few miles from the White House, a Washington Post article published April 27, 2021, that highlighted the uniqueness of Angela's cabinet that is led by Black women. Watch the recording here.

Overcoming Barriers to Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation

Most experts agree that the current patchwork of US privacy laws does not adequately protect individuals and offers little predictability for business. Watch this event with key note remarks from US Federal Trade Commissioner Christine Wilson and two panels featuring many of the top experts on the issues. Watch the recording here.

The Arc of Justice: Moving from Here to Equality

This six-part podcast series, "The Arc of Justice: From Here to Equality, is grounded in the scholarship of Duke Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. and folklorist A. Kirsten Mullen.  Listen here.