Discourse for Democracy: Discussing Our Pocketbooks

October 18, 3:00 pm EST


Presented in conjunction with the Forever Learning Institute and Polis

Professors Lisa Gennetian and Michael Munger will share push and pull factors of our economy and how these factors influence the relative wealth of our nation and people.

Discourse for Democracy: Discussing our Health

November 1, 12:00 pm EST


Presented in conjunction with the Forever Learning Institute and Polis

Join a panel of professors including Sanford’s Professor Kate Bundorf for a discussion about how much the government should be involved in providing care and legislating what care we seek. 

A Discussion About Election Integrity with Dean Judith Kelley

October 12, 2022 @ 6:00pm EST

The right to vote is a fundamental tenant of our American democracy. However, over the past few years, America’s faith that our electoral process is fair and free has been shaken. Accusations of electoral fraud, voter suppression and intimidation, unbalanced campaign finance rules, gerrymandering, and international tampering have called into question our electoral integrity. As we head into the mid-term elections, join us for a discussion lead by Sanford Dean Judith Kelley exploring some of these accusations and the potential impact on free and fair elections and the state of our democracy. We’ll be joined by John Wester JD'72 and Dan McCready T '05, both with experience in Charlotte politics, to add a local flavor to the conversation.

Can We Arrest Our Way out of the Epidemic of Gun Violence?

October 26, 2022 @ 6:00 PM CST


Mayor Lori Lightfoot has stated that arrests are not the answer to the current gun violence epidemic in Chicago. Professor Philip Cook makes the case that at the very least it would be helpful to improve the arrest and conviction rate from its current rock-bottom level, and that there are ways to do just that. The clearance-by-arrest rate for homicide has declined dramatically over the past few decades, both in Chicago and nationwide. The greatest barrier to success in police investigations of violent crime is lack of cooperation by victims and other witnesses. In nonfatal shootings, it’s almost impossible to build a strong case without victim cooperation. Please join us for a discussion about current practices in Chicago, Durham, and Boston, and promising reforms. 


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.


Discussing Our Boundaries

Sanford Professors Abdullah Antepli and Kenneth Rogerson, along with James Burnet PPS ‘98, participate in this panel about the fair and equitable ways for the nation to place limits on itself, its members, and outside actors.

Discussing our Right to Vote

Join experts, including Sanford Professor Deondra Rose and alum Paul Brathwaite MPP ‘93, JD’96, P’26, for a discussion about the importance of voting for realizing the promise of our democracy for all.

Standing for Equal Justice featuring Bryan Stevenson

The fall 2022 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture will feature Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Ala. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was adapted as a major motion picture. Under Stevenson's leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

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

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.

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.