Upcoming Events


Sanford Career Services Alumni-Student Networking Reception

Calling all Duke alumni located in the Triangle who work in the government or non-profit-related sectors. 

On February 27th, from 6:00-7:30 PM ET, at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy (201 Science Drive), Fleishman Commons. Please join us for Sanford's alumni-student networking reception. We hope this will be a chance for you to see some old friends and help students learn from alumni working in the policy space. This event is co-hosted by Sanford Career Services and the Sanford Development and Alumni Relations office. To RSVP click here.


Duke women's weekend and Sanford panel

On March 2nd- 4th, Duke will host Duke Women's Weekend. Join your fellow Duke and Duke Sanford alumni, faculty members, administrative leaders, and students for an exciting weekend filled with opportunities to create conversation, foster connections, and share experiences with one another. 

On March 2nd, 4:00-5:30 PM ET in the Rhodes Conference Room on campus, Sanford School of Public Policy | 201 Science Drive
Please join fellow alumnae and current students to discuss women in public policy. Egan Visiting Professor Margaret Sullivan will moderate a panel to cover the issues and obstacles facing women in public policy. A reception will follow, presented by the Sanford School of Public Policy. To RSVP click here.

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The 2022 Post-election panel: what just happened?

The post-Election panel was organized and coordinated by Duke DC Women Forums and co-sponsored by Duke Sanfords' development and alumni relations team.  Led by volunteers Jill Wilson B.S'98 and Catherine Abbott A.B'91, p'26. Featuring alumni speakers, John Harwood A.B.'78, Nia-Malika Henderson A.B.'96, and Neil Newhouse A.B.'74. The panel was a bi-partisan discussion about the midterm elections and key factors surrounding our electorate. To watch the full panel discussion click here.


Discourse for Democracy

The Discourse For Democracy was a series of four virtual events presented by Duke Alumni Forever Learning Institute, sponsored by Duke Sanford's Development and Alumni Relations, and cosponsored by the POLIS: Centre for Politics. 

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Discussing our Health

On November 1st, A panel of professors including Sanford Professor Kate Bundorf held a discussion about how much the government should be involved in providing care and legislating what care we seek. To watch the full discussion click here.

Our Pocketbooks

On October 18th, Sanford Professors Lisa Gennetian and Michael Munger shared the push and pull factors of our economy and how these factors influence our nation's and people's wealth. To watch the full discussion click here.

Discussing Our Boundaries

On October 4th, Sanford Professors Abdullah Antepli and Kenneth Rogerson, along with James Burnet PPS ‘98, participated in a panel about the fair and equitable ways for the nation to place limits on itself, its members, and outside actors. To watch the full discussion click here.

Discussing our Right to Vote

On September 13th, Sanford Professor Deondra Rose and alum Paul Brathwaite MPP ‘93, JD’96, P’26, held a discussion about the importance of voting for realizing the promise of our democracy for all. To watch the full discussion click here.

A Discussion About Election Integrity

On October 12th, Sanford held an event in Charlotte NC, to discuss election integrity. 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. Sanford Professor Pope 'Mac' McCorkle led a discussion exploring some of these accusations and the potential impact. Big thank you to our host Elizabeth Starr, we were also joined by John Wester JD'72 and Dan McCready T '05, both with experience in Charlotte politics.

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

On October 26th, We had an in-person event in Chicago, to discuss the current gun control practices in Chicago, Durham, and Boston, and promising upcoming reforms led by Professor Philip Cook who made 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 the lack of cooperation by victims and other witnesses. Big thank you to our host Terry Mascherin. Sanford's Board of Visitors. 

MPP Black Sanford Connects Event

In April of 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 public policy. The group met for three hours. 

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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.