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Sanford alumni gather both on campus and across the country. If you are interested in connecting with the Sanford community, check out the many ways you can join. Please contact Susan George James for further information.

Reception and Conversation in Denver with Professors Carolyn Barnes & Sarah Komisarow
Wednesday, November 6 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Four Seasons | 1133 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Please join Sanford alumni and friends for an evening of conversation with Sanford Professors Carolyn Barnes and Sarah Komisarow. Two of Sanford's academic stars will discuss their research on educational and social policy and the effects on low income families and children. Register here. Special thanks to our hosts Sam Walker '82 and Cynthia Nardini Walker '84.

Reception and Conversation with Dean Judith Kelley in Chicago
Thursday, November 7 | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Devil's Den at The Dawson | Chicago, IL

Please join Sanford alumni and friends for an evening of conversation with Sanford Dean Judith Kelley. Learn about the latest news from Sanford, our mission to educate public servants, and the role Sanford's research plays in policy decisions. Register here.

Reception and Conversation with Senior Associate Dean Billy Pizer in Shanghai
Friday, November 8 | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Pudong, Shanghai

Please join Sanford alumni and friends for a conversation with Sanford Senior Associate Dean Billy Pizer. Learn the latest news from Sanford and hear about his latest research on environmental policy. Register here.

"So You Want to Work for a Campaign?"
Friday, November 8th | noon EST
Webcast

Life on the campaign trail: thrilling reality show or life-changing career move? Join B.J. Rudell, Associate Director of Duke's Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS), and Zac Elder, PubPol ’15, former Deputy State Director at Seth Moulton for America, for an alumni webinar to learn the ins and outs of working on a political campaign. They'll discuss what campaign work is really like, the pay, the time commitment, strategies for connecting with a candidate, and more. Join in to ask questions and learn more about political life. Register here.

Sanford Salon: The Green New Deal
Tuesday, November 12th
Private Venue | San Francisco

Gather with other Sanford alumni over an intimate dinner to discuss the climate policies of the Democratic Presidential candidates. How might they implement the Green New Deal if elected? Space is limited. Register here. Special thanks to our host Rachel McLaughlin '08.

Reception and Conversation with Dean Judith Kelley in Houston
Thursday, November 14 | 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Coronado Club | Houston, TX

Please join Sanford alumni and friends for an evening of conversation with Sanford Dean Judith Kelley. Learn about the latest news from Sanford, our mission to educate public servants, and the role Sanford's research plays in policy decisions. For further information, please contact Susan George James. Special thanks to our host Ralph Eades '81, P'12, '14, '16, '20.

36 Hours at Duke

Join Sanford faculty in a collaborate alumni and student workshop weekend where alumni partner with current Sanford students for an intensive learning experience around a specific topic. Past topics include Journalism, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Social Justice, What Citizenship Demands of Us. The 36 hours program includes faculty-led workshops, small group conversations, and Duke/Durham activities. Weekends typically start with a dinner on Friday evening and end with brunch on Sunday. For further information, please contact Susan George James. Save the Date for these upcoming programs:

  • February 28-29, 2020 at the Duke in DC office with Professors Kristin Goss and Deondra Rose
  • Spring 2020 Reimagining Citizenship: How Can Ordinary People Make Democracy Work. Join Professors Gunther Peck and Deondra Rose for a weekend with alumni and students exploring ideas around elections and electability.
  • Spring 2020 36 Hours@Duke: The Journalism Edition. The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy and the Sanford School will host this special weekend event focusing on non-traditional media outlets and how legacy media organizations are adapting to the digital age. 
  • Spring 2020 with Professor Tony Brown

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  • Attached is junior Michelle Qiou who is very interested in education policy. She traveled to DC to meet alum Bill Tucker of the Gates Foundation,

    Take a Sanford Student to Work Day

    In 2018, Sanford offered a new program during fall break: Take a Sanford Student to Work Day. Undergraduate Michelle Qiou took advantage of the program. Michelle is interested in education policy. She traveled to Washington, DC to meet Sanford alumnus Bill Tucker PPS'92. Bill is Senior Advisor, K-12 Program at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Michelle also met with Karen Dresden PPS'89. Karen is Founder and Head of School at Capital City Public Charter School.

36 Hours at Duke was named one of the best alumni programs in the nation! It won a 2018 CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze Award for Innovative Alumni Program from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Watch:

Other opportunities:

Let us know when you are in the area. We can facilitate meetings with faculty, class audits, even lunch with current Sanford students.

Sanford hosts alumni events all over the country featuring some of our great faculty and alumni leaders. Learn more about our Sanford Salon dinners.

Look at a comprehensive list of Duke Alumni Association events in your region.

Want to suggest an alumni program or event? Great! Please contact Susan George James.

Past events:

Sanford in the Bay: An Evening with Professor Tony Brown
October 28, 2019 - Sanford Professor Tony Brown and fellow alumni and friends braved the Oakland power outages for an evening of conversation about what it means to embody strong-hearted leadership and action. Special thanks to our host Brian Thompson '96.

Sanford School "Celebration of Public Service" at the N.C. Executive Mansion
October 2, 2019 - Alumni and students met for an evening at the N.C. Executive Mansion. Dean Judith Kelley, Senior Associate Dean Billy Pizer and other faculty led a conversation about the Sanford School's commitment to public service and what it means to serve in public and private capacities.

Celebrating International Service and Education, A Conversation with Dr. Jody Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps
October 2, 2019 - Alumni and friends attended an evening celebrating the impact of the Peace Corps and how it shapes the lives of its volunteers and the communities it serves. DukeDC was honored to host Dr. Jody Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps and feature a panel discussion with Duke (including some from Sanford!) alumni returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Breakfast and Conversation in Seattle. The Color of Immigration: Racialized Social Bias & Immigrant Health
October 2, 2019 - Alumni and friends gathered for breakfast and conversation with Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Jay Pearson. Immigration, race and social discrimination have garnered considerable attention in recent political discussions and media outlets. Professor Pearson led a discussion around U.S. racial construction and immigration policy as well as their contemporary impacts on social well-being and health.

Breakfast and Conversation in Boston: The Intersection of Media, Technology, and Politics

September 16, 2019 - Boston alumni joined Professor Ken Rogerson for an informal conversation surrounding the issues of tech/data and the democratic process. Bring your questions, observations and stories about elections, campaigns, fake news and journalism, or some of the tensions about artificial intelligence.

Reception and Conversation in New York City: Understanding American Wealth Inequity

September 26, 2019 - Sanford alumni and friends in New York met for an evening of conversation with economist William “Sandy” Darity. He is a leading expert on many subjects in recent news such as the black/white wealth gap, baby bonds, and reparations. Special thanks to our host Walter Pye '88.

Brunch and Conversation in Los Angeles: The Truth-O-Meter and How We Are Inventing Fact-Checking

August 4, 2019 - Alumni and students in the Los Angeles area met for brunch with Professor Bill Adair, Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy and the founder of PolitiFact. Adair discussed the state of American journalism and introduced Squash, a new app that automatically displays fact-checks on TV. Special thanks to our hosts Tom McLain '68, L'74, P'15 and Celeste Pinto McLain P'15.

Jeffersonian Dinner in Sausalito, CA: Calibrating Your Values

August 10, 2019 - Alumni in the Bay Area gathered for an intimate dinner and conversation hosted by Jim Rettew MPP ‘97 on his houseboat in Sausalito. Reminiscent of a Professor Tony Brown seminar, attendees discussed how to calibrate their values around work, family, and life. Some even came early to kayak to the seals and paddle boarded in the protected harbor.

Reception and Conversation with Dean Judith Kelley
September 10, 2019 - Dean Kelley, expert on international relations, met with eager Duke alumni across the pond in London. She is currently researching how international actors can promote democratic and human rights reforms. Hear about her research and get the latest news of Sanford.