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Sanford Alumni Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, April 2 | 1:00 pm-1:30 pm

Join fellow alums and Dean Judith Kelley via Zoom. Please register in advance here. Please contact Samantha Fiske for further information.

Reception and Conversation: The Color of Immigration
Monday, March 30 | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Private residence | Buckhead neighborhood, Atlanta, GA

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Join fellow alums and Sanford Public Policy Professor Jay Pearson for a conversation around U.S. racial construction and immigration policy as well as their contemporary impacts on social well-being and health. Jay Pearson is an Assistant Professor the Sanford School of Public Policy whose research examines how policy sponsored structural inequality influences social determination of health. Thanks to our hosts Tracy and Alan Wise and Russ and Sara Richards.

When Privacy Becomes a National Security Concern
Thursday, April 2 | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

David M. Rubenstein Conference Center at Duke in DC

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Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data to influence the 2016 presidential election revealed how the use of personal data can present national security concerns. This panel will talk about those concerns, and the public policy options to treat personal data as a public asset and thereby put more weight on the societal impact of the uses of personal data. Featuring Sanford Professors David Hoffman L'93, Phil Napoli and Shane Stansbury PPS'95 and moderated by Law Professor Jolynn Dellinger. Register here.

Humanity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Tuesday, April 28 | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
New York, NY

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Join Duke Divinity School, Duke Law School, and Sanford School of Public Policy for a panel discussion addressing the question “What does it mean to be human in this age of Artificial Intelligence?” Dean Judith Kelley will moderate a panel of Duke Faculty to provide cross-disciplinary perspectives on such challenges. Contact Susan George James for information.

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.

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.

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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:

Past events:

36 Hours @ Duke in DC: New Times for New Leaders
February 28 & 29, 2020 - What kind of leaders does this political moment demand? Can Duke play a bigger role in solving the crisis of leadership? Professors Kristin Goss and Deondra Rose led alumni and students through group discussions and small workshops on these questions.

Women in Policy panel
February 20,2020 - Dean Judith Kelley moderated a panel of dynamic alumnae leaders from the fields of cyber security, international development and education.

Reception and Conversation in Charlotte with Professor Carolyn Barnes
February 12, 2020 - One of Sanford's academic stars will discuss her research on educational and social policy and the effects on low income families and children. Special thanks to Sanford BOV member Liz Winer and Brad Winer B '00 for hosting.

Sanford Reception for Graduate Degree Alumni and Students
January 6, 2020 - Alumni and our first year graduate students for a networking reception. Connect with students, offer advice, see old friends and meet new ones. Register here.

Reception and Conversation with Dean Judith Kelley in Paris
January 8, 2020 - 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.

"So You Want to Work for a Campaign?" - 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 discuss what campaign work is really like, the pay, the time commitment, strategies for connecting with a candidate, and more. View Webcast

Reception and Conversation in Denver with Professors Carolyn Barnes & Sarah Komisarow in Denver CO
November 6, 2019 -  Sanford alumni and friends enjoy 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

November 7, 2019 - 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.

Reception and Conversation with Senior Associate Dean Billy Pizer in Shanghai

November 8, 2019 - 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. 

Sanford Salon: The Green New Deal

November 12, 2019 - 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? Special thanks to our host Rachel McLaughlin '08.

Reception and Conversation with Dean Judith Kelley in Houston
November 14, 2019 - 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. Special thanks to our host Ralph Eades '81, P'12, '14, '16, '20.

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.