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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.

Breakfast and Conversation in Boston: The Intersection of Media, Technology, and Politics
Monday, September 16 | 8:00 am-9:30 am

Hilton Back Bay | 40 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

Join 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. Register here.

Reception and Conversation in New York City: Understanding American Wealth Inequity
Wednesday, September 26 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Macquarie Group | 125 West 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Please join Sanford alumni and friends 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. Professor Darity has been interviewed and quoted on these topics on PBS NewsHour, in The New York Times, and on NPR. Register here.

Sanford School "Celebration of Public Service" at the N.C. Executive Mansion
Wednesday, October 2 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

The NC Executive Mansion | 200 N Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Please join fellow alumni for an evening at the N.C. Executive Mansion. Dean Judith Kelley, Senior Associate Dean Billy Pizer and other faculty will lead a conversation about the Sanford School's commitment to public service and what it means to serve in public and private capacities. Register here.

Celebrating International Service and Education, A Conversation with Dr. Jody Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps
Wednesday, October 2 | 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Duke in DC Office | 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004

Join DukeDC for an evening celebrating the impact of the Peace Corps and how it shapes the lives of its volunteers and the communities it serves. DukeDC is 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. Register here.

Breakfast and Conversation in Seattle. The Color of Immigration: Racialized Social Bias & Immigrant Health
Thursday, October 3 | 8:00 am-9:30 am
W Hotel | 1112 4th St, Seattle, WA 98101

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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.

Join alumni and friends 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 will lead a discussion around U.S. racial construction and immigration policy as well as their contemporary impacts on social well-being and health. Come see why Professor Pearson’s dynamic teaching style about difficult topics earned him the Richard Stubbing Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2017. Register here.

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:

  • November 8-10, 2019 with Professors Gunther Peck and Deondra Rose
  • November 15-17, 2019 with the DeWitt Wallace Center on Media and Democracy
  • February 28-29, 2020 at the Duke in DC office with Professors Kristin Goss and Deondra Rose
  • Spring 2020 with Professor Tony Brown

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 Jeffersonian 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:

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

August 4th, 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 10th, 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
Tuesday, September 10 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Duke Corporate Education Center | 10 Fetter Lane, London, United Kingdom

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.