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Like many of you, we're working from our home offices. Although that precludes us from bringing events to your home town, or inviting you to events on campus, we invite you to engage with us via Virtual Sanford Events. We're pleased to offer special alumni events, and also to invite you to selected events open to students, faculty and alumni. All events are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted. Stay tuned for information and registration on these upcoming events:

Presented in partnership with the Brookings Institute and Duke Science & Society
The Future of Tech Antitrust in the Biden Administration
Tuesday, December 1 | 11:00 am – noon
Join us for a virtual panel including Professor Matt Perrault discussing the future of antitrust enforcement in the tech sector. How serious are the problems? How should the Biden administration think about competition policy in the tech sector? Click here for more information and registration.

The Art of Mentoring and Being Mentored
Join Duke Alumni and The Graduate School this November to up your mentorship game: learn how to seek out and cultivate mentoring relationships to help you reach your goals, explore your path, and make a difference in someone else's life.This series has two sessions - you may sign up for one or both here.

Habits of Extraordinary Mentors
Monday, November 30| 11:00 am – noon

Learn how to be a mentor who makes a difference in someone else's life and enrich your own.

Stand For Something Series
This fall semester, the Sanford School is organizing a signature virtual speaker series to explore important policy conversations around democracy, justice, equity, community, strategy and human rights, in honor of our school’s founder Terry Sanford. We’ll hear from justice advocates from Civil Rights Corps, Worth Rises and Drug Policy Alliance; a former U.S. Secretary of Defense; a poet and president of the Andrew R. Mellon Foundation; head of the Electionland project at ProPublica, and many more. Click here for more information about the entire series.

Stand for Human Rights
Tuesday, November 17 | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
David Miliband, President and CEO of International Rescue Committee, will discuss human rights and humanitarianism during the pandemic. Miliband oversees the agency's relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States and the IRC's advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world's most vulnerable people. Miliband will talk with Dean Judith Kelley and Prof. Gavin Yamey about how to get a COVID vaccine to the broad and displaced refugee and migrant communities, impacts of the pandemic on humanitarian work, and much more. Further information and registration here.

    Presented in partnership with the Duke Alumni Association, Duke Divinity, Duke Law School, and Duke School of Medicine
    Being Human in an Age of AI

    Wednesday, November 18 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Join us for a virtual panel moderated by Dean Judith Kelley addressing the question “What does it mean to be human in a milieu of Artificial Intelligence?” Is human flourishing possible given the changing nature of work and interaction? What will be the implications for choice and free will; economics and worklife; the changing nature of facts and truth? Duke Faculty from the Law, Divinity, and Medical Schools will provide cross disciplinary perspectives on such challenges. Further information and registration here.

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    Stand For Something Series

    Stand for Democracy: Fireside Chat on Elections, Voting, and Politics featuring Professors Phil Napoli, Deondra Rose and Mac McCorkle in conversation with Dean Judith Kelley

    Stand for Democracy: Voting During a Pandemic, Postal Crisis and Presidential Misinformation with Professor Bill Adair and Jessica Huseman of Pro Publica

    Stand for Justice moderated by Brandon Garrett of Duke Law's Center for Science and Justice.

    Presented in partnership with the Duke Alumni Association and DukeDC
    Post-Election Panel: What Just Happened?

    Tuesday, November 10 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Judy Woodruff ’68 will moderate a panel of distinguished journalists and pollsters, including CNN’s John Harwood ’78, Nia-Malika Henderson ’96, and Maria Cordona '88 along with pollster Neil Newhouse '74. You may find a video of the event here.

    The Day After Election Day: An Expert Recap
    Wednesday, November 4 | 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
    The Sanford School of Public Policy invites you to join Mac McCorkle and Deondra Rose of Polis: Duke's Center for Politics the day after the election to discuss what happened and what comes next. Duke experts in the fields of constitutional and election law, political science, media and from a comparative election observer perspective will be on hand to discuss and to answer your questions. You may listen to the event here.

    Presented by the Duke Alumni Association
    What It Means To Be An American
    Tuesday, October 20 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Join this virtual panel moderated by David Rubenstein '70 featuring Sanford alumni Hardy Vieux '93 of Human Rights First and Tommy Sowers '98, adjunct assistant professor in Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Professor Eileen Chow. You may find a video of the event here.

    Presented by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy
    Election Night 2020: Trying to Prepare for Everything . . . and Maybe Nothing

    Listen in as ABC News Special Events Producer David Reiter ’93 discusses how they prepare for election night programming. He also discussed issues particular to this year, such as how to deal with misinformation, vote integrity and the possibility of not having a final result on election night. View the conversation here.

    Presented by Polis
    The Vote: Reimagining What it Could Be
    In addition to marking the 2020 election, this virtual symposium on voting provided an opportunity for our intellectual community to think seriously about democratic citizenship and to look to the future with the goal of renewing democracy and making it more equitable. View the conversation here.

    Presented by Polis
    Mail in Voting: Civic Engagement in 2020
    Join the Polis Innovation Accelerator to discuss mail in voting. Civic engagement looks different during a global pandemic. As such, mail in voting will inevitably play a major role in this year’s election. What does mail in voting mean for our democracy and civic engagement? View the conversation here.

    Presented by Polis and Sanford Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
    Structural Inequality, Racial Justice, & Democratic Citizenship
    Join Polis: Center for Politics and the Sanford Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) for a discussion about structural inequality, racial justice, and democratic citizenship. Professors Jay Pearson, Kate Whetten, and Deondra Rose were joined by Sanford Ph.D. candidate, Marayna Martinez, who moderated the discussion. View the conversation here.

    Threats to Fair, Free U.S. Election
    Sanford School of Public Policy Dean Judith Kelley's research includes human rights, democracy and international election observation. She is joined in this conversation about the threats to our upcoming election by Sue Gordon, former U.S. principal deputy director of national intelligence and current Sanford and a current Duke Rubenstein Fellow. Listen to the conversation here.

    Presented by Duke Black Alumni & the Duke Alumni Association
    Black in 2020 series – Election 2020: Black Voices & Perspectives

    With the 2020 elections approaching in November, and so much at stake for the Black community, take this special opportunity to hear from Black alumni, including several Sanford alumni, operating at the highest levels of the federal, state, and local government who will tackle the issues at stake for Black America in the 2020 election and begin charting the path forward afterward. View the recording here.

    Presented by the Program in American Grand Strategy
    White Supremacist Violent Extremism
    Presented by the Program in American Grand Strategy
    Professor David Schanzer discussed the government's efforts to prevent white supremacist extremist violence in the United States with counter-terrorism scholars Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Dr. Erroll Southers. View the conversation here.

    View other American Grand Strategy events here.

    Key Questions about the U.S. Presidential Election
    Dean Judith Kelley talks with The Financial Times podcast host Gideon Rachman and editor Edward Luce about the upcoming presidential election. Listen to the podcast interview.

    Sanford Alumni Virtual Town Hall
    Wednesday, August 19
    Please join Sanford Dean Judith Kelley for a virtual alumni town hall to hear updates about how the Sanford School is navigating COVID-19, working to make Sanford an anti-racist community, and supporting our students. Click here to watch the conversation.

    International Perspectives: Policy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Dean Judith Kelley and Professor Manoj Mohanan facilitated a panel discussion featuring Sanford alumni policy makers and influencers in India. The conversation explored the diversity of approaches to addressing challenges posed by the pandemic in India and globally, and the policy measures needed to face them. Click here to view the recording.

    Presented by the Department of African and African American Studies and Duke Black Alumni
    A Five Part Series: Race and Inequity in America
    Professor William "Sandy" Darity, the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University led a discussion on wealth and the Black middle class. Click here to view the recording.

    Cyber Policy & Gender Violence Initiative
    Professor David Hoffman and a team of students to discussed how their project, the Duke Cyber Policy and Gender Violence Initiative, focuses on ways technology impacts gender violence and what public policy solutions can mitigate the problem. This session described the Initiative and specifically focused on how COVID-19 has exacerbated issues for domestic violence victims. Click here to view the recording.

    Presented by the Duke Alumni Association
    United We Stand Town Hall
    Please join your Duke alumni community for an important town hall addressing violence against black lives. Enter a space for grieving, reflecting, listening and collective action. You may view the United We Stand town hall recording here.

    From Here to Equality
    William “Sandy” Darity and Kirsten Mullen, co-authors of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century, discussed their book and ideas about Black wealth and slave reparations. Click here to view the event.

    Religious Leadership in our Unsettled Time
    Imam Abdullah Antepli and David Goatley of the Duke Divinity School hosted a discussion about the importance and role of religious leadership during this time. Click here to watch the conversation.

    Small is Beautiful: Leadership in Turbulent Times
    Sanford Professor Tony Brown led a conversation about what it means to embody leadership and moral courage. Watch a recording of the discussion here.

    Presented by POLIS and Center for Child and Family Policy
    Empowerment through Social Policy Design: State of Empowerment Author Carolyn Barnes in Conversation with Andrea Campbell

    Sanford professor Carolyn Barnes discussed her new book, State of Empowerment: Low-Income Families and the New Welfare State, with MIT professor Andrea Campbell. Barnes’s study uses ethnographic accounts of three organizations to reveal how interacting with government-funded after-school programs can enhance the civic and political lives of low-income citizens. Click here to view the session.

    Poverty Amidst a Pandemic
    Child poverty scholar Lisa Gennetian has been studying the challenges of equitable rapid response cash payments. She discussed what we have learned during the pandemic and how it can help us protect all families in the future. Watch a recording of the discussion here.

    COVID-19 & Grassroots Development
    Dean Judith Kelley joined Professor Sarah Bermeo and George Biddle, chair of World Connect and board member of Women for Women International as well as the International Rescue Committee, for a discussion on the international aspect of COVID-19 and what is being done on the ground to protect and collaborate with people in at-risk countries. Click here to view the recording.

    Surveillance and Security After the Lockdown:  Lessons from the 9/11 Era
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused policy makers around the world to consider how and when surveillance tools and personal data collection should be used in the name of public health and safety. Professors David Schanzer, David Hoffman, Shane Stansbury and Jolynn Dellinger discussed how policy can properly achieve both privacy and public safety. Click here to view the recording.

    What the Coronavirus Teaches Us About the Market Failure in Journalism
    As the number of coronavirus cases has grown, so too has consumer demand for news. Sanford Professor Phil Napoli led a conversation on if and how this has changed the economic crisis in journalism.Click here to view the recording.

    Presented by the Program in American Grand Strategy
    The COVID-19 Crisis: A View From Inside the White House
    Duke grad (T’93) Paul Teller gave an insider briefing from the White House on the federal response to COVID-19.  Paul is the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Vice President. View the conversation here.

    The Intersection of Social and Health Policies during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
    Professors Deondra Rose and Peter Ubel hosted a conversation about where social and health policies work in tandem and where they conflict. View a recording here.

    Presented by the Hart Leadership Program
    Rethinking Justice in Durham: A Conversation with District Attorney Satana Deberry
    Listen in as Durham District Attorney Satana Deberry Law ’94/Fuqua ’06 discusses reforms to the community’s criminal justice system, her successes and challenges. The event featured student reflections on their criminal justice reform research. View the conversation here.

    Presented by the Program in American Grand Strategy
    Israel, Politics & Middle East Security in a Time of Pandemic
    Professor David Schanzer joined in a Zoom conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, to discuss the state of Israeli politics and Middle East security during the coronavirus pandemic. View the event here.

    Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy in collaboration with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center of Social Equity and POLIS: Center for Politics
    COVID-19: Policy Perspectives 
    Moderated by Sanford Professor Christina Gibson-Davis, this 90-minute conversation started with Sanford Professors Steve Sexton and Nathan Boucher (“Policy Tradeoffs in the Fight Against COVID-19”), followed by Sanford Professors Deondra Rose and Eric Mlyn (“Higher Education, Politics, and COVID-19”).  View the event here.

    Sanford Alumni Virtual Town Hall
    Thursday, April 2

    View the town hall with Dean Judith Kelley here.

    Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy in collaboration with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center of Social Equity and POLIS: Center for Politics
    COVID-19: Policy Perspectives 
    Moderated by Sanford Professor Christina Gibson-Davis, this 90-minute conversation featured Sanford Professors Mac McCorkle and Douglas Brook (“Politics, Budgets, and Policy Failure”). View this webinar here.

    Presented by the Program in American Grand Strategy
    The China Challenge in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
    Join Professor Peter Feaver in a Zoom conversation with Robert Zoellick, former Deputy Secretary of State, as they discuss the increased tension between the U.S. and China in the midst of a global pandemic. Watch the event here.