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VIRTUAL SANFORD EVENTS

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:

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 and to register.

Presented by Polis and Sanford Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Structural Inequality, Racial Justice, & Democratic Citizenship

Tuesday, September 29 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
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 will be joined by Sanford Ph.D. candidate, Marayna Martinez, who will moderate the discussion. This event is the kickoff of the new Polis Innovation Accelerator. Click here for more information and to register.

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

Thursday, October 1 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
With the 2020 elections approaching in November, and so much at stake for the Black community, please 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.  Further information and registration here.

Presented by the Clinical & Translational Science Institute and Social Science Research Institute
Misinformation and Mistrust: COVID-19 Conversations on Race and Gender Equity

Friday, October 2 | 8:30 am – 12:15 pm
This symposium will consider how the issue of mistrust of the medical care system helps to provide the context for misinformation to thrive, and to look inward at how we might better earn the trust of patients, faculty, students, staff and community members. Sanford faculty Jay Pearson and Don Taylor will add their expertise to the panel. Further information and registration here

Polis Voting Conference
The Vote: Reimagining What it Could Be
Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8

In addition to marking the 2020 election, this virtual symposium on voting will provide 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. Further information and registration here.

Presented by the Program in American Grand Strategy
Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

Wednesday, October 14 | 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Join Professor David Schanzer for a conversation with Gen. HR McMaster, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. Further information and registration here

Presented by Polis
Mail in Voting: Civic Engagement in 2020

Thursday, October 15 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join the Polis Innovation Accelerator as 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? Further information and registration here

Presented by Duke Divinity School
Christianity and the Case for Democracy

Friday, October 16 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join this online conversation with Divinity School Professor Luke Bretherton, Sanford Professor Deondra Rose, and Anne Snyder Brooks of The Trinity Forum. As the election rapidly approaches, it is important to take time to reflect on our understanding of what politics are for, and consider how to "create and sustain a common life oriented to mutual flourishing."  Further information and registration here

Presented by the Duke Alumni Association
What It Means To Be An American

Tuesday, October 20 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a 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. Further information and registration here.

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. Further information and registration details to come.

Presented in partnership with the Duke Alumni Association, Duke Divinity, Duke Law School, and Duke School of Medicine
What Does it Mean to be Human in a Milieu of
Artificial Intelligence
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.

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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.

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.