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Prof. Gunther Peck to take over Hart Leadership Program

Gunther Peck, associate professor of public policy and history, will take over as director of the Hart Leadership Program July 1. His appointment comes as Alma Blount, who has served as director since 2001, will be retiring from her position.


Former Senator Olympia Snowe to Speak at the Sanford School

Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, now a senior fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center, will discuss the ethical implications of the current political climate in a free public talk on Monday, March 26, at Duke University.


Ambassador To The U.N. Nikki Haley To Speak At Duke

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Trump’s Cabinet and National Security Council, will give a free public talk on Thursday, April 5, at Duke University. The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “Confronting Today’s Global Governance Challenges,” will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in Page Auditorium. 


Former Director of National Intelligence Warns About World Threats

The former director of national intelligence said Monday he has “high confidence” in the conclusion that Russian meddling helped Donald Trump get elected, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved.


Powering the World [Podcast]

It’s estimated that 1.2 billion people around the world live without electricity. Another billion have only limited access to electricity. And billions more lack access to clean fuel and technology for cooking. There’s an exciting new project designed to address the energy needs of the world’s poor. It’s called the Energy Access Project.


How Sputnik Sent Women to College [Podcast]

Today, women outnumber men on college campuses, but that wasn't always the case. Before the 1960s, colleges routinely used gender quotas to suppress the number of women on campus. Some colleges excluded women entirely. There's a curious backstory to how more women ended up in college, and it starts with the Soviet’s launch of the satellite Sputnik in 1957.


Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper To Speak At Sanford

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence under President Obama, will discuss the United States' security vulnerabilities in a free public talk on Monday, March 5, at Duke University.


Alum Pearce Godwin leads Program to Promote Political Dialogue

Sitting on a bus in Uganda, Pearce Godwin PPS’08 felt the urge to write. He had been following the political news from his home state of North Carolina and felt troubled by what he saw as increasingly vitriolic political rhetoric.


Rev. Barber Calls for Action to ‘Save Our Ship of State’

Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivered the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture and the Boyarsky Lecture in Law, Medicine and Ethics in Page Auditorium on Feb. 20. Barber is the former president of the NC chapter of the NAACP and the current president of Repairers of the Breech, which is reviving Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.


Fleishman Discusses State of Philanthropy, New Book

Sitting on stage in the space named in his honor, Joel Fleishman, professor of law and public policy, discussed the changing nature of philanthropy by the “mega-wealthy” on Feb. 14 at the Sanford School. Fleishman wrote his new book — Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow? — out of “a sense of alarm” about the direction of philanthropy in the United States, he said. Fleishman discussed the topic with Judith Rodin, former head of the Rockefeller Foundation.


The Fracking Debate [Podcast]

In recent years, oil and gas production in the U.S. has increased dramatically, in part because of new technology. High volume hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is one of these new processes. “Fracking” is hotly debated.


How Do Criminals Get Their Guns? [Podcast]

Duke professor Philip J. Cook has been tracking the underground gun market in America for the last 15 years. For one project, his team went to one of the largest jails in the country and asked the inmates one simple question: where do you get your guns? Also on the podcast, a former Chicago gang member reflects on his life with guns.