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04.20.2018

What Do Young Voters Look for in a President? “Presidential March Madness” Yields Clues

In 2020, between 3 and 4 million 18- to 21-year-olds will cast their first votes for president of the United States.  These young people will have grown up largely knowing two chief executives—arguably our nation’s most diametrically opposite, back-to-back presidents ever. So what does this coming-of-age generation value in a leader?  How do they define “presidential greatness”? Over spring break we aimed to find out, modeling a five-day Duke course after the annual NCAA Tournament bracket.  The “Presidential March Madness” class featured all 44 chief executives grouped in four regions.  Each was seeded 1-thru-11 based primarily on how historians rate their presidencies.

04.20.2018

Fake News, the First Amendment and Failure in the Marketplace of Ideas

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The rise of social media and fake news challenge long-held assumptions about the First Amendment and are undermining the functioning of the “the marketplace of ideas,” a Duke professor argues in a new article.

04.18.2018

Two Sanford juniors named Duke Faculty Scholars

Faculty Scholars

Two public policy students—juniors Kushal Kadakia and Mumbi Kanyogo—have been named Duke Faculty Scholars. 

04.16.2018

Public Policy Major One of Two Duke Students Selected as Truman Scholars

Duke University juniors Kushal Kadakia, a public policy major, and Claire Wang are among 59 students selected nationally as 2018 Truman Scholars.

04.12.2018

Public Policy Major Shandiin Herrera One of Three Udall Scholarship Winners

 Shandiin H. Herrera

Shandiin Herrera, a public policy major, is one of the three Duke University students to receive a 2018 Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers in the environment or Native American tribal public policy or health care. This is the first time since 1997 that Duke has had three Udall Scholars awarded in a single year.

04.12.2018

New York Times Reporters Talk Mueller Investigation

Robert Mueller

wo investigative reporters for The New York Times discussed the challenges of covering Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump administration Wednesday evening at Duke University. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman said it is important for them to be calm and balanced, even as many Times readers express concern about the administration. They seek to present a true account of the facts.

04.11.2018

Successful Durham Infant Home-Visiting Program Goes National

A Duke professor is taking the successful model of Durham Connects—a nurse home visiting program for newborns —nationwide. Since the expansion began in October 2017, Family Connects has begun working in 26 communities across the country including Baltimore, Long Island, N.Y., Southern Santa Barbara County, Calif., and Travis County, Texas. Kenneth A. Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at the Sanford School of Public Policy, is leading the project. More than 10 years ago, he collaborated with members of the Durham and Duke communities to create Durham Connects as a means for addressing high rates of child maltreatment in Durham County.

04.10.2018

Exhibit Explores Duke, Durham During Terry Sanford Era

Terry Sanford talking with students, circa 1970

A new exhibit at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, “Terry Sanford: A Change Leader for Duke” explores the turbulent 15-year period from 1970 to 1985 when Sanford was the institution’s sixth president.

Sanford was a transformational leader who called upon Duke and its students to pursue “outrageous ambitions,” and quickly advanced Duke as it grew from a respected Southern university to a world-class research institution.

04.10.2018

DNC Chair Turning Party into Year-Round, 50-State Organization

DNC Chair Tom Perez and Prof. Deondra Rose at Duke's Sanford School

Chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez took the position knowing it was “a turn-around job, where I needed to change the culture.” In a Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture Monday, Perez discussed how he is leading that culture change, what’s at stake, and the importance of the large millennial generation.

04.10.2018

Childbirth, Babies & Bonuses [Podcast]

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More than 800 women die in childbirth every day in the developing world - often because doctors know what to do, they just don't do it. (There's even a name for this: the know-do gap.) Professor Manoj Mohanan, with collaborators from Harvard, Stanford and University College London decided to see if certain types of incentives could improve doctors' performance, especially when it comes to preventing women from hemorrhaging and dying in childbirth. This episode was recorded on location in rural India.

04.06.2018

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Says U.S. Showing Strong Leadership

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, delivered the Spring 2018 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture to a sold-out audience in Page Auditorium on Thursday. “The era of leading from behind is over. It is a new day for the U.S.,” she said. “When the U.S. fails to lead, we suffer and the world suffers,” she said. Haley laid out the Trump administration’s approach to international relations in very black and white terms, and drew a distinction between domestic political opponents and “evil” foreign regimes. She also spent part of her talk encouraging students to pursue careers in public service.

03.29.2018

Alumna Profile: Caroline Fairchild PPS'12 Is Changing the World of Media On LinkedIn

Caroline Fairchild

By Adam Beyer

When people think of LinkedIn, they think of it is as the leading social media network for professionals. But today, LinkedIn is a growing source of news and original reporting.

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