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Multimedia Feature: The Big Idea - Poverty: Ladders, Traps and Windows

Two central questions drive Anirudh Krishna’s research into poverty: why do some poor people escape poverty and others do not, and why do some well-off people fall into poverty?


Books by Sanford Faculty Published in 2019

Sanford faculty members have been busy writing and several of their books are either out already or coming soon. Check out some of their works below with more to be added as they are published:


New Video: The 48-Hour Memo

During the spring semester, teams of first-year MPP students serve as consultants to clients with actual problems in a variety of policy areas. The semester begins with a 48-hour memo experience to learn teamwork skills.


Senior Thesis Spotlight: Learning Languages in Cyberspace

Yue “Heather” Zhou PPS’19 is an international student from China and speaks three languages, Chinese, English, and French. “I’ve always been interested in learning languages,” Zhou says. “But, I found out that in the states, learning a foreign language is not high on the priority list, especially for K-12 education.”


Madeleine Albright to Speak at Duke Feb. 28

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will give a free public lecture Thursday, Feb. 28, at Duke. In the David M. Rubenstein Distinguished Lecture, “The Future of Democracy at Home and Abroad,” Albright will assess the current health of democracy and the U.S. role in fighting fascism.


Do Big-Time Sports Belong in College? [Podcast]

On this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Charles Clotfelter discusses the tremendous impact college athletics has on students, alumni, and beyond, for better or for worse, as well as what can be done to reform how schools treat the business of sports as a core part of their identity.


NC Leaders Gather to Bridge Differences, Discuss Future of Education

Thirty-nine political, civic and business leaders will gather at Duke University this week to participate in the third North Carolina Leadership Forum (NCLF), an initiative that brings leaders together to engage in constructive discussions regarding the future of the state. Over the course of four private two-day meetings, this year’s participants will explore questions critical to the future of education in North Carolina.


Benefits of Rooftop Solar Vary Greatly Across U.S.

Do U.S. solar energy policies achieve their aims? It depends on where arrays are located, says a new working paper by researchers from Duke and Carnegie Mellon universities, to be featured soon in the NBER Digest.


Gen. McChrystal Discusses Modern Warfare, Universal Service, Politics

Addressing a packed house at the Sanford School of Public Policy Thursday evening that included many active-duty members of the military, U.S. Army Gen. (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal addressed America’s longest war, the rise of a U.S. military caste, universal service, and President Trump.


Sanford Aims to Improve Pipeline to Public Service Careers

As the nation waits in anticipation for a resolution to the longest government shutdown in ­­­U.S. history, calls for fresh faces and new ideas are on the rise. But public-sector leaders under 30 -- such as newly elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the nation’s youngest-ever congresswoman -- are rare. What can be done to attract more young people to public service? The Sanford School of Public Policy and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service convened a workshop on Jan. 18 to address that question.


Chuck Todd on Journalism's Long Road Back to Win Public Trust

As personal attacks and distrust rise against the media, journalists must commit to thorough reporting, transparency and dispassionate coverage, "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd said Monday. This work is urgent, the NBC News political director stressed. “Every day I think about the crisis of 40 percent of the country thinking I am making something up.”


Retired Commander McChrystal to Speak at Duke

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, retired commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan who revolutionized the way military agencies coordinate counterterrorism efforts, will reflect on the U.S. since 9/11 during a free public talk on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Duke University.