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Was Pittsburgh Shooting ‘Trumpism-inspired Terrorism’? [Podcast]

Earlier this week, a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Eleven people died and there were multiple casualties.


Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Speaks at Duke

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad sat down with Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley on Monday to discuss her work on behalf of the Yazidi people after the attempted genocide by Islamic State (ISIS) forces.


Parkland Survivor Tells How She Became an Activist

“I went to more funerals in one week than most adults do in their lives,” said Sari Kaufman, a survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018. During a panel discussion about student voting rights Thursday at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Kaufman described how the tragedy transformed her into an engaged citizen -- even though she is still not old enough to vote.


2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Visit Duke on Campaign Against War Crimes

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad will give a free public talk at Duke University on Monday, Oct. 29. She will give the 2018 Crown Lecture in Ethics, “Truth is My Weapon: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence and Genocide,” at Penn Pavilion from 5:30-7 p.m. A book-signing will follow her talk. This event will be live-streamed on the Sanford School Facebook page.  


Parkland Survivor Among Speakers to Discuss Voting Rights Oct. 25

A survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting will join a Duke alumna and an activist who’s a candidate for state Supreme Court to reflect on the challenges to student voting rights during a free public talk Thursday, Oct. 25, at Duke University. The panel discussion, “Student Voting Rights: Why They Matter,” will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy


The Wealth of 'America's Dependents' [Podcast]

Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy faculty member Christina Gibson-Davis has compared wealth among families with children and the elderly. Who is doing better?


Alumnus Michael Sorrell: Innovative Leader [Podcast]

Michael Sorrell is president of Paul Quinn College, and he has turned the historically black institution in Dallas into what he calls “an engine of social mobility.”


Digital Exhibit on Durham History of Housing Inequality Launches Oct. 1

DURHAM, N.C. -- A digital version of an exhibit on the history and effects of housing and land use inequality in Durham goes live Oct. 1, making the history more widely available.


Alma Blount and the Art of Teaching Leadership

This fall, the Hart Leadership Program is beginning a quiet transformation. Director Alma Blount, who led the program for 17 years and taught in it for seven years before that, retired this summer and passed the torch to Professor Gunther Peck.


New Hart Leadership Director to Focus on Political and Civic Engagement

As the new director of the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program, Gunther Peck will guide a significant transition in the nation’s oldest endowed leadership program for undergraduates.


Students Advise Latino Officials on Post-Hurricane Census Strategies

With the impending threat of Hurricane Florence looming over the Carolinas, a group of graduate students met at the Sanford School of Public Policy with storms on their mind -- in more ways than one. They gathered to go over their research on the effects of natural disasters on the U.S. Census. After months of work, the students were preparing for a unique opportunity: Presenting their findings in Miami at a national conference of elected officials and policymakers.


Racial Wealth Inequality Overlooked as Cause of Urban Unrest, Study Says

More than 50 years ago, riots tore through many U.S. cities, prompting national scrutiny of the root causes. Yet a half-century later, says new research, a key contributor to the social upheaval of the 1960s remains under-explored: racial wealth inequality. Meanwhile, the racial wealth gap that helped fuel the urban violence of the 1960s has only grown, says new research from Duke University, UCLA and the New School.