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POSTPONED: Sanford Graduation Ceremonies

Commencement weekend is the happiest time of the academic year, when our students walk the stage to receive their diplomas. We celebrate our Sanford students and their guests in two ceremonies: one for the undergraduate students on Friday, May 8; and one for masters and PhD students on Saturday, May 9.


Student Voices: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Policy Conference at Duke

Technologists and policymakers often function within isolated communities, despite the desperate need for collaboration and cooperation. Policymakers sidestep critical tech issues due to their lack of technical expertise while technologists operate within dangerously gray areas. As a tech-enthusiast and public policy major, I saw an opportunity to become an expert in two seemingly different fields.


Alumna Pays It Forward by Investing in Women

Lori Cashman PPS ’94 was at a turning point in her private equity career. She had backed off of her workload and travel schedule to focus on supporting one of her children through some medical issues. As her child’s issues subsided, she felt a call to action, a call to use her passion for investing in a more intentional and meaningful way.


When Local News Dries Up [Podcast]

On this episode of the Ways & Means podcast: a look at why local news is struggling, why that matters for democracy and what can be done about it. Listen:


Duke Faculty Assess Primary Results

Former Vice President Joe Biden won North Carolina’s Democratic primary with 43% of votes cast Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders garnered 24.10% of the vote to place second.

Duke University political experts assess the results.


New Faculty Books for 2020

Sanford faculty members have been busy writing and several of their books are either out already or coming soon.


It's Election Day in Durham, NC. Here's What You Need to Know

March 3rd is Election Day in Durham, NC! Voters around the community will be heading to the polls to participate in the municipal elections.


Paul Farmer: Building Capacity is the Path to Global Health Equity

If the global health community has a rock star, it’s Paul Farmer. A physician and medical anthropologist who is internationally known for his work with people living in poverty, Farmer gave the David Rubenstein lecture in Page Auditorium in conversation with Sanford Associate Professor Manoj Mohanan on Wednesday.  


Public Policy, Duke Students Rally Support for Residents During Public Housing Crisis

A recent crisis in public housing led Sabrina Davis MPP’20 to wonder how she could leverage her position as a Duke student to support the residents. The problems surfaced at the end of 2019, after two infants who lived in Durham’s McDougald Terrace public housing complex died. Meanwhile, about a dozen residents of the complex had been sent to area hospitals with elevated levels of carbon monoxide, which prompted the Durham Housing Authority to conduct emergency inspections on Dec. 27.


Student Voices: In defense of the Iowa caucuses, from an Iowa caucus-goer

After hours of waiting for the results in my home state’s elections, one thing is certain: Iowa’s beloved yet unconventional voting process is under siege. As one of Duke’s few Iowans, I’m here to defend our first-in-the-nation caucuses. 


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:


Brown Honored for Innovative Teaching, Mentoring

Sanford faculty member Tony Brown is being honored with a Duke Presidential Award, the highest honor given by Duke to staff and faculty, in a ceremony on Feb. 25.