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Commander Of U.S. Southern Command Joins Gen. Dempsey On Stage At Duke

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of the United States Southern Command, will join Gen. Martin Dempsey for a talk on “Current Challenges & Opportunities for the U.S. Military in the Caribbean, Central and South America.” The talk will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Fleishman Commons at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Duke political science professor Peter Feaver will moderate the discussion, which is free and open to the public.


What WikiLeaks Reveals About Human Trafficking (Podcast)

Ocean at night

Across the globe more than 20 million people are victimized by human trafficking, the modern form of slavery. Judith Kelley has been digging in to the WikiLeaks documents to see whether ranking countries on how we


Alumna Profile: Health System CEO Reflects on Career as 'Unconventional Leader'

Nancy Schlichting

How do you save a hospital system? That’s the question Nancy Schlichting PPS ’76, had to answer when she took over as CEO of the Henry Ford Hospital and subsequently became system CEO. The Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System was losing millions, the city of Detroit was in decline, and employee morale was low. Schlichting and her team managed to turn the system around, bringing it to profitability by 2003.


Philip J. Cook: A Life of Scholarship on Bad Behavior

Colleagues and former students of Philip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke, will discuss Cook’s impact on “Crime and Public Safety” and “Valuing Life and Liberty” this spring.


Tech Innovator to Discuss Cyber Warfare March 21

Jared Cohen, president of Google’s technology incubator, Jigsaw, will deliver a talk at Duke University on cyberwarfare and how use of technology by nations and corporations drives global power and influence. The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International lecture, “Cyberpowers in the New World Disorder,” takes place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Penn Pavilion on West Campus. Public policy professor Bruce Jentleson will interview Cohen. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow the discussion.


#HumansofDukeSanford: Raphael Obonyo

Raphael Obonyo

"I grew up in a small village in Kenya, an informal settlement called Korogocho. It’s the third largest slum in Kenya. I heard of this scholarship by the Ford Foundation. It was extremely competitive. So I applied for this scholarship, and I got it. And it was a good scholarship because if you got it, you could go to any university in the world, provided you were qualified. Duke was always my first choice. Even if I got the scholarship now, I would still come to Duke." - Raphael Obonyo MPP’13


Author Describes How Dog-Whistle Politics Drive Harmful Policies

Dog whistles produce a sound so high-pitched only dogs can hear them.  Dog-whistle politics works in much the same way, said UC-Berkeley Professor Ian Haney Lopez. Haney Lopez gave the Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture at Page Auditorium on March 2, and focused on the history of racially coded language in presidential campaigns.


Oh The Places This Blue Tarp Will Go

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Camping under a tent is a rite of passage for many Duke students. Young people brave the elements for months in a tent community called Krzyzewskiville (K-Ville) in order to attend the Duke/UNC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.


Education Policy & the Public Interest: Celebrating the Scholarship of Helen “Sunny” Ladd

Colleagues and former students of Helen “Sunny” Ladd, the Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies and professor of economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will discuss Ladd’s impact on the fields of education finance and policy and education and the public interest.


Students Craft NC Medicaid Reform Proposal

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The Bass Connections Medicaid Reform Advisory Team combines Duke’s expertise in public policy, law, medicine and business under the umbrella of the Duke


The Case for Welcoming Immigrant Families (Podcast)

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Research shows Hispanic children in the U.S. worry a lot more than their non-Hispanic peers. Some told researchers they feared their parents would be taken from them and sent away. Given that more than one in four U.S.


Guest Speakers Discuss Rising Right-Wing Extremism and ‘State of Hate’

SPLC on Violent Extremism

Richard Cohen, SPLC president, and Heidi Beirich, leader of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, discussed their work to monitor and respond to hate groups with Sanford School of Public Policy Professor of the Practice David Schanzer on Tuesday. More than 100 students and community members attended the discussion sponsored by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.