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

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.


Childbirth, Babies & Bonuses [Podcast]

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.


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.


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

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.


Bipartisanship Still Possible Says Sen. Olympia Snowe

Describing herself as “a recovering politician,” Sen. Olympia Snowe, former Republican senator and representative from Maine, Monday described the polarization in the nation’s capital as an “unfortunate and regrettable chapter in our political history.” Snowe gave the Crown Lecture in Ethics at the Sanford School, drawing on her experience as the first and only woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both chambers of Congress. She contrasted the bipartisan nature of government in the past with today’s extreme partisanship and dysfunction.


Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez to Speak at Sanford

Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, will discuss civil rights, voter suppression and the evolution of the Democratic Party on Monday, April 9, at Duke University.


Duke Public Policy Graduate Programs Recognized Among the Best

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy is recognized among the nation’s top graduate schools, according to the latest list of “Best Graduate Schools” compiled by U.S. News and World Report.


Exploring ‘Model Food Communities’

The World Food Policy Center (WFPC) at the Sanford School of Public Policy has launched an initiative aimed at helping Durham County and Edgecombe County, in eastern North Carolina, with ongoing efforts to become model food communities.

“We already know there is a lot being done in these communities to address food concerns,” said Jen Zuckerman, director of strategic initiatives at WFPC. “Our goal is to be able to identify what is working, how it’s working why it’s working, and then go a step further – to develop and share best practices.”


Timing of SNAP Benefit Affects Children’s Test Grades

DURHAM, N.C. -- For schoolchildren who receive food through the monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which day payment arrives affects their academic performance, according to new research from Duke University.


Analysis: Are We on Track to Achieve SDG Goals for Maternal and Child Health?

Seventy-six countries are off track to meet ambitious global health targets for maternal and child health, according to an analysis by researchers from the Brookings Institution and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). If those countries were to recover and accelerate their progress according to the targets, the authors note, 11.8 million lives—1.6 million mothers and 10.2 million children—could be saved.


How to reduce school shootings (arming teachers won’t help)

The tragic Parkland, Fla., shooting on February 14th is yet another dreadful reminder that schools are no sanctuary against mass violence. Americans are surely united in wanting reforms that could prevent these rampages and make the schools safer. Some reforms look promising and are worth discussing. But the reform that is getting the most attention in this bizarro era we live in — arming teachers with concealed handguns — would likely make things worse.


Presidential March Madness [Podcast]

It’s March Madness, but instead of basketball, we’re pitting U.S. presidents from throughout the ages against each other. Who will be crowned the best president?  Will it be Washington or Honest Abe?  Maybe FDR?  What criteria should we be using to determine what makes a great president? Guests include Frederick “Fritz” Mayer and BJ Rudell from POLIS, the Duke Center for Political Leadership, Innovation & Service.