June 20, 2017

News

Acclaimed Journalist Judy Woodruff Addresses Sanford Community

About 250 Duke alumni, faculty and friends gathered Wednesday for the Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the Capitol Visitors Center. Guest speaker Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, discussed current issues in politics and media with Frederick “Fritz” Mayer, professor in the Sanford School and Read more about Acclaimed Journalist Judy Woodruff Addresses Sanford Community[…]

‘I’m contrarian. I’m a curmudgeon. Journalism is my calling.’

To understand NBC national political reporter Jonathan Allen, one need look no further than his two stints at POLITICO — first as a contract hire in late 2009, and then as a full-time hire in 2010 after a nearly six-week excursion into political advocacy. The POLITICO newsroom was split on whether to re-hire someone who Read more about ‘I’m contrarian. I’m a curmudgeon. Journalism is my calling.’[…]

Bipartisanship Still Possible Says Sen. Olympia Snowe

By Jackie Ogburn 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 Read more about Bipartisanship Still Possible Says Sen. Olympia Snowe[…]

Presidential March Madness: Who Is America’s Best President?

Do you fill out a March Madness bracket every year?  And do you have at least a passing interest in U.S. presidential history? If so, read on. Starting on Selection Sunday (March 11), POLIS Director Fritz Mayer and POLIS Associate Director B.J. Rudell will co-teach a special five-day course titled “Presidential March Madness.”  Sponsored by Read more about Presidential March Madness: Who Is America’s Best President?[…]

During a Day with Students, Journalist Michael Kruse Draws Connections Between Political Reporting and Citizenship

On January 29, Politico senior reporter Michael Kruse spent half a day on campus with Duke students to share insights on political reporting and our current state of politics. His visit was sponsored by POLIS: Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service and was cosponsored by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

POLIS Training Workshop Gets Duke Women Ready to Run for Political Office

More than two dozen female Duke students gathered for three hours on Jan. 27 to participate in an annual on-campus workshop sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS) designed to train them to run for political office. Cosponsored by the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative, this year’s training was led Read more about POLIS Training Workshop Gets Duke Women Ready to Run for Political Office[…]

Conversation with U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton February 22

Space is limited. Reserve a seat by clicking here. U.S. congressman and decorated Marine Corps veteran Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) will deliver a public talk about the country’s future Thursday, Feb. 22, at Duke University. The event is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Schiciano Auditorium in the Pratt School of Engineering’s Fitzpatrick Center. Parking is available in Read more about Conversation with U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton February 22[…]

Political Consultant Neil Newhouse to Speak January 30

Neil Newhouse, partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, will speak with students on Tuesday, January 30, at 1:15pm in Sanford 223. Neil was lead pollster for Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign and he was recently named “Pollster of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants for 2015, marking a record-tying third Read more about Political Consultant Neil Newhouse to Speak January 30[…]

Politico’s Michael Kruse to Speak January 29

Michael Kruse, a senior staff writer at POLITICO and POLITICO Magazine, will speak with students on January 29 at 11am in Rubenstein Hall 200. Prior to joining POLITICO, he was on the enterprise team at the Tampa Bay Times, where he won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism and the American Read more about Politico’s Michael Kruse to Speak January 29[…]

Sign Up for Women’s Campaign Training on January 27

Running Start, a nonpartisan national organization that trains women on how to run for elected office, will be on Duke’s campus January 27 to lead a workshop for college women. The training will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Co-chaired by two Republican and two Democratic members of Congress, Running Start leads similar trainings Read more about Sign Up for Women’s Campaign Training on January 27[…]

Leaders for Political Dialogue Tackles Polarization

A student-led initiative on college campuses  in North Carolina is tackling one of the most important issue of our time – political polarization. The project, called Leaders for Political Dialogue, convenes students from Duke, N.C. State, UNC and N.C. Central. Students spend a weekend learning how to communicate better with those whose political opinions may differ from their own. In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Kelly Brownell talks with the founder of the project, as well as three participants.

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.8 — Best of Devil’s Discourse

In this special episode of the Devil’s Discourse, we share just a few highlights from the first 15 episodes of these unscripted and unedited conversations between undergraduate Duke students. Though ideologically divided, the 16 participants for this experiment in civil discourse challenged each other, listened to each other, and learned from each other. The topics Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.8 — Best of Devil’s Discourse[…]

Breakfast and Politics with Fritz Mayer and Jay Pearson

Professor Jay Pearson was the guest speaker at this week’s Breakfast and Politics with Fritz, a biweekly series of breakfast and political conversations with guests speakers. Pearson’s research examines how policy sponsored structural inequality influences social determination of health. A native of Hertford County North Carolina, Pearson’s early experiences in the rural agricultural south shaped his Read more about Breakfast and Politics with Fritz Mayer and Jay Pearson[…]

From Teenage Gadfly to Politico Reporter

On November 13, Politico reporter Daniel Lippman spent the day with Duke students to share insights on political reporting and our current state of politics.  His visit was sponsored by POLIS: Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. Mr. Lippman’s program included guest-speaking in POLIS Read more about From Teenage Gadfly to Politico Reporter[…]

Pundits McArdle and Douthat Discuss State of GOP

By Jackie Ogburn “What’s bad for conservatism, for Republicans and the nation is good for us,” Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for The New York Times, said at the Sanford School on Wednesday night. He and Megan McArdle, a columnist for The Bloomberg View, discussed the state of the GOP and conservatism in the age of Trump. Read more about Pundits McArdle and Douthat Discuss State of GOP[…]

FEC Commissioner Urges Action to Promote Political Engagement in Young Voters

There is a crisis of political apathy in the United States, and it’s up to American political leaders to reverse that trend and improve deep engagement with the public, said Ellen Weintraub, a commissioner with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 2 at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Speaking at a public forum on Read more about FEC Commissioner Urges Action to Promote Political Engagement in Young Voters[…]

Journalists to Discuss the Future of Conservatism

Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will discuss the future of conservatism during a free, public event Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Duke University. “Conservatism in the Age of Trump” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy; a reception will follow. Parking is Read more about Journalists to Discuss the Future of Conservatism[…]

Former Congressman Barney Frank Defends Pragmatism in Politics

By Jackie Ogburn Former Congressman Barney Frank’s talk at the Sanford School on Oct. 24 was a defense of the embattled art of political compromise. “No unrealized ideal ever fed a child, or provided medical care to someone who needs it,” he said. “The issue is when and how to be pragmatic.” Frank served in Read more about Former Congressman Barney Frank Defends Pragmatism in Politics[…]

A Crash Course on Argentine Politics and Upcoming Elections

Significant mistrust of politicians, concentrated presidential power, clear divisions among political parties and compulsory voting for all 18-to-70-year-olds are among dozens of issues raised Thursday by student panelists during a lunch-and-learn about Argentina’s politics and upcoming elections. More than 40 Duke students gathered for the discussion at the Sanford School of Public Policy. (Click here to Read more about A Crash Course on Argentine Politics and Upcoming Elections[…]

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.7 — Health Care

Building on episode 2.6, this unscripted and unedited conversation once again will cover health care, and features Duke juniors Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sánchez. You’ll hear these two Duke students with differing views do what many politicians won’t do. Through tough, honest, and respectful exchanges, they’re proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.7 — Health Care[…]

Alumni Affairs, POLIS Bring Students Together with Women Activists to Discuss Politics & Civic Leadership

More than 80 members of the Duke students, alumni, faculty, and staff from across the ideological spectrum gathered Oct. 12 for an evening of advocacy and political engagement. Titled “Engaging Women in Advocacy and Action” and sponsored by Duke Alumni Affairs, this event was the brainchild of alumnae leaders active in the Triangle Women’s Forum. Read more about Alumni Affairs, POLIS Bring Students Together with Women Activists to Discuss Politics & Civic Leadership[…]

North Carolina Leadership Forum Begins Second Year with Focus on Energy

By Jackie Ogburn In these days of extreme political polarization, how do you get people from all political stripes working together and finding solutions? You start with a story. Such as the story of Horace Pritchard, whose family has lived in Pasquotank County for five generations.  On the family land he farms corn, wheat, soybeans Read more about North Carolina Leadership Forum Begins Second Year with Focus on Energy[…]

Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank to Speak at Duke

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will discuss the current state of politics in the U.S. in a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Sanford School’s Fleishman Commons. Parking will be available for a fee in the Science Drive Visitor Lot. The talk, titled “The Fight for Read more about Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank to Speak at Duke[…]

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.6 — Health Care

This week’s discussion is on whether health care is a right or a privilege, and features those students who were affiliated last year with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.6 — Health Care[…]

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.5 — Illegal Immigration

This unscripted and unedited dialogue on illegal immigration features Duke senior Tierney Pretzer and Duke sophomore Mitchell Siegel. Their views are entirely their own. In this episode, you’ll hear two Duke students with different views do what many politicians won’t do. Through honest, tough, and respectful exchanges, they’re proving that constructive dialogue is a vital Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.5 — Illegal Immigration[…]

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.4 — Race In America

This week’s discussion is on race in America, and features those students who were affiliated last year with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.4 — Race In America[…]

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.3 — Climate Change

This unscripted and unedited conversation on climate change features Duke sophomores Nikhil Sridhar and Michael Tan. In this podcast, you’ll hear students with different views do what many politicians won’t do: through tough, honest, and respectful exchanges, they’re proving that constructive dialogue is a vital first step toward jumpstarting meaningful collaboration and sound policy making. “Is Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.3 — Climate Change[…]

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.2 — The Constitution

September 17 is Constitution Day, so this episode highlights varying interpretation of the US Constitution. This unscripted and unedited conversation features Duke juniors David Wohlever Sanchez and Paul Forrester. Their views are entirely their own. The Devil’s Discourse podcast features Duke students with differing views doing what many politicians won’t do. Through tough, honest, and Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.2 — The Constitution[…]

WTF (Wake to Fritz): Breakfast Political Conversations Starting 9/5

Our biweekly breakfast political conversation series, WTF (Wake To Fritz), returns this semester! Join us every other Tuesday in Sanford 201 for breakfast and conversations about the politics of the day with Professor Frederick “Fritz” Mayer and friends. We’d love for you to join us for our first WTF of the school year, next Tuesday, Read more about WTF (Wake to Fritz): Breakfast Political Conversations Starting 9/5[…]

Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.1 — Immigration

Our first podcast of season two concerns immigration, and features four Duke students affiliated with the Listen First Project. LFP is a Raleigh, NC based nonprofit organization that facilitates greater respect, understanding, and cooperation through the timeless art of listening. The participating students are Sophia Mamilli, Rachel Stand, Victor Oluwagbemiga, and Ryan Kashtan. Listen First Read more about Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.1 — Immigration[…]

Bipartisan climate caucus a step toward restoring civility in politics

The Climate Solutions Caucus was started by Republican Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Ted Deutch, both of whom represent coastal Florida districts that have become ground zero — literally — for rising sea levels. It’s predicated on a simple idea: We know our nation is facing big problems with climate change, so let’s have members of Congress from both sides of the aisle come together, listen to one another, and find the common ground to introduce and enact effective solutions.

Amid budget gridlock, bipartisan work hailed for Louisiana criminal justice reform

Celebrating one of the few major achievements of the 2017 regular legislative session, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday (June 15) signed bills making up what has been called a historic reform of Louisiana’s criminal justice laws. The 10 bills collectively are supposed to reduce the prison population by 10 percent in the state with the world’s highest incarceration rate, and save the public $78 million over the next 10 years.

A bipartisan push to ban anti-gay conversion therapy

By Mark Pazniokas They were surrounded by Democratic allies, but gay activists tried to avoid partisan politics Monday as they called for passage of a state law banning conversion therapy, the discredited practice of using psychological aversion techniques such as electric shock to change a young person’s sexual orientation. The LGBT community sees potential in Read more about A bipartisan push to ban anti-gay conversion therapy[…]

Bipartisan bowling: Alaska politicians roll of steam

By Rashah McChesney Alaska lawmakers gather each week in the state capital ready to rumble, but it’s not to continue their already tense and rocky negotiations over the $3.5 billion budget deficit. Or some other partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats alike assemble, inside a bowling alley, to talk strikes, spares and gutter balls. There’s even Read more about Bipartisan bowling: Alaska politicians roll of steam[…]

Looking to Find a Way Toward Bipartisan Consensus North Carolina Politics

In the aftermath of a divisive election, Duke Professor Fritz Mayer opened an inauguration day panel Friday asking, “How do we make North Carolina purple?” The bipartisan panel of political leaders and activists expressed optimism that it would be possible for North Carolinians – and the country – work more across ideological spectrums. Three hours Read more about Looking to Find a Way Toward Bipartisan Consensus North Carolina Politics[…]