June 20, 2017

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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[…]

POLIS 2015-16 Report Now Available

We are proud of what POLIS has been able to accomplish in such a short time, but we are even more excited about what is ahead. If this political season has demonstrated anything, it is that the twin missions of POLIS—to seek solutions to the problems that plague our politics and to develop the next generation of political leaders—could not be more critically needed.

Political Redistricting Q&A with Tom Ross

Political Redistricting Q&A (4/24/16) UNC system President Emeritus Thomas W. Ross joined the Sanford School on February 1, 2016 as the first Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow.  While in residence, Ross will work on a bipartisan project aimed at improving how political district lines are drawn in the United States. We sat down with President Ross to ask Read more about Political Redistricting Q&A with Tom Ross[…]

Bipartisan Group Experiments with Redrawing Congressional Districts

From WRAL.com By Mark Binker and Laura Leslie DURHAM, N.C. — Creating an independent redistricting commission might make intellectual sense. It might cut down on the partisan rancor that occasionally envelopes the state. It might help voters get more excited about more competitive elections. While none of that has persuaded North Carolina lawmakers over the Read more about Bipartisan Group Experiments with Redrawing Congressional Districts[…]