More events, a thank you & a new podcast series
More events, a thank you & a new podcast series
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Sanford Memo --Alumni Newsletter

March 2022

Dean's Message  
Dear Alumni and Friends:
During our 50th year of public policy at Duke, our world is facing many challenges: threats to democracy, the invasion of Ukraine, racial injustice, the ongoing pandemic and more.

In my recent dean’s post, I noted that today requires analysis and action, and deep care for one another, now more than ever. Sanford embodies this spirit. When the Ukraine invasion began, Sanford faculty provided important context and insights related to this crisis. We are continuing to share valuable information and updates at this link.

Sanford sends support to our community and world.

Some of these upcoming events are virtual.
The Politics of Water: Equity at Half Empty or Half Full?
March 15 @ 3:00 p.m. EST
Sponsored by Duke Alumni Forever Learning Institute
How nations, states, and cities share and manage water resources is the subject of political negotiations worldwide. Join Sanford Professor Marc Jeuland and other faculty experts from across Duke as we discuss politics and practices with clean water and how these differ across the globe. Register here.
Leveling Up Leadership: Building Diverse Leaders Today for Tomorrow
March 16 @ 5:00 p.m. EST

Fleishman Commons, Sanford Building & Virtual
Presented by Polis, the Center for Leadership and the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society
In this Robert R. Wilson Lecture, John Rice, Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and Professor Deondra Rose will discuss empowering diverse leaders. This event will also be livestreamed. Sign up here.

Politics and Religion
March 31 at 6:00 p.m. PST
The University Club, San Francisco

Bay Area alumni: You are invited to join a conversation with Sanford Professor Abdullah Antepli on a topic not generally welcome at the family dinner table -politics and religion. Contact Susan George James for additional information.

Return to the Classroom – Learn to Write an Op-Ed
April 5 @ 1:00 p.m. EST

Do you want to write an opinion piece – traditionally known as an op-ed – but are not sure where to start? Join Professor Stephen Buckley T'89 and Alison Jones, managing editor of The 9th Street Journal, for an inspiring and interactive session in which they will answer your questions, share well-crafted examples and let you practice writing. Register here.
A Conversation with the Founding Mothers of NPR
April 5 @ 5:00 p.m.

Penn Pavilion & Virtual

Fifty years ago, both the public policy program at Duke and National Public Radio were created. Sanford Professor Frank Bruni will moderate a conversation with Founding Mothers of NPR, Susan Stamberg and Linda Wertheimer. This is a hybrid event and will be livestreamed. Register here.

Sanford Reunion Events

April 8-10
Returning to campus for Reunion? Be sure to check your Reunion registration information for a thought-provoking session with Professor Tony Brown and a fun, informative panel featuring Steven Petrow PPS ’78, columnist and NYT bestselling author.

Cybersecurity Leadership Program
June 13-15

In this Sanford Executive Education course, participants engage with top academics, industry experts and government leaders to prepare for complex cybersecurity challenges and gain the critical skills necessary to withstand crises. For more information including a special discount for Duke alumni, visit our website.

If you missed any virtual events from this semester, visit the Sanford and Duke Alumni Association Forever Learning YouTube channels. Explore more upcoming Sanford events.


Annual Fund Thank You 

Thank you to all our generous supporters of this year's "You and Sanford: The Perfect Pair" Annual Fund campaign. Together we raised over $22,000! There’s still time to make a gift and get your Sanford socks. Make your gift by following this link.
Ways & Means: Defending Democracy (and Us) from Big Tech
New Season: Ways & Means Podcast
The new season of Sanford's award-winning Ways & Means podcast has launched! This three-part collaboration with journalist Bob Sullivan and his Debugger podcast is called “Defending Democracy (and Us!) from Big Tech.  Listen to the first episode, “Too Big to Sue,” here. The series is produced with support from the Sanford Cyber Policy Program and Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.


A Family Affair: Lisa Lawson PPS’89 & Campbell Lawson PPS’24

Like mother, like daughter – this family boasts five Blue Devils across three generations, two of them public policy majors. Read about them here.


Dr. Travis Gayles PPS’01 has been presented the American Medical Association Award for Outstanding Government Service for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic as health officer and chief of public health services in Montgomery County, Md. In 2021, Gayles was named chief health officer for San Francisco-based Hazel Health. Watch his acceptance speech here.
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