Professorships honoring Tony Brown, Bruce Payne, events & more
Professorships honoring Tony Brown, Bruce Payne, events & more
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Sanford Memo --Alumni Newsletter

April 2022

Dean's Message  
Dear Sanford Alumni and Friends:
Spring is a time of renewal, and Sanford is looking to the future with hope and gratitude. Here are two examples of support I am delighted to share:

-  an $11 million gift to Duke with public policy as the primary focus including two public policy professorships, honoring Tony and Teddie Brown and Bruce Payne, and support for Sanford. 

- a $1 million gift including a fellowship, a gift for innovation fund honoring Tony and Teddie Brown, and support for Sanford.   
These are two examples showcasing the strength of our community. In addition, we are thankful for all of the gifts to Sanford’s Annual Fund providing crucial support for our school and students. 
Your gifts are making a difference to the future of public policy. Thank you.

Some of these upcoming events are in person, some are virtual.
Black Sanford Connects 
April 8 @ 4 pm EST 
Duke campus 

Black Sanford Connects is an opportunity for current Black MPP students to meet and network with Black MPP alumni from a variety of industries and share genuine experiences of being a Black professional in policy. The event includes an introductory panel, followed by a facilitated networking activity, and an informal mixer. Register here.

Reunion Events featuring Sanford Faculty & Alumni 
April 8 – 10  
Duke Campus 

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

Remembering Janet Jackson’s “Wardrobe Malfunction” and its Possible Lessons for Social Media Regulation 
April 12 @ 6 pm EST 
David M. Rubenstein Conference Center at Duke in DC,
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500 

DC area alumni, please join us for a reception and conversation with Professor Philip Napoli about the lessons from the infamous Superbowl event relevant to how we think about social media regulation. The prevalence of disinformation on social media has prompted ongoing conversations about whether regulation is appropriate or feasible. Register here.

The Next Step in Early Childhood Policy: Creating a Universal System of Care for Families with Young Children - 50th Anniversary Event
April 12 @ 9 am – 5 pm EST 

Listen to a panel of experts, including alumna Patricia Cole ‘75, from across the country discussing the types of systems, policies, programs and workforce needed to support and promote the well-being of young children and their families. Register here.

The Future of Public Service and Our Democracy - Rubenstein Lecture - 50th Anniversary Event
April 14 @ 5 pm EST 

Both In Person and Virtual
Michael Sorrell JD’92, MPP’94, Judy Woodruff '68 and David Gergen join in celebrating 50 years of Duke's public policy education and scholarship by discussing the future of public service and our democracy. Register here.

Fighting to a Draw: Redistricting and the 2022 Elections 
April 19 @ 6 pm EST 
Karsh Alumni Center, Duke Campus 

If you are in the Triangle area, we hope you’ll join us for a conversation with Professor Asher Hildebrand and journalist Tyler Dukes as they take stock of the new voter redistricting maps and invite the audience to participate in an interactive discussion about gerrymandering and American democracy. More information here.

Alumni Benefit 
Cybersecurity Leadership Program June 13-15
In this 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.  

To explore more virtual events from this semester, visit the Sanford and Duke Alumni Association Forever Learning YouTube channels. 


Policy 360 Episode: Effective ways to connect across the political aisle
Policy 360 Podcast
Ray Starling grew up on a hog and tobacco farm in rural North Carolina. Sanford Associate Professor Abdullah Antepli grew up in poverty in a slum in Turkey. Today, both men live in North Carolina, and their politics could not be more different. They became friendly through an innovative program designed to get civic, business and political leaders with differing political views to discuss important issues in North Carolina. Listen to their story.
Nominate Faculty for Two Teaching Awards
The Susan Tifft Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award: Nominate a professor who made an outstanding contribution to the teaching mission of the undergraduate programs of the Sanford School. Details and the nomination form may be found here.

The Richard Stubbing Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award: Alumni from the MPP and MIDP programs are invited to nominate a faculty member for outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the graduate programs at Sanford. Details and the nomination form may be found here.

Please note the deadline for nominations for both awards is April 8.


Alumni Profile: 
Felix Li PPS'07

Li has been involved with social justice and race relations since high school. His classes with Sanford Professors Tony Brown and Robert Korstad led him to a career in education. Read his story here.
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