Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci, who lost his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease a year ago June 8, may not be a household name today in Canada. But during his tenure in the turbulent years from 2001-2005, he became the poster child for what some Canadians saw as the overly aggressive and even bullying administration of president George W. Bush.
News & Commentary - Archive 2014
Duke Professor William A. "Sandy" Darity, Jr and Darrick Hamilton of The New School gave policymakers a lesson on wealth inequality among minority communities Wednesday during a live conference call. Darity and Hamilton are two of five co-authors of "Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a Priority for National Economic Security" recently released by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.
The Sanford School of Public Policy graduation ceremonies on May 10 recognized the 40th class of public policy majors at Duke. In 1974, the school was called the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs and its first class numbered seven graduates. This year, 189 students received diplomas and 29, a record number, completed an honors thesis to graduate with distinction.
COL Ronald Clark, Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellow at the Sanford School, is researching reasons for the dearth of African American senior officers in the U.S. Army Infantry and Armor branches. Calling the imbalance a “tyranny in numbers,” Clark hopes his research can lead to significant reforms.
A day-long symposium on “John Henryism and Social Inequality” will be held Tuesday, May 13 at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
"I knew that I wanted to learn more about the juvenile justice system, and my thought process was that this was such a complex issue and I had no idea where to start," said Paddock. "So I actually approached the head of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) in Durham and said, 'If you could put a researcher for free on any question that you guys want to know about right now, what would it be?'"
People who care about American democracy have recently been paying a lot of attention to new research by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page, which shows that for decades wealthy Americans and business interests have consistently gotten their way in public policy – even when their views conflict with what the vast majority of Americans want.
People have criticized The Affordable Care Act for amounting to a large transfer of wealth, from wealthy Americans to those not as well off. But the real transfer of wealth has been from United States to other developed nations, whose healthcare costs we have subsidized for many years by paying so generously for many of our healthcare services. No better example of this comes to mind than the price we pay for pharmaceuticals in the US versus elsewhere.
Last week, the Obama administration again delayed a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Public policy major Dominique Beaudry is one of two Duke juniors selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. With Truman funding, she plans to pursue dual master's degrees in public policy studies and education at Stanford University after completing her undergraduate degree.