News & Commentary - Archive 2007

October 2, 2007

Author and legal affairs analyst Jeffrey Toobin will speak at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy on Oct. 11, 2007 about his latest book,The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

Journalist Jeffrey ToobinToobin will discuss the court with Duke Law School Dean David Levi. The 5:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

October 2, 2007

New faculty members bring expertise in environmental economics, international development and developing economies, U.S. social policy and inequalities.

September 20, 2007

As one of six participants in “Be the Change”—a CNN International project to showcase “the power of social change through action”— Cassie Phillips, a 2007 public policy graduate, will maintain a regular record of her fellowship in Battambang, Cambodia, where she works with orphaned and vulnerable children at the nongovernmental organization Homeland.

September 11, 2007

In only his second year at the Sanford Institute, professor of practice of PPS Tom Taylor is making an impact among students with “Principles of Leadership,” a course that examines the skills, values and risks inherent in decision-making.

August 20, 2007

Donors support endowment for student financial aid, new school of public policy to educate students who can help “find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.”

August 20, 2007

From Operation Smile to student mentoring, public service and engagement define public policy undergraduate’s four years at Duke.

July 19, 2007

Finding out how American Muslims address messages of extremism in their communities will be the goal of a two-year study being launched by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Center Director David Schanzer leads the study.

Researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will use the information to recommend policies for reducing the likelihood that the United States experiences the type of homegrown terrorism seen recently in Europe.

May 31, 2007

Amanda Dorsey, a Duke senior in Public Policy Studies, is using lessons learned during Tony Brown's Enterprising Leadership class and a summer spent in Tanzania to inspire future teachers while giving Durham sixth-graders academic confidence. [article]

May 25, 2007

Sarah Wallace, a Duke senior in Public Policy Studies, is spending her summer in Ukraine, involved in research pertaining to "the Ark" a new radiation containment system at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Read her blog postings at