News & Commentary - Archive 2008

December 15, 2008

Ambassador James A. Joseph, professor of the practice of PPS, was awarded the John Gardner Prize for Social Entrepreneurship at the first Encore Career Summit at Stanford University, Dec. 5-8, in Palo Alto, Calif.

November 24, 2008

Ted Kaufman, visiting lecturer in PPS and lecturing fellow in the Duke Law School, has been appointed to Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The selection was announced by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Miner on Nov. 24.

November 20, 2008

Professor Robert M. Entman addresses questions about the 2008 presidential campaign.

November 19, 2008

Two weeks after the election, veteran journalists and commentators Mark Shields (“NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”), Ruth Marcus (Washington Post), Jeff Zeleny (The New York Times) and Garrett Graff (Washingtonian) provide a post-election debriefing on media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. The panelists for the 2008 John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press discuss groundbreaking changes in the relationship between media and politics,  the contributions of different media sources, and the future of “mainstream” media.

November 17, 2008

Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of the Washington, D.C., Public Schools, spoke Monday to an audience of about 300 students, faculty, and local residents at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy about the radical changes she is making in the failing urban school system.

During her talk, “Public Education Reform: The Case Study of Washington, D.C.,” Rhee discussed how needs of students, not the adults in the system, are the driving force in her decisions.

November 7, 2008

Ambassador James A. Joseph, professor of the practice of PPS, gave a talk on leadership on the day after the election, examining the qualities exemplified by Nelson Mandela and how those qualities are needed now.

November 7, 2008

In “America’s Hard Sell,” the cover article for the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy magazine, Professor of PPS and Political science Bruce Jentleson, along with co-author Steven Weber of the University of California, Berkeley, call for rethinking the basic assumptions of international community in the 21st century. The authors will also post answers to questions about the article on the magazine’s web site on December 5. An excerpt of the article follows.

November 6, 2008

Commentary by David H. Schanzer, visiting associate professor of the practice of PPS, and director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

November 5, 2008

Undergrads, grad students and international students gathered  for "Duke Votes," an election night viewing party at the Sanford Institute. View a slide show of photographs from the event.

November 3, 2008

Poverty researcher Ron Haskins explains the success of 1996 welfare reform and identifies what is needed to ensure continued success. The free Nov. 5th lecture is sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Policy. Register at