News & Commentary - Archive 2008

October 22, 2008

Political satirists give us a chance to poke fun at politics in this Nov. 11, post-election panel discussion featuring a “Daily Show” writer and producer and two political cartoonists. Nov. 11, 2008 at the Sanford Institute. Free and open to the public.

October 13, 2008

An epiphany on a railway platform in India led Sanford alumnus Maya Ajmera to her life’s work. Amidst the dust, noise and chaos of the train station, s circle of children sat around a teacher using flash cards to teach them to read. She speaks Oct. 30, 2008 at the Sanford Institute on “A Social Entrepreneur's Journey.”

October 9, 2008

Crusading reformer Michelle Rhee, new chancellor of the failing Washington, D.C., public school system, will speak Nov. 17 at the Sanford Institute.

September 25, 2008

In the 2008 Crown Lecture in Ethics, Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu argues that treating disease is only the starting point for the potential uses of biological enhancements and genetic engineering.  

September 24, 2008

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls for a green technology revolution to energize America, address climate change and improve national security.

September 4, 2008

Federal, state and local officials gathered in Research Triangle Park Sept. 2 to mark the establishment of a new institute focused on social science and policy research to strengthen homeland security. David Schanzer, visiting associate professor of the practice of PPS and Joe Eyerman, director of the RTI Security Program co-direct the institute.

September 2, 2008

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will speak at Duke University Sept. 22 about the topic of his new book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America.”

Friedman will deliver the 2008 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West Campus. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained beginning Sept. 2 through the Duke Box Office, online at or by phone at 919-684-4444.

September 2, 2008

Low Duke student turnout in the May primary led PPS Professor Gunther Peck to examine possible causes and come up with a way to help.

August 29, 2008

Love After Loss, an exhibit of photographs of children in Ethiopia by Elena Rue, will be displayed at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, from September 16, 2008 to January 9, 2009. An opening reception at the institute, on September 16, 5–6 p.m., is free and open to the public.