News & Commentary - Archive 2010

December 31, 2010

For big-time college sports, late December is more than the season of holiday basketball tournaments and the start of myriad football bowl games. It's also the time for making tax-deductible gifts to the booster club of your favorite college team.

These gifts don't get mentioned much when we hear talk of the excess costs of college sports, but they play a surprisingly large role in the college athletics business, and at considerable cost to the taxpayer.

December 12, 2010

As the traditional media continues to cut back on reporting, other sources, such as blogs and small local newspapers need support to keep the public informed.

December 8, 2010

Through photography and audio recordings, Duke students in a service learning course this semester got to know 11 Durham residents and gained a direct and personal understanding of the complex causes of homelessness.

“Before spending time at the Phoenix House,” junior public policy major John Refling says, “I was able to largely ignore the anonymous faces on the street. This class illustrated that every single person on the street has a story, and it’s probably more complicated than I initially believed.”

December 7, 2010

Four Duke professors gathered at the Sanford School of Public Policy Tuesday to discuss the implications of the latest round of WikiLeaks amid the breaking news of the arrest of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange on charges of sexual assault. The panel attracted a crowd of students, faculty and community members that filled a classroom and an adjacent overflow room.

December 3, 2010

Associate Professor Donald Taylor argues that Washington officials must work to achieve a long-term balanced budget now and not wait for a financial crisis to force them to do so. This op-ed originally ran in News Observer.

December 3, 2010

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, “religion has replaced ideology” in international affairs, Georgetown University scholar Shireen Hunter said in a Dec. 1 talk at the Sanford School. Hunter said she finds more peril than promise in the use of Islam as an instrument of foreign policy.

November 24, 2010

The holiday season brings admonitions to "remember the less fortunate," but addressing the causes of poverty requires more than seasonal efforts argues Visiting Professor Rachel Seidman.

November 19, 2010

Sanford professor Jonathan Wiener, alongside Duke economist Martin D. Smith, Frank Asche of the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Atle G. Guttormsen of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, discusses the limitations of the FDA review process that assesses the safety of genetically modified Atlantic salmon.

November 15, 2010

A panel of journalists and political experts will gather on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy to discuss media coverage of the 2010 midterm elections.

November 10, 2010

New York Times columnist David Brooks spoke about political gridlock and possibilities for change in the Fleishman Commons.