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Named for David M. Rubenstein, this endowed lecture series brings high-profile thought leaders and policy makers to campus each year. This year, Michael Sorrell, Judy Woodruff, and David Gergen will join Duke in celebrating 50 years of public policy education and scholarship by discussing the future of public service and our democracy.

During this national convening, attendees will explore what research says about what young children and their families need and, subsequently, how universal systems of care could be developed to meet those needs. The conference will provide a national platform for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to join together in shifting the conversation away from fixing “broken” families and, instead, focus on how to build universal systems that provide young children and families the opportunity to thrive.

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture was endowed by a gift to Duke by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Its purpose is to invite a distinguished person(s) in public life to speak to the Duke community. This year, Frank Bruni, the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice, will moderate a conversation with the Founding Mothers of NPR, Susan Stamberg and Linda Wertheimer. 

Join the conversation about empowering diverse leaders with John Rice, Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and Professor Deondra Rose, for this year’s Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture. Rice is a leader in fighting racial and economic disparities in the business world and helps transform the careers of people of color. Hear how Rice teaches diverse students and professionals to tap into the social capital they need today so that they can serve as strong leaders tomorrow.

January 18th, 2022 - Crown Distinguished Lecture - Jeanette Betancourt, Ed. D.

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Named for benefactor Lester Crown, the lecture was established to bring speakers to Duke to discuss ethical concerns in the arts, sciences, medicine, business, and other fields. It was conceived of as a centerpiece in the Sanford School’s efforts to focus student, faculty, and public opinion on the critical importance of ethical decision-making in the professions and public life. This year, we welcome Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street where we will talk about Equity and Inclusion on Sesame Street.

General Mark Milley - Defending the Nation in the 21st Century

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Professor Peter Feaver will join General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in conversation to discuss defending the U.S. in the twenty-first century.

General Mark A. Milley is the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2019, General Milley served as the 39th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. A native of Massachusetts, General Milley graduated from Princeton University in 1980, where he received his commission from Army ROTC. General Milley has had multiple command and staff positions in eight divisions and Special Forces throughout the last 40 years to include command of the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division; the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; Deputy Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division; Commanding General, III Corps; and Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command. While serving as the Commanding General, III Corps, General Milley deployed as the Commanding General, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. General Milley’s joint assignments also include the Joint Staff operations directorate and as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. General Milley’s operational deployments include the Multi-National Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt; Operation Just Cause, Panama; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and three tours during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. He also deployed to Somalia and Colombia.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in political science from Princeton University, General Milley has a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University and one from the U.S. Naval War College in national security and strategic studies. He is also a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.

David M. Rubenstein Distinguished Lecture - Dr. Jim Yong Kim

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Named for David M. Rubenstein, this endowed lecture series brings high-profile thought leaders and policy makers to campus each year. This year, Dr. Jim Yong Kim will be joining Duke in celebrating 50 years of public policy education and scholarship in conversation with Mr. Rubenstein. Dr. Kim will discuss global policy leadership and what is needed for the future to help address the world’s policy issues.

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., is Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners, a fund that invests in infrastructure projects across several sectors around the world.

From July 2012 to February 2019, Kim served as the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed that position, the organization established two goals to guide its work: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries.

During Kim’s tenure, the World Bank Group supported the development priorities of countries at levels never seen outside of a financial crisis. Along with partners, the World Bank achieved two successive, record replenishments of the institution’s fund for the poorest countries. The World Bank Group also launched several innovative financial instruments, including facilities to address infrastructure needs, prevent pandemics, and help the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes by climate shocks, conflict, and violence.

A physician and anthropologist, Kim’s career has revolved around health, education, and improving the lives of the poor. Before joining the World Bank Group, he served as the President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2005, Kim served as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department. He led WHO’s “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which greatly expanded access to antiretroviral medication in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization that now works in poor communities on four continents.

Exploring Options: Overcoming Barriers to Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation

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Most experts agree that the current patchwork of US privacy laws does not adequately protect individuals and offers little predictability for business. However, specific proposals for a comprehensive federal law have failed to gain
broad enough support in Congress. Two of the most difficult issues have been the extent to which the federal law should preempt state law and whether a private right of action should be provided in the law for individuals to file
lawsuits for privacy violations. This event will focus on those issues and demonstrate that there are many options that could provide paths forward to
gain consensus. The event will include key note remarks from US Federal Trade Commissioner Christine Wilson and two panels featuring many of the top experts on the issues.