The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Rockefeller Center at 25

On September 23, 2008, the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College celebrated 25 years of educating, training, and inspiring the next generation of public policy leaders. Starting in early 2008 the Center mounted a series of events to highlight the work of the Center and its role on the Dartmouth campus. The year also marked the 100th birthday of Nelson A. Rockefeller, for whom the Center is named.

The Centennial Lecture Series focused on areas that embodied the legacy of Nelson Rockefeller. This included public programs on universal health care; public education; environmental conservation; federalism; the United Nations; economic development in Latin America; and the challenges of poverty and welfare.

John R. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Creative Leadership and Former Chancellor of the SUNY System." Nelson Rockefeller's Gift for the Ages: The Nation's Largest Comprehensive System of Public Higher Education”

Richard Nathan, President, Co-Director, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY. “ Nelson Rockefeller and the Future of Federalism”

"Going to Extremes: The Fate of the Political Center in American Politics”A Conference Convened by Ronald G. Shaiko Senior Fellow, Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College

Mark McClellan, Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair in Health Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution. 

A Panel on Poverty and Welfare. Participants: Peter F. Burns, Research Associate, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College; Sandra K. Danziger, Professor, School of Social Work, Research Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; Matissa Hollister, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Dartmouth College; Clarence N. Stone, Professor Emeritus, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, Research Professor, Public Policy and Political Science, George Washington University.

Richard D. Parsons, Chairman of the Board and Former CEO, Time Warner.

Richard Norton Smith, Scholar-in-Residence,George Mason University.

Christine Todd Whitman, President,Whitman Strategy Group.

James C. Cason '66 a career Foreign Service Officer "Emerging Trends in Latin America."

Richard C. Holbrooke "The United Nations: Past and Present." The program is not available on YouTube, but is available from the Baker-Berry Library's Jones Media Center.

Special Events

On April 25th 2008 over 200 friends of the Rockefeller Center gathered to toast the Center. You may watch the complete video of the event, or the shorter version Rocky @25.

  • April 25th dinner video [run-time: 79 minutes]
  • Rocky@25 video [run-time: 8 minutes]
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