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Summer Lecture Series 2018

2018 Summer Lecture Series

It has been said that, "a house divided against itself cannot stand" (Abraham Lincoln, 1858). Yet the U.S. finds itself increasingly fractured along partisan lines. These growing divides are supercharged today by instant Internet and social media communications, 24/7 cable news, blatantly partisan media which attract and inflame like-minded viewers, body cams, viral smartphone videos, and the denigration of some American traditions.

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Susan Dentzer Slides

Click here to view Susan Dentzer's slides from her presentation on "Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes? Averting The Worst for Health and Health Care in America."

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Past Lectures:

July 12: Government Dysfunction and the Future of Our Democracy

Speaker: Steve Levitsky
Professor of Government, Harvard

Steve LevitskyAmerica's democracy has been a beacon for the world for many years. But now it is facing perhaps its biggest challenge — a perfect storm consisting of extreme domestic polarization on key issues, incivility, and government dysfunction; the weakening of our media, our judiciary, and our political norms; and widening social, economic, and educational inequality. Harvard professor Steve Levitsky has studied the actual breakdown of democracies throughout the world and now directs his attention to America's democracy. Is it in danger? How can it be saved?

Steve Levitsky is Professor of Government at Harvard with a focus on political parties, authoritarianism, and democratization. Prior to that he was Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Kellogg Center for International Studies. He has written numerous articles and books. His most defining book, How Democracies Die, concludes that the biggest challenge America faces today is extreme polarizing incivility that pervades and threatens the basic and objective functioning of our government, media, and judiciary. In his lecture he will also explain how he feels our American democracy — despite severe challenges today — can be saved. After his lecture he will sign copies of his book.

July 19: Black Man in a White Coat

Speaker: Damon Tweedy
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University

Damon TweedyRacism — in both overt and subtle forms — continues to be a divisive, pervasive, and emotional problem in America. This lecture will focus on one aspect of that problem — its existence in our healthcare system. It will be revealed through the eyes and personal experiences of an African-American doctor in North Carolina, including his observations of the relationships between white doctors and black patients, and between black doctors and white patients. He will also compare the availability and quality of medical care provided to black and white patients, offering suggestions for tackling the discrimination problem.

Dr. Damon Tweedy, a Duke Medical School graduate, personally learned in school and in the wider medical world that racial prejudice exists in medicine in both overt and subtle ways. He felt it as an African-American medical student and as a practicing physician, and he saw it firsthand in the treatment of white and black patients by black and white doctors, respectively, and by discrimination he experienced even in medical school. He completed his medical internship and psychiatric residency at Duke Hospital and is currently Professor of Psychiatry at Duke and staff psychologist at Durham VA Medical Center. He gained national prominence when he wrote a book, published in 2015, titled Black Man In A White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections On Race And Medicine, asking, "Is being black bad for your health?" The book reached the New York Times Bestseller List and was rated by TIME magazine as among the "Top Ten Non-Fiction Books of 2015." He will sign copies of this book after his lecture.

July 26: Widening Inequality

Speaker: Kathy Edin
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton

Kathy EdinToday, Americans are more economically segregated than ever before, limiting social contact between the affluent and the poor. Even among America's poor, social policy over the last quarter century has bifurcated fortunes. Changes in the economy have increased perilous work, while rising rents have increased the proportion of families who are homeless and precariously housed. This lecture will blend statistics with rich, ethnographic narratives to build a national portrait of widening inequality, its causes, and potential consequences for the next generation. Importantly, it will also focus on solutions.

Kathy Edin is Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Prior to that she was Chair of the Department of Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard, and Faculty Director, Sociology Department, at Johns Hopkins. Kathy is widely considered the foremost expert on, and voice of, people living in poverty in America. She has authored or co-authored eight books on the subject, including $2-a-day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America and Coming of Age in the Other America. After her lecture she will sign copies of these books.

August 2: Our Broken Immigration System and How to Fix it

Speaker: Steve Yale-Loehr
Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School

Steve Yale-LoehrImmigration is at the forefront of U.S. politics. President Trump has called for building walls, imposing bans on Muslim immigrants, restricting legal immigration, and imperiling DACA. Does immigration help or hurt America? Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School, will explain why our current immigration system doesn't work and what you can do to help fix it.

Steve Yale-Loehr has practiced immigration law for 35 years and is currently Professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School. Prior to that he practiced immigration law for a firm in DC and was managing editor of two prestigious immigration law publications. Steve is the author of many books on core immigration issues, including Green Card Stories and America's Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties, and National Unity After September 11. He is listed in the International Who's Who of Immigration Lawyers as "one of the best immigration lawyers in the world." He often testifies before Congress on immigration issues and is a frequent analyst and contributor on NPR, NYT, WSJ, CNN, Fortune, and the Financial Times.

August 9: The U.S. Role in the World: Can A Divided Country Still Lead?

Speaker: Senator George Mitchell
U.S. Senator (Maine), 1980-1995; Senate Majority Leader, 1989-1995

Senator George MitchellAmerica is fiercely divided on many important domestic issues. Debates about global issues like globalization, free trade agreements, and immigration have also become divisive. World leaders fear an America that continues to be weakened by its internal divisions, unwilling to play its international role effectively and taking unilateral, controversial actions to suddenly pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But the world will not wait long for the U.S. to sort its domestic problems. Some countries may take advantage of this period of American uncertainty and rash international behavior. Can a divided country still lead?

Senator Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as Chairman of the DLA Piper law firm, now Chairman Emeritus. Before that he served as a federal judge and as Majority Leader of the United States Senate. He was Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, which resulted in an agreement in 2001 that ended an historic conflict and for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He served as Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is the author of five books, most recently a memoir entitled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life (2015) and A Path To Peace (2016).

August 16: Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes? Averting The Worst for Health and Health Care in America

Speaker: Susan Dentzer
President and CEO, NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation)

Susan DentzerWhile the quality of medical care in America is good, the lack of its availability and affordability for many Americans has created a divided, unequal country. Well educated, upper income Americans are living longer and can afford expensive medical care, but less fortunate Americans are often receiving inadequate medical care and — with the soaring expense of healthcare plans and rising deductibles — cannot pay for similar healthcare. How can the U.S. improve the health of its population, address its chronic disease and opioid addiction crises, broaden access to healthcare for all, and maintain expenditures within sustainable bounds?

Susan Dentzer, a Dartmouth graduate, served on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2004, and as Board Chair from 2000 to 2004. She was senior writer at Newsweek and then chief economics columnist at U.S. News & World Report. In 1998 she joined the PBS News Hour With Jim Lehrer, serving as its on-air health correspondent from 1998 to 2008, leading the show's award-winning unit covering health care and health policy. In 2008 she joined Health Affairs, a journal on global health policy. She is currently President and CEO of NEHI (Network For Excellence In Health Innovation), a consortium of almost 100 health care organizations focused on creating and identifying innovations that improve the quality and lower the cost of care, and spanning the hospital, health insurance, and pharmaceutical fields.


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