REGISTER The Inaugural Critical (Legal) Collective Convening aims to develop strategies to thwart threats to the rights to learn, teach and thrive, posed by antidemocratic… Continue Reading Critical (Legal) Collective Inaugural Convening
REGISTER This conference considers the various ways that hate and bias influence the lives and experiences of communities in North Carolina, the United States, and… Continue Reading Combating Hate & Bias Conference
As we approach the one-year countdown to the 2024 election, the campaign for the presidency is already in full swing—but many big questions remain unanswered.… Continue Reading The 2024 Election, One Year Out
Former Congressman Dave Trott (L'85) will discuss his experience working on gun legislation at both the state and federal levels, recent trends in state gun… Continue Reading Legislating Gun Policy with Former Congressman Dave Trott (L’85)
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This event has been postponed. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date. We look forward to welcoming U.S. Rep. Jeff Jackson to Duke's campus!
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REGISTER The Polis Student Committee (PSC) is a community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Duke University who share an interest in politics, democracy,… Continue Reading Polis Student Committee 2023 Kickoff
“Nurses have been front and center during the COVID crisis. We are the most trusted profession in the United States. There’s no better time than… Continue Reading Healing Politics Campaign School For Nurses & Midwives
Does access to reliable news drive citizen engagement in our democracy? What role can clergy play in facilitating civil discourse and bridging the partisan divide?… Continue Reading Democracy In America: An Interdisciplinary Exploration Of How To Strengthen Democracy
Students and faculty at Duke University were invited to join a respectful conversation touching all sides of a challenging issue — specially selected by Duke students… Continue Reading Braver Angels Debate: Does QuadEx Strengthen Duke’s Campus Community?
From April 6-8, Professors Deondra Rose and Manoj Mohanan took students from PUBPOL 155 (Public Policy Analysis) and PUBPOL 301 (Political Analysis for Policymaking), as well as members of the Polis Student Committee, to… Continue Reading 2023 Washington D.C. Trip with PUBPOL 155 & 301
“Mayor Bibb’s enthusiasm for Cleveland and for U.S. cities generally was contagious. He reminded us future policymakers that local governments are essential in driving change… Continue Reading A Conversation with Justin M. Bibb, The Mayor of Cleveland
Students elected the first ever PSC Executive Board after hearing various candidate speeches for Graduate and Undergraduate Co-President, Vice President of Events and Membership, and… Continue Reading Polis Student Committee Executive Board Election
Polis hosted Duke Alumni guide J.J. Johnson (’88) of Fidelity Investments to meet with students across Sanford and Duke University including a class visit to Professor Deondra Rose’s PUBPOL301 class… Continue Reading Class Visit And Dinner With Polis Alumni Guide J.J. Johnson (Duke ’88)
Laurel Holley (’25) is majoring in Public Policy and International Comparative Studies with a focus on China & East Asia. She is a Polis Student… Continue Reading Welcome Reception For Distinguished Fellow Congressman David Price
Photos by Brittany Gabriel (MPP '24) Described as a "rising star" in politics, Mayor David Holt (R) is the youngest mayor that Oklahoma City has had in… Continue Reading Changing The Game: Politics, Policy, And 21st Century Leadership With Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt
Directly following a Duke faculty Midterm Election briefing, 6 Polis Student Committee (PSC) members were interviewed by international journalists through the organization of the State Department.… Continue Reading PSC Press Briefing on the 2022 Midterm Elections
Polis held a Midterm Election watch party (with pizza!) as results rolled in during the evening of November 8th. Students also submitted "ballots" for a… Continue Reading Polis Midterm Election Watch Party
In this "Fireside" chat, the audience will engage with Rev. Peter Storey on the ethical frameworks that challenge the legal normalization and the dominant social… Continue Reading Gathering Power and a Counter-Narrative: Rebutting the Normalization of Racialized Injustice
Rosa Golchin (Trinity '24) is majoring in Political Science and Biology. She enjoys studying energy and environmental policy and hopes to work in shaping energy… Continue Reading PSC Dinner & Discussion: NC Midterm Election
Few decisions are more important—and few expenses more significant—than the ones we face concerning our health. How much should the government be involved in providing… Continue Reading Discourse for Democracy: Discussing our Health
On October 28th, the North Carolina Young People's Voting Alliance and Duke Votes teamed up to host a Duke Democracy Day to motivate students to vote in the upcoming… Continue Reading Democracy Day: State of Democracy Discussion with Michael Steele
Inflation, taxes, unemployment, supply chain: economic concerns affect everyone. What factors push and pull the drivers of our economy? Are we still experiencing economic effects… Continue Reading Discourse For Democracy: Discussing Our Pocketbooks
On October 13th, Polis kicked-off the inaugural Polis Student Committee with ice breakers and trivia. PSC members are students all across Duke University with an… Continue Reading Polis Student Committee Kick-Off
Are you wondering how Gen Z will influence the upcoming election cycles? Meet one of America’s premier thought leaders on Gen Z and the role… Continue Reading Gen Z and the Politics of 2022 and 2024: An Evening with John Della Volpe
What are fair and equitable ways for the nation to place limits on itself, its members, and outside actors? Managing immigration and our borders. Setting… Continue Reading Discourse for Democracy: Discussing our Boundaries
Title IX changed the face of higher education. It remediated the exclusion of education from the earlier Civil Rights Act and made sex discrimination in education… Continue Reading Title IX @ 50: Talking About Gender Equity
Who in America can reliably expect the right to vote? From the earliest days of our nation, the right to vote has been upheld as… Continue Reading Discourse for Democracy: Discussing our Right to Vote
This event brought together leading social justice and civil rights scholars to discuss the intersection of voting, civil disobedience, and environmental justice. Included were civil… Continue Reading Casting your Ballot for Environmental Justice
Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro hosted Eric Schmitt, a senior writer at The New York Times, for a fireside chat. At the New York… Continue Reading A Fireside Chat with Eric Schmitt
Anita Dunn, partner and founding member of SKDK, will join Prof. Bill Adair's Lying in Politics class. One of the nation's premier communications and political strategists,… Continue Reading A Conversation with Anita Dunn
On April 6th, students debated the question: “Should college campuses disinvite speakers whose ideas can be construed as “cancellable?” The debate was sponsored by Polis:… Continue Reading Braver Angels Debate: Should College Campuses Disinvite Speakers Whose Ideas Can Be Construed as “Cancellable”
Polis and DUU hosted an American politics-themed trivia night at the Devil’s Krafthouse on Thursday, March 31st.
Sanford Student Voices: Closeup on the U.S. Regulatory Landscape Gary Gensler, the current chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recently joined Polis’s… Continue Reading A Fireside Chat with SEC Chair Gary Gensler
Fostering economic development and revitalization in rural communities represents one of the most important challenges facing North Carolina and the nation. Scholars, practitioners, and advocates… Continue Reading Politics, Policy, And A New Economic Strategy For Rural North Carolina
From March 21st-22nd, the Duke Sexual and Gender Minority Health Program is hosting the virtual 2022 Sexual and Gender Minority Health Symposium. Experts from around… Continue Reading 2022 Sexual and Gender Minority Health Symposium: Transgender Policies, Care Practices, and Wellbeing
Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro held a virtual conversation with Tom Nides, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel. They discussed the U.S.-Israel relationship, including shared… Continue Reading A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Nides
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… Continue Reading Leveling Up Leadership: Building Diverse Leaders Today for Tomorrow
Polis hosted former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis (Duke ’81) to discuss domestic political challenges, the effects of political polarity, and steps to address current problems… Continue Reading Bob Inglis: Conservatives and Climate Change
Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro held a virtual conversation with Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va). They discussed domestic and international challenges facing the United States,… Continue Reading A Conversation with Senator Tim Kaine
Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro hosted political strategist and pollster Joel Benenson. They discussed his work on presidential campaigns–including those of President Obama, Secretary… Continue Reading A Conversation with Joel Benenson, Political Strategist and CEO, Benenson Strategy Group
Please join Harvard Professor Michael J. Sandel for a conversation with Duke faculty on his award-winning book The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? Professor Sandel will be… Continue Reading The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?
“So many things have surprised me. In other ways, it feels like I’ve come back into the White House after a few years away and… Continue Reading A Conversation with Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor
“We’re in a perilous moment. My overall sense is that this is an institution that’s really damaged by partisanship and extremists...I could not have dreamed… Continue Reading A Career in Service: A Conversation with Rep. David Price and Judy Woodruff
Showcasing the importance of young political leaders for democracy, Polis welcomed Anjali Boyd, Bettina Umstead, and Nida Allam to speak on the importance of youth… Continue Reading Discourse for Democracy: Local Politics & Democracy
Join fellow Duke students, Professor Deondra Rose, and Polis Director’s Fellows for burritos and a guided conversation about recent elections, political discourse at Duke, and… Continue Reading Discourse over Dinner: Chipotle Chat