Judd Gregg and Tim Geithner ’83 Open New Lecture Series


From left: Judd Gregg, Tim Geithner, and Jon Huntsman Jr. (photos courtesy Judd Gregg, U.S. Treasury Department, Jon Huntsman)

Visit the “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy” lecture series website for the most current news and schedule

Dartmouth’s new lecture series, “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy,” begins this week, featuring talks by former Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner ’83.

The series, which will bring national political and policy experts and presidential candidates to Dartmouth, is sponsored by the Office of the President and Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.

List of Speakers

More information, including additional speakers, will be published on the lecture series website as details become available. Watch the site for the most current dates, times, and locations for the lectures, all of which are free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following speakers are confirmed:

  • June 23: Judd Gregg, former New Hampshire senator, congressman and governor; 4:30 p.m., Hopkins Center, Moore Theater; lecture will be broadcast live on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel.
  • June 24: Tim Geithner ’83, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; 4 p.m., Hopkins Center, Spaulding Auditorium; lecture will be broadcast live on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel.
  • July 14: Jim Yong Kim, Dartmouth president and public health physician; 4:30 p.m., Hopkins Center, Moore Theater.
  • July 25: Jon Huntsman, Jr., Republican candidate for president and former ambassador to China; time: to be determined; Hopkins Center, Moore Theater.
  • July 28: Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City public schools
  • August 4: Robert Reich ’68, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, and Dartmouth trustee emeritus
  • August 11: Henry Paulson ’68, former secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • August 18: Jeffrey Immelt ’78, chief executive officer of GE, and member of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees
  • August 23: Frank Newport, Gallup editor-in-chief
Each lecture will address a major topic shaping current policy and political debate at the national level. The issues include the federal deficit, health care reform, the public education system, financial bailouts, and partisan politics.

Featured this week will be:

  • Judd Gregg, a former Republican U.S. senator and congressman representing New Hampshire, who also served two terms as governor of New Hampshire and has dedicated more than three decades of his life to public service.
  • Tim Geithner ’83, the current Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a position he has held since 2009. Previously, Geithner served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Also this week, another lecturer has been added to the roster. Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., will come to Dartmouth next month. (See complete list of confirmed lecturers at right.) Dartmouth expects to announce other lecturers in the coming weeks. See lecture website for up-to-date details.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor and former U.S. Ambassador to China, announced his intention to run for the presidency on June 21.

Gregg’s lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m., June 23, at Moore Theater in the Hopkins Center, and will be broadcast live on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel. Geithner will speak at 4 p.m., June 24, in Spaulding Auditorium, located in the Hopkins Center, and also will be broadcast live on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel.

About the “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy” Lecture Series

The lectures, which run through mid-August, are integrated with a new team-taught summer term course called “Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy,” sponsored by Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.

“The lectures are an opportunity for students and members of the larger community to share a common intellectual experience,” said President Jim Yong Kim, who is also a public health physician and will speak to the class on current challenges in health care. “This course is another way Dartmouth is engaging students in the complexities of the world and bringing a diversity of perspectives to the campus.”

The team-taught course will be led by visiting Professor Charles Wheelan ’88, of the Harris School at the University of Chicago. Wheelan, a former member of the Board of Visitors at the Rockefeller Center, has returned to his alma mater each year since 2006 to teach summer courses in economics and public policy.

Also teaching will be Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving A’72, P’10 Professor of Economics, and director of the Rockefeller Center; Bruce Sacerdote ’90, the Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor in Economics; Deborah Brooks, associate professor of government; and Dean Lacy, professor of government.

The guest lecturers will, in most cases, speak to the class in advance of presenting a public lecture. Similar lecture series may be held in future years on topics relevant to a liberal arts education.

The lectures are timed to take advantage of the great opportunity New Hampshire’s presidential primary affords to invite candidates to visit Dartmouth. However, the summer series won’t be the only Dartmouth stop on politicians’ calendars. This fall, Republican presidential candidates will be on campus for a debate on the U.S. economy, set for October 11, 2011. Hosted by Dartmouth, Bloomberg Television, The Washington Post, and WBIN-TV, the event will be broadcast nationally and around the globe by Bloomberg Television and streamed online by Washingtonpostlive.com.

Susan J. Boutwell