President Kim to Lecture in Next ‘Leading Voices in Politics and Policy’ Series


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Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim will diagnose current challenges in the American health care system as he delivers the next “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy” lecture on Thursday, July 14.

President Jim Yong Kim will lecture on July 14. (Photo copyright © 2005 WHO/P.Virot.)

Kim’s lecture, the third in the new series which runs through August, begins at 4:30 p.m., in Moore Theater in the Hopkins Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Also this week, another lecturer has been added to the roster. Charles “Buddy” Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana who is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, will speak about trade and globalization in a lecture on July 21.

Additionally, the lecture date for presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., a Republican and former governor of Utah, has been changed from July 25 to July 26. See the lecture series website for up-to-date details. Dartmouth expects to announce other lecturers in the coming weeks.

The Leading Voices series, which is bringing 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.

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.

Kim, an anthropologist and public health physician who has worked for more than two decades to provide medical treatment to underserved populations worldwide, will discuss underlying issues at play in the current health-care debate, and also propose specific reforms.

Kim’s speech, and all of the lectures, will be available on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel after the talk.

Previous speakers were former Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner ’83. Speaking later this month, in addition to Roemer and Huntsman, will be Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City public schools, on July 28. A full slate of speakers is set for August.

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

The lectures are integrated with a new team-taught summer term course called “Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy,” sponsored by the Rockefeller Center.

“The lectures are an opportunity for students and members of the larger community to share a common intellectual experience,” said President Kim. “This course is another way Dartmouth is engaging students in the complexities of the world and bringing a diversity of perspectives to the campus.”

In some cases, notable policymakers may visit the class, but not take part in the lecture series. For example, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican who ran for president in 2008, will visit with students on Friday, July 15, but not speak publicly.

The team-taught course is 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 is 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

Susan J. Boutwell