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Huntsman cancels Duke event because of travel disruptions from hurricane

Jon Hunstman has canceled a planned talk at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy because of travel disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, had planned to speak about “Challenges and Opportunities Abroad” on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Duke said in a release that the school hopes to be able to reschedule the event in the spring.

McCorkle goes to work at Sanford School of Public Policy

Mac McCorkle, who worked for many years as a Democratic policy consultant, has gone to work at The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. McCorkle is a new associate professor of the practice of public policy, and director of graduate studies, MPP program.

His firm, McCorkle Public Policy has worked for Democratic candidates in North Carolina and 28 states including such candidates as Governors Mike Easley and Bev Perdue and Rep. David Price. McCorkle, who has a law degree from Duke, practiced law in Raleigh with the firm founded by former Gov. Terry Sanford.

Let's talk about WikiLeaks

What's the fallout from WikiLeaks?

That's the topic for a panel discussion Tuesday at Duke University.

“Out of the Bag -- WikiLeaks and U.S. Diplomacy” will begin at noon in Room 153 of Rubenstein Hall, in the Sanford School of Public Policy. The hourlong event is free and open to the public.
The talk will center around the recent release of diplomatic cables, their impact on U.S. foreign policy and the role of the media in the controversy.

Panelists include:  Philip Bennett, former managing editor of The Washington Post; Ambassador Patrick Duddy, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence at Duke's Center for International Studies; Peter Feaver, former White House adviser and political science professor as well as director of both the Triangle Institute for Security Studies; and  Gilbert Merkx, director of international and area studies at Duke.

David Brooks coming to Duke

New York Times columnist David Brooks is coming to Duke University next week to talk about "Politics and Culture in the Age of Obama."

Brooks will deliver the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The event is free and open to the public.

Brooks will discuss how the Obama presidency has shaped America’s political and social discourse. He'll also talk about politicians can bring about a post-partisan era, which should be interesting given this week's election results.

Brooks' appearance is part of a new Sanford program on American politics entitled “Gridlock: Can Our System Address America’s Big Problems?” The program is a two-year series led by professors who will look at Washington's inability to deal with issues such as the deficit, immigration reform and energy dependence.

Sanford photographs on display

A collection of photographs documenting the life and career of political giant Terry Sanford is on display at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

Sanford, as governor, U.S. Senator and Duke University president, was a champion for civil rights and public education.

The photographs illustrate some the highlights of Sanford’s career, particularly his time as governor. Many were taken by News & Observer photographers, such as these, which capture scenes during Sanford's 1960 gubernatorial campaign. The photographs were provided by the N.C. Division of Archives and History.

"We wanted to do something that would help anybody coming into this building understand its history and its roots," said Karen Kemp, the school's communications director who managed the exhibit.

Kemp said the exhibit will be expanded to cover more of Sanford's life and career.  The exhibit is in the school's lobby and open to the public. Visitors should park in the Science Drive visitor lot. The school is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DOT looking for stimulus money

Gene Conti, secretary of the state Department of Transportation, was building bridges this week.

Conti flew to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to meet with members of the state's congressional delegation or their staffs to try to receive federal stimulus money for the Yadkin River Bridge project. The project seeks to replace a 50-year-old bridge on Interstate 85 near Salisbury.

He also participated in an event held by Duke University to recognize five alumni of the university's Sanford School of Public Policy. Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman spoke at the event.

In total, the trip cost the state about $610, including plane tickets, hotel fare and taxi rides.

Correction: Post originally misstated Luger and Kaufman's roles in the event.

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