About the Rubenstein Fellows Academy

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A university-wide initiative to bring top thought leaders to Duke to share insight and spark discussion on current and future global challenges. Rubenstein Fellows work across the university teaching classes, mentoring students, collaborating with faculty, and serving as advisors to signature university programs.

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“What I love the most is the students who are great critical thinkers.
These students cut to the chase. It’s refreshing.”

– JIM ROGERS, 2014/15 RUBENSTEIN FELLOW

"This is an amazing opportunity to learn from and work with someone with incredible experience and, more importantly, sincere passion for making the world a better and more sustainable place … Alex is the kind of person that operates with sincere integrity and belief in the work he does. That is truly rare."

Andee Hendee

MEM/MBA Candidate, Class of 2016

"Even outside of the classroom, Jim's commitment to students has been incredible. He's made time to have lunch or dinner with each of us to review resumes, chat about his experience, and provide career advice."

Jake Reeder

MPP/MBA Candidate, class of 2015

“Alex brings to Duke the rare combination of deep scientific knowledge of conservation issues as well as hands-on experience operationalizing global conservation and development programs, experiences that in turn are of tremendous value to faculty and students alike.”

Alan Townsend

Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment

19Jan, 2015

Gen. Dempsey To Fellow Officers: Stay Off The Political Battlefield

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

NPR News | August 3, 2016 Two retired generals spoke at the national political conventions last month — one in favor of the Democratic candidate and one for the Republican. … These high-profile appearances have spurred a third retired general to step forward. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

19Jan, 2015

Want to Change the World? There’s a MOOC for That.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Online Duke | June 6, 2016 Emerging pandemic diseases like Ebola and Zika, the sixth extinction, and food insecurity: these are some of the most daunting issues facing the world today. A new open online course wants to empower people around the world to overcome these grand challenges in new and innovative ways. “Innovation and Design…

19Jan, 2015

Former U.S. Ambassadors Spar Over Russia, NATO, Ukraine

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty| June 15, 2016 By Mike Eckel WASHINGTON, DC – Two former U.S. ambassadors to Russia clashed over past and future assessments of relations between Washington and Moscow and which country bears the greater responsibility for deepening bilateral tensions. Michael McFaul and Jack Matlock delivered their remarks at a June 14 hearing before the House Foreign…

19Jan, 2015

Power for All: Energy Access for the Rural Poor

Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room - Friday, October 30, 2015

Duke-RTI Professors and Practitioners in Conversation In an era of accelerating innovation and increasing dependence on technology, much of the world’s rural population still lacks reliable access to energy. Living without power inhibits household incomes, access to education, good health outcomes, and labor productivity. Drawing on a wide range of experiences, panelists will discuss the…