Rudman Center Events and Programming

Rudman Reception in the IP Center Lobby

The Rudman Center is pleased to present public events and programming that align with our mission. We are especially proud to lead public discourse on the policies and events shaping society today: civic engagement and education, fiscal responsibility, and putting aside partisanship to confront and address the problems facing our democracy and world. 

Recurring Events

While each year brings new events and programming, the following is a list of our key recurring events.

Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award and Reception

This award is present annually to a UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law graduate and New Hampshire Bar Association member who exemplifies Bruce Friedman’s commitment to public service by providing exemplary pro bono service to indigent clients in the state. Professor Friedman founded, and for many years directed, the law school’s Civil Practice Clinic before passing away unexpectedly.

Justice & Journalism

NHPR's Domenico Montanaro at Justice & Journalism Event

The Justice & Journalism series brings nationally renowned journalists to the Rudman Center for engaging conversations on public affairs and the public servants who create, implement, and influence public policy. The series is a joint initiative of NHPR (New Hampshire Public Radio) and the Rudman Center, made possible by the generous support of The Couch Family Foundation. Recent Justice & Journalism talks have been given by Peter Overby, David Folkenflik, Mary Louise Kelly, and Domenico Montanaro.

The Concord Coalition

The Rudman Center and The Concord Coalition present at least one program annually related to federal fiscal policy, deficit spending, short- and long-term economic growth, and/or public budgeting. The Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH participates when topics are related to the fiscal implications of healthcare policies and programs. Top experts share insights on economic trends, forecasts, and possible solutions that could affect the nation and policymakers’ decisions. These programs are generously supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization that educates on the importance of generationally-responsible federal fiscal policy.

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education

Together with the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, the Rudman Center is pleased to present the William W. Treat Lecture Series. These lectures, including one honoring Constitution Day in September, feature luminaries and distinguished panelists discussing various topics pertaining to civic engagement, the constitution, and democracy. Lectures are made possible through a generous grant from the William W. Treat Foundation. Judge Treat was a leader in the Republican Party and a champion of human rights, highly regarded for bridging political and other divides to improve discussions central to democratic society.

Civil Liberties & the Presidency / Corner Office

Deval Patrick at Civil Liberties & the Presidency

This bipartisan series of conversations with presidential and gubernatorial candidates is a joint event with the Rudman Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. We are pleased to partner with the ACLU-NH to hold events that allow the public to meet and question candidates running for political office.

David Broder Award Presentation

The Warren B. Rudman Center is pleased to present biennially the David Broder Award to a journalist whose career exemplifies Mr. Broder’s work and reflects Senator Rudman’s lifelong commitment to public service, democracy, and dialogue. Recipients serve the public and their profession through reporting and commentary that advances the public understanding of:

  • Democratic processes and
  • Relationships among law, public discourse, and political decision-making

Past recipients include Dan Balz of the Washington Post and John Dickerson of CBS News.