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dcf logoThe Dartmouth Centers Forum seeks to respond to growing political, ideological, social and intellectual dissonance in the academy and society.

The Dartmouth Centers Forum (DCF) hopes to create an enabling environment for constructive thinking and open dialogue campus-wide about current issues of the day. Activities include faculty research and curricular enhancement seminars, public events, and facilitated student dialogues.


Each academic year the DCF chooses a theme upon which to base its programming. The 2014-2015 Dartmouth Centers Forum theme is Pop Culture: What puts the 'pop' in popular culture?

Popular culture: the phenomenon when an idea, an image, an attitude goes mainstream. Communal recognition gives pop culture power, but what does pop culture say about the society in which it circulates? Critics deride pop culture as a 'dumbing-down' of concepts, reducing them to their lowest common denominators, while others claim pop culture sublimely reflects collective social consciousness that underpins human civilization. Mass media was essential to the development of pop culture, and has been skillfully deployed by social movements ever since—from newspapers and magazines to blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Our digital age offers potentially vast opportunities to spread ideas, yet personal experiences are frequently fragmented. Can one find meaning in the mainstream? Is the power of popular culture over?

Programming Sponsored by DCF Members

In addition to programming funded by the DCF, the DCF's member centers will conduct programming focused on Pop Culture as well. Information on future events is on the Upcoming Events page.  Please check back often to learn about newly scheduled events related to the theme.


Recent Events

Watch David Levy's "No Time to Think" presentation in support of the Dartmouth Centers Forum's Body Politic(s) theme.

News Coverage of Recent Events

Last Updated: 9/23/14