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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. For the 2015-16 Academic Year, the DCF decided instead to utilize the forum as a venue for exploring experiential learning - a key element of President Hanlon's Academic Vision.

Coinciding with the launch of the Experiential Learning Initiative in the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning in the fall 2015 term, the DCF will meet regularly throughout the academic year to actively engage with the theory and practice of experiential learning.

Experiential learning is already a prominent component of "the Dartmouth experience," both inside and outside the classroom. In a recent survey, departments self-reported over 120 courses characterized by experiential learning taught by over 70 Dartmouth faculty. More than 70 co-curricular programs (including employment, internships, outreach, research, and service opportunities) self-report experiential learning as a central component of the programs.

Throughout the 2015-16 Academic Year, the DCF will seek to better understand what Dartmouth means by "experiential learning," what each of our centers contributes to this initiative, what impact experience and reflection can have on student learning and development, and how we might work together to create a robust network of academic and co-curricular experiential learning opportunities for students across the institution.


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: 5/13/16