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Body Politic(s): Health, Wellness, and Social Responsibility

body politic(s)The 2013-2014 Dartmouth Centers Forum theme is Body Politic(s): Health, Wellness, and Social Responsibility. Amidst a climate of global uncertainty, there is no more critical issue than taking care of ourselves and each other. From international dialogue to local organizing, the DCF looks to engage our entire community through this issue.


Some questions that align with our theme:

  • How does one grapple with stark disparities in international health care?
  • What is our "bystander responsibility" when we see unhealthy behavior?
  • How does our political system impact our health and wellbeing?
  • Does caring about faraway health problems even make a difference?

Focused Topics / Sub-themes

The DCF has created a focus/sub-themes for each term that will help students, staff, and faculty explore elements of the theme.

  • Fall: "Taking it Personally": The role of the individual in addressing systemic issues.
  • Winter: "Economics of Healthcare": The haves, the have-nots, and the mismatch of services and needs.
  • Spring: "Body Image": What we see, what we think, and how we feel.

To find about about programming related to the Body Politic(s) theme, see the Upcoming Events page.

Funding for Programs

Besides advancing this theme through the wide and varied missions of its member Centers, each term the DCF also will accept programming proposals through a Request For Proposals (RFP) process for students, faculty, and staff. Proposals that demonstrate collaboration and strive for intergroup dialogue and engagement are highly encouraged. We hope to receive proposals representing a broad range of activities from in-depth dialogues with a few participants to larger, campus-wide programs. Priority will be given to RFPs that align with our sub-themes (listed above by term); however, we will accept all proposals that align with our main theme.

The deadline for winter term proposals is noon on March 28th. Submit your proposal.

Last Updated: 3/3/14