The 2010–2011 Dartmouth Centers Forum theme, Speak Out | Listen Up! addressed the power of communication. Featuring inspiring speakers and practitioners, as well as a series of more intimate satellite events, the theme aimed to draw students, faculty, and community members into meaningful discussions about effective and expressive, as well as dysfunctional communication. The DCF’s goal was to help promote critical reflection on what it means to find one’s voice and use it to good effect. As the DCF spelled out in its description of the theme:
Liberal arts education demands that students develop strong, meaningful and courageous voices with which to express their informed viewpoints. Exploring various modes of speaking and listening, effective communicators will encourage students to reflect upon their own communicative acts, inside and outside the classroom. This will raise issues ranging from the productive role of communication in building and changing communities to venomous forms of communication, which aim at harming others.
Students, faculty and visitors explored the theme and exemplified the power of communication. DCF members complemented the major public events featuring noted speakers and practitioners with panels, workshops, discussions, and performances which enabled all members of the community to work through ideas of communication in a more informal, but structured atmosphere.
In cooperation with the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric.
New to its thematic programming, the DCF released a request for proposals (RFP) so that students, faculty, and staff could propose events related to the Speak Out | Listen Up! theme. The first round of awards were made following an RFP in November 2010. The second round of awards were announced in February 2011.
The DCF planned several events in support of this theme.
Descriptions and any coverage of past events can still be viewed here.
Last Updated: 5/27/11