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Dorsett Fellows Lecture Series 2017-2018
Free Speech on College Campuses

Description of the Dorsett Fellowship

The Dorsett Fellowship was established in 2001 when the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, in conjunction with Research Corporation Technologies, made a significant donation in honor of Burt Dorsett ’53, establishing an endowed fund. The purpose of the Dorsett fund is to honor the exemplary business career of Burt Dorsett by bringing practitioners of ethics (business leaders, physicians, engineers, etc.) and/or scholars of ethics to the Dartmouth campus. The Dorsett Fellows (listed below) have provided public lectures, conducted guest lectures in college courses, participated in faculty working groups, and spent time pursuing their own research while on campus.

Dorsett Fellow Lecture Series 2017—2018

Geoffrey StoneSeptember 14 at 4:30,  Geoffrey Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Location: Haldeman 041.







Jelani CobbJanuary 10, at 4:30 Jelani Cobb is an American writer,[2] author and educator. A professor of journalism at Columbia University, Cobb was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut from 2012 to 2016.[3] Since 2015, he has been a staff writer at The New Yorker. Location: Haldeman 041.


Robert PostApril 12, at 4:30 Robert Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Robert Post is Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Dean Post’s subject areas are constitutional law, First Amendment, legal history, and equal protection. Location: Haldeman 041.





Dorsett Fellows

Sarah Susanka, Spring, 2017, Author and Architect.  "Not So Big House" series.  Watch lectures:  Reinventing our Homes and Communities for Aging Independence 

Not So Big: The First Step in Sustainability for Home, Community, and Life

Joel Rosenthal, Winter, 2016, President of the Carnegie Council, "Rising Fences: Migrants, Borders and a New Frontier for Ethics".

Joan Halifax, Roshi, Winter, 2014 "Engaged Buddhism and Ethics: Practicing Compassion and Fearlessness in an Endangered World”

Norman Daniels, Spring 2013 (Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health)

Anita Allen, Spring 2012 (the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania)

Kenneth Feinberg, Spring 2011 (attorney/author/Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001/Head of BP Claims Fund for 2010 gulf oil spill)

Tracy Kidder, Spring 2010 (Pulitzer Prize winning author)

Michael Beschloss, Fall 2008 (Presidential Historian, award-winning biographer)

Barbara Ehrenreich, Winter 2008 (author/investigative journalist)

Lee Bollinger, Fall 2005 (President of Columbia University)

Marcia Angell, Spring 2005 (Former Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author)

Temple Grandin, Spring 2004 (animal rights activist, author)

Tom Chappell, Spring 2003 (founder and CEO of Tom’s of Maine)

Last Updated: 10/2/17