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The Montgomery Endowment
Office of the Provost
6004 Parkhurst Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H. 03655
(603) 646-4062

The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment at Dartmouth College

Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of '25), the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment was created "to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichment to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community."


   Klaus J. Milich                                           
   Program Director  

   Ellen Henderson
   Program Coordinator


Spring 2016

Thomas Allen Harris

April 6- June 3

Thomas Allen Harris

Thomas Allen Harris 


Film Screening

Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People

With his new film, artist Thomas Allen Harris posits that black people in America have mostly been seen through the eyes of white image makers who have infused popular culture with Aunt Jemima, Darkie Toothpaste, Birth of a Nation and more. It's only through the eyes of black photographers that we see differently. Lens is a family memoir, a tribute to unsung artists and a lyrical—at times heartbroken—meditation on imagery and identity. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Loew Auditorium

7:00 p.m.

 Discussion follows with Montgomery Fellow Thomas Allen Harris.


Digital Diaspora Family Reunion- DDFR Roadshow
DDFR Roadshows are flexible, from 90-minute photo-sharing events to week-long residencies, culminating with a Grand Finale. The DDFR Grand Finale event is a 2-hour multimedia performance with a live audience, where people share their stories and family photographs, on cellphones or as actual photos, projected on a large screen. The atmosphere created, with music and intimate revelations, is that of a sacred space, where strangers are transformed into Family. People laugh, cry, hug, make new connections, discover new insights and generally come away with a very deep appreciation for our connections with each other as fellow travelers on the great journey of life. It is as beautiful as it is precious! Please bring a photo to share!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dartmouth Hall, Rm 105

7:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the public


Thomas Allen Harris, an award-winning Director, is the President of Chimpanzee Productions, Inc. a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality, including feature length films, performances and live multimedia productions.

                Harris’s deeply personal and innovative films - Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005), E Minha Cara/That’s My Face (2001), VINTAGE – Families of Value (1995), - have received critical acclaim at International film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty, Cape Town and Melbourne Arts Festival and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish Broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. His performance-based videos have been featured at museums and galleries including the MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1995 Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia, the Long Beach Museum of Art and London Institute of the Arts.

In 2009, Harris and his team launched the transmedia community engagement project, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion LLC (, a performance-based touring Roadshow, and a virtual gathering space, where individuals are invited to explore and share the rich and revealing narratives found within their family photo albums. Working in partnership with museums, festivals, senior and youth centers, educational institutions, libraries and cultural arts spaces, Digital Diaspora creates communal linkages affirming our common humanity while privileging the voices of people whose stories have often been absented, marginalized or overlooked. Harris is currently working on several Digital Diaspora inspired projects including Remember Me: The Family Album Project – a documentary exploring how the family album shapes memory and identity in the digital age. The project draws on the 1000+ interviews and 18k+ photographs collected as part of the touring Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow.

                Harris’s work has received numerous awards including a 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary Film, an Africa Movie Academy Award, American Library Association (ALA) Notable Videos for Adults, Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award, Tribeca All Access Nelson Mandela Award, United States Artist Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, a Sundance Directors Fellowship, two Emmy Award Nominations and was most recently named a Peabody Award Finalist. His work has been supported by Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, The Fledgling Fund, Rockefeller Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Time Inc. and the Banff Centre.

A published photographer, curator, and writer, Harris lectures widely on personal archiving and the use of media as a tool for social change. His media appearances include C-Span, the Tavis Smiley Show, NPR, Metrofocus, and AriseTV. Reviews of Harris’ work have appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Washington PostVariety,   The Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, Jay Z’s Life and Times,  among others.

 Harris has served on a variety of Juries including the Independent Spirit Awards, the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Biology, Harris has taught as an Associate Professor of Media Arts at the University of California San Diego, as well as a Visiting Professor at Yale University’s School of Art, the International Center of Photography and Sarah Lawrence College.  In addition, he serves as a mentor for both FireLight Media Lab Mentorship program as well as the Queer/Art/Film Mentorship program. Born in the Bronx and raised in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Harris currently lives in Warwick, New York with his partner Don Perry.

Winter 2016

Hendrik Hertzberg

January 11-February 15, 2016



Hendrik Hertzberg was educated in the public schools of Rockland County, New York, and at Harvard College. He broke into journalism in 1966 as a reporter for Newsweek in San Francisco, covering the Beatles’ final concert, Ronald Reagan’s first campaign for office, and the birth of hippiedom. From 1967 to 1969 he was an officer in the U.S. Navy.


Mr. Hertzberg first joined The New Yorker in 1969 as a “Talk of the Town” reporter, writing about subjects ranging from baseball to politics. In 1977 he was recruited for the White House staff, eventually becoming President Carter’s chief speechwriter and working on all his major speeches—up to and including the (somewhat premature) farewell address.


For twelve years after Mr. Carter’s re-election defeat, Mr. Hertzberg was associated with The New Republic, alternating with Michael Kinsley as editor during a period when the magazine combined journalistic excellence with political jousting between beleaguered liberals and incipient neoconservatives. Between editorial stints he wrote for The New Republic and other publications, covering the 1988 Presidential campaign for TNR from a base at Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics and then at the Shorenstein Center on the Press and Public Policy.


In 1992 Mr. Hertzberg rejoined The New Yorker, initially as executive editor, and has been there ever since, currently as a staff writer. He is a four-time winner of the National Magazine Award, including the award for Columns and Commentary, for which he has been a finalist six times—the record, tied with his late friend Christopher Hitchens.


Mr. Hertzberg is the author of Politics: Observations & Arguments (2004), a New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and of ¡Obámanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era (2009), both published by Penguin. He is on the board of FairVote, a research and advocacy organization that promotes electoral reforms, and serves part-time as editorial director of The Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice. He lives in Manhattan and in Nyack, New York, with his wife, Virginia Cannon, a New Yorker senior editor, and their seventeen-year-old son, Wolf.

What Just Happened?
A conversation with Hendrik Hertzberg and Brendan Nyhan

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Filene Auditorium

4:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the public



Anna Deavere Smith

September 22-Oct 1, 2015

Anna Deavere Smith

Notes From the Field: Doing Time In Education

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Moore Theater

4:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the public


On Stage Interview: "So Now What" The Promise and Limitation of Art in the Age of Advanced Media."

A conversation with Anna Deavere Smith

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Filene Auditorium

7:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the public.




Playwright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Newsweek declared her “the most exciting individual in American theatre.”
Best known for crafting one-woman, multi-character plays about American social issues, Smith has been awarded the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts, as well as the National Humanities Medal. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.”
Her play about the 1991 Crown Heights riot and a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, Fires in the Mirror, took home Obie and Drama Desk Awards. Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 won Drama Desk and Obie Awards and received two Tony Award nominations.
Smith’s most recent play, 2009's Let Me Down Easy, examines healthcare and the resilience and vulnerability of the human body. Interviewing real people from all walks of life, Smith turns their words into scripts, transforming herself into an astonishing number of characters. The show aired on PBS’ Great Performances in 2012.
In addition to appearing on Showtime's Nurse Jackie, Smith’s television credits include The West Wing, Black-ish, and Madame Secretary. She has appeared in films, including Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, and The American President. Her latest book is Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts.
In 1997 Smith founded Anna Deavere Smith Works at Harvard. Now part of the Aspen Institute, ADS Works “cultivates artistic excellence that embraces the social issues of the day.”
Smith is on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute. The winner of the 2006 Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to advancing civil rights, Smith won a Matrix Award from the New York Women In Communications, a Fellow Award in Theatre Arts from the United States Artists, and the United Solo Theatre Festival’s inaugural Award.
She is a University Professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is affiliated with the NYU School of Law. Smith is writing a play about education in the United States and delivered the 2015 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.


Summer  2015

Enrique Martinez Celaya

August 4-12, 2015




Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hood Auditorium

4:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the public

Enrique Martínez Celaya was trained as an artist as well as a physicist. His artistic work examines the complexities and mysteries of individual experience, particularly in its relation to nature and time, and explores the question of authenticity revealed in the friction between personal imperatives, social conditions, and universal circumstances. These examinations often result in comprehensive projects addressing memory, familiarity, attachment, love, death, and longing. Although his thinking is influenced by literature and philosophy, his work regards the subjective experience of everyday life rather than the nature of and trends in cultural practices.


Martínez Celaya initiated his formal training as an apprentice to a painter at the age of 12, studied Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University and Quantum Electronics at the University of California, Berkeley, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and earned a Master of Fine Arts with the department's highest distinction from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Martínez Celaya taught as a tenured professor in the faculty of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University, and was honored as the second Presidential Professor in the history of the University of Nebraska. He is a Trustee of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, as well as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.


His work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig, among others. He is the author of Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010 and The Nebraska Lectures, both published by the University of Nebraska Press, The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry, published by Whale & Star Press, October, published by Cinubia, and the artist book Guide, which was later serialized by the magazine Works & Conversations. As a physicist, Martínez Celaya published scientific papers on superconductivity and lasers, and is the inventor of several laser devices and of an often-cited patent. In 1998, Martínez Celaya founded Whale & Star as an evolving idea of social and intellectual interaction. At present, it has an imprint, maintains a project of public lectures, hosts several working visits each year for poor and at-risk children, keeps a modest residency and intern program, and offers four small scholarships.


Martínez Celaya lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


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