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The John Sloan Dickey Center

Director: Kenneth S. Yalowitz

Associate Director: Christianne Hardy Wohlforth

The Dickey Center unites the many and diverse strengths of Dartmouth—its students, faculty, undergraduate and professional schools—in addressing the world’s challenges and ensuring that a rigorous understanding of the world is an essential part of the Dartmouth experience. The Center honors the commitment to international understanding and social responsibility exemplified by President John Sloan Dickey’s lifetime devotion to liberal arts education, scholarship and values

The Dickey Center offers students opportunities for expanding their knowledge of international issues through an interdisciplinary minor in International Studies (see Page XXX), international internships and research grants, student organizations and publications. Students may further refine their international studies with courses and activities on conflict (War and Peace Studies Fellows Program), polar environmental change (Institute of Arctic Studies) and global health (The Global Health Initiative).

Through symposia, conferences, public events and extended visits by practitioners and scholars in the Dickey Visiting Fellows program, the Center brings the vital issues of the day to campus. It enhances the intellectual life of the faculty through its support of faculty research and publications, and curricular development in international studies. The Center’s multidisciplinary approach to complex international issues is exemplified by its research institutes. The Institute of Arctic Studies within the Dickey Center is home to a new interdisciplinary graduate program in polar environmental science, and engages the work of scientists, humanists and policy makers in its work. The Global Health Initiative is a collaborative enterprise with Dartmouth Medical School that marshals the talents of the entire campus and of international partners to address global health concerns. In its quest to understand the phenomenon of collective violence, the War and Peace Studies program incorporates the study of both the global state system as well as the human condition, drawing on a variety of fields and disciplines.

The Center benefits from the advice of a distinguished Board of Visitors. The offices of the Dickey Center and its Institutes are located on the first floor of the Haldeman Center.

The Institute of Arctic Studies

Director: Ross A. Virginia

Program Manager: Lee McDavid

A unit of the Dickey Center, the Institute of Arctic Studies was founded in 1989 in recognition of Dartmouth’s distinguished history in northern studies. Our aim is to facilitate faculty and student research, teaching, and an understanding of issues facing high latitude regions. We connect Dartmouth faculty from the College and the Professional schools with colleagues at the U. S. Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL, Hanover, NH) to develop programs that promote scholarship and engage students in the social, political and scientific issues of high latitude regions. As Dartmouth’s representative at the University of the Arctic, the Institute provides access to polar studies around the world, and has partnered with the University of the Arctic to create the Institute of Applied Circumpolar Policy, a forum for connecting scientists, policy-makers and indigenous leaders on issues of climate, security, and development. The Institute’s programmatic vision includes Canada, Greenland, the Nordic countries, Russia and the polar region of the south, Antarctica.

The Institute provides research and fellowship support to students interested in polar issues and guidance in selecting a course of study. Its undergraduate Stefansson Fellowship honors Dartmouth’s distinguished Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson by supporting student research in the polar regions. The Institute also sponsors seminars (see the Northern Studies University Seminar) and other public events to highlight the importance of northern and polar regions in world affairs and the global ecosystem.

An important initiative of the Institute is a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program in Polar Environmental Change. The primary goal of this Ph.D. program is to train graduate students in earth sciences, ecology, and engineering in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of rapid climate change in polar regions. An essential part of this program is to foster an understanding of the social and ethical implications of research, the policy process, and the role of western science and traditional knowledge in decision making.

Global Health Initiative

Global Health Initiative

Program Coordinator: Lisa V. Adams, M.D.

Program Manager: Jessica Friedman

The Dickey Center for International Understanding in collaboration with Dartmouth Medical School has established the Dartmouth Global Health Initiative to create multidisciplinary, replicable programs in Global Health that can address the serious health concerns of the world and create opportunities for Dartmouth students, faculty and researchers to learn about and address these global health concerns. GHI programs build on areas of Dartmouth strengths and seek to increase awareness of global health issues and global health opportunities on campus through our courses, events, internships and student groups.

GHI supports both curricular and co-curricular opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.

The Curricular offerings available through GHI include:

Geography 02: Global Health and Society (Winter)

Essentials of Global Health Research (Spring 11)

Global Child Health and Survival (DMS Elective, Winter 11)

Co-curricular opportunities in global health include support for student organizations that focus on global health issues such as the Dartmouth Coalition Global Health (DCGH) and the Humanitarian Engineering Leadership Projects (HELP) based at the Thayer School of Engineering. DCGH sponsors numerous activities for students to engage with issues in global health and serves as the catalyst to connect global health students at the college with those at the professional and graduate schools. HELP is currently engaged with GHI support in implementing sustainable sanitation and alternative fuel systems for cook-stoves to protect water supplies and address deforestation prevalent in rural Tanzania.

Internship and mentored-research fellowship opportunities are also available through GHI, and include the DarDar internships, Dartmouth-Fogarty International Fellows and a reciprocal exchange with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam. DarDar Internships are available to undergraduate students to work on current projects and initiatives with our Tanzanian partners during winter and summer terms. The internship experience typically includes at the DarDar Pediatric Program and at the Bibi Jann school, a primary school serving many orphans and vulnerable children. Dartmouth-Fogarty International Fellows are undergraduate, graduate and professional school students who work closely with a medical researcher on projects in international settings. As part of our collaboration with MUHAS we support the MUHAS Exchange, where two students from Dartmouth and two from MUHAS take the infectious disease clinical elective each year at the other institution. GHI additionally supports 3 DMS students to do a clinical care or clinical research elective in Dar es Salaam through the Strickler and von Reyn fellowship programs.

War and Peace Studies

Coordinator: Daryl G. Press

Steering Committee: P. A. Bien (English, Emeritus), L. A. Butler (History), B. L. Coggins (Government), J. M. del Pino (Spanish and Portuguese), E. V. Edmonds (Economics), J. Fluri (Women and Gender Studies), C. S. Hammond (CFMED), J. W. Lamperti (Mathematics, Emeritus), E. G. Miller (History), D. G. Press (Government), J. E. Shepherd (Environmental Studies), B. A. Valentino (Government), K. S. Yalowitz (Dickey Center).

War and Peace Studies is administered by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. The Jean Monnet Fund for War and Peace Studies, which is part of the Dickey Center’s endowment, was established in 1985 by John C. Baker and Elizabeth Baker to honor the Dartmouth trustees who had the vision in 1961 to award Jean Monnet an honorary degree. It was also to honor the three founders of War and Peace Studies at Dartmouth College: Leonard Reiser, Elise Boulding, and Peter Bien.

The problems of peace and war demand multifaceted solutions that require the study of such diverse fields as government, history, literature, languages, sociology, environmental studies, geography, anthropology, psychology, and economics. Rather than being housed in any one department, War and Peace Studies is accordingly a synthesis of various disciplines concerned with the problems of peace and reconciliation, arms control, war, and, more generally, collective violence. Its broad objectives are to support teaching, research, and public discussion of important issues in these fields. War and Peace Studies administers a War and Peace Fellows program for students and presents a series of public speakers and other events.


War and Peace Studies 1. War and Peace in the Modern Age (Identical to, and described under, Government 50; also Social Sciences 1)

11S: 10A. Press.