Long a part of the Collis Center's program offerings, Collis Miniversity began a new direction in the spring of 2014, one that aligns with Collis' mission of functioning as a catalyst to engage students outside of the classroom. We hope to do this through a series of programs featuring presenters chosen by the Miniversity program. More information is available below.
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For many years, Miniversity offered the Dartmouth community non-credit classes. Programs included a variety of practical, stimulating and entertaining classes at a minimal cost. As a financially self-sufficient and non-profit organization, Miniversity survived strictly on the income generated by registration and the energy invested by the student interns. The program was founded in 1985 by Lori Bamberger '85.
Miniversity began a new direction in the spring of 2014, one that aligns with Collis' mission of functioning as a catalyst to engage students outside of the classroom. We hope to do this through a series of programs featuring presenters chosen by the Miniversity program.
Our "Not Another Lecture Series" focuses on fostering closer interactions with speakers and audience members. The sessions will feature individuals we believe can provide important insight and valuable connections to audience members in a setting that has a smaller "lecture" component and a larger "community" portion, one where audience members can meet and speak with the session's guest.
Through Miniversity, we want to promote connections, discovery and community between students and speakers, who will include faculty, community members and alumni with stories to share and questions to answer. Rather than bringing speakers for a traditional hour-long lecture, we invite participants to prepare a short presentation of their design highlighting their work and experiences and then interact with the audience members themselves. Additionally, we hope to make available the works of presenters, such as books, to the audience. These programs will be free and open to the Dartmouth community.
We hope that this format will build stronger connections between presenters and their audience and feature the incredible work that faculty, alumni and community members do every day. We at the Collis Center work hard to provide spaces and programs for extracurricular engagement, and we believe this new direction of the Miniversity program will further our goals.
—Re-designed in part by Sam Rauschenfels '14
Miniversity is organized each year by staff and students, who can be contacted at Collis.Miniversity@Dartmouth.edu
Last Updated: 6/1/15