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Long a part of the Collis Center's program offerings, Collis Miniversity is moving in a new direction this spring, 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.

—Designed in part by Sam Rauschenfels '14

Fall 2014 Programs

"Not Another Lecture Series"

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties

Organized in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties offers a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography, and it considers how sixty-six of the decade’s artists, including African Americans and some of their white, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Caribbean contemporaries, used art and various aesthetic approaches to address the struggle for racial justice. The works in this exhibition address issues like racism and systemic oppression that are still very much realities.


Wednesday, September 24th, 5pm – 6:30pm in the Hood Museum

Jessica Womack ’14, will be giving a short tour of the exhibition


Guest Speakers:

Professor Aimee Bahng, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Forrester “Woody” Lee ’68, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Yale School of Medicine

Olivia Scott ’13, Producer, Northern Stage


Light refreshments




Speed Reading

Speed reading registration begins early in the fall term, to give those enrolled the chance to apply what they learn from the start of the term. Registration will open September 15th online here. FULL

  • Instructor: Carl Thum
  • Time: M, W, September 22, 24, 29, Oct 1, 4pm - 5:15pm
  • Location: Baker 224
  • Cost: $35
  • Enrollment limit: 19

Wine Discovery

Students will learn the basics of wine appreciation using the nine essences of wine tasting. Participants will be exposed to a broad spectrum of wine through variety, type and location. Students will learn tips on how to order and buy, as well as standard wine etiquette and pairing. Each participant is asked to prepare a question to present to the class. Must be 21 or older to enroll. ID required at first class. First class is MANDATORY. 

Registration will open September 15th online here.  FULL (WAIT LIST ONLY)

  • Instructor: Wes Schaub
  • Time: Wednesdays, October, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & November 5,  7pm - 9pm
  • Location: Collis 101
  • 6 sessions: $95 per person
  • Enrollment limit: 23

Program History

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 is organized each year by staff and students, who can be contacted at

Last Updated: 9/16/14