Global health, memoir writing, and language immersion will all be explored at the 43rd annual Alumni College, August 2 though 6. Alumni College is open to the public; a Dartmouth affiliation is not required. The programs are held on campus and feature experts from around the Dartmouth community in three noncredit, highly interactive courses.
Situation Critical: A Symposium on Global and Local Health
A pandemic is often defined as a global event, but in fact it's a local crisis that occurs worldwide. Unlike after a hurricane, when help moves from unaffected areas to the disaster site, a pandemic requires that every community rely on its own planning and resources. From this perspective, experts will discuss what the major threats are, how health care will change in the future, the impact on the environment, and other topics. Coordinated by Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, and Stephen Spielberg, dean of Dartmouth Medical School, the symposium will gather professionals in the fields of medicine, environmental science, engineering, business, and the media.
Dates: August 3-5. Cost: $350.
Writing Memoirs: Remembrance of Things Past
A long-standing favorite among Alumni College participants, this workshop is led by Joe Medlicott '50, a retired professor of English who taught at the University of Connecticut. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, who will complete written assignments and participate in daily group seminars, one-on-one meetings with Medlicott, and impromptu evening gatherings. A number of past participants of this workshop have gone on to publish autobiographical work.
Dates: August 2-6. Cost: $575.
Language Immersion with the Rassias Method
Planning a trip to Japan, China, France, Italy, or Spain? The acclaimed Rassias Method of spoken-language acquisition, developed in the 1960s by John Rassias, the William R. Kenan Professor and Chair of the Department of French and Italian, uses morning instruction, afternoon reinforcement sessions, and evening cultural events to teach participants practical vocabulary and syntactic control. C'est magnifique! Enrollment in this perennially popular, intensive course is limited to 15 students.
Dates: August 2-5. Cost: $575.
By SUSAN KNAPP
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