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Chalk Talk lecture series

Stop by the Hanover Inn on Saturday mornings this fall and enjoy an interactive program before Dartmouth football games. These one-hour seminars address engaging topics and are presented by Dartmouth faculty members.

All "Chalk Talk" lectures take place from 9-10 a.m. and are free of charge and open to the public. The Contact the Dartmouth College Office of Alumni Relations for more information at 646-2454 or, or visit Dartmouth College Alumni Continuing Education and Travel.

Ron Edsforth
Ron Edsforth
Sat., Sept. 17: Dartmouth vs. Colgate University
"Manifest Destiny: Still Alive and Kicking," by Ron Edsforth, Visiting Professor and Director of Globalization Studies, MALS

American nationalism, what many Americans call "patriotism," is grounded in the belief that liberty and empire are uniquely reconciled in the history of the rise of the United States to world superpower status. Most Americans who tell this history tell it in the language of "Manifest Destiny." However, this nomenclature excludes from that history the voices of others who see it differently. Held in the Hayward Lounge, Hanover Inn

Hafiz Shabazz
Hafiz Shabazz
Sat., Oct.1: Dartmouth vs. University of Pennsylvania
"Oral Tradition and the Blues," by Hafiz Shabazz, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music

Born in the Mississippi Delta and refined in Chicago, the Blues has been described as an impulse to keep painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one's consciousness. It is a musical chronicle of personal agony and the possibility of conquering it through sheer toughness of spirit. Learn more about the people and places that created the music. Held in the Drake Room, Hanover Inn

Sydney Finkelstein
Sydney Finkelstein
Sat., Oct. 22: Dartmouth vs. Columbia University (Homecoming)
"Why Smart Executives Fail," by Sydney Finkelstein, Steven Roth Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business

A CEO is celebrated on the cover of Fortune. Soon after, the company is in the midst of a financial fiasco. What went wrong? It seems that top management made some catastrophic (and common) mistakes. "Why Smart Executives Fail" relates the stories of notable business disasters and demonstrates the ways in which many businesses make themselves vulnerable to failure. Held in the Hayward Lounge, Hanover Inn.

Craig Wilder
Craig Wilder
Sat., Nov. 5: Dartmouth vs. Cornell University
"Noyes Academy: A New Hampshire Struggle for a Black College," by Craig Steven Wilder, Professor of History

In 1835, Noyes Academy in Canaan, N.H. opened its doors to young men and women of all races, enrolling black teenagers from the northeast. That summer, the school was attacked by hundreds of armed men who opposed an integrated school in New Hampshire. Investigate the issues of the Academy's rise and fall, the abolitionists who built it and the extraordinary students who defended it with their lives. Held in the Wheelock Room, Hanover Inn.

Bruce Duthu
Bruce Duthu
Sat., Nov. 19: Dartmouth vs. Princeton University
"Reversal of Fortune: Casino Gambling in Indian Country," by N. Bruce Duthu '80, Adjunct Associate Professor of Native American Studies and of Government and Vice Dean of Vermont Law School

Casino gambling has allowed a few tribes to reverse centuries-long conditions of poverty and disempowerment. A closer look at this phenomenon, however, shows that the benefits of tribal gaming enterprises are not as widespread or as sanguine as may first appear. Explore the intriguing variables of this fascinating topic from a number of different perspectives. Held in the Hayward Lounge, Hanover Inn.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08