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Summer at Dartmouth

A guide to getting the most out of the season

Summer has arrived, and far from being a time when the campus empties out and all is quiet, the season brings a wave of activity to Dartmouth. Rising juniors are hitting the books during the Sophomore Summer academic term, athletic fields and courts are populated by players honing their skills at camps, and conference attendees occupy dorms and classrooms. For those who live here or are visiting, there is a range of public events and activities to choose from. Canoe down the Connecticut, go to the circus, take in a lecture about "green" technology-read on to find out how.

General Information

Click here for general information about summer at Dartmouth. Also stop by the information booth on the Green for maps and details about campus events. The booth is open and staffed seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 16.

Summer Arts Festival

Africas, Dartmouth's 2008 Summer Arts Festival, is in full swing with two months of events focused on the vitality and creativity of Africa's cultures. Organized by the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the festival includes films, lectures, performances, and discussions, many offered in partnership with the Hood Museum of Art and the Hopkins Center.

"The festival draws upon the remarkable richness of African art, dance, film, performance, and music, as well as their global diffusion. It aims not to capture essences, but rather to open cultural doors" says Adrian Randolph, the Leon E. Williams Professor of Art History and director of the Leslie Center.

A highlight of the festival is Eti! East Africa Speaks!, a July residency of 11 artists from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. (Eti is a Swahili word meaning "listen up!") Throughout East Africa, theater companies and playwrights are exploring issues of gender and sexuality, the promise of democracy, the legacies of civil war, and the horror of genocide. The artists represent some of the region's most prominent playwrights, actors, directors, and dancers.

Eti East Africa Speaks
Eleven African artists will be in residency this July with Eti! East Africa Speaks!, part of the Summer Arts Festival. (Courtesy Leslie Center for the Humanities)

Eti! East Africa Speaks! is organized by Laura Edmondson, assistant professor of theater. Co-sponsors include the Dickey Center and the Department of Theater, with support from the Ford Foundation. Contact: (603) 646-0896

Give Back

The 27th Prouty Century Ride & Challenge Walk will be held Saturday, July 12, at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover. The event draws participants from the Upper Valley and beyond and includes food, live music, and children's activities. The Prouty raises funds to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), with a 2008 goal of $2 million dollars.

Prouty participants can cycle (25, 50, or 100 miles), walk (5, 10, 15, or 20K), or volunteer during the event. Anyone can lend support by sponsoring a participant. New this year is the Prouty Ultimate, which challenges cyclists to bike 200 miles in just two days and raise $2,500 or more.

Susan DeBevoise Wright, executive director of the Montgomery Endowment, and Susan Lynch, a pediatrician and wife of New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, are honorary co-chairs of this year's Prouty.

"Susan Wright and Susan Lynch understand the impact of research on improving cancer prevention and treatment," says NCCC Director Mark Israel. "With their leadership, the Prouty will fund innovative investigations and enhance our ability to nurture patients and their families during treatment." Contact: (800) 226-8744

The Great Outdoors

Hard-core explorers and casual enthusiasts alike find much to enjoy in the Upper Valley's natural environment. The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors with a range of resources for hiking, camping, canoeing, and more.

Get out onto the Connecticut River with rentals from the Ledyard Canoe Club (contact: (603) 643-6709). Retreat for a night or more at a cabin-the DOC and the Outdoor Programs Office maintain a number of cabins, each with different locations and features. The Moosilauke Ravine Lodge in Warren, N.H., offers great hiking, some modern amenities (hot showers!), and family-style meals. Contact: (603) 764-5858

For those who prefer to stay closer to home, the DOC offers a free guide to short hikes in the Hanover area. Pick up a copy at the office in Robinson Hall. And while you're about town, say hello to the Thru Hikers, those hardy souls hiking the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Their journey from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine takes them straight through downtown Hanover in the summer months. Dartmouth maintains more than 70 miles of the trail, as well as a string of shelters open to all.

Continuing Education

Follow the news, and the problems facing society-climate change, political instability, health care-can seem insurmountable. But what about the solutions? The Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD) takes on that challenge with its summer lecture series, Positive SOLUTIONS: Changing America's Crises into Opportunities.

"The idea was to select eight major issues and to demonstrate that there are solutions, and that they are being practiced," says Bruce MacDonald, chair of the summer series. Speakers include Jeffrey Immelt '78, CEO of General Electric Co., addressing "Green is Green: How Cleaner Technology is Growing Business' Bottom Line," and Haviland Smith, retired CIA station chief, who will speak on "A Stable and Progressive Middle East-More than a Dream?"

The series runs Wednesdays, July 9 to August 27, from 9 a.m. to noon in Spaulding Auditorium. A series ticket is $160, individual lectures are $20 at the door. Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students admitted free of charge with a College ID. For more information.

Eat Fresh

Enjoy the bounty of Dartmouth's student-run Organic Farm by shopping at its farm stand, which offers a variety of organic, in-season vegetables. The stand is open for business on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Collis Center.

Farmer's MarketMegan Baxter (left) of Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, Vt., helps Meg Howard (center) and Jessica Friedman, both Human Resources staff members, choose produce at the inaugural Hanover Area Farmer's Market. (Photo by Sarah Memmi)

Another option for buying fresh and local is the new Hanover Area Farmer's Market, held Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., downtown on top of the Lebanon Street parking garage. Local vendors offer a wide selection of edibles and collectibles-everything from fine textiles and handmade goat's milk soap to buffalo milk mozzarella and fresh bread. Each market also offers live music, demonstrations by the League of N.H. Craftsmen, and free samples of dishes made with local ingredients offered by area restaurants.

Get Active

Look to Dartmouth Athletics' recreational offerings for the opportunity to get out and get active this summer. Here are a few highlights:

How about a place at the lake? Sailing, swimming, a sandy beach; picnics and sunsets over Mascoma Lake-all found at the Dartmouth Sailing Facility, located in Enfield N.H. The facility is open to the public and remains open through Sept 1. It offeres memberships, sailing classes, and boat rentals. Contact: (603) 646-3928

Back on campus, the College's Fitness and Lifestyle Improvement Program (FLIP) has a full summer schedule. The summer session-with offerings from kickbox aerobics to meditation and relaxation-runs June 23 through August 29. Contact: (603) 646-3903

The Hanover Country Club, home of Dartmouth's golf course, welcomes the College community and the general public.

The Dartmouth Riding Center at Morton Farm, home of Dartmouth's equestrian programs, has public summer programs, including lessons, youth camps, and a horse show series.

Greek Revival

What's old is new in July as the Classical Association of New England (C.A.N.E.) convenes at Dartmouth for its annual summer institute, Revolution and Reaction: Radical Changes and Continuities in the Ancient World. The week-long event (July 7-12) is a packed program of classes and lectures delivered by top scholars, many of which are open to the public. This year's theme addresses the idea of revolution in the classical world, and the influence of ancient thinkers on revolutionary movements-in art, politics, literature, and scholarship-in our own time.

"The week of the C.A.N.E. institute has always been an exciting time here," says Margaret Graver, associate professor of classics, a 2008 institute faculty member, and director of the 2009 institute. "Everything comes together: a broad array of topics in Greek and Roman studies, new research by some of the best scholars in classics, and a learning environment that welcomes members of the general public to learn more about ancient history, literature, politics, and art."

Great Performances

The Hop's first summer event isn't in the Hop-rather it's on the Hop. Slow Dancing is an immense outdoor video installation that celebrates the art of dance. Beautifully shot, slow-motion movement by leading dancers is projected onto outdoor screens in the Hop Plaza, Sunday, June 22 through Saturday, June 28, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

From Saturday to Thursday, July 19 to 24, the Big Apple Circus returns to town. Founder Paul Binder '63 and a team of world-class artists have a brand-new show to celebrate the circus's 30th anniversary. The week kicks off on July 19 with the annual Big Apple Circus Picnic, at 2 p.m.

From Thursday, July 24 through Friday, August 1, the Department of Theater presents fly..., directed by internationally known theater artist Pavel Dobrusky. From August 2 to 16, the New York Theatre Workshop holds its 17th summer residency at Dartmouth, bringing works-in-progress that could become the next New York theater hit. The festival includes performances of the Iraqi Refugee Project, a developing work based on the plight of Iraqi refugees.

The glory days of silent film return on August 2, when Rick Benjamin's Paragon Orchestra accompany a showing of the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks classic, The Mark of Zorro, with a live performance of its original score. The late R&B and soul singer James Brown is the focus of Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown on August 19. This U.S. premier features some of Brown's greatest sidemen, along with African musicians who marry Brown's funk to African musical elements.

The Hopkins Center film series is also up and running for the summer. More than 30 films are being shown through the Dartmouth Film Society series, "Africa on Film" (presented in conjunction with the Summer Arts Festival), and the Loew series "Coming of Age."

As always, Dartmouth employees receive a 10 percent discount on Hop tickets. Contact: (603) 646-2422

Fine Art

MolaA "Mola" from the current textile exhibition at the Hood.

The Hood Museum of Art is open all summer with free admission, as always. Events include gallery talks, films, lectures, and even a musical performance.

Two new exhibitions are opening for the summer: "Dressing Up Culture: Molas from Kuna Yala" and "Alma-Tadema and Antiquity: Imagining Classical Sculpture in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain." "Molas" is already open and highlights the textile art of colorful blouses, or molas, made by the indigenous women of Kuna Yala, a narrow strip of land and islands along the Caribbean coast of Panama. "Alma-Tadema" is a focused display centered on the Hood's most important 19th-century European painting, The Sculpture Gallery (1874), by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

The exhibition opens June 28 and features the painting, related prints, photographs, and three ancient Roman objects on loan to the Hood from Pompeii and Herculaneum that Alma-Tadema personally examined and included in his work.

There's also still time to catch "Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body," a major traveling exhibition that opened last spring and continues through Aug. 11. The exhibition examines the layers of social, cultural, and political realities that have influenced stereotypes of black womanhood from the 19th century to the present. Contact: (603) 646-2808

Around town

Summer events in Hanover include the 16th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration and the Hanover StreetFest, on Saturday, July 19.

The Hanover Parks and Recreation Department's Independence Day celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade through town that ends on the Dartmouth Green. The parade features Boy and Girl Scouts, antique cars, and a variety of local groups. Festivities on the green include kid-friendly games, live entertainment, food, a petting zoo, as well as a pie-eating contest for the more ambitious! Contact: Liz Burdette via email or at (603) 643-5315 ex. 103

Come to the StreetFest ready for fun, food, and great deals, all day from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Downtown merchants bring their wares-and bargains-into the street, live music plays from the bandstand, and local restaurants stock the food court with a variety of great eats. Family-friendly activities include horse and wagon rides around the green and even a climbing wall. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Marketing Alliance. Contact: (603) 795-2788

Summer reading

The Wisdom of Crowds

Dartmouth's incoming first year students have a bit of summer reading to do: the Class of 2012 will be considering The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki, which explores "how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nations." The '12s will hear a talk on the book during first year orientation from Dean Lacy, professor of government, and are invited to submit an essay for the First Year Summer Reading Book Prize. But Lacy suggests it's a worthwhile read for the rest of us, with no book report required: "A presidential election campaign and a roiling economy provide the perfect backdrop to think about whether masses of people can make good decisions."

Compiled by SARAH MEMMI


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Last Updated: 12/17/08