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George Mitchell, DV8 Physical Theatre to kick off series

The Dartmouth Centers Forum (DCF), representing 10 of Dartmouth's interdisciplinary, extracurricular, and arts centers, is collaborating to create campus dialogue. This year, the focus is on "Conflict and Reconciliation."

The series will address questions such as: Are there universal processes of reconciliation? Are there conflicts that cannot be resolved? What innovative methods can be employed to reach reconciliation? "In today's world, we certainly need a great deal of reconciliation," says Kenneth Yalowitz, director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding and chair of this year's centers forum.

Programming begins with two events this month and will continue throughout the year. On Sept. 26 and 27, the Hopkins Center presents DV8 Physical Theatre's To Be Straight With You. On Sept. 29, the Dickey Center hosts a Great Issues lecture by Senator George Mitchell titled, "America's Role in the World."

George Mitchell

Mitchell
Senator George Mitchell

"Senator Mitchell will be speaking about the United States' role in the world and in particular in the work that he did in Northern Ireland to help end hostilities and bloodshed," says Yalowitz.

Mitchell served in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1995, retiring as the majority leader. In 1996, the United Kingdom and Irish governments asked Mitchell to chair the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. He led negotiations for two years, achieving a historic accord that ended decades of conflict.

Mitchell has received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Truman Institute Peace Prize, the German (Hesse) Peace Prize, and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize. In 2008, Time magazine included him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Mitchell is currently a partner and chairman of the Global Board of the law firm DLA Piper.

The lecture is made possible by a gift from David DeWilde '62. It is free and open to the public, and will be held on Monday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hopkins Center's Spaulding Auditorium.

DV8 Physical Theatre

DV8 Physical Theatre, led by Artistic Director Lloyd Newson, combines dance, theater, and political consciousness in stage performance. The U.K.-based company has produced 15 highly acclaimed dance/theater pieces that have toured internationally, as well as five award-winning films for television. In To Be Straight With You, Newson leads a multiethnic cast in an exploration of tolerance, intolerance, religion, and sexuality. Based on hundreds of hours of audio interviews collected throughout the United Kingdom with people affected by these issues, the performance incorporates dance, text, documentary, animation, and film.

DV8
DV8 Physical Theatre will address themes of intolerance, religion, and sexuality on Sept. 26 and 27. (Photo by Lisa French)

"DV8's performance, which propels us into the experiences of people who confront hatred and violence-but who also at times reach profound understanding-is a provocative way to launch a far-reaching dialogue about conflict and reconciliation," says Margaret Lawrence, director of programming for the Hopkins Center. "And the Hop's related public dialogues, planned in conjunction with the Tucker Foundation and OPAL, will encourage people to engage on a personal level."

The show will be held in the Hopkins Center's Moore Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26, Dartmouth students $5.

Additional programming includes a pre-performance discussion with Newson on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge; "Navigating Faith and Sexuality," a panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in 
Haldeman 41; and "Space for Dialogue: Part of the Whole," a discussion about intolerance and discrimination on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in the 
Fahey/McLane Commons.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

 

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Last Updated: 12/17/08