Past Themes


Theme Events

Since its founding, the DCF has coordinated programming on nine other themes in addition to Envisioning the World We Want. In 2015-16, the DCF took a year to explore experiential learning, reviewing current efforts on campus and thinking through the potential for the future. In 2014-15, the DCF chose as its theme: Pop Culture: What puts the 'pop' in popular culture?  The theme considered Pop Culture as a phenomenon which, when an idea, an image, an attitude goes mainstream. The DCF asked the question: "Communal recognition gives pop culture power, but what does pop culture say about the society in which it circulates?"

In 2013-14, the DCF centered its programming on the theme Body Politic(s): Health, Wellness, and Social Responsibility. This theme was focused on the premise that "there is no more critical issue than taking care of ourselves and each other."

In 2012-13, the DCF joined the College in highlighting the Year of the Arts by programming around the theme Centering the Arts at Dartmouth. In 2011-2012, the DCF's theme was Words and Their Consequences, which focused on the impact of words and built on the 2010-2011 theme Speak Out | Listen Up!. Speak Out | Listen Up! addressed the power of communication and considered effective and expressive, as well as dysfunctional communication. 

From 2008 through 2010, the DCF programmed along the theme of Conflict and Reconciliation which aimed to emphasize reconciliation as a method to resolve conflicts no matter what their causes.

In 2007-2008, the DCF partnered with the Hopkins Center for the Arts on its theme of Class Divide which focused on contemporary meanings and perceptions of "class" as well as on the current relevance of "class" as a term of political and social analysis.

In 2006-2007 our theme was Freedom and Technology. The events in this series examined the nexus of freedom and technology to better understand how humanity and technology may best interact and coexist.

Our first theme was Religion and Politics. The purpose of this theme was to examine the consequences of the intermingling of religion and politics on issues such as democracy, civil and human rights, the boundaries between public and private realms, the roles of governments and individuals, and the separation of church and state.

The Dartmouth Centers Forum always welcomes the participation of the entire Dartmouth community in addressing its programmatic themes.