Body Politic(s): Past Events

Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, the Dartmouth Centers Forum and its members sponsored a wide range of events in support of the theme Body Politic(s): Health, Wellness, and Social Responsibility

Programming Sponsored by DCF Members

In addition to programming funded through our RFP and DCF-led programming, the DCF's member centers also planned programming focused on the theme. The following represents some examples of this programming.

Medical Humanities Workgroup
Sponsored by: The Leslie Center for the Humanities

leslie logo

The Leslie Center supported a new workgroup that will began convening in the fall of 2013. The newly emerging field of "medical humanities" offers opportunities for scholars in the humanities and humanities-oriented social sciences to be in dialogue with physicians and clinicians.

This project aimed to explore ways in which the humanities and the health sciences can work together to generate a theoretical vocabulary that supports ongoing dialogue and collaboration productive to both sides.

Women's Leadership Council
cgse logoSponsored by: The Center for Gender and Student Engagement

The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) is a collective organization of all self-identified female leaders at Dartmouth serving the needs and interests of women on campus by providing a discussion forum for women's issues and helping individual groups to work towards understanding, consensus, and common goals.

Afternoon Tea at the CGSE

  • Monday, October 28 - "Safety for the LGBTQIA Community" A discussion with Toni Maviki, CGSE
  • Tuesday, November 19 

afternoon teaAfternoon Tea at the CGSE is a monthly program providing the Dartmouth community an opportunity to engage in dialogue and discussion about gender-related topics over tea. Through examples in literature, film, and other media, Afternoon Tea seeks to create a safe and inviting space for students, staff, and faculty to explore ideas around gender, identity, and society. The group meets in the cozy CGSE lounge and light snacks and refreshments are provided.

Men's Project:  White Ribbon Campaign
Sponsored by: The Center for Gender and Student Engagement

white ribbonNovember 4-9, 2013

The White Ribbon Campaign is the CGSE Men's Project's flagship initiative, calling men to pledge in the fight to end sexual violence. In addition to handing out white ribbons to the community, The White Ribbon Campaign provides opportunities for the Dartmouth community to explore and analyze the role that men can play in stopping rape. From lectures and panels to discussions and passive exhibits, The White Ribbon Campaign seeks to engage men at Dartmouth as agents for positive change.

Ally Development Training Program

By Request

The CGSE and the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive Ally Development Training Program for Dartmouth students, staff, and faculty. Ally Development Training is an opportunity for all members of the Dartmouth community to gain knowledge and skills to better support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer identified individuals.The Ally Development Training Program through the CGSE and OPAL is a chance to have highly skilled ally development facilitators join your organization to provide a specialized identity inclusion training. In this one hour activity, participants will explore and reflect upon messages they have received about their own and others' sexual identities. Additionally, participants will discuss messages they have received about transgender individuals. Upon completion of this activity, participants will have a better understanding of their own and others' identities and increase their awareness as allies.

David Levy: "No Time to Think"
Co-sponsored by: The Rockefeller Center, The Tucker Foundation, DCAL and ISTS

November 7, 2013

david levyToday we have the most powerful tools for teaching, scholarship, and learning the world has ever known. How is it that we have so little to think, and what can we do about it?

David Levy is Professor at the Information School, University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University and a diploma in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London. For more than 15 years, he was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, exploring the transition from paper and print to digital media. At the University of Washington since 2000, he focuses on bringing mindfulness training and other contemplative practices to address problems of information overload and acceleration.

Read the article in The Dartmouth about Mr. Levy's presentation.

Watch the presentation on YouTube.


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Sponsored by: The Hopkins Center

bill t. jonesJanuary 7-8, 2014

"The sublime interaction of dance and live music was the subject of this evening of works by legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, the Tony, Obie and MacArthur "genius" award winner. The program highlighted such classics as D-Man in the Waters (1989) and Spent Days Out Yonder (2001), set to Mendelssohn and Mozart masterworks played by Boston's Borromeo String Quartet ("drama, intensity, passion, delicacy"—The Berkshire Review). Program contains intervals of full nudity."

Los Angeles Poverty Department/Wunderbaum
Sponsored by: The Hopkins Center

la poverty deptJanuary 17-18, 2014

"The first performance group in the nation comprised primarily of people who have experienced homelessness, Los Angeles Poverty Department teamed up with Netherlands-based collective Wunderbaum, which, like LAPD, tackles critical social issues with intelligence, humor, compassion and absorbing stagecraft. Combining material from interviews with patients and doctors—including researchers at The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science—with the familiar tropes of hospital television series, the actors created a metaphor for the healthcare system: an exciting "ficto-mentary" of love, life, money and death. May contain adult content."

Mark Morris Dance Group
Sponsored by: The Hopkins Center

mark morrisSeptember 17-19, 2013

"A world-renowned choreographer of great ambition and endless invention, whose works speak powerfully to the human condition, Morris is also known for his commitment to live music. At the Hop, the company performed three works with live accompaniment provided by the MMDG Music Ensemble, including: The Argument (1999) set to Schumann's Fünf Stücke im Volkston; Silhouettes (1999), set to Richard Cumming's Silhouettes for Piano Solo; and Festival Dance (2011), set to Hummel's Piano Trio No. 5 in E. Major. Also on the program was A Wooden Tree (2012), danced to recorded music by the deliciously eccentric 20th-century Scottish poet and songwriter Ivor Cutler."

Read an article in the local newspaper about the dance company's visit to the Parkinson's Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Also see an article in the campus newspaper on the performances.