Class Divide: Past Events

Main events sponsored by the Dartmouth Centers Forum

The Dartmouth Centers Forum presents a major event during each term of the academic year in support of the current theme. In the fall of 2007, Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler '64 delivered the introductory lecture for the DCF's "Class Divide" theme. In the winter, the Ethics Institute coordinated a campus lecture by award winning journalist and best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich.  In the spring, the Hood Museum opened its exhibit "Felix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations".

The Hopkins Center for the Arts continued its Class Divide theme until the summer of 2009. Please see their website for more events run in support of the theme:


"Working for Change"
Barbara Ehrenreich
February 25, 2008

The Dartmouth Centers Forum was pleased to work with the Ethics Institute to co-sponsor the award winning journalist Barbara Ehrenreich's visit to campus. Ms. Ehrenreich has written on a wide range of issues, from the military to feminism, to economic injustice. She is the author of such books as Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Bait and Switch.

See the article in The Dartmouth for a summary of the event.


Shipler Poster "The Working Poor: Invisible In America"
David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Former Foreign Correspondent of The New York Times
October 18, 2007

His latest book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, was a national best-seller in 2004 and 2005. It was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award. It won an Outstanding Book Award from The Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights at Simmons College and led to his receipt of awards from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the New York Labor Communications Council, and the D.C. Employment Justice Center

For one post-event summary, see the article in The Dartmouth.

Video of the lecture is available here and below.


Events offered by a member of the DCF in support of the theme

Throughout the course of the academic year, members of the Dartmouth Centers Forum individually host events in support of the current theme. The following events took place during the 2007-2008 academic year in support of the Class Divide theme.

Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL)

Status and Stereotypes
October 4, 2007

Melissa Herman (Sociology) led this workshop on how status and stereotype drive performance expectations in classrooms and group coursework.

The Leslie Center for the Humanities

El Malecon: A Wall of Shame
An Exhibition of Photography and a Discussion about Marginality and Human Rights in the Dominican Republic.

January 31 - March 7, 2008. Exhibition of photographs by John Paul Gallagher. Location: Russo Gallery, Haldeman Center

January 31, 2008. Opening Lecture to the exhibit El Malecon: A Wall of Shame. Jacqueline Jimenez-Polanco. Co-sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

The Rockefeller Center

Shriver postcard1 "American Idealist, Sargent Shriver: Inspiring Service for the Common Good"
July 8, 2008

Panelists included:

  • Edgar May (Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Former Inspector General of the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity, and Former Vermont State Senator and Representative
  • Jacquelyn Caglia (Board of Directors, Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Research Associate Institute for Community Health, Cambridge Health Alliance)
  • Meg Fuchs '01 (Former Peace Corps Volunteer and Assistant Director, Master in Public Administration/International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
  • Paul Killebrew '67 (Former Peace Corps Volunteer and Associate Director - Special Projects, Office of Development, Dartmouth College)
  • Kiva Wilson '04 (Former Peace Corps Volunteer and Coordinator, Training and Education, KaBOOM!)
Shriver panelists
"American Idealist" Panelists (l-r): Paul Killebrew, Kiva Wilson, Edgar May, Jacquelyn Caglia, and Meg Fuchs

For an article on the event see The Dartmouth.

A Panel on Poverty and Welfare
A Nelson A. Rockefeller Centennial Series Event
May 19, 2008

In 2008, the Rockefeller Centennial Lecture Series focused on areas that embodied the legacy of Nelson Rockefeller. This included public programs on universal health care; public education; environmental conservation; federalism; the United Nations; economic development in Latin America; and the challenges of poverty and welfare.

Participants included:

  • Peter F. Burns, Research Associate, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College
  • Sandra K. Danziger, Professor, School of Social Work, Research Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • Matissa Hollister, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Dartmouth College
  • Clarence N. Stone, Professor Emeritus, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, Research Professor, Public Policy and Political Science, George Washington University.

For an article on the event see The Dartmouth.

Class and Racial Divisions: Challenges and Opportunities, a panel discussion
January 30, 2008

A panel of Dartmouth experts contributed to the discussion.  They were:

  • Peter Burns, Research Associate, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College
  • Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College
  • Deborah K. King, Associate Professor of Sociology and Acting Chair, African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College
  • Annelise Orleck, Professor of History at Dartmouth College

For an article on this event see The Dartmouth.

The Stephen R. Volk '57 Lecture
"Emancipation from Mental Slavery: Public Education & Social Change"
Mari Matsuda, Activist and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center
January 23, 2008

This lecture was in support of the Dartmouth Centers Forum 2008 theme of "Class Divide" and co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Legal Studies Faculty of Dartmouth, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Office of Pluralism and Leadership.

For an article on this event see The Dartmouth.

Video of the lecture is available here and below.


"Does Class Matter in American Elections?"
Jeffrey M. Stonecash, Maxwell Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
October 23, 2007

Co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences and the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley.

For an article on this event see The Dartmouth.

The Tucker Foundation

"The Killer Within"
A film by Macky Alston.
February 4 and 5, 2008

In this fascinating chronicle of what happens when a man admits a long-buried secret to his family and friends, a seemingly average professor and father reveals how on one night in 1955, as an unassuming Swarthmore College student, he killed his sleeping dorm mate. For an article on this screening see The Dartmouth.

"Questioning Faith"
A film by Macky Alston.
February 4, 2008

The story of how the death of a student at Union Seminary is met and mourned and interpreted by a multi-faith community. For an article on this screening see The Dartmouth.

"Family Name"
A film by Macky Alston.
February 4 and 5, 2008

Macky Alston's award-winning film chronicles the surprising twists and turns of his search for the descendants of the slaves and slave owners who lived on the plantations once owned by his family. For an article on this screening see The Dartmouth.

Other events offered on campus relating to the theme

The 2008 Reitman/DeGrange Memorial Lecture Series
People Like Us: Social Class in America.
January 31, 2008

A documentary film exploring the meanings and experiences of social class in the United States, including a segment on controversy in nearby Burlington, VT.  The film was followed by a question and answer session with the producers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

Class in the Upper Valley: A Community Panel
January 27, 2008

This panel explored the issue of class in the Upper Valley from the perspectives of community members whose professional and personal backgrounds provide a unique lens on this complex subject.

The Dartmouth published an article on this event.

DHMC's Fourth Annual Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium
Dartmouth Community Medical School: Global Health Equity
Keynote address by Paul Farmer
November 14, 2007

For an article on this event see The Dartmouth.

Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Celebration

The Martin Luther King celebration this winter was titled "(In)visible Identities: The King Legacy and The Class Divide". Marian Wright Edelman was the keynote speaker. For an article on this event see The Dartmouth.