Speak Out | Listen Up! Past Events

The Dartmouth Centers Forum presented a wide range of events over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year in support of its theme Speak Out | Listen Up! 

Dartmouth Centers Forum Events

Josh Compton
Senior Lecturer in Speech, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
“Freespeaking: Speaking With (and Listening Up) Before Speaking Out”
Thursday, November 4, 2010


Speaking out through public speaking is much more interesting—for the speaker and for the audience—when speech is more like dialogue than monologue. In this interactive workshop, Josh Compton, Senior Lecturer in Speech in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth College, offered freespeaking—an approach that is similar to freewriting—as a way for speakers to consider dialogue as a vital part of effective, powerful speechmaking. Before we speak out, pre-speech talk can help us to discover ideas, refine arguments, and incorporate multiple perspectives as we inform our own views. Dialogue can also help by modeling delivery that engages audiences—much like good conversation—leading us toward more expressive and authentic communication and inviting our audiences to listen up. We can talk our way toward better public speaking, and in the process, find courage, enthusiasm, and our better voices.

SHARE (Students Hearing And Responding Effectively)

The DCF sponsored the SHARE Leadership Training Program in the winter and spring terms 2011.

Students participating in the SHARE Leadership Winter Training Program committed to attending up to five training seminars that covered such essential leadership topics as successful communication, using humor effectively, the responsibilities of leaders, how to lead others, and developing the skills of negotiation, confrontation, respectful disagreement and self-motivation.

SHARE began with a 1/2 day workshop on January 15th and continues on for four additional Thursday evenings.  Training sessions were taught by several facilitators and each was skills-oriented and engaging. All experience levels of leadership were welcome.

Questions about the program?  Email Kari Jo Grant.

Funding for this series was provided by the DCF as part of the "Speak Out/Listen Up" theme.


"Speaking Out for Children: My Work with the Harlem Children's Zone", a talk by Geoffrey Canada
Educator and architect of the "Harlem Children's Zone" and subject of the book Whatever It Takes
 Monday, April 25, 2011 

Geoffrey Canada spoke to members of the Dartmouth Community about the value of education and the Harlem Children's Zone's model.  Read an article about the event in The Dartmouth.

Facilitated by the Tucker Foundation, the Bildner Program, the Rockefeller Center, and the Education Department.



Screening of "Waiting for 'Superman'"
Offered as a precursor to Geoffrey Canada's February 7th lecture (the lecture was postponed to April 25th)
Friday, January 28, 2011

 A panel including Michael Harris ’72, Director of Teacher Education at Dartmouth, Jay Davis ’90, Teacher Education Faculty and Tucker Foundation Program Officer, and Elysa Severinghaus, Dartmouth ’09w /Hanover High School ’05 Match Charter School, Boston, followed the screening.  The film and panel drew a sell-out crowd of 860 to Spaulding Auditorium.

The screening of "Waiting for 'Superman'" was sponsored by the Dartmouth Film Society in conjunction with the Tucker Foundation.

"Wretches & Jabberers"
Movie Screening and Q&A with the film's stars
Friday, May 6, 2011

wretches and jabberersIn Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.

From beginning to end, Thresher and Bissonnette inspire parents and young men and women with autism with a poignant narrative of personal struggle that always rings with intelligence, humor, hope and courage. 

The movie screening was followed by a live question and answer session with Vermont stars Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette.

See http://www.wretchesandjabberers.org/ for more information on the film.

Events Sponsored by DCF Members in Support of the Theme

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL)

"Access to Success: Student Panel on Disability and Accommodation"
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Building on the momentum of the recent actions to improve services for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, DCAL offered its third annual student report to faculty to raise awareness of disabilities and accommodation for learning. "Access to Success" featured a panel of students speaking to a diversity of disability and health-related issues. Discussions focused on actions faculty can take to ensure that all students have access to academic success.

The Ethics Institute


Spring 2011 Dorsett Fellow
"Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet Challenges"
Kenneth Feinberg

Head of BP Claims Fund; Special Master for Compensation
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kenneth Feinberg is an attorney and one of the nation’s leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation's most challenging and widely known disputes. He is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, in which he reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and disseminated awards. Mr. Feinberg shared his extraordinary experience in his book What Is Life Worth?, published in 2005 by Public Affairs Press. Just a few years later, Mr. Feinberg became Fund Administrator for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. More recently, Mr. Feinberg was designated by the Obama Administration and British Petroleum (BP) to serve as Head of BP Claims Fund and Special Master for Compensation. He is charged with determining appropriate compensation for all those affected by the April 2010 gulf oil spill.

See The Dartmouth for an article on Mr. Feinberg's presentation.

The Hood Museum

Artist Lecture and Reception
Alfredo Jaar: It is Difficult
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 

Alfredo Jaar, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur “genius” grant, is one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today. A reception in Kim Gallery followed his lecture.  Read the article in The Dartmouth about Jaar's lecture.

For more information about Alfredo Jarr, visit www.alfredojaar.net

Presented in conjunction with the Dartmouth Centers Forum (DCF) series Speak Out, Listen Up and funded by the DCF, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Art History Department.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

Indigenous Activism: Native Artists and Their Work
Presented in Conjunction with Tempest: Without a Body
Saturday, April 14, 2011 

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Tempest: Without a Body

Lemi Ponifasio joined Hanay Geigomah, founder of the American Indian Dance Theatre; visual/graphic artist Ryan Red Corn; and filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, to discuss artistic expression rooted in Native issues.

Sponsored by the Dartmouth Centers Forum and Dartmouth Native American Studies Program.

Tempest: Without a Body
East Coast Premiere
MAU Company
Lemi Ponifasio artistic director
Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 16

"Powerful, frightening, beautiful and inspirational, [Ponifasio's] critical eye on our times and fearless vision continue to provoke both attention and controversy."  The Big Idea

Tempest: Without a Body

Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his company perform luminous, cutting-edge dance theater deeply rooted in the culture and values of the Pacific Islands. Since being commissioned by Peter Sellars for his New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna, MAU Company has performed on some of the world's most prestigious stages. Audiences are riveted by MAU's powerfully authentic theater, movement, ritual, and social commentary. In Tempest, Ponifasio draws texts and images from Shakespeare, Paul Klee's Angelus Novus and other sources to create a visual oratorio that decries the escalating inhumanity of the post-9/11 state. "Clear. Beautiful. Masterful....It speaks for itself with a sacred tongue" (Lumiere, New Zealand).

Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

The Tucker Foundation


Jon Kabat-Zinn
Expert on mindfulness and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic
Author of Full Catastrophe Living
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sponsored by the Tucker Foundation, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School, Dick's House, and Student Activities.

See the article in The Dartmouth about Jon Kabat-Zinn's presentation.

A Day of Mindfulness Practice & Dialogue: Jon Kabat-Zinn
Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 8am to 4pm

Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College Campus

A Jon Kabat-Zinn-led experiential workshop for meditators and mindfulness students. 

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning


DCAL Book Club
Susan D. Blum, "My Word: Plagiarism and College Culture"
Thursday, February 24, 2011

A discussion about plagiarism, informed by Susan Blum’s new book, My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture (Cornell University Press, 2010). This book does not propose any simple solutions, but it does promise to open a dialogue between teachers and students. Students and the undergraduate judicial affairs director joined in the discussion. 

The Institute for Writing & Rhetoric

Gunther Kress, "Social Givens and Semiotic Response: Principles of and Resources for Composition in 21st Century Conditions of Provisionality"
Wednesday, February 23, 2011


This talk was co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Centers Forum and the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

 Dr. Kress is one of the members of the groundbreaking New London Group, responsible for drawing attention to multiliteracies in a changing world. This world leader considers the ways in which listening, being heard, communicating and making sense in and of the world through language and image are rapidly changing. He makes a clear case for the transformation of written communication from hierarchical and structured to relational, via webs, links, and networks.

The Tucker Foundation

"Loving God...Loving the Other"
A Dialogue with Christian Theologian Miroslav Volf and Muslim Scholar Ingrid Mattson

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 

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Volf Mattson

Leading scholars Miroslav Volf (Yale University) and Ingrid Mattson (Hartford Seminary) explored engagement with the religious other without abandoning religious commitments in this lecture.  Read about it in The Dartmouth.

 Sponsored by The William Jewett Tucker Foundation, The Waterman Institute, al-Nur Muslim Students Association, and the Dartmouth Centers Forum's "Speak Out, Listen Up" theme.

Tsherin Sherpa, Preservation
Project #1, 2009, gouache,
acrylic, and gold on paper.
Collection of Shelley and
Donald Rubin.

The Hood Museum of Art

Artist Lecture: Tsherin Sherpa
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

 The artist, featured in the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, talked about his work. His visit to Dartmouth was co-sponsored by the Bildner Program through the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.  Read a preview of the exhibit in The Dartmouth.

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning


A public lecture by Noma LeMoine
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sociolinguist and educator Dr. Noma LeMoine is a nationally recognized expert on language variation and learning among Standard English Learner (SEL) populations with first language backgrounds in African American English, Appalachian English, Chicano English, Hawaiian English, etc. For 20 years, in 81 schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dr. LeMoine directed the Academic English Mastery Program, which under her leadership became a national model for addressing SEL needs and was featured on "60 Minutes", various periodicals, and the PBS documentary "Do You Speak American?".

This lecture examined language variation among diverse SEL populations and discussed culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy for advancing classroom learning and eliminating disparities in educational outcomes for these traditionally low-performing students. The student newspaper, The Dartmouth, covered the event.

"Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Instruction for Standard English Learners"
Friday, February 11, 2011

Led by Noma LeMoine, nationally recognized expert on issues of language variation, this workshop addressed shifting paradigms and building new schemas for viewing cultural and linguistic diversity in Standard English Learners (SELs) as strengths that can serve as scaffolds for improved educational outcomes. The discussion also included a consideration of implications from a policy perspective for systemic programs that address the language acquisition, literacy, and learning needs of SEL populations.

The Dickey Center for International Understanding


The Class of 1950 Senior Foreign Affairs Fellow Jose A. Ocampo
"The Voice of Developing Countries in International Economic Decision Making"
Monday, January 31, 2011 

Mr. Ocampo is a Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and director, Economic and Political Development Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He teaches courses in the PhD program in Sustainable Development and is a member of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought.  The Dartmouth published an articleon Mr. Ocampo's lecture.

The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society


"Web accessibility in civil society: Persons with disabilities in today’s educational environments"
Dr. Cyndi Rowland, Executive Director of WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind), Utah State University
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today’s digital age has shifted traditional notions of how persons with disabilities are included in society. If we agree that individuals with disabilities should fully participate in today’s highly interactive and real-time online education, what does it mean for the institution? What does it mean for faculty? What does it mean for staff? A great deal of national and international attention is being paid to this topic. All of these themes were explored during a public discussion sponsored by Dartmouth’s Institute for Security, Technology and Society.  The Dartmouth covered the event.

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Witte '10

Speaking Out on Teaching & Learning with Information Technology
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lucretia Witte '10 spent the winter term of her senior year collecting information and testimonies on how students view the roles of technology, for good and for ill, in their learning experiences at Dartmouth. She served as a TA in Tom Luxon's Writing 5 class and conducted focus groups and interviews. This discussion was a rare chance to hear a student's assessment of what students see as effective elements of technology in higher education.

In preparation for the workshop and as a means to make her results accessible, Witte created a Blackboard site as a model for how it could be used for a class. Students and faculty were asked to share their opinions in response to questions she posed through an online discussion board before the session. 

To read about this event, see Josh Kim's blog posting on either the DCAL website, or InsideHigherEd.com.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

The Shipment

The Shipment
Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company
Written and directed by Young Jean Lee

Friday & Saturday, January 7th and 8th, 2011

With The Shipment, Korean-American playwright and director Young Jean Lee (“one of the best experimental playwrights in America” – Time Out New York) challenges audiences to laugh as they consider their own preconceptions about race and culture. This disquieting “cringe comedy” combines Lee’s trademark acid wit with a dose of brutal honesty, daring to ask embarrassing questions and seek solutions to impossible problems.

An exercise conducted in association with The Shipment

What happens when a stereotype is so funny it makes you uncomfortable? When you don’t know whether to laugh, cry, protest, or turn away in disgust?  These are the questions Young Jean Lee asks in her play, The Shipment. We posed similar questions to Dartmouth students. The following video shows students' responses to the question: "People think I'm _________ , but I'm not."  For all questions posed students and accompanying videos, see the Hop's page on "Fill-in-the-Blank".

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

"Gaming and Writing: A Wired Coffee Hour with James Paul Gee"
Monday, November 15, 2010

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the "new literacies" of video gaming. But what exactly can students learn about writing from a video game? And what can we learn from video games about the learning process? In this session hosted by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, participants discussed the literacies of video games and their relevance to our classrooms with James Paul Gee.

The Rockefeller Center


Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr.
“Policy at the Sharp End: Listening to Veterans of Iraq & Afghanistan.”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

No one understands war like those who fight it. Since 2004, Freedberg (Investigator, Policy at the Sharp End Project and Former Defense Reporter for "The National Journal") has spent hundreds of hours interviewing over 150 military personnel about their experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq in order to capture both their personal stories and their professional insights. The participants in this ongoing oral history project, overwhelmingly officers and experienced NCOs, are more than human interest items or patriotic object lessons. They are experts, each with first-hand experience of issues of national importance, from counterinsurgency tactics to military technology to how deployments stress the force, and their voices must be heard in the national policy debate.

The Dartmouth covered this lecture.

The Leslie Center for the Humanities

Karl Marlantes: Speaking about his novel Matterhorn
Monday, October 25, 2010 


Marlantes talked about his highly acclaimed novel Matterhorn. Marlantes was introduced by President Emeritus, Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History, and former Marine, James Wright. A discussion was led by Edward Miller, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and an expert on the Vietnam War.

The Dickey Center

Richard Harris: "Covering Climate Change in a Changing Media Climate"
Monday, October 18, 2010

Richard Harris, award-winning science reporter for National Public Radio, gave the Dickey Center for International Understanding Great Issues Lecture on Monday, October 18 in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall.  Dartmouth Now previewed the event, while The Dartmouth covered the event.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

Khmer Arts Ensemble
The Lives of Giants

Sophiline Cheam Shapiro director & choreographer
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 28 & 29, 2010

"Expanding the reach of Cambodian dance, fusing its stylized elegance with nontraditional subject matter."  The New York Times
Khmer Arts Ensemble

The regal grace, splendid costumes and allegorical richness of Cambodian classical dance vividly illustrate the effects of absolute power in this groundbreaking new work. Choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro is a leader in the revival of this centuries-old art form after its near-decimation by the Khmer Rouge. Inspired equally by Cambodian mythology and contemporary global politics, she and more than 20 dancers and musicians of the "mesmerizing" (Los Angeles Times) Khmer Arts Ensemble interpret a tale in which evil, rampaging giants--like evil, rampaging regimes--must be confronted.

These performances were funded in part by the Expeditions Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the state art agencies of New England and by the NEA Artistic Excellence Program.

The Hopkins Center and The Dickey Center

Shapiro Miller
Shapiro Miller
Edmondson Yalowitz
Edmondson Yalowitz

Arts in Crisis: Healing a Nation's Wounds
Monday, September 27, 2010

Choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Assistant Professor of History Edward Miller, Associate Professor of Theater Laura Edmondson, and Dartmouth student Aimee Le discussed how artists across the globe make meaning from history and address abuses of power within society.  The panel was moderated by Kenneth Yalowitz, Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding.

The event was co-sponsored by the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Dickey Center for International Understanding and presented in conjunction with Khmer Arts Ensemble performances of "The Lives of Giants", September 28 & 29.  For an article on the panel, see The Dartmouth.