Words and their Consequences: Past Events

The Dartmouth Centers Forum presented a wide range of events over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year in support of its theme Words and their Consequences

Events Sponsored by the DCF

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On January 19th the Dartmouth Centers Forum presented:

Taylor Mali
Spoken-word artist
National Slam Poet
Author of What Teachers Make

With an introduction by the Dartmouth  SoulScribes

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet.

Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through "poetry, persuasion, and perseverance."

He is the author of two books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002), and four CDs of spoken word. He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival.

Formerly president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America, Taylor Mali makes his living entirely as a spoken-word and voiceover artist these days, traveling around the country performing and teaching workshops as well as doing occasional commercial voiceover work. He has narrated several books on tape, including The Great Fire (for which he won the Golden Earphones Award for children's narration).

The event was free and open to all. The Dartmouth covered it in their January 20th issue.

In addition to the public performance, Mali hosted a workshop for undergraduate students.  The focus of the workshop was writing for performance — taking something from page to stage. The participants also collectively created a piece that was performed later that evening at the public performance.  Watch the full performance below.

Events Funded by the DCF's RFP Process

For the past two years, through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, during the fall and winter terms, the DCF also has provided funding to students, faculty, and staff interested in hosting a program based upon the DCF's theme.  In the fall term, the DCF awarded funding to the Journal of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth for the spring term launch of the Journal which focused on the "Words and their Consequences" theme.  In the winter term, the DCF awarded funds to five programs that took place in the spring 2012 term, including:

Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble and Peter Hackett

undue influencUndue Influence
Wednesday - Sunday, April 25th-29th

The Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble in partnership with the Office of the President and the Sexual Abuse Awareness Program (SAAP), presents Undue Influence

A repeat engagement of the DDTE's original dance-theater work examining the impulse, incidence and implications of sexual assault in a college social environment. The culminating performance event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Conceived by Ford Evans (Hopkins Center Dance/Theater) and Peter Hackett (Theater) with the Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble. This event was co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Centers Forum and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

Read the coverage of the performance by The Dartmouth and Vermont Public Radio.

Patricia Lee, Class of 2012 and Chair of the Inter-Community Council

Spoken Words: Four Poets and the Consequences of Their Words
Friday, April 13th

spoken wordsThe event was a festival of celebrity poets who are renowned in the spoken word community: Sarah Kay (HBO Def Poetry Jam, Featured TED Conference Speaker, Founder of Project V.O.I.C.E.), Phil Kaye (Former Head Coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression, Two-time Recipient of National College Poetry Slam Award for "Pushing the Art Forward", Co-Director of Project V.O.I.C.E.), Anis Mojgani (HBO's Def Poetry Jam, First Place at 2007 World Cup Poetry Slam, Winner of National Individually Poetry Slam in 2005 and 2006), and Aimee Le (Dartmouth Undergraduate '12, HBO's Brave New Voices). There was also an opening performance by the SoulScribes.

Latino Community at Dartmouth College, Event Led by Christopher Lopereno

Power in the Profane: The Politics of Poetry
Thursday and Friday, April 5th and 6th

The following description is condensed from the Latino Community at Dartmouth's website.
power in the profane flyerAs part of Dartmouth Centers Forum's programming, "Words and Their Consequences," Roger Reeves, a poet, playwright, and literary scholar came to Dartmouth College to read from his upcoming book, King Me. Reeves work explores the tension and ethics of lyricizing personal, historic, and social traumas. Through the adoption of personas that range from a horse witnessing the lynching of Emmett Till to Mikhail Bulgakov chronicling the forced famines in Poland in the 1930s to a brother tending to his manic depressive sister, Reeves's work examines the erotics of care and the place of song, elegy, and praise as testaments to those moments.  The violence of poverty, gender, and race combine with traditional themes of loss, familial and romantic love, and identity as an act of recovering the traumatized body.  Reeves's poetry has garnered awards and fellowships such as a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, given to poets under 30 by the Poetry Foundation, two Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Reeves's poems have appeared or are forthcoming from literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, the Boston Review, Gulf Coast, among others. Currently, he is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As part of the trip, Reeves also led a workshop for students which culminated in a student reading given to the Dartmouth community after the workshop.

Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

copyright warsWords as Ammunition in the "Copyright Wars"
Thursday, April 5th

This program featured a roundtable discussion with William Patry, based on his book  Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars. Mr. Patry was joined by Denise Anthony, Barbara DeFeliceChristiane Donahue, and Tom Luxon.

"Piracy", "stealing", "protection",  and "theft" are among the words used as ammunition in the copyright wars that are being waged with more intensity since the advent of digital information technologies.  What do those words really mean and why are they used in discussions of what are really business and legal transactions, not moral issues?  To truly engage in productive discussions of copyright and to influence future developments, it is critical to first understand the words that have been used for centuries in the "copyright wars", and then to develop a new and more accurate vocabulary.

Read about the session in this blog posting on the DCAL website.

Events Sponsored by DCF Members in Support of the Theme

dcf discussions posterThroughout the winter term members of the DCF hosted a series of discussions focused on the "Words and their Consequences" theme.  The full list of the series can be reviewed by downloading the poster at the right.  DCF members hosted several other events related to the theme as well. All summaries of the events follow.

The Ethics Institute

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Anita Allen
"Privacy in the Era of Social Media: Goodbye to Health Privacy"
Wednesday, April 4th

Anita Allen is a Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of President Obama's Presidential Bioethics Commission. Dr. Allen presented as the Ethics Institute's Dorsett Fellow.

Read The Dartmouth's coverage of the Dr. Allen's presentation.

The Hood Museum of Art

hood logoImages and Their Consequences: Visual Stereotypes of Native Americans
Sunday, February 29th

This session gave a visual history of stereotypes of Native Americans.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

hop logoArts and Their Consequences: A Student-Fueled Dinner Forum about Speaking Out and Acting Out Through the Arts
Friday, February 24th
Led by Student Facilitators

This session allowed students to discuss what role their art plays in effecting global and local change as well as what were the consequences of artisitic expressions during the Great Depression, Civil Rights, or the Occupy Movement.

The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society

How Information Technology Affects our Words and Their Consequences
Friday, February 17th

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When we think about the recent (and ongoing) social protests against regimes in the Middle East, we recognize the important role of new information technology (IT).  Most discussion focuses on how IT facilitates widespread communication, providing the protesters with the ability to get their message out to the World. Yet the underlying Internet infrastructure on which the communication relies is determined, in large part, by local factors: geography, politics, and the economics of interconnection and competition. 

In this discussion, we focused on the critical underlying technological infrastructure that makes communication possible.  We examined the pathways along which Internet traffic flows.   We discussed ways in which these paths can be used by a citizenry to challenge repressive regimes, but also manipulated (or shut-off) by the very same regimes to repress their people or paint a very different picture of what is happening. 

A presentation was given by Doug Madory of the Renesys Corporation (http://renesys.com/) and was followed by a discussion.

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

dcal logoWords and their consequences: How what faculty say to students fosters or hinders their success
Monday, February 6, 2012

Students: Is the feedback you are getting from faculty motivating or demoralizing? Faculty: Do your students respond to your feedback in a way that meets your expectations? This conversation aimed at improving feedback and its consequences.

The Institute for Writing & Rhetoric

iwr logoDropping the "I" Word: Examining Contemporary Immigration Discourse and Consequences of the "Illegal Alien" Label
Friday, February 3rd 

This session presented an overview of how immigration technology affects media, policy, and political settings, as well as the imperative for speaking out to eradicate it from common use. 

The Collis Center for Student Involvement

collis center logoBored@Baker: The Right To Do Vs. The Right Thing To Do
Open Forum
Tuesday, January 31st 

This session was an open forum for students to discuss their opinions about the Bored@Baker website as well as the subject of anonymity in cyberbullying, whether the website is a platform for free speech, and who should be held accountable; the poster or the reader. 

The Dickey Center for International Understanding

dickey centerConveying Meaning Across Languages
Faculty Discussants
Wednesday, January 25th

The challenge of choosing the right word for the context and the consequences when it goes badly. Faculty and Student discussion over the power of words across cultures. 

The Leslie Center for the Humanities

brison Hate Speech and American Exceptionalism
Susan Brison, Department of Philosophy, Dartmouth

Tuesday, January 17th

It is now commonly recognized that the United States is unique in the degree to which it protects hate speech. With the globalization of media and a growing international understanding about the scope and limits of free speech—expressed in other countries' statutes and constitutions and in international conventions—American free speech exceptionalism is a doctrine in increasing need of justification. Given that U.S. courts and legal theorists have, thus far, failed to develop a consistent and principled First Amendment jurisprudence that explains why hate speech should be constitutionally protected, Susan Brison argues that American free speech exceptionalism should be a cause for concern rather than a source of national pride. 

See the coverage of Susan Brison's talk in The Dartmouth.

The Rockefeller Center

oona hathaway Our Foreign Affairs Constitution: The President, Congress, and the Making of International Law
Oona Hathaway, Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

Thursday, January 12th

This session examined consequences when international agreements are not made through the process provided in the Constitution due to insurmountable political and legal hurdles.

Read about Oona Hathaway's talk in The Dartmouth.

The Ethics Institute

Rhetoric of the Presidential Primary Campaign - Do Words Matter?
Thursday, January 5th 

Russell Muirhead, Robert Clements Associate Professor of Democracy and Politics, and Aine Donovan, Director of the Ethics Institute and Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business led the student discussion.

The Tucker Foundation

Celebration of 50 Years of Dartmouth and the Peace Corps
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 

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Peace Corps' Director Sargent Shriver welcoming 
Dartmouth's Dean Charley "Doc" Dey to the Phillipines

The Tucker Foundation hosted a day of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.  The day's events included:

  • An Open House for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and interested others.  

  • A panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with National Peace Corps Recruiter Shari Hubert '92, presiding. 

  • A ceremony honoring John Rassias, featuring a talk by Charley "Doc" Dey '52, Dean Emeritus of the Tucker Foundation, President Kim introducing.

  • A presentation of the documentary, Dartmouth and the Peace Corps: 50 Years of Partnership

  • A dinner to celebrate and reflect in Collis Common Ground