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dcf logoThe Dartmouth Centers Forum seeks to respond to growing political, ideological, social and intellectual dissonance in the academy and society.

The Dartmouth Centers Forum (DCF) hopes to create an enabling environment for constructive thinking and open dialogue campus-wide about current issues of the day. Activities include faculty research and curricular enhancement seminars, public events, and facilitated student dialogues.


Each academic year, the Dartmouth Centers Forum, comprised of 17 campus-based institutes, programs, and centers, chooses a theme to frame shared programming.  As Dartmouth enters its 250th year, the temptation is to look back. But instead, we look to the future to shape the environment of tomorrow. As a collective, the DCF represents approaches that go beyond the disciplines and encompass the complexity of society: from medicine to the arts and humanities, to security and technology, we can begin to map the three dimensional landscape we will inhabit. The DCF is excited to present forward-looking programming to celebrate what we’ve been and where we hope to go.

From spring 2018 through spring 2019, the DCF has selected as its theme:
Envisioning the World We Want
At a moment in which great divisions threaten our world, how can we challenge ourselves to step bravely into the future? In the winter of 2019, the Dartmouth Centers Forum invited the Dartmouth community to create programming in the spring of 2019 that inspires, sparks cross-campus dialogue, and embodies the words of Alan Kay: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Through a  Request for Proposals (RFP), the DCF hoped a cross-campus dialogue could be achieved through creative means such as panels, workshops, discussions, and performances that develop programming around this theme and work to draw students, staff, and faculty into bravely inventing our shared future together. We feel that those proposals selected will do so. See all the proposals that were awarded funding here

Also be sure to check out our Upcoming Events (check back regularly for program updates). And join us to build the future!

Recent Events

Watch David Levy's "No Time to Think" presentation in support of the Dartmouth Centers Forum's Body Politic(s) theme.

News Coverage of Recent Events

Last Updated: 3/4/19