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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? Dartmouth Centers Forum invites you to create programming in 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 recent Request for Proposals (RFP), the DCF hoped the goal could be achieved in creative ways such as panels, workshops, discussions, and performances that create programming around this theme and work to draw students, staff, and faculty into bravely inventing our shared future together. We feel that those proposals awarded funding will do so. Descriptions and dates of the events that received funding follow. We hope you can join us!


Understanding Social Justice, Approaching and Embracing Diversity
Proposal Team: Maria de Greiff (Lead), Alexander Cotnoir, and Maria Gonzalez Borgaro

La Casa, along with the Fuerza team, CO-FIRE and other colleagues from the Spanish and Portuguese Department, is planning a series of roundtable discussions, exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings and film presentations about immigration and social justice. We have contacted and invited a group of scholars, photographers, writers and independent film directors to discuss both their life experiences and work surrounding immigration and social justice. This series of roundtable discussions, interactive presentations, and lectures will provide an opportunity for students and other community members to approach and learn about current affairs related to human rights, immigration and social justice. These events will host experts from different fields ranging from journalism to activism, who will bring their plural perspectives about social awareness, to facilitate discussions about how to approach and understand the immigration phenomena and its impact upon both our national identity and local sense of community. We are excited to facilitate such discussions at Dartmouth College, given the institution’s commitment to diversity, international identity and presence, and its concerns about global understanding and social awareness.

Event Dates and Locations

  • March 4th at 6pm at "La Casa" 42 College Street
  • April 4th at 11am in Occom Commons
  • May 16th at 10am in Occom Commons
  • May 31st at 6pm at "La Casa" 42 College Street

 

Balancing Ancient and Modern Knowledge
Proposal Team: Rebecca Emeny (Lead) and Varahi Trivedi

Public health and epidemiologic research are validating powerful truisms: lack of sleep, muscle movement, and meaningful connections threaten our well-being. This essential knowledge is reflected in literature and ancient cultural wisdom. Shakespeare’s Macbeth knew the blessings of a good night’s rest: “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care, …sore labor’s bath, balm of hurt minds…” Yet how many know that natural killer cells emerge from bone marrow to fight infections while you rest? Or that only muscle movement squeezes surveillance cells through all the tissues of our body- making physical activity a critical component of a healthy lifestyle? And native cultures revere interconnectedness above all- exemplified in the Lakota expression Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ, “All Are Related”. Yet how many, striving for independence and autonomy, fight loneliness and are deprived of the stress reducing, regenerative benefits of connection? All of us are challenged by balancing lifestyle choices to ward off stress, some are more motivated than others to MOVE, SLEEP and CONNECT. We propose a poster campaign to encourage healthy behavior inspired by public health relevant biology with balanced sources of knowledge- old and new, and across different disciplines, to envision improved well-being for us all. (The proposed funding would go toward a public talk as well with the research clinician and Dartmouth alum Dr. Firdaus Dhabhar, Professor of Psychiatry at the Immunology Institute and the Cancer Institute at Stanford University. Dr. Dhabhar would give a lecture on the positive and negative effects of stress- and how public health efforts and medical practice can harness knowledge of immunology to improve patient care.)

Event Date and Location

  • TBD


Environmental Preservation in Brazil: Envisioning Sustainable Pathways
Proposal Team: Gustavo De Almeida Silva (Lead), Ana Furtado, Sayuri Tais Miyamoto Magnabosco, and Carolina Lago Pena Maia

Brazil is home to the richest biodiversity in the world, placing the country as an essential global asset in the battle against climate change and ecosystem extinction. However, the country’s natural environments and protected areas are being rapidly eroded, due to the rising levels of deforestation of Amazonian rainforests and the recent ascension of a climate-change-skeptic government. Wishing to promote greater awareness on this pressing issue, the Dartmouth Brazilian Society (DBS) will host a panel in which students will have the opportunity to connect with this complex global topic. By bringing visiting experts and Dartmouth scholars together to discuss the fragile state of the core zones of the Brazilian biosphere reserves and offer possible sustainable solutions, the event will fully embody this year’s DCF’s proposed theme. Acting as a catalyst for debate and active problem-solving, it will demonstrate the country’s crucial role in the preservation of water resources and environmental niches for generations to come and foster the formation of a resilient and critical thinking community. This panel is a component of the Brasil Weekend, a three-day long discussion of the Brazilian reality on Dartmouth’s campus, involving Human Rights, Environmental Issues and cultural events.

Event Date and Location

  • April 14th from 11:15am - 1:30pm in Rockefeller 002


Guided Access
Proposal Team: Jessica Campanile (Lead) and Staci Mannella

This event will feature students with disabilities (SwD)  – myself, Staci Mannella, and more –  guiding participants along the traditional Dartmouth tour guide route. The difference: each tour guide will take their group of participants along the tour route that is most accessible for them, and recount their experiences as a student, and particularly as a SwD at Dartmouth. This may mean taking elevators, utilizing braille signs, service animals, or mobility aids, etc. We envision a Dartmouth community that approaches the disabled population with awareness, understanding, and inclusivity. We hope that “Guided Access” will open the eyes of fellow students, professors, administrators, and other Dartmouth stakeholders to the presence and experiences of SwD on campus. By providing a platform on which SwD can tell their Dartmouth stories, we call attention to this minority group on our campus, which is rarely recognized in or able to fully access minority- and affinity- related organizations and events. After the tours, we will congregate in a classroom (in an accessible building on campus), and participants and guides alike will be called upon to share their thoughts and reflections, and better understand the lives of SwD at Dartmouth.

Event Date

  • Week of May 27th will be scheduled based on participants' availability. 

 

Harnessing the Discipline of Vision to Create a Sustainable World
Proposal Team: Jeremy Faludi (Lead) and Edie Farwell

Harnessing the power of vision helps us clarify, articulate, and plan the details of what a sustainable world looks like. This workshop helps participants determine their own visions, and use The Natural Step to create a broader global vision, as well as plan steps to make their visions reality. Research increasingly finds a connection between our vision and what products or services or systems we design. The practice of vision is a powerful tool to help bring about the specifics of a sustainable world. It is a source of clarity, inspiration and action, and a guide for prioritizing, making decisions, and keeping focused. We will combine a personal visioning process with a global-scale visioning of The Natural Step, which helps define what perfect sustainability looks like for a project or system the participants choose. We will use The Natural Step to “backcast” pathways to these visions from today’s conditions and constraints, sketching strategic plans to further each person’s personal and global visions. This will help participants determine priorities to act on. Expected outcomes are to understand the ultimate sustainability requirements for products, services, and other initiatives, and to brainstorm possible plans to get from today’s reality to the envisioned ideal.

Event Date and Location

  • April 16th from 7 - 9pm in Rett's Room (MacLean 201), Thayer School of Engineering


Humans of Kachin
Proposal Team: Vi Nguyen

The Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT) is a grassroot organization aimed to advocate for the rights of the Kachin ethnic minority who suffer under Myanmar military rule. While interning at KWAT, I launched a project called Humans of Kachin, a platform to share the stories of the Kachin people that I met. Since the launch of Humans of Kachin in early July, individual posts have reached between 2,000 to 13,000 people. With the increasing impact of Humans of Kachin, I was inspired to travel straight to the source, Myanmar, to continue this project. With funding from the Rockefeller Center, I will be visiting Myitkyina, Myanmar, the capital of the Kachin state, during the 10 days of Spring break in March. I will be collecting more stories and filming a short documentary, in hopes of pushing this project forward and spreading awareness of the injustice against ethnic minorities in Myanmar. I would love to share the project with the Dartmouth community, because by bringing awareness to the cause, we can begin to initiate change. We want a world where all people are treated equally and are understanding of each other’s unique circumstances. Let us not forget about this isolated corner of the world; we must push ourselves to learn about diverse, global issues, and ask ourselves what we can do to make a difference.

Event Date and Location

  • TBD, but planning for one day the week of April 8th from 6-8pm in Occom Commons


Meeting Students Where They Live
Proposal Team: Marylee Verdi (Lead) and Tong Meltzer

What is the World We Want? The world we want starts with the creative energy, positivity and kindness of one individual student and that energy radiates and spreads like a chain reaction. Health and Wellness is at the core of this potential energy. Dartmouth students are gifted, kind and fueled with a desire to effect positive change in our world; however, it is their basic health behaviors and needs that can sideline and impede their progress towards their greater goals. For Dartmouth Student Health Services and The Student Wellness, envisioning “the world we want” is meeting the students where they live – empowering the students to support positive changes with their physical and emotional health. Students arrive on campus focused on their academic goals. Navigating the college health system is typically not their primary focus. They are bombarded with information when they arrive on campus and the information given about accessing health and wellness is often lost. Integrating health and wellness education into activities of daily living is essential. Our proposed program creates a collaboration with: health services, dining services, wellness, Greek life, Residence life inclusive of affinity houses and living learning communities. This grant will assist in kicking off a new and innovative approach to health and wellness education and service delivery. Meeting student where they live empowers students to join the conversation regarding their health and wellness. Providing information on topics such as: Sexual health Self-care Mental Health Counseling Integrating Holistic Health and Wellness into Living spaces

Event Dates and Locations

  • Dates: Defined by student requests (likely one event per month in a two hour block between 4-8pm) in student living/community spaces


TEDxDartmouth 2019: Living Bridges
Proposal Team: Arvind Suresh (Lead), Alice Hsu, Josephine Kalshoven, and Heather Flokos

The focus of our TEDx-Dartmouth conference this year are the living bridges all around us. A living bridge is formed by communities guiding the pliable roots of a tree across a river or stream and allowing them to strengthen and grow over time until they can support the weight of a human being. They are the means of connectivity for societies, modern and premodern, natural and industrial, traditional and trendy. These bridges are people. A lifestyle. Making the impossible possible. They also represent the resilience and patient of pioneers and cultures that grew from a seed of an idea. Having this theme for our event has allowed us to select speakers that celebrate ideas, innovations, and experiences that unite us as a global community and highlight how teamwork and cross-disciplinary engagement can drive positive social change in the world around us. With talk topics from disability policy change in education to stories for social change in incarceration to new perspectives on sustainability and entrepreneurship, our event focuses on how each individual can act to improve the world we live in. We emphasize the importance of human collaboration and showcase creative ways on how to best challenge ourselves and better our communities.

Event Date and Location

  • April 13th from 10am - 3pm in Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts

Last Updated: 3/4/19