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Conflict and Reconciliation: Past Events

Main events sponsored by the Dartmouth Centers Forum

The Dartmouth Centers Forum presents major events throughout the academic year in support of the current theme.  In the fall of 2008, the Dickey Center focused its Great Issues Lecture on Conflict and Reconciliation and brought Senator George Mitchell to campus.  In winter 2009, the Allwin Initiative organized a panel discussion on "Labor and Creativity in the Digital Age".  In the spring, the Hood Museum opened its exhibit "Felix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations".

Senator George Mitchell
"America's Role in the World"
Monday, September 29, 2008

Photo of George Mitchell
Senator George Mitchell.  September 29, 2008.

The Dartmouth Centers Forum and Dickey Center were pleased to welcome Senator Mitchell to speak on "America's Role in the World" to a large audience at Spaulding Auditorium.

For coverage of the event see this article in The Dartmouth.

"Labor and Creativity in the Digital Age: New Visions of Work and Rights" 

Monday, February 23, 2009.



Labor panel1

Anderson, Marder, Seaman, and Phillips.  February 23, 2009.

Who should be paid for what? Beginning with an historical perspective then moving to the Hollywood writers' strike as an example of recent labor negotiations activity, the panelists covered the implications of labor in the digital age. We explored how the definition of labor and its reward has evolved over time, discussed who owns the product of labor and how that has been affected by changes in technology, and examined the impact of the digital age on conflict and the ability of differing parties to reconcile their diverse viewpoints.

For coverage of the event see The Dartmouth.

Video of the event is available here and below.


This summer the DCF hosted a film and discussion series on conflict and reconciliation in the movies.  The schedule follows:

DateTimeFilm Title
July 7th 7PM The Lives of Others Haldeman 041
July 21st 7PM Crash Haldeman 041
August 18th 7PM  The Secret Life of Words Haldeman 041



Private Portraits/Public Conversations

Félix de la Concha, "Private Portraits/Public Conversations"
Exhibited April 4 through September 27, 2009

The Hood Museum of Art continued its series of major public art projects, in conjunction with the Dartmouth Centers Forum, in a multimedia exhibition of fifty-one portraits exploring the ways members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities have encountered conflict and how they made--or are making--the journey toward reconciliation.

De la Concha's effort to capture a truthful portrait results in a multidimensional representation of his encounter with his sitters--each one is intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally charged. Each portrait session lasted two hours, during which time the artist interviewed the sitter, and video- and audio-taped the entire experience. The artist added the aspect of video recording for the Hood project as a means of reconstructing, in real time, what transpired in each two-hour session. Thus, "portrait" here comprises painted representation, spoken narrative, and the visual recording of the interaction between artist and subject.

Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations was exhibited at the Hood Museum of Art and at Baker Library on the Dartmouth campus from April 4 through September 27, 2009.

James Wright
James Wright,
President of Dartmouth College.
Oil on linen.
Collection of the artist.

Artist Discussion and Reception
May 8, 2009

Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Artist Félix de la Concha and Brian Kennedy, Director, Hood Museum of Art, discussed de la Concha's exhibit, "Private Portraits/Public Conversations", in support of the DCF's Conflict and Reconciliation theme.

Listen to the discussion here.

Activism in the Electronic Age: The impact of technology on political protest
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 

The Western world watched with great anticipation the recent 2009 elections in Iran, in which large numbers of Iranian citizens actively protested the fairness and outcome of the election. Not only did Iranian protesters fill the streets of Tehran and the campuses of universities, they also appeared to fill cyberspace with their Facebook postings, Twitter Tweets, and Blogs.

Has technology always played a role in political protest – and if so, how? Or does new information technology and the Internet change the activity and impact of political protest in fundamental and new ways?

A panel of experts examined these questions and more on February 9th.  They discussed their own work on technology and protest and then engaged with the Dartmouth community for a discussion.  For coverage of the event, see this article in The Dartmouth.  A video of the event is available here.


  • Bruce Etling - Director of the Internet & Democracy Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  • Elham Gheytanchi - Professor of Sociology, Santa Monica College
  • Evgeny Morozov - Yahoo! Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University


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 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years in support of the Conflict and Reconciliation theme.

Events Sponsored by Members in Support of the DCF Theme

 The Hood Museum of Art

An Amplitude That Information Lacks: Susan Meiselas as Storyteller
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

David Levi Strauss, poet, storyteller, and photography commentator. This event was co-sponsored by the Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Hood Museum of Art.

“David Levi Strauss brings an eloquent and deep moral seriousness to his examination of photography. Again and again he makes the ringing point that trying to separate aesthetics and politics can only result in vacuity. He is photography's troubled conscience.”—Luc Sante, writer and critic

The Ethics Institute


Tracy Kidder, "Strength in What Remains"
Spring 2010 Dorsett Fellow
Monday, May 3, 2010

Tracy Kidder, bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Soul of a New Machine, came to Dartmouth to speak about his latest book Strength in What Remains.

"Strength" tells the story of Deo, a young man who survives the horrors of civil war and genocide in Burundi and travels to the United States. He lives a homeless life in New York City's Central Park before finding his way to Columbia University. From there he proceeds to medical school at Dartmouth College. With the help of his American friends and his own indomitable will, he returns to Burundi to make his dream of establishing his own clinic to help his people into a reality.

 The Dartmouth covered the event in this article.

The Hood Museum of Art

Susan Meiselas, Sandinistas at the wall of the National Guard headquarters, Esteli, Nicaragua, 1979, chromogenic print. Collection, International Center of Photography. © Susan Meiselas/Magnum

Susan Meiselas: In History
April 10–June 20, 2010

Susan Meiselas, best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, is one of the most socially engaged photographers of our time. This exhibition is structured around three key projects that exemplify the evolution of Meiselas’s process and approach: photographs and audio of New England carnival strippers (1972–76); photographs, films, and public installations from Nicaragua (1978–2004); and photographs and collected archival objects and video from Kurdistan (1991–present). The exhibition encourages cross-disciplinary dialogue around issues of art, anthropology, and human rights.

Organized by the International Center of Photography, New York, with support from Shell, and presented at the Hood Museum of Art through the generous support of Marina and Andrew E. Lewin ’81, the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund, and the Hansen Family Fund.

Artist Lecture and Reception
Friday, April 16, 2010

Arthur M. Loew Auditorium

The Hood Museum presented the Annual James Hoffmann Memorial Lecture in Comparative Literature and Opening Reception for Susan Meiselas: In History.

This lecture by Susan Meiselas, a retrospective view of her career and the exhibition on view at the Hood Museum of Art, was co-sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

The Dartmouth published this article on the exhibit.


The Hopkins Center for the Arts

Universes "Ameriville"
Directed by Chay Yew Written & performed by Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Steven Sapp, Gamal Chasten & William Ruiz a.k.a. Ninja
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 13 & 14, 2010

New Orleans is the lens for Ameriville, a driving, multimedia performance piece fusing song and spoken poetry to scrutinize poverty and politics in America. Even as news coverage of Hurricane Katrina's destruction recedes, the award-winning Bronx-based group UNIVERSES--which helped pioneer the hip-hop theater movement--exposes the still-chilling reality of broken lives in this powerful wake-up call for social justice.

"They broke their fingers breaking through rooftops, and as they look up to the sky, all they see is Air Force One just flying by..."
-From "Ameriville"

The Dartmouth published this review of the performance.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company "Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray"
Tuesday-Thursday, April 6-8, 2010

Tony, Obie and MacArthur Award winner Bill T. Jones continues his legacy of exploring truth, justice, beauty and strength in his newest dance/theater work, commissioned for the Lincoln bicentennial. Through song, spoken narrative, live music, emotionally stirring movement--and an uplifting libretto drawn from Shakespeare, the Old Testament, Walt Whitman and the 16th President's own words--this internationally treasured choreographer delivers a provocative piece whose stated aim is to "see [Lincoln's] expansive vision as a mirror for our time."

"Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away...With malice toward none, with charity for all...let us strive on to...bind up the nation's wounds."
-Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 1865

For an article on the pre-performance panel discussion, "Lincoln and His Legacy," see The Dartmouth. For an article  on the performance by The Dartmouth, click here.  

The Tucker Foundation

Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol
"Rachel and Her Children: The Long-Enduring Damage of Homelessness to Children and their Parents"
Monday, February 8, 2010 

Jonathan Kozol is the founder of Education Action, a non-profit dedicated to grassroots organizing of teachers across the country who wish to help create a single, excellent, unified system of American public schools.  The author of numerous books, Jonathan Kozol's presentations expose the tragedy of childhood poverty and sub-standard education.

Sponsored by the Tucker Foundation.  A book-signing followed the talk.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

hotel modern
Hotel Modern

Hotel Modern "The Great War"
Friday & Saturday, January 15 & 16, 2010

On the screen, rains pour, hand grenades sizzle, and boots slog through mired trenches as the quiet French countryside undergoes the tragedy of World War I. Incredibly, it is all created and filmed live, onstage, by members of this Dutch theater collective, in a tour-de-force combination of puppetry, camera work and scenic and sound effects. Accompanied by live music and spoken excerpts from actual soldiers' letters, The Great War is "poignant, powerful and yet so simple that, at times, it brings tears to the eyes" (Liverpool Daily Post).

The Dartmouth provided a preview of the performance here.

The Leslie Center

"Christ's Broken Body: A Unifying Myth and Narrating the End of the Middle Ages." Charles Briggs, University of Vermont.
Monday, January 11, 2010

How a master metaphor sought to resolve (or elide) contemporary realities of conflict and fragmentation and how this same metaphor can be used as a way to frame the period of the later Middle Ages/early Renaissance. Briggs is the author of Giles of Romes De regimine principum: Reading and Writing at Court and University, c. 1275–c. 1525 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) and The Governance of Kings and Princes: John Trevisa's Middle English Translation of the De regimine principum of Aegidius Romanus (New York: Garland, 1997), and now of the major new book The Body Broken: Medieval Europe 1300–1520 (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming in 2010).  This event was presented in cooperation with Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

For an article on the lecture see The Dartmouth.

The Dickey Center for International Understanding

Sarah Chayes
Sarah Chayes

Sarah Chayes, "The Re-Talibanization of Afghanistan"
Monday, November 16, 2009

  • Special Advisor to US General Stanley McCrystal, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
  • Founder of the Arghand Cooperative, maker of skin care products from botanicals produced in Khandahar, Afghanistan
  • Former reporter for National Public Radio

Sarah Chayes has been living and working in Kandahar, Afghanistan since 2001, when she covered the fall of the Taliban for National Public Radio. In 2002 she decided to leave journalism to help rebuild the shattered country, whose fate will help determine the shape of the 21st century.

Currently she runs a cooperative in the former Taliban stronghold, producing fine skin-care products from local fruits, nuts, and botanicals ( The aim is to discourage opium production by helping farmers earn a living from licit crops, as well as to encourage collective decision-making. From this position, deeply embedded in Kandahar’s everyday life, Ms. Chayes has gained unparalleled insights into a troubled region. Her book about Afghanistan since the Taliban is The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban (New York: Penguin, 2006).

This event was covered in this article by The Dartmouth.

The Leslie Center for the Humanities


Dr. Butler

Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
"Jewish Philosophy and the Critique of State Violence"
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Adventurous poststructuralist philosopher whose powerful voice shapes contemporary debates about identity, ethics, and politics. This lecture was conducted in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy.

The Ethics Institute

"Business Ethics and White Collar Crime: Two Cautionary Tales"
The Story of Nick and Carolyn Ryberg
Thursday, October 15, 2009

A presentation by Hank Shea, Senior Distinguished Fellow, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Minnesota.  Shea was accompanied by Nick and Carolyn Ryberg who told their personal story of white collar crime.  For coverage of the event see this article in The Dartmouth.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

Waiting for Godot

The Classical Theatre of Harlem "Waiting for Godot"
A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Christopher McElroen.
Wednesday, September 30 & Thursday, October 1, 2009

In an audacious restaging of the Beckett masterpiece that revolutionized 20th-century theater, two tramps are still waiting endlessly for a guy named Godot. But in this production by CTH--celebrated for its fresh presentations of the classics and hailed by The New York Times as "a company to follow and relish"--the pair are stranded in New Orleans at a post-Katrina crossroads. Performed outdoors in the Ninth Ward in 2007 and more recently on Broadway, this Godot dazzles with the darkness of a moral emergency and the humor of the human condition.

The Dartmouth published this article on the performance.

The Leslie Center for the Humanities

Stih & Schnock

Stih & Schnock
"The Art and Politics of Remembrance in New Berlin"
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 

Approaching the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, conceptual artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock spoke about their critical interventions addressing urban space, memory, and new media. In cooperation with the Department of German Studies, the Department of Art History, the Hood Museum of Art and the Jewish Studies Program.

A Humanities Institute Co-Directed by George Edmondson and Klaus Mladek "States of Exception: Sovereignty, Security, Secrecy"
April 2 - June 5, 2009

For the Institute's website see:
For the full schedule see:

The Rockefeller Center and Dickey Center

Gordon Zacks, Middle East Consultant and Advisor to Presidential Campaigns
"In Defense of Israel's Right to Defend Itself: The Case for the Fence and Preemptive Actions"

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Co-sponsored by The Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Chabad, Hillel and Students Concerned for Palestine. This lecture was in support of the Dartmouth Centers Forum 2009 theme, "Conflict and Reconciliation."

Mr. Zacks examined the pretext for the fence and preemptive actions. He also examined their effectiveness in mitigating violence, as well as adverse consequences. Ultimately, he argued that the fence and preemptive actions are necessary for security purposes.
The Dartmouth published an article on Mr. Zacks' lecture.

Video of the event is available here and below.


The Ethics Institute

The Ethics Institute hosted the Phillips Family Conference on Conflict and Reconciliation.  The conference featured two events.

Sandy Cutler T'75, Chairman and CEO Eaton Corporation
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The community was invited to a discussion of Moral Leadership in the workplace with Sandy Cutler T'75, Chairman and CEO Eaton Corporation.

Second-year Tuck students Andrew Bunton, Caroline Newcomb, Rama Oruganti, Manish Tangri, and Dan Weinstein presented their ethics case study about the Eaton Corporation. The case was judged the winning entry from Professor Aine Donovan's "Ethics in Action" course in the fall of 2008.

Admiral Patrick Walsh, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy
"The Maritime Strategy: Representing the National Interest on the International Stage"

Admiral Walsh

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Admiral Walsh is a Naval Academy graduate and received his PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

See the Valley News article on Admiral Walsh's talk here and their editorial here. The article in The Dartmouth can be found here.

The Rockefeller Center

Sonu Bedi, Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

"Rejecting Rights: Reframing the Debate"
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Professor Bedi's lecture was in support of the Martin Luther King Celebration and the Dartmouth Centers Forum 2009 theme, Conflict and Reconciliation.

The language of rights stands at the core of almost every social and political controversy in the United States such as abortion, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, and domestic security. For example, some look to the right to choose while others to the right to life. Some champion individual rights while others favor the rights of groups. All such debates take place within the framework of rights that all too often proves frustrating and unproductive. Disagreement may be inevitable. Yet why do we insist on debating these issues through the lens of rights? By looking at specific social and political controversies, Bedi suggests an alternative framework for debating these issues. He argues that rather than look to rights, we should turn to reasons, a turn that provides an avenue for a more rewarding resolution of such conflicts.

An article on Professor Bedi's talk was published in The Dartmouth and can be found here.

Video of the event is available here and below.


The Hopkins Center for the Arts

"Mining an American Story: Personal Reflections on Class Divide with 
James Wright, President, Dartmouth College"

Thursday, February 26, 2009
In an informal personal conversation and interview by a student actor from the cast of Grapes of Wrath, President Wright reflected on his own upbringing in a rural American mining community, his experiences as an American historian, his recent work with U.S. military veterans, the impetus for Dartmouth's recent financial aid improvements--and America's challenges concerning economic class.

Video of the event is available here and below.


Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL)

Dawn Skorczewski, Director of University Writing at Brandeis. 
"Conflicts in the Classroom"
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dr. Skorczewski

As part of the Dartmouth Centers Forum focus on Conflict and Reconciliation, DCAL was proud to host Dawn Skorczewski, teacher and researcher in psychoanalysis as well as author of Teaching One Moment at a Time: Disruption and Repair in the Classroom (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005). Jeffrey Berman, author of Empathic Teaching: Education for Life, wrote this about her book, "The book is the most sophisticated study of the ways in which writing teachers are centrally involved with their students.... To the question, 'What do students want?' the answer must be, 'A teacher like Dawn Skorczewski'".

Dawn is the Director of University Writing at Brandeis and Associate Professor of English and American Literature. She recently published an important article called "Analyst as Teacher/ Teacher as Analyst: A Confusion of Tongues" in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2008).

The Rockefeller Center

Kul Chandra Gautam '72, Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Recipient of the Lester B. Granger '18 Award for Lifetime Achievement
"Child Survival: The Cutting Edge of Human Rights and Human Development"
Monday, February 2, 2009

Mr. Gautam

Kul Chandra Gautam '72 is a former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. He has extensive experience in socio-economic development, humanitarian assistance, human rights, and international diplomacy.

In his address, Gautam described the progress made in promoting child survival, development and protection in recent decades, the role played by UNICEF, WHO and other organizations and why the survival and well-being of children is the best indicator of human development and the key to national development. He will also speak to how the movement for child rights has evolved in the context of broader human rights and social justice - for which Rabbi Meyer devoted his life.

This lecture was made possible by a gift from Marina and Andrew Lewin '81.

An article on the event can be found in The Dartmouth.

The Dickey Center for International Understanding

Film and discussion with Seeds students and Dickey Center Director Kenneth Yalowitz

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This candid documentary portrays reconciliation in action in the lives of teenagers from across the globe. At the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine, student leaders from four conflict regions learn to share their dreams and fears, listen to opposing views, and see beyond prejudices as they attempt to build one global future based on peace, prosperity, and reconciliation. A discussion was led by Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, and by students Lilian Mehrel '09, David Nutt '09 and Eric Tanner '11.

The Dickey Center for International Understanding

Great Issues Lecture
R. Nicholas Burns, Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.

"The Obama Foreign Policy Agenda"
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ambassador Burns

Ambassador Nicholas Burns is the professor in the practice of diplomacy and international politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. A 27-year U.S. Foreign Service member, he served from 2005 to 2008 as the nation's highest-ranking career diplomat, the under secretary of state for political affairs. In this position, he led negotiations on Iran, India, and Kosovo, and oversaw U.S. diplomatic efforts in each region of the world. He previously served as ambassador to NATO and to Greece, and as State Department spokesman for Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher. During the collapse of the Soviet Union he served as special assistant to the President for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs.

An article on the event can be found in The Dartmouth.

William Jewett Tucker Foundation

MLK Community Faith Celebration featuring the Reverend James Lawson.
Reverend James Lawson

Sunday, January 18, 2009
This faith celebration, which honored the life and works of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featured an address by the Reverend James Lawson, an architect of the Civil Rights movement who was described by King as the world's leading theorist on non-violence.

Reverend Lawson was featured in both The Dartmouth and the Valley News.

The Rockefeller Center

Professor Lind

Jennifer Lind, Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College.

"Sorry States: Apologies and International Reconciliation"

Thursday, January 15, 2009.

In this lecture, Professor Lind examined the role of apologies and other gestures of contrition in the process of international reconciliation. The lecture was based on her book, Sorry States: Apologies and International Politics (Cornell, 2008).

For post event coverage see this article in The Dartmouth.

The Leslie Center

Cultures Thursday, October 9th, 2008
A symposium and workshop.
Cultures of Democracy

The symposium featured Ambassador José María Ridao and Professor Juan Aranzadi and was followed by a workshop. The Dartmouth covered the event in this article.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th
DV8 Physical Theatre's "To Be Straight With You"

Few companies in the world combine superb dance, jaw-dropping theatricality, and fine-tuned political consciousness with the wallop of one-of-a-kind DV8 Physical Theatre. Formed in 1986, the UK-based company has produced 15 highly acclaimed dance/theater pieces that have toured internationally, as well as five award-winning films for television. The Hopkins Center for the Arts sponsored DV8's visit.

Post event coverage can be found in The Dartmouth.

The Rockefeller Center

Dr. McFate

Montgomery McFate, Senior Social Scientist, Human Terrain System, US Army.
"Using Social Science Research in Conflict Situations: The Human Terrain System in Afghanistan and Iraq"

Thursday, September 25, 2008
Montgomery McFate is a cultural anthropologist who works on defense and national security issues. Dr. McFate is currently the Senior Social Scientist for the US Army's Human Terrain System. The Rockefeller Center hosted her visit to Dartmouth.

For event coverage see this article in The Dartmouth.

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