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Welcome to Dartmouth NEXT, a virtual forum of big ideas—developed to bring the best of Dartmouth to our global community. Explore contemporary issues, engage in conversations around the world’s great challenges, and enjoy not-to-miss events from campus and ‘round the girdled earth. This is what’s NEXT for Dartmouth.

New live series
great issues new perspectives

Great Issues, New Perspectives is a new live series that takes a leap into the future by building on Dartmouth’s past. In a modern take on the Great Issues program that was once a hallmark of the Dartmouth experience, Great Issues, New Perspectives looks at the world’s great challenges with fresh eyes. Each month, well-known alumni experts sit down with current faculty scholars for unfiltered conversations around some of the most intriguing questions that face us today.

John Sloan Dickey

John Sloan Dickey with colleagues outside of Dartmouth Hall after a Great Issues class.

WHY IS THEATER IMPORTANT IN TIMES OF CRISIS?

MAY 13

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Daryl Roth P’93 GP’24 talks with Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities Peter Hackett ’75 about the unique ways live theater builds bridges across cultural divides and what post-pandemic theater may look like.

Watch Tonight at 8 p.m.

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WHAT IS FACT AND WHAT IS FICTION?

June 17

Writer and Creative Lead at Twitter Rembert Browne ’09 joins Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Joshua Bennett for a conversation about the challenges of storytelling via new media in the age of instantaneous communication.

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Past events

HOT SEAT: LEADERSHIP IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Jeff Immelt ’78 talks with Coxe Distinguished Professor of Management Vijay Govindarajan about how leaders need to persevere during turbulent times.

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WILL WE EVER HAVE “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL?”

MacArthur Fellow, legal scholar, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed ’81 discusses the paradox of America’s historic commitment to freedom and its real history of slavery and racism with Associate Professor of History Julia Rabig.

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WHAT DOES A RISING CHINA MEAN FOR THE U.S. AND THE WORLD?

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr. ’68 H’07 talks with Associate Professor of Government Jennifer Lind about the delicate power dynamics and future of relations between the western world and rising superpower China. 

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WHY DOES SCIENCE MATTER?

Join Latif Nasser ’08, host of the Radiolab podcast series and Netflix’s Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything for a conversation with Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Templeton Prize-winning physicist Marcelo Gleiser about science skepticism and the need for empirical evidence as a way to keep our society whole.

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next from across campus

Here are some upcoming events from all corners of Dartmouth that you won't want to miss.

Expressive Writing about Art

Explore works of art with fun and meaningful expressive writing exercises. No writing experience required, just a willing pen and a curious mind. Facilitated by Hood Museum Teaching Specialist Vivian Ladd and author Joni B. Cole.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 and Thursday, May 13, 2021
5:30–7:00 p.m. EST (both dates)

Presented by the Hood Museum of Art

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Beyond the Hype: What is Social Entrepreneurship, Really?

Katherine Milligan ’98, who has supported and mentored many of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs over the past decade, discusses what social entrepreneurship is, what it is not, and what it means for entrepreneurs in their own journeys. She is named one of the “Top 100 Women in Social Entrepreneurship” by the Euclid Network.

This is a three-part series on May 11, 18, and 25.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
12:00–1:30 p.m. EST

Presented by the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship

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coming spring 2021. short talks on big ideas

Go back to class with our expert Dartmouth faculty for short seminars on their academic passions. Learn more about ground-breaking research, new methods of teaching, and the ways our teacher-scholars are changing the world.