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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.

Louise Erdrich and Bruce Duthu

The Urgency of Indigenous Fiction: A Conversation with Louise Erdrich ’76

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) ’76 joins N. Bruce Duthu (Houma) ’80, Samson Occom Professor of Native American & Indigenous Studies, to discuss the role of fiction writers and the explosion of contemporary Indigenous writing.

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short talks on big ideas

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

 

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Past events

AMPLIFYING STORIES THROUGH ART

Maxwell L. Anderson ’77, President of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation connects with Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Kimberly Juanita Brown in a conversation about the vital intersection of storytelling, social justice, and the arts.

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RETHINKING HEALTH CARE DELIVERY

Leader in public health and former Dartmouth trustee John Rich ’80 talks with Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice Amber E. Barnato about new models of healthcare delivery, mental health, and the state of public health in cities.

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GREEN BUILDING, ENERGY, AND OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE

Known as the "Founding Father of LEED," Robert Watson ’84 talks with dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth Alexis Abramson about the inevitable role of green building on our global future. 

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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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WHY IS THEATER IMPORTANT IN TIMES OF CRISIS?

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.

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WHAT IS FACT AND WHAT IS FICTION?

Creative Lead, Brand and Voice 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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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.

Martin Luther King III

Toward Social Justice: Martin Luther King III

In 1962, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an overflow audience in Dartmouth Hall. This year, on the 60th anniversary of this speech, Dartmouth welcomes Dr. King's son, Martin Luther King III, to honor his father's life and legacy, and to celebrate members of the Dartmouth community who show continued commitment to social justice causes. The keynote speech will be followed by the presentation of the Dartmouth 2022 Social Justice Awards. 

Presented by the Hopkins Center for the Arts

Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth and livestreamed

Monday, May 23, 2022
7:00–8:30 p.m. EST

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Jeremy Mikecz

All the King’s Curiosities

Jeremy M. Mikecz shares how digital text analysis helps us understand historical texts in new ways, revealing the power and prejudice embedded within them. He discusses his study of texts from colonial Latin America and how new approaches challenge us to confront power relations and imbalances. Mikecz is a Neukom Institute postdoctoral fellow in Native American Studies.

Presented by the Department of Anthropology and the Neukom Institute for Computational Science

Neukom Institute, Haldeman 252 at Dartmouth

Thursday, May 26, 2022
12:00–1:00 p.m. EST

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