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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.

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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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SHORT TALKS ON BIG IDEAS

Meredith Kelly on Climate Change

Learn more about Professor Kelly’s captivating research on climate change and the surprising history of the landscape where Dartmouth stands today.

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Past events

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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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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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.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

The multi-ethnic ballet troupe spends a one-month residency deepening its collaborations with Dartmouth faculty and students and inviting the community inside their creative process. All works-in-progress showings take place in the Moore Theater at Dartmouth.

Thursday, July 29, 2021
6:00–7:00 p.m. EST

Presented by the Hopkins Center for the Arts

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Exploring the Narrative

Jami Powell, curator of Indigenous art, sits down with prolific artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith to discuss her life’s work and her gift for storytelling.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
12:30–1:30 p.m. ET

Presented by the Hood Museum of Art

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