Lectures & Events

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Annual Osher Endowment Lecture:
Best Friends: Like It Or Not?
How Canada & The United States See The World in The Age of Trump & Trudeau

Thursday, November 15
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Life Sciences Center 100
15 Dewey Field Road
Hanover, NH

Trump & TrudeauGeography and the longest border on the planet between two countries have created a relationship between the United States and Canada that has been vital for their security and economic well-being. Despite U.S. dominance in the relationship – as a result of size and scale – the very different histories of the two countries have resulted in contrasting notions of the modern nation state, the role of government and how it should behave in a rapidly globalizing world. These differences seem to be widening in the age of Trump and Trudeau, two leaders who seem to represent the two dominant forces increasingly in conflict in today’s world, namely conservative populism and strengthening liberal democracy. This annual OSHER@Dartmouth Lecture by a prominent Canadian diplomat will examine these national differences and what outcomes they are likely to produce for both societies.

Joseph K. Ingram is former president of the North-South Institute based in Ottawa, Canada’s first non-partisan policy research institution dedicated to international development. He is former Special Representative of the World Bank to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. Over the course of a 30 year career at the World Bank, he held a number of management positions in, among others, Africa and the Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He currently advises the Canadian government on key development-related issues and is co-chair of a South African investment firm that focuses on renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Ingram is a prolific author. He holds an M.A. in political economy and studied at McMaster University and the Harvard Business school.

This event is free and open to the public.


Tech Café

iPadThursday, November 15
12:00 – 1:30 PM
DOC House
10 Hilton Field Road
Hanover, NH

Bring your device: laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, tablet, etc. Ask questions and receive support. Learn how to register online for classes or navigate the OSHER@Dartmouth website. Volunteers will be onsite to assist.

This is free and open to all OSHER@Dartmouth members. No reservation is required.


The French Connection

Friday, November 16
1:00 PM
Location: Nugget Theaters
Run Time: 104 minutes
Register Here. Limited seating available.

The French ConnectionNew York City detectives Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

OSHER@Dartmouth members and their friends receive free admission! Don't forget to wear your name badge.


Oriental Rugs

Oriental RugsWednesday, November 28
12:00 PM
R.W. Black Community Center Lounge
Register Here
. Limited seating available.

Speaker: DeWitt Mallary

Lunch & Learn is a lecture series co-sponsored by Richard W. Black Center. It will happen on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.


The Social Black Bear:
What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human

Thursday, November 29
6:30 PM
Fairlee Town Hall
Adults: $10
Students: Free

Register here or pay at the door.

Ben KilhamBlack bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators.

Ben Kilham, Ph.D., is a wildlife biologist based in Lyme, New Hampshire. His love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades. He, his wife Debra, and sister Phoebe have accepted orphaned bear cubs into their home and enabled them to successfully return to the wild. Ben has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic's A Man Among Bears and Animal Planet's Papa Bear. He is also author of the books Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild and Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence.

Ben will be available to sign books after the lecture.


Special Lecture by Dr. David Bisno:
Is This How Fascism Comes to America?

Saturday, December 1
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Filene Auditorium, Moore Psychology Building
3 Maynard Street
Hanover, NH

FascismWith Madeleine Albright's current best seller, Fascism – A Warning, as a guide (and suggested reading) David will lead us through a consideration of the reshaping of politics and society that is sweeping Europe, Asia and South America with an emphasis on the disturbing parallels of nationalism and tribalism that we see unfolding here in the United States. Are we in the U.S., the nation that saved the liberal world order seventy-five years ago, missing a critical truth by viewing the world through the distorting, rose colored lens of what has been our all-too-comfortable bubble? Have we forgotten that when things start to go wrong, they can go wrong very quickly? That once a world order breaks down, the worst qualities of humanity emerge uncontrolled and run wild? Discussion is expected to be relevant and lively.

David Bisno, M.D., a retired ophthalmologist with degrees from Harvard, Dartmouth and the Washington University School of Medicine, has been an enthusiastic discussion leader within institutes for lifelong learning across our country and overseas on a myriad of topics for 25 years. David's intention is to teach and stimulate discussion, not to advocate.

Previous Osher/ILEAD attendees of David's lectures have come to expect clear, understandable and entertaining presentations of nuanced and complex issues.

This event is free and open to the public.


The Lion in Winter

Tuesday, December 4
10:00 AM
Location: Nugget Theaters
Run Time: 134 minutes
Register Here. Limited seating available.

The Lion in WinterIt's Christmas 1183, and King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) is planning to announce his successor to the throne. The jockeying for the crown, though, is complex. Henry has three sons and wants his boy Prince John (Nigel Terry) to take over. Henry's wife, Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), has other ideas. She believes their son Prince Richard (Anthony Hopkins) should be king. As the family and various schemers gather for the holiday, each tries to make the indecisive king choose their option.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins

OSHER@Dartmouth members and their friends receive free admission! Don't forget to wear your name badge.


Holiday Open House

LightsWednesday, December 5
3:00 – 6:00 PM
DOC House
10 Hilton Field Road
Hanover, NH

Please register here.

Join the OSHER@Dartmouth staff in celebrating the holidays and all your contributions to OSHER@Dartmouth. Gathering for all members and Study Leaders. We welcome everyone to bring a guest.

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Evelyn Swett"Barns & Backyard Discoveries" Exhibit
by Priscilla Eliades, Evelyn Swett, Shiela Swett

Open during office hours until December 20.
7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107
Hanover, NH

Featuring a variety of mediums by the featured three artists, this exhibit will explore the world around us by capturing scenes of human impact on the natural world as well as scenes of nature unblemished by humanity.

Further information.



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