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The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era

Tuesday, July 31
4:30 PM
Life Sciences 100

The Sit-InsThe Sit-Ins tells the story of the student lunch counter protests of 1960 and the national debate they sparked over the meaning of the constitutional right of all Americans to equal protection of the laws. Christopher Schmidt describes how behind the now-iconic scenes of African American college students sitting in quiet defiance at "whites only" lunch counters lies a series of underappreciated legal dilemmas—about the meaning of the Constitution, the capacity of legal institutions to remedy different forms of injustice, and the relationship between legal reform and social change. The students' actions initiated a national conversation over whether the Constitution's equal protection clause extended to the activities of private businesses that served the general public. The courts, the traditional focal point for accounts of constitutional disputes, played an important but ultimately secondary role in this story. The great victory of the sit-in movement came not in the Supreme Court, but in Congress, with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation that recognized the right African American students had claimed for themselves four years earlier. The Sit-Ins invites a broader understanding of how Americans contest and construct the meaning of their Constitution.

Christopher Schmidt is a Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Co-Director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States (ISCOTUS) at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and the Editor of Law and Social Inquiry. Professor Schmidt teaches and writes primarily in the areas of constitutional law and legal history. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. He is the author of The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era (University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Free and open to the public.

Bus Trip: Aladdin

Sunday, August 5
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Boston Opera House
Member: $155
Non-Member: $175

Click here to register. Limited tickets available.

AladdinDiscover a whole new world at Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

Cost includes performance ticket and round-trip bus transportation. Tickets are non-refundable unless we can fill the seat. Mail or drop off check made payable to Dartmouth College to 7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107, Hanover, NH 03755. You may also register online.

We must pay for tickets in full by July 13, so please register today. Please call 603-646-0154 with any questions.

9:00 AM: Depart from Dewey Parking Lot in Hanover

9:30 AM: Pick up at New London Park-n-Ride

30 - 45 minutes stop at the Hooksett Rest Area for rest rooms and food.

1:00 PM: Aladdin begins

3:30 PM: Depart Boston

5:30 PM: Arrive New London

6:00 PM: Arrive in Hanover

Chronic Waste Disease

Thursday, September 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Horse Meadow Senior Center

Chronic Waste DiseaseAs they are throughout their range the white-tailed deer and the moose are familiar and much-valued features of the New England landscape. While the moose struggles to adapt to winter ticks and parasites another threat has emerged to the permanence of both of them in the form of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is one of a unique class of diseases called prion diseases, which affects only the deer family (deer, elk, moose and reindeer). It is a disease that is always fatal and against which there is no vaccination. The incubation period is months to years and currently the only test for the disease is postmortem. No immunity can develop, and all members of the deer family in New England are susceptible.

Once the disease arrives it never leaves, and will predictably spread, affecting increasing numbers of animals and will, over time, reduce populations. It can be transmitted both from animal to animal and through environmental sources. It is not currently known to exist in the New England states so particular attention will be paid to preventive measures and their implementation. We will explore both the unique biological and complex social implications of the disease as a means of informing wildlife management decisions and personal choices especially as they relate to prevention.

This course is directed at all who value the wildlife of the area, but especially hunters, sporting goods dealers, politicians, and wildlife managers.

Walt Cottrell holds degrees in wildlife biology, biological science, and veterinary medicine. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, formerly working in Maryland, Minnesota, and Vermont. He practiced traditional veterinary medicine in the upper valley from 1985-2005 when he became the wildlife veterinarian for the state of Pennsylvania. In 2013 he became the wildlife veterinarian for the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative administered from Tufts University and is an instructor at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources . He lives in Newbury, VT.

Free and open to the public. Pizza and drinks will be served.

OSHER@The Movies

2018 Movies

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

Receive a 15% discount to Skinny Pancake the day of the show.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Monday, August 20
11:00 AM
Howe Library, Mayer Room
Run Time: 108 minutes
Register Here. Limited seating available.

Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerWhen Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a free-thinking white woman, and black doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) become engaged, they travel to San Francisco to meet her parents. Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn) are wealthy liberals who must confront the latent racism the coming marriage arouses. Also attending the Draytons' dinner are Prentice's parents (Roy E. Glenn Sr., Beah Richards), who vehemently disapprove of the relationship.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn



Friday, September 28
1:00 PM
Howe Library, Mayer Room
Run Time: 116 minutes
Register Here. Limited seating available.

M*A*S*HIrreverent black comedy following the exploits of a host of offbeat characters at a medical unit during the Korean war, including surgeons Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre who create havoc with their martini parties and practical jokes while the war rages around them. The film spawned a successful television series and won an Oscar for best screenplay.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt


Cinema Paradiso

Monday, October 22
10:00 AM
Howe Library, Mayer Room
Run Time: 155 minutes
Register Here. Limited seating available.

Cinema ParadisoYoung Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso's projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili


The French Connection

Friday, November 16
1:00 PM
Location: TBD
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


The Lion in Winter

Tuesday, December 4
10:00 AM
Location: TBD
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


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