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Melville's Moby-Dick or My Last Word on Moby-Dick by Frank Gado


Q&A Session:
Thursday, November 1

7:15 PM
Rockefeller Center 003

Everyone "knows" Moby-Dick, widely regarded as the consummate expression of the American literary imagination. But how many Americans have actually read the novel? For most who claim some familiarity, the encounter has been through a film or, more recently, TV dramatization, or the Classics Comics version, or a Cliff Notes summary. Or simply as a meme spread at all levels of our culture. None of these venues offers the means for comprehending the magnitude of Melville's achievement.

Nor has the academy that rediscovered the novel after World War I and launched its ascent in reputation been an altogether reliable advocate. Recognizing the poetic force of Melville's prose, our literary critics have shown a troubling tendency to recruit it to serve their own causes, interpreting it as everything from a screed against capitalist imperialism to a lightly-veiled celebration of homosexuality.

These two ninety-minute lectures - each divided by a short break - will present the novel as the pivot of Melville's persistent search for meaning in the face of apparent meaninglessness, and as an unsatisfied demand for justification of injustice. The lectures will generally counter views delivered in the AmRenX MOOC Dartmouth mounted in the recent past. Everyone from high school students to pensioners curious about their country's literary heritage is welcome.

While attendees are not required to have read the book, your enjoyment of these sessions will be elevated by familiarity with this classic novel.

Frank Gado: A 1958 Dartmouth college graduate, he left Harvard Law School to pursue a PhD in English from Duke, then joined the faculty at Union College for 33 years. Twice a Fulbright Fellow at Sweden's University of Uppsala, he also spent a year as an NEH Fellow in Autobiography at Dartmouth. His major publications include The Passion of Ingmar Bergman and two collections of works by William Cullen Bryant with extensive commentaries regarding Bryant's pivotal role in establishing a distinctively American literary profile. In addition, he was a contributor to the Cambridge History of American Poetry and has published studies of Charles Brockden Brown, Sherwood Anderson, and Stephen Crane.

Free and open to the public.

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

Thursday, November 8
3:00 – 5:00 PM
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.


OSHER@Dartmouth Annual 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 pm - 6:00 pm
Location TBD

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.

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.

Lunch & Learn

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

Let's Talk Baseball

Wednesday, October 24
12:00 PM
R.W. Black Community Center Lounge
Register Here. Limited seating available.

Speaker: Rick Hutchins

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Oriental Rugs

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

Speaker: DeWitt Mallary

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.


Movies Logo

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

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


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


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