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Loons in the Wild

Wednesday, October 25Loon
2:30 PM
Howe Library – Mayer Room

Eric Hanson will discuss the amazing recovery of loons in Vermont over the past 30 years, the threats that they face, and the conservation actions that have brought them back. We'll also explore their fascinating behaviors and natural history, including new research on how loons find a territory, what the yodel call conveys, new findings on their migration pathways, and other interesting findings.

Since 1998, Mr. Hanson has been the biologist for the Vermont Loon Conservation Project (VLCP), a program of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. He has conducted research on the Common Loon since 1992. His early work focused on banding loons to answer basic biological questions and assess toxicology concerns. His loon work in Vermont has focused on management around loon nest sites and education of lake users. He also teaches various ecology courses at Sterling College and for the Road Scholar program.

Borders Through the Eyes of Immigrants
Speaker: Gazmend Kapllani

Thursday, November 9
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Rockefeller - Room 002

Kapllani bookGazmend Kapllani will read from and discuss his A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant's Labyrinth, a poignant and comical journey told from the perspective of strangers in strange lands who must recede into the background to fit in, but be exceptional to survive. Kapllani reveals and explains the countless visible and invisible borders that immigrants must perpetually navigate, and offers anecdotes and insights that are unforgettable.

Gazmend Kapllani teaches creative writing and European history at Emerson College. He was previously a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute and a writer-in-residence at Wellesley College. Born in 1967 in Albania, he crossed the mountainous border into Greece on foot in 1991. In Greece he worked as a builder, a cook, and a kiosk attendant while earning a doctorate at Athens University. A Short Border Handbook, written in Greek, was a bestseller in Greece and translated into several languages.

The Norwich Bookstore will be on-site to sell copies of the book at the lecture, and the author will be available to sign books during the break.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Hovey Mural and the "Greening" of Orozco's Epic of American Civilization

Wednesday, November 15
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Moore Hall B03

Mary CoffeyI will compare Walter B. Humphrey's "Hovey Mural" with Jose Clemente Orozco's "Epic of American Civilization." Both murals are located at Dartmouth College and were painted in the 1930s, but there the similarities end. Humphrey's mural was conceived of as a response to Orozco's mural, an attempt to "green" what he viewed as a foreigner's perception of Dartmouth College and the United States. I will discuss Orozco's mural in terms of its medium, style, iconographic program, and orientation toward its presumed audience. I will survey the controversy over the mural, in which Humphrey played a large part. And I will discuss his response, commenting on the "Hovey Murals" medium, style, iconographic program, and assumptions about audience.

Mary K. Coffey is an Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College. She is affiliated with the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program and the Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Program. She teaches courses on modern art in the United States, Mexico, and Latin America. Her primary area of research is Mexican moralism and the politics of exhibition. Her book, "How a Revolutionary Art Became Official Culture: Murals, Museums, and the Mexican State" (Duke 2012) won the College Art Association's Charles Rufus Morey Prize for distinguished book in Art History in 2012. She is currently completing a monograph of Orozco's Epic of American Civilization.

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Stop by the DOC House! Chat with Lisa, OSHER@Dartmouth's Program Manager.
An opportunity to say hello and share your ideas and feedback about your classes.
If you have questions about OSHER@Dartmouth. I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, October 19
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Thursday, October 26
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, November 7
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
John Sanders, President of OSHER@Dartmouth will join Lisa.

The End of Empire: America's Fall from Grace?

Thursday, December 7
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Life Sciences Center - Room 100

For national security experts, the history of the United States can be usefully divided into two periods: the years after the break from Britain to 1947 and the years from that seminal year to the present. It is a helpful distinction because it divides republic from empire. Today, there is another year of note—2001. After 2001, the empire began to totter and crumble. Ironically, Osama bin Laden, the ascetic terrorist leader to whom the attacks of September of that year are attributed, cited this toppling of empire as his ultimate purpose. In short, not by the march of strong armies would America be brought down but by its own devices, a formulation familiar to Americans as distinctly different as John Adams and Abraham Lincoln. Evaluating several important signs of the diminishing power of the imperial state, we can conclude this process is well underway. The man currently occupying the White House, like Nero in Rome, is presiding most dramatically over this diminution of power, like melting water beneath Greenland affecting the cover ice, even accelerating it. Whether the imperial decline will consume a hundred years as the empire unravels, or be over tomorrow, is an important question today. A precipitous decline might dismember the state and shock much of the world; a slow retreat from power might allow for the orchestration of a gentle glide into a lesser statehood but a more peaceful and a more equitably prosperous world. Which it is to be—almost instant, perhaps cataclysmic death or a mellow maturation—along with how the human race will confront ultimately climate change, are the truly vital issues of this century. It is well worth the time to explore them.

Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. His last positions in the US Government were chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State (2002-2005) and Associate Director and member of that department's Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass (2001-2002). Wilkerson served 31 years in the US Army as both enlisted man and officer from 1966 to 1997. His final assignments were as Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell (1989-1993) and, later, as Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College (1993-1997).

OSHER@Dartmouth at the Movies

Great Films 2017 Series

The Canoe Club Discount: 25% discount on lunch for OSHER@Dartmouth members who dine immediately after each film screening.

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

The Wizard of Oz

Thursday, November 16
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Nugget Theaters

The Wizard of Oz


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