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Summer Lecture Series 2018

Our Divided Country: How to Find Common Ground

Thursdays, July 12 - August 16
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Spaulding Auditorium

This year, our Summer Lecture Series at Dartmouth will be held on six consecutive Thursday mornings from July 12 to August 16. Each session will take place at Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover, NH from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. It is shaping up as the most powerful and ambitious Series we have ever produced.

This year's series will focus on six very contentious and emotional issues that have divided our country:

  • Dysfunctional Government
  • Immigration and Racism
  • Healthcare/ACA/Opioids
  • Inequality
  • Polarization
  • Populism

It has been said that, "a house divided against itself cannot stand" (Abraham Lincoln, 1858). Yet the U.S. finds itself increasingly fractured along partisan lines. These growing divides are supercharged today by instant Internet and social media communications, 24/7 cable news, blatantly partisan media which attract and inflame like-minded viewers, body cams, viral smartphone videos, and the denigration of some American traditions.

Each of the six prominent speakers will frame the key issues of the series, probe challenges to finding common ground, and provide insights on how to most constructively unite America to solve them.

Tickets for our 2018 series will go on sale in May!


Video and Clips

All clips provided courtesy of CATV. Visit our YouTube channel for a look at our past Summer Lecture Series.


7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107, Hanover, NH 03755-2112
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Fridays: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM • (603) 646-0154


Last Updated: 4/18/18