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May: Lectures & Events

Fall Course Proposals Due

Submit a fall course proposal by Wednesday, May 1.


The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Molly BrownTuesday, May 7
1:00 PM
Nugget Theaters
Run Time: 128 minutes
Register here. Limited seating available.

A poor, uneducated mountain girl leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband, and a better life in this fictionalized biopic of Margaret "Molly" Brown, who survived the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley

Free popcorn and drawing for a Nugget gift card!

This is free and open to the public.


Independence Corrupted: How America's Judges (Really) Make Decisions

Charles SchudsonTuesday, May 7
4:30 PM
Life Sciences Center, Room 100 (Oopik Auditorium)
15 Dewey Field Road
Hanover, NH

This special lecture by a prominent jurist, and Dartmouth graduate, will provide rare insight from "behind the bench" about the complex factors affecting judicial decisions on controversial issues -- abortion, white supremacy, sexual predation, among others. In addition, the lecture will examine the political pressures that now jeopardize judicial independence and threaten American governance.

Charles B. "Charlie" Schudson is a retired Wisconsin trial and appellate judge. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth in 1972, and from the Wisconsin Law school. He has taught at law schools and judicial conferences throughout the world, received many awards including a Dartmouth Senior Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship, and been featured on PBS, NPR, and Oprah. His new book, Independence Corrupted/How America's Judges Make Their Decisions (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) will be available for sale and signing.

This is free and open to the public.


Tech Café

Tech CafeThursday, May 9
10:00 – 11:30 AM
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.

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


Literary Night

TypewriterWednesday, May 15
Readings: 5:00 PM
Reception: 6:00 PM

DOC House
10 Hilton Field Road
Hanover, NH

Register here. $10 per person.

You are cordially invited to join OSHER@Dartmouth members and Study Leaders as they read from their current work. Their writing encompasses both the personal and professional: lifetimes of rich and diverse experiences. We hope you can join us in this, our eleventh literary evening. - Pam Ahlen, event organizer

Sonja Hakala's career as a professional writer includes work in numerous newspapers, magazines, and ten books (so far). She will be reading from one of her four novels (The Road Unsalted, Thieves of Fire, The Dazzling Uncertainty of Life, and Lights in Water, Dancing) about a little town in Vermont called Carding that no one can seem to find on a map. Sonja also publishes short stories about Carding every Thursday on her website,

Jonathan Stableford enjoyed a long career as an educator and now finds in retirement that he has time to write. He has been leading OSHER classes in literature for the past 8 years, and is a regular contributor to the "Perspectives" page of the Valley News. He will be reading from his story "Somewhere With a Sigh", which won second place in NARRATIVE magazine's Spring 2018 fiction contest. The story is part of a collection for which Jon is trying to find a publisher.

Laura Foley is the author of six poetry collections, including, most recently, WTF and Night Ringing. Her work has been published in journals around the world. Her poem "Gratitude List" won the Common Good Books poetry contest and was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac. Her poem "Nine Ways of Looking at Light" won the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, judged by Marge Piercy. Her book, The Glass Tree, won a Foreword Review Prize for Poetry.

Suzanne Hinman holds a Ph.D. in American art history and has been a curator, museum director, professor, and art model. Her interest in the Gilded Age and the Cornish Art Colony grew while associate director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, & Architecture in Gilded Age New York, is written to engage the general reader and place them directly in 1890s Manhattan with Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White. Suzanne will be reading from the prologue.

Jessica Aiken-Hall is the author of an award-winning memoir, The Monster That Ate My Mommy. She is a graduate of Springfield College with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Jessica is a Reiki Master and End of Life Dula focusing her attention on healing. Currently, she is the Director of the Horse Meadow Senior Center. Jessica was a guest on the Dr. Phil show, where some of her story was discussed.

Geoffrey Douglas is the author of five nonfiction books and more than 100 magazine pieces, many of them widely anthologized. A former reporter, editor, columnist and adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, he'll be reading from his most recent book, The Grifter, The Poet and the Runaway Train, a collection of his stories for Yankee, written over the past 20-plus years.


Annual Meeting

Annual MeetingWednesday, May 22
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms
1119 Quechee Main Street
Quechee, VT

$30 per person.
Register here: Chicken entree
Register here: Ravioli entree
Register here: Salmon entree

Join OSHER@Dartmouth as we gather to review the year and honor our exceptional volunteers. Attendees will enjoy one of three luncheon selections followed by a special presentation by guest speaker Susan Dentzer:

"E Pluribus Unum: Why the Pursuit of Better Health and Health Care Should Unify Americans"
With another court fight raging over the Affordable Care Act, and proposals for yet more major health reforms now being advanced, the fate of the nation's health care system is once again proving to be a divisive political issue. Susan Dentzer will argue that this should not be the case. The nation's health and health care challenges are as plain as day: the health of much of the population is declining, for reasons that are mainly preventable; the cost of health care is increasingly out of reach for many; and the quality of much of the care we receive is still subpar. Each of us is being harmed in our own way by these forces, yet none of the political parties seem willing to put all the facts on the table at once and work together to address them. It may be fantasy to imagine change, but there could be a nonpartisan pathway to a healthier America for all. Susan will briefly sketch the outlines of such an approach, and then elaborate on it as desired in the question and answer session that follows.

About Susan Dentzer


Tech Café

Tech CafeThursday, May 23
2:30 – 4:00 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.

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


Hot Plates, Hot Topics:
News Literacy: How to Distinguish Between Noise and News

NewspaperFriday, May 24
12:00 PM
Jesse's Restaurant
224 Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH

Register here.
Member: $30
Non-Member: $40

These days, thanks to the internet, anyone can be a publisher, offering "alternative facts" and outlandish conspiracy theories to receptive audiences. Inconvenient truths from legitimate news organizations are frequently being attacked as "fake news." How did we get into this mess and what can we do about it?

Dennis Stern has worked as a journalist and newspaper executive for most of his career, including 28 years at the New York Times. At the Times, he held various editing roles in the news department before moving to the business side to become deputy general manager. He gets his daily dose of news from numerous sources: in print from the Times and the Valley News and on-line from at least a half-dozen web sites, some more trustworthy than others. He lives in Lyme.

Pre-registration is required.


Spring Term Ends

Friday, May 24


Lunch & Learn:
Cornish Colony: Arcadian American Art

St. GaudensWednesday, May 29
12:00 PM
R.W. Black Community Center
48 Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH


This program will focus on the Cornish Art Colony in its seminal period, from its inception in 1884 to 1916, the year of its retrospective at Dartmouth. You will discuss its place in Arcadian American Art, ranging from the Hudson River School to Maxfield Parrish (in particular) as well as view images of the artists' works.

Jo Evarts earned her B.A. in English and Art History from Wellesley College, and her Ed.M. from Harvard. The Cornish Colony is an area of particular interest to Evarts. Evarts is the editor and publisher of The Complete Hoot, the comprehensive online calendar and information on the arts and events in the Upper Valley

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Hanover Parks & Recreation.


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