Dan Collison is a retired physician who teaches and writes, including researching and reconstructing family narratives. His education, training and research are in literature, language, medicine, systems theory and the history of technology. At OSHER@Dartmouth, he has taught literature (since 2013) and on the opportunities and pitfalls in current technological trends.
Course Title: Understanding and Cultivating Civility (Spring Term 2019)
"I loved this class. Dan is a wonderful facilitator and approaches things creatively and thoughtfully. He is particularly skilled at fostering exploration of ideas. He uses articles, cartoons, pictures and poetry to bring home various points of view."
"The course was thoughtfully planned and orchestrated in class with probing intelligence and curiosity. Dan drew from a wide variety of source materials and connects one to another throughout the course. I found it stimulating and insightful."
"Dan shared his infectious enthusiasm with us and provided a lovely learning experience. His readings choices were extremely insightful. He also led by providing a powerful example of how a totally civil society would feel."
Course Title: Joy and Struggle in Literature: The Cultivation of Savor and Opportunity (Spring Term 2018)
"Dan is an excellent facilitator of discussion and deeper thinking. He introduced us to some wonderful artist (writers, poets, painters, performers) and their works and asked us to think about their messages deeply and in new ways."
"Dan is amazing in leading, setting the stage for sharing with respect and compassion for others, and generous in sharing his knowledge."
"This course was truly splendid! It was thought provoking, emotional engaging, and planned with insight and wide ranging intelligence. Dan's inclusion of and respect for each student's responses to the material was admirable."