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Praise Where Due: Rocky India
Starting this fall, the Rockefeller Center’s Global Policy Leadership course, taught by Public Policy Professor Charlie Wheelan ‘88, will include a two-week-long, December trip to India, with the course holding out the potential for trips to other countries in future terms. This is another innovative addition to the curriculum. Recently the Film Studies department announced an FSP in Hollywood.
Well well. It seems that the pace of innovation is picking up at the College. Good! After all, not much new has happened in the last 15 years.
This space has long been of the opinion that all students should be required to participate in some kind of Dartmouth program abroad. The educational and social experience is sans pareille: students get to know a faculty member very well, and the dozen or so fellow students on each trip provide the opportunity to meet a new group of friends. An added bonus of off-campus study is the freeing up of dorm space in Hanover, which would make it easier to reinstitute dorm continuity.
Addendum: I hope that Professor Wheelan’s creative use of the newly established six-week break between Thanksgiving and the New Year will be an inspiration to other faculty members. The opportunity to have a twelve-week term for some courses has the potential to provide special experiences for undergraduates.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…