The Gender Research Institute: A Space for Social Change

Angela Davis. Noam Chomsky. Denis Goldberg. Amy Goodman. Cornel West.

These are just a few of the prominent visitors who have come to Dartmouth to engage with students, faculty, and community members as part of an annual seminar and public lecture series organized by the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID).

Now in its second full year, GRID recently announced the theme of its spring 2015 seminar, “Just Words: Free Speech and Social Change,” which will draw a slate of more than a half-dozen feminist scholars, journalists, bloggers, and activists to campus between April 17 and May 12. Among them are Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin, author Rebecca Solnit, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, Women’s Media Center cofounder Robin Morgan, and Guardian contributor Hannah Giorgis ’13.

According to Annabel Martín, GRID’s inaugural director, “GRID was created to bring together all of the gender-related research that takes place on the Dartmouth campus under one umbrella. It’s a three-pronged approach—research, teaching, and activism.”

Fall Term Brings New Living and Learning Options

Dartmouth students have three new residences designed as learning communities to consider this fall when deciding where to live, as well as 10 design-your-own communities, set up as blocks of rooms interspersed within general campus housing.

These new options, in addition to the 12 existing affinity communities—such as East Wheelock, the Shabazz Center, and the Chinese Language House—build on the College’s mission of enhancing campus housing options by linking them to Dartmouth’s academic mission, says Mike Wooten, director of residential education.

“The vision for residential life at Dartmouth is that it be integrated with the larger mission and intellectual goals of the College,” Wooten says. “Our students deserve to expect that every part of their experience is directed toward their intellectual, social, and personal development.”

Lecture Series Brings Prominent Writers, Activists to Campus

A spring lecture series featuring war photographer James Nachtwey ’70, Booker Prize winner John Berger, and South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg kicks off April 10 at Dartmouth.

The series, “Times of Crisis,” is hosted by the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID) and will feature talks from distinguished writers, activists, and scholars in seven events during April and May.

“We expect students, faculty, staff, and other community members to be exhilarated to hear our guests speak about the struggles of social change,” says Annabel Martín, director of the Gender Research Institute and an associate professor of women’s and gender studies, Spanish, and comparative literature.

The series, which is free and open to the public, begins on April 10 with a panel discussion with three Dartmouth alumni activists, Javed Jaghai ’12, Danielle Coleman ’12, and Susan Struble ’93, followed by a lecture from Goldberg.