We hosted dissidents Garry Kasparov (formerly of Russia) and Evan Mawarire (formerly of Zimbabwe) in person to speak about defending democracy and the repercussions they have faced.
We have subsequently joined with the student-led Dartmouth Political Union to host additional speakers, including Iranian-American Masih Alinejad and Indian academic Pratap Mehta, and established links to other departments and centers on campus.
The Dissent & Democracy Initiative also forms part of a larger campus-wide effort to provide space for transformative dialogue.
"We must set a new example by equipping students - many of whom will be our future leaders - with the tools to navigate discomfort and complexity so that when they inevitably encounter challenges to their ideas and positions, they confront the challenge." President Sian Beilock and President Emeritus Phil Hanlon '77