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2014 Stefansson Memorial Lecture

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The annual Stefansson Memorial Lecture, delivered in commemoration of the explorer and anthropologist Vilhjálmur Stefansson, will be December 11, 2014, at the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado Boulder, 1560 30th Street, Room 269 at 4:00pm. Reception to follow.

INSTAAR Director James White will present the lecture "Abrupt change-Past, Present and Future: The hard reality and silver lining in a sustainable future." According to Web of Science, Dr. White is one of the top 1% most highly cited authors in his field. This is an event of the Stefansson Institute in Akureyri, Iceland, and is co-sponsored with the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. 

Phil Klay '05 Wins National Book Award

Phil Klay '05 has won the National Book Award for his collection of short stories on soldiers' experiences in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Redeployment. Klay was on campus on October 23rd and 24th. He gave a reading for the English Department's Poetry and Prose series on the 23rd. On the 24th, Klay participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Dickey Center's War and Peace Studies program, "America and Iraq: Past, Present and Future." Joining Klay on the panel were the Government Department's Professor Bill Wohlforth and Visiting Professor Steven Simon. Professor Ben Valentino, Faculty Coordinator for the War and Peace Studies program, moderated.  The video of the panel is available for viewing on the Center's YouTube channel

Read more about Klay's award on Dartmouth Now.

 

Liberian YALI Fellow Returns to Campus

The Dickey Center welcomes back to campus Patrice Juah, a recent Liberian Fellow in President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She will be speaking at a student-only event sponsored by the Dickey Center's student health organization, the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health, about the Ebola crisis and the anti-stigma campaign she and the Arterial Network, a Pan-African network of artists, activists, and others, recently launched called "Ebola Is Not My Identity."

Juah has a busy schedule this week. She will be meeting with many Dartmouth YALI program partners and with Dartmouth's Emergency Planning Group, which is outlining policies and actions for addressing a response to potential Ebola threats on campus. Juah has been away from Liberia for 26 days and has cleared the monitoring period. In addition, she's being interviewed by the Standpoints student global health magazine and meeting with various faculty.

She also will be giving a talk at FH Clothing in Quechee, VT, on Friday, November 21 at 3pm that is open to the public.

Quoted: Ross Virginia on Fulbright Arctic Initiative

10/27/14  Dartmouth Now

“The challenge for this Fulbright program is to ask questions that are relevant to solving these problems. We need to develop research questions and themes for these teams of scholars that generate knowledge that will be useful to policymakers,” says Professor Ross Virginia in a WMUR story about the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Virginia is the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. He was recently selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished scholar leaders of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Read more about the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Daniel Benjamin on the Threat from ISIS

Update (10/21/14). Read in Dartmouth Now how Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has become a regular contributor with the international news media, and his ability to draw visiting experts to Dartmouth.  

As discussion of the threat from the so-called Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL, became a critical topic of concern in Washington, DC, it was also discussed by the news media. As former counter terrorism coordinator for the Obama Administration, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has been a reliable source about threats in the region as well as the level of threat posed to the US. 

Atrocities Early Warning System

October 3, 2014  |  Dartmouth Now

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., plans to unveil a first-of-its-kind Atrocities Early Warning System early next year. The system is a public web project organized in collaboration with Dartmouth government professor Benjamin Valentino and designed by students in the College’s DALI Lab.

Valentino, coordinator of the War and Peace Studies Program at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, has focused his research on genocide and mass killing since the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His work includes the 2004 publication of the book Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century.

Looking North: Challenges and Opportunities

Watch the video.

US Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski '87 led a panel discussion of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, 2015-2017, at the U.S. Embassy Sweden. A diverse range of guests discussed an important topic: sustainable development in the Arctic. The panel also included Gary Knell, President and CEO of National Geographic; Björn Dahlbäck, Director-General of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat; Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s Chief Science and Exploration Officer; Niila Inga, a reindeer herder and head of the Laevas Sami Village in Northern Sweden; and Börge Ousland, a Norwegian polar explorer, writer and photographer.

 

Ex-CIA Official Talks Security

October 1, 2014

The Valley News reported today on a discussion last night in Cook Auditorium at Dartmouth between Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin and Michael Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. They covered a number of international issues from the complexities of the Syrian conflict to the threat of ebola. 

Read the entire article in the Valley News.  A video of the discussion will be available soon. 

A Team Effort in Tanzania

Fall 2014 | Dartmouth Medicine

Read about the experience of Tanzanian Issac Maro, MD, MPH ('09) in the DarDar medical student exchange program at the Geisel Medical School. Maro worked with Ford von Reyn, MD, director of the DarDar Health Study and associate director Richard Waddell, MD. He also collaborated with Lisa Adams, MD, associate dean for global health and director of the Dickey Center's Global Health Initiative, to create a pediatric HIV clinic that serves children in Dar es Salaam.

Read the entire story in Dartmouth Medicine

What Threat Does ISIS Pose to the Homeland?

In interviews with several major news organizations, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin questioned the rhetoric of the media and some politicians and members of President Obama's administration regarding the threat posed by the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to the U.S. homeland.  

In the September 10th New York Times Benjamin noted, "It’s hard to imagine a better indication of the ability of elected officials and TV talking heads to spin the public into a panic, with claims that the nation is honeycombed with sleeper cells, that operatives are streaming across the border into Texas or that the group will soon be spraying Ebola virus on mass transit systems — all on the basis of no corroborated information."

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