Meet Dartmouth’s New Endowed Professors: Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence, the Parent's Distinguished Research in the Humanities

A professor of film and media studies and comparative literatureAmy Lawrence came to Dartmouth in 1988. She is the author, most recently, of The Passion of Montgomery Clift, as well as a book on the films of director Peter Greenaway and of Echo and Narcissus: Women’s Voices in Classical Hollywood Cinema, as well as numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Among her interests: the phenomenon of Hollywood stardom, feminist issues in film, the use of sound in cinema, and reality television. She also makes animated films.

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DCAL’s Gateway Initiative: Big Courses That Feel Small

Small class size: It’s one of Dartmouth’s strengths, of which students and faculty are proud. Small classes allow for individualized attention and feedback and let students develop close relationships with intellectual mentors who are top scholars in their fields.

But even at Dartmouth, not all classes can be small. Larger undergraduate classes are what Lisa Baldez, director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), and Josh Kim, director of digital learning initiatives, call gateway courses—introductory survey classes that fulfill major and distribution requirements and open doors to deeper study.


Rebecca Biron, professor of Spanish and comparative literature and dean of the College, works with instructional designer Ashley Kehoe on a new Gateway course that Biron will teach next year. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Mellon Mays Program at 25 years

At 25 Years, Mellon Mays Will See Record Eight Graduate

In the 25 years of the program at Dartmouth, one third of the 120 Mellon Mays alumni have enrolled in PhD programs, says Michelle Warren, a professor of comparative literature and Dartmouth coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established the program in 1988 with eight founding institutions to increase faculty diversity. Dartmouth and fellow Ivies Harvard, Yale, and Princeton joined the following academic year, as did the UNCF consortium of historically black colleges and universities. The program has since grown to dozens of institutions across the country, and includes three universities in South Africa.

“Underrepresentation in higher education remains a significant issue,” says Warren.

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Panelists talk faculty diversity, importance to campus

The Dartmouth, April 14, 2015

Filling half of Dartmouth Hall 105, the audience at yesterday’s panel discussing issues of faculty diversity was comprised mainly of black students.

“This room doesn’t look like Hanover,” panelist and vice president of institutional diversity and equity Evelynn Ellis said, to laughs from the audience, later adding that underrepresentation of minority faculty can be disadvantageous to all students, not just students from underrepresented groups.

The faculty diversity panel, which was hosted by Dartmouth’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of the Colored People Panel, was held in an effort to increase the level of transparency of recruitment and retention processes and generate campus discussion on the nature of faculty diversity at the College.

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Out of the Archives and Into the Street

This past month, passers-by in the streets of Cuzco, Peru, saw double. For the city-wide exhibit El Cusco de Martín Chambi, 32 images of the city taken by world-renowned indigenous photographer Martín Chambi early in the 20th century were enlarged and set up around the city—“in the very spaces and whenever possible from the very angles where Martín Chambi took them,” says Silvia Spitta, a professor of Spanish and of comparative literature and the Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences.

Spitta’s work with the Chambi archive was supported by an award from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty’s Scholarly Innovation Fund, and involved preserving and cataloging the archive’s holdings. At the same time Spitta “intervened” in the archive to make its holdings accessible to the public at large.

So Many Memoirs: What’s Behind The Genre’s Boom (VPR)

This week, VPR’s “Conversation On the Arts” focuses on the popularity of memoirs. The program’s host, Neal Charnoff, turns to Dartmouth’s Irene Kacandes for her thoughts on the genre.

Kacandes, a professor of German studies and of comparative literature, says that most experts date the recent boom in memoirs back to the 1990s, when books such as Girl Interrupted, Angela’s Ashes, and Tuesdays With Morrie were so popular.

While there are critics of memoirs, Kacandes appreciates their value. “I feel like if someone wants to tell their story, they may be getting something out of the act of narrating about their life. I also feel strongly that not only might the individual writer get something out of it, but if a single other reader finds it valuable then who are we to decide it shouldn’t be out there.”

Listen to the full story, broadcast 5/1/14 on VPR.

Dartmouth’s Ben Randolph ’15 Wins Beinecke Scholarship

Ben Randolph ’15, has been named a Beinecke Scholar, one of 20 college juniors nationally. The award, which supports the “graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise,” provides $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Randolph, a comparative literature major from Louisville, Ky., plans to enter an interdisciplinary PhD program, concentrating on critical, theoretical approaches to literature and society.

“I’m interested in how, and why, our society privileges some people over others,” Randolph says. “Specifically, I want to ask why some people are naturally seen as having depth and complexity, while others are reduced to having stereotypical, derogatory motivations for their behavior.”

The ‘I’ in Internet Addiction (The Huffington Post)

In a Huffington Post opinion piece,Dartmouth’s Rebecca Biron writes about what she hopes to gain from her Internet use.

“I read news sources compulsively, maybe obsessively, in acknowledgment of the sheer amount of data available at my fingertips,” says Biron, a professor of Spanish, comparative literature, and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies, and a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow. “My habit takes the form of information gathering, as if such gathering were the same thing as drawing the connections that make data meaningful. I nurse a vague intuition that doing this daily will eventually help me apprehend the big picture of our epoch.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 2/21/14 by The Huffington Post.