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Dartmouth Stories on Stage
Jamie Horton, Associate Professor of Theater, Actor, Director
September 15  vs. Butler
10–11 am, Room 105, Dartmouth Hall

Professor Horton launches our Faculty Chalk Talk series with a unique performance and dramatic reading of poems, stories, and excerpts from some of Dartmouth’s most loved authors, including Gina Barreca '79; Louise Erdrich '76; Robert Frost, Class of 1896; Theodor “Seuss” Geisel ’25; Annette Gordon-Reed '81; and Norman Maclean ’24. From the light and funny to the serious and thought provoking, join him in this exploration of Dartmouth voices.

Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and the Dartmouth Painting
Bart Thurber, curator of European Art at the Hood Museum of Art and Barbara Will, Professor of English
September 29  vs. Penn
10–11 am, Room 105, Dartmouth Hall

Join us for a discussion of the close relationship between Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso, in particular the intricate way in which each responded to the other’s work—Picasso through his Portrait of Gertrude Stein and Stein through her story “Melanctha.” Discover how Dartmouth’s own magnificent Picasso painting, Guitar on a Table (1912), journeyed from Stein’s collection in Paris to Hanover, New Hampshire.

Projecting Lives: Documentary Filmmaking and Pilobolus at Forty
Jeffrey Ruoff, Associate Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies, and Michael Tracy ’73, Co-Artistic Director of Pilobolus
October 13  vs. Sacred Heart
10–11:30 am, Auditorium, Hood Museum of Art

Professor Ruoff will talk about the process of documentary filmmaking and his new film, Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty, about the Dartmouth-born dance company. Michael Tracy '73, co-founder and co-artistic director of Pilobolus, will join him. Their talk will include clips from the 38-minute film, which will be shown in its entirety at the end of the discussion, and which celebrates the evolution and regeneration of this remarkable company during its 40th anniversary.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing: An Introduction to Crossing Cultures
Stephen Gilchrist, Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art
October 27  vs. Harvard—Homecoming
10–11 am, Auditorium, Hood Museum of Art

Gilchrist will discuss the exhibition Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Art. His talk will examine indigenous systems of knowledge that are sustained across generations and mediated through ceremonial performances and forms of visual storytelling. Art has provided the crucial public platform through which Aboriginal people communicate aspects of their cultural inheritance and demonstrate a fundamental truth: that we are an inextricable part of the natural world.

Pandora’s Box: The Effects of Easy Listening
Steve Swayne, Professor of Music
November 10  vs. Brown
10–11 am, Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts

Is our constant access to music a gift or a curse? Professor Swayne will draw from readings in philosophy and neuroscience; the experiences of his Dartmouth students; and examples of people in places such as Finland, Venezuela, China, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to demonstrate that music’s ubiquity and invisibility are making it less meaningful to more people in the world. Swayne will show how policies and practices affect how we listen to music and will argue that people in the West need to redevelop habits of “deep listening.”