In 2006, while on a Dartmouth foreign study program, Latif Nasser walked the streets of Fez, Morocco, asking inhabitants what it meant to be Muslim. Little did he know that 12 years later he would return to the country to ask slightly different, and much more urgent, questions about identity.
On his second trip, in 2018, this time to Casablanca, Nasser wasn’t a student but a journalist, investigating the background of a man he couldn’t stop wondering about. The story has now culminated in a six-episode Radiolab podcast about the mystery man, a Guantanamo detainee named Abdul Latif Nasir. In The Other Latif, Nasser explores Nasir’s true identity. Read more in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine by Lisa Kocian '94.
To listen search for "Radiolab" in your podcast app to listen now. After March 10, all episodes will be available to listen here.
Hanover business owners discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on Main Street. Our host, Walter Palmer '90, talks with Allie Levy '11, owner, Still North Books & Bar, John Pepper '91, Boloco co-founder, and Jarett Berke TU'17, owner and CEO, Lou's Restaurant & Bakery.
This book, written by David Hooke '84 in 1987 is being read aloud by members of the DOC across the globe, on Monday nights via Zoom for about one hour. On May 4, they are starting on page 57, so plenty more to go.
To participate, as a reader or a listener, contact David at email@example.com.
Live arts in your living room. Dartmouth’s creative community goes virtual.
For nearly 60 years, the Hop has been the College community's artistic living room. To keep that spirit alive through this challenging time, there now is Hop@Home—a virtual stage that brings adventurous artistry and creative community to your living room. Each week offers a fresh line-up of online programming including live-streamed performances, film recommendations and live chat, digital HopStops, and projects cooked up by the Ensemble directors. And see #HopTakes for staff tips on great arts content from beyond the Hop!
Visit Hop@Home to check out the lineup!
Dartmouth has stepped up to the challenge of going online for Spring by moving 884 classes to fully online in a very short period of time. In addition to traditional lecture classes, the College has created language labs, studio classes, science labs, and engineering classes that students can access from home.
Thayer lives by its motto: “The box does not exist”. This video discusses what Thayer has accomplished in an unconventional way to continue to offer a first rate education: small classes, projects (individual and group), and lab courses by shipping to students the materials they need to complete each course including 3D printers. Summer will also online and offer 8 classes as usual. Though missing the social aspect of Sophomore Summer, the students will still receive the excellent educational experience we all enjoyed during our 4 years in the Northwoods.
In this video Doug Van Citters speaks about Thayer’s transition to on-line learning.
Rob Dinsmoor ’80 Toxic Cookout andYou Can Leave Anytime
Toxic Cookout, published by Big Table Publishing in October of 2019, delights in placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, whether real or imagined:
· An unsuspecting yoga teacher finds himself in the world of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft in at the Arkham YMCA.
· A paranoid writer is convinced that the family cookout he’s attending is unwholesome, if not downright dangerous.
· A retired school teacher watches a tiny civilization evolve in his neighbor’s garage.
· A man’s GPS system leads him to Antarctica—and somewhere even more remote.
· A spoiled rich girl in Manchester-by-the-Sea takes advantage of a global warming crisis to go surfing in winter.
· People caught in a pyramid scheme start to lose their humanity—literally.
· An artistic couple finds an ideal spot in Florida—well, except for the time-traveling worm holes.
· A young man moving to New York in the 1980s finds out the truth about his reputedly mob-connected super.
Rob’s memoir You Can Leave Anytimeis a funny/sad (yet honest) account about his experience in rehab. “We weren’t allowed to go anywhere,” he recalls. “It was a lot like the current sheltering in place, but instead of family members, I was spending it with alcoholics, junkies, and ex-cons.”
Interview with Rob on You Can Leave Anytime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7944U90E-oM
Jill Fredston ’80 Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge
Jill has explored over 20,000 miles of the Arctic in her ocean-going rowing shell. Along with her husband, Doug (in his own small boat), she has traversed the rugged shorelines of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Together the couple has battled mountainous seas and hurricane-force winds. They have dragged their boats across ice flows, fended off grizzlies and polar bears, and have been serenaded by humpback whales.
Jill says these trips are "neither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life." Rowing to Latitudeis a celebration of these northern journeys and a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary beauty and danger of wild places as well as the challenges and joys of living an unconventional life.
Youtube presentation on how Jill stays alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEhXA-pxXOI
William (“Bill”) Goodspeed ’80 Buzz Kill
Buzz Kill is not for everyone–only those who’ve worked in a company and scratched their heads about crazy corporate rules or seriously wonder if the Human Resources quartet is missing a cello. Come to think of it, Buzz Kill is for everyone who loves to laugh.
What happens when a southern company, Lund Plastics, hits the skids and hires a Chinese transplant with hilariously awful English to run its fledgling R&D department? Not much, many thought, until Dr. Chen showed remarkable creativity in team building. He utilizes radical methods like Celebrity Dress Up Roller Blading Scavenger Hunt in Miami Beach in team meetings, all to the great chagrin of human resources. They thought the portrayal of Dolly Parton and Cameron Diaz (in her short What About Mary red dress) by men was discriminatory.
Chen’s antics attract the ire of human resources, forcing many to attend sensitivity training, an experience so brutal, even Dick Cheney would call it torture.
As Chen, his team and his boss chart the turnaround of Lund Plastics, they are met with bureaucratic and politically correct road blocks at every turn. The hilarious tale is symbolic of today’s American culture, where political correctness has a death grip on business, education and government, while Cialis commercials with their graphic disclaimers run rampart on network television.
Written for anyone who has ever worked in a large company, suffered through sensitivity training, or wondered if Thanksgiving is an anti-turkey display of Eurocentric imperialism, Buzz Kill is an uproariously twisted tale of Americas corporate culture.
Interview with Bill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43qZpnvHkg8
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