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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Dartmouth on [Virtual] Location
Opera in the Popular Imagination
with Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department
Friday, June 5th @ 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. PDT
If you had to teach a class on opera, what might you do on the very first day?
Go to the movies! Even if you are a newcomer to the world of opera, you have probably heard opera’s best-known music through popular and award-winning films. Professor Swayne will explore the impact that filmmakers create by using classical music in a film. Enjoy this discussion along with fellow western US and Canadian Dartmouth community members from the comfort of your home.
Learn more about the program
Join us virtually, and hear from three Dartmouth Engineers who are Founders.
Alumni Perspectives: VC-Funded and Bootstrapped Start-ups
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
12:00 PM EST
Tim Harsch ’11, Andrea Marron TH’12, and Amish Parashar '03 TH'03 will share insights on investing in innovation, leading a venture through change, and what it takes to run a bootstrapped start-up.
Learn about current venture capital trends, shifting goals and priorities in a start-up, and how these founder’s are navigating their ventures in the current pandemic climate.
Sign-up for this program to receive the Zoom webinar link. Submit questions in advance or during the program. All Dartmouth alumni, students, and friends are welcome!
Tim Harsch '11
CEO and Co-Founder, Owler
Owler is bringing transparency to the world of business by leveraging crowdsourcing and AI to provide data, such as revenue and employee numbers, and insight into both private and public companies globally. Since Tim joined the first company meetings remotely from Hanover back in 2011, Owler has grown to be the second largest business community in the world where professionals around the globe update over 2M data points on over 12M companies each month.
At Owler, Tim has worked across teams and locations, leveraging in particular his studies of computer science at Dartmouth as well as the problem solving he learned at Thayer. With headquarters in San Mateo and a second office in Coimbatore, India, Tim has traveled to India seventeen times to work directly with engineering, data science and data teams in roles spanning product management, occasional coding, operations and leadership. Tim graduated with an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth and serves as Chair of the Thayer School Dean's Council. He resides in San Francisco, CA.
Andrea Marron TH'12
CEO and Co-Founder, Ragtrades, Inc.
Andrea Marron is an entrepreneur and the Co-founder and CEO of Ragtrades. She is fascinated by the boundless creativity of the fashion and tech industries alike, and feels lucky to have found a career where the two worlds meet. At Ragtrades, Andrea and her team are driven by their mission: to build a better future for the rapidly-evolving fashion industry by blending human insight and data science. Andrea’s team works closely with fashion business leaders, who rely on Ragtrades' software for the global market intelligence they need to navigate a hyper-competitive landscape.
Previously, Andrea was VP of E-commerce and Retail at Nicole Miller in NYC. She holds a BS in Optical Engineering from University of Rochester, a Master's Degree in Engineering Management (MEM) from Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and is a member of the Thayer School Dean's Council. She’s committed to developing talent in and outside of Ragtrades, and is especially passionate about helping women build their careers. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and often travels to NYC and Europe to visit clients.
Amish Parashar '03 TH'03
CEO, Explorers' Lab
Amish is CEO of Explorers' Lab, a Silicon Valley company focused on technologies that disrupt and create industries. His venture capital experience includes serving as a founding Partner at Yamaha's $100M fund. His investment leadership into new areas of industry include startups developing artificial intelligence, robotics, medical, and autonomous systems. He has held teaching roles at Stanford's d.school and Singularity University, and is currently a Fellow at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management.
Amish graduated with a AB in Engineering Sciences with Biology from Dartmouth, a BE from Thayer School of Engineering, a MSC from University of London, and is a member of the Thayer School Dean's Council. While attempting to explore the future, he enjoys exploring the California Bay Area with his wife and two sons.
Dartmouth themed Escape Room for Kids
Kids learn science through cooking
Saturday, June 15th @ 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. PDT
Our beloved Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat is held captive by a mean old Gargoyle away from Dartmouth.
The location of the Cat in the Hat is known to a mischievous pixie. The only way you can make the pixie talk is if you feed it a super secret treat. Visit the Dartmouth campus virtually and discover clues that will lead you to the recipe! Help the Cat in the Hat Escape to Dartmouth!
Are you ready to take on this mission?
Stem Chef is founded by Ashwini Bhandiwad, PhD, Thayer '13.
How it Works:
This is escape room is intended for kids ~7-13 years old and will take about an hour. Younger kids may need adult supervision as there is actual food preparation and cooking involved.
Join the DAASV Events Committee, and help us plan and execute events and activities in 2020. Plan an event that will attract the people you want to meet. Sharpen your event planning and project management skills with like-minded alumni. This is a great starting point for getting involved in your Club.
Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley (DAASV)
"DAASV" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 570 El Camino Real, Suite 150-404, Redwood City, CA 94063