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  • Patrice Juah of Liberia and Vanessa Nsona of Malawi, on campus through President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, spoke during a break in Associate Professor of Engineering Peter Robbie’s design-thinking seminar about the chance to study at Dartmouth.

    “There were 800 applications from Liberia, and 15 of us were selected,” Juah says. “I am grateful for this opportunity. It has been . . .”

    “. . . transformative,” Nsona said, finishing Juah’s sentence.

    “Yes,...

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  • The history of African-American students at Dartmouth was talked about by Forrester “Woody” Lee ’68 in his presentation “History of African Americans at Dartmouth College 1775–1950” during a “Blacks @ Dartmouth” conference held on campus from March 28 through March 30. In just 45 minutes, Lee altered the way some members of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association (BADA) and the Afro-American Society saw the early history of...

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  • Dartmouth College will provide hands-on training to 25 young African leaders this summer as part of President Obama’s effort to promote economic prosperity, democracy, peace, and security in their home countries.

    The Washington Fellowship program is the new flagship of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which was announced during his visit to Africa in 2013. The program is overseen by the U.S. State Department and the International Research & Exchanges...

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  • This year, Dartmouth is home to three scholars fresh from the graduate programs where they have prepared their doctoral work. They are here to wrap up the final stages of their apprenticeships in academia.

    The pre-doctoral fellowships support graduate scholars who have completed all other PhD requirements for a year-long residency at Dartmouth to finish their dissertations with access to the libraries, computing facilities, and faculty.

    Kate Beane, from the University of...

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  • Keith Alexander was driving home after finishing his shift as a computer technician—one of three jobs the Caribbean immigrant held down—when he noticed a garage sale at a handsome house in White Plains, New York. Four years earlier he’d moved his family from Trinidad to the Bronx in New York City, and he was looking for something both “enriching and fun” for his eldest child. The wife of New York Mets ballplayer Tim Teufel owned the property, as it turned out, and she was eager to sell her...

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  • Ayo Coly has taught Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in all of her courses since she began as an associate professor of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth six years ago, and she has found that nearly every one of her students read the book in high school.

    That is as clear a picture as she can give of the significance of the Nigerian author who...

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  • In an opinion piece, Stephon Alexander, the Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor of Natural Sciences and director of Dartmouth’s E.E. Just Program, talks about his responsibility toward younger generations of aspiring scientists who are members of minority groups.

    “I feel a deep responsibility to speak and act; I would not be a theoretical physicist today if both black and white scholars had not spoken and acted on my behalf,” Alexander...

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  • The E.E. Just Symposium was a special kind of conference. Over three days—September 27-29, 2012—eminent physicists, astronomers, and others discussed the state of their scholarly and experimental work. Scientists and students in standing-room-only sessions shared the enthusiasm of the speakers as they heard about scientific theory, historical developments, and what the future may hold.

    The presenters paid homage to E.E. Just and the...

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  • When Soyica Colbert read from her new book, The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance, and the Stage, at New York City’s Drama Book Store this spring, she told a story that revealed the deep roots of her research project.

    Colbert, an assistant professor of English, recalled a disagreement between her father and her brother over how the teenager ought to dress. What lingered from that childhood...

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  • "After graduating in 2000, I went to the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific through the Dartmouth Education program and taught English, math, and science to elementary schoolers there for a year. I returned to the Boston area and ran two parts of a youth development farming program called The Food Project, which brings teenagers from different backgrounds together to grow food for their community. In 2004, I moved to Austin, Texas and worked for Breakthrough (called Summerbridge elsewhere...

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