Spring 2017 Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Mini-Seminars

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation is presenting a series of faculty-facilitated mini-seminars this term through the House Communities. These are free, informal, and short-term exploration of a variety of topics, and they are open to any Dartmouth community member.

Wednesday, May 17

What Would the World Look Like if the United States No Longer Occupied a Global Leadership Role?

Since the end of World War II, international politics has been profoundly shaped by America’s strategic choice to pursue a global leadership role.  The election of Donald Trump has called that leadership into question as never before.  What the world would look like if America no longer occupied a global leadership role?

Discussion led by Stephen Brooks, Government Department

7:30-9:00 pm, House Center A

Sponsored by North Park House

Thursday, May 18

Relax and Eat Your Way to Health and Happiness

In this mini-seminar, we will explore recent scientific research relating to human health and happiness. The first session will cover the wide-reaching effects of stress on the body, and some simple ways we can combat stress to alleviate these effects. The second session will focus on the various ways that our gut microbiome affects our mental and physical health, and we will sample some foods that can help foster a healthy gut community. Both sessions will involve presentation, discussion, and experiential learning.

Discussion led by Sarah Bartos Smith, Environmental Studies, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

4:30-6:00 pm, House Center A

Sponsored by South House

Exercising Your Stressed Brain

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe, with tremendous capacity for learning and memory.  Yet, even the brain has its limits, as well as preferred means of processing information. This mini-seminar will consider ways to maximize learning, understanding and recollection, that are consistent with the natural abilities (and limitations) of the human brain. You might very well come to find out that your study habits have not been in your brain’s best interest!

Discussion led by David Bucci, Cognitive Science, Psychological and Brain Sciences

6:00-7:00 pm, Fahey-McClane Lounge

Sponsored by West House

Tuesday, May 23

Things You Should Know That Aren’t Taught in College

The mini-seminar "Things you should know that aren't taught at college" is a fast paced, lighthearted look at practical topics that are not typically addressed at Dartmouth. Three topics will be covered per session, 20 minutes each, and the demonstrations will be goofy and memorable. The topics are eclectic and the only connection between them is that they are practical, useful skills, with 'everything you need to know' provided at lightning fast pace. Despite the lighthearted attitude you will learn something, maybe alot. What will we do during the third session? Well, that's a secret. Maybe we don't even know yet! 

Discussion led by Chris Polashenski, Engineering

7:00-8:30 pm, Brace Commons

Sponsored by East Wheelock House

Thursday, May 25th and Tuesday, May 30th

The U.S. Census: Past and Future

Every ten years, the Census provides a snapshot of the U.S. population. In anticipation of the upcoming Census 2020, this two-session mini seminar will explore the history of the census, its relevance today, and it's propects for the future. Students are welcome to attend either session or both. 

Discussion led by Emily Merchant, Neukom Institute and Department of History

6:30 - 8:00 pm, Brace Commons

Sponsored by East Wheelock House