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  • Drawing from my background in architecture, I have attempted to apply design sensibilities to the production of fiction. Conceptualized as a collection of three separate yet interconnected stories, my thesis – And Other Stories – investigates how different genres of fiction and writing styles, specifically, the short story, graphic novel and play, can interact to address a single story arc. Thematically, all three stories are tied by the thread of otherness, which is explored through...

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  • Call of the Song Sparrow grew from an awareness of family and from my desire to understand the intricacies of familial ties.  I have held a long-standing interest in exploring the inter-relational dynamics within the family unit, particularly between parents, children and siblings.  The main impetus behind creating the storyline that carries this novella has stemmed from my realization that part of what people need in life is the ability to process their own individual journeys, to tell...

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  • When you write a biography about the creator of The Cat in the Hat and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, be prepared for pushback from the critics: the children for whom Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel, Class of 1925) is an icon and a hero.

    That’s what Don Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, discovered when he published Theodor SEUSS Geisel (Oxford 2010), chronicling the life of the children...

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  • Wole Ojurongbe, MALS ’08, director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, discusses what he likes best about his job, the unpredictable nature of his work, and what he is currently reading.

    Job Title: Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at Dartmouth

    How long have you been at Dartmouth: I started working for the program in 2003 as the administrator/registrar,...

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  • Dartmouth welcomed more than 100 researchers in American studies to campus for the 17th annual Futures of American Studies Institute in June. Participants included faculty members and advanced graduate students from universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad, including Dartmouth graduate students in comparative literature and in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. The institute is directed by...

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  • By Dana Cook Grossman

    This Focus on Faculty Q&A is one in a ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

    Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and chair of Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1973. He's been awarded Guggenheim and Mellon fellowships, is...

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  • “I have been drawn to writing for a long time and I wanted to formally study the craft beyond my undergraduate degree in English literature and creative writing. I had been working as a translator/editor at a cultural agency in Seoul for a couple of years and then I came across the MALS program at Dartmouth.



    I chose this program because it was both interdisciplinary and had a creative writing concentration. Within this unique structure, I have been able to explore my interests while...

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  • “I graduated from Dartmouth recently so I had heard about the MALS program as an undergrad. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next and Dr. Pease, who is the chair of the MALS program and an incredible professor, suggested I go right into the master’s program to help me focus on my future goals while also giving me an expanded, and advanced, academic experience.

    I’ve been gravitating towards law, literature, cultural studies, and public policy so my interests are diverse,...

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  • “I started my career as an architect but always wanted to pursue writing. I didn’t have the academic background in English or Creative Writing as an undergraduate, so after receiving the Fulbright scholarship I decided to enter the MALS program at Dartmouth College. Here I have been able to successfully fuse my prior experience in design with my interest in writing and its pedagogy.

    MALS at Dartmouth is the only program that allows curricular flexibility across disciplines. Even with...

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  • “With a background in music and theatre, as well as creative writing, I’ve been an advocate for breaking down cultural barriers through the arts. The full-length plays I’ve written for children, as well as the musical theatre revues I’ve directed for adults, have had this goal in mind. While pursuing an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts, I traveled to Slovenia and was inspired by the rich literary landscape, which included the crossing of the written word and the...

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