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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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  • “I live in the Upper Valley and my passion is working with homeless families and youth. I obtained my current position as a family case manager at the Upper Valley Haven, in part, because I am a MALS student. The shelter’s leadership was looking for someone who already had a master’s degree and although I am still currently a student, they hired me partly because of the exceptional reputation of the program knowing that I had a few classes left to earn the actual degree.

    The amazing...

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  • “I didn’t plan to return to Dartmouth after being here as an undergraduate. I had earned my degree in biochemistry/molecular biology and, although I soon discovered that the lab wasn’t for me, I was advancing my career in fulfilling ways. I worked in the Department of Family Services in Clark County and then went on to work on Capitol Hill as constituent liaison for one of the Senators from Nevada. But, I also had been writing poetry for years and had kept it in the background. And then it...

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  • “I’m currently the minister at the Unitarian Church in Woodstock. I came to Dartmouth feeling compelled to refresh my thinking and get back into study and expand my awareness. Coming to MALS was synaptic; it brought about a myriad of connections and opportunities together for me both personally and professionally.

    I came into the program wanting to understand the shifting landscape of religion as well as my own experiences of migration against the literature of border studies and...

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