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  • "The 650 million children who have read Dr Seuss' books have been exposed to new ways of viewing the world, of rethinking a social order often imbued in prejudice," writes MALS Chair, Donald E. Pease for The Conversation in regard to the recently published Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?

    "As older readers relive their response to a universal question nearly all children face, What Pet Should I Get? will allow a new generation of readers to discover why Dr Seuss remains forever...

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  • People Magazine recently featured MALS alumnus Anson Montgomery's new Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) book, Escape from the Haunted Warehouse. Originally announced in 1997 but not published at that time, Escape has been of subject of deep interest for CYOA fans ever since:

    "This book is a legend among the Choose Your Own Adventure fandom, and rumors have always swirled online amongst collectors, but almost no one claimed to have even read it," says the...

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  • Adjunct Professor of Liberal Studies and Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies Alan Lelchuk’s new book, Searching for Wallenberg, explores “one of the great mysteries of our time: What really became of Raoul Wallenberg?" writes Forbes contributor Tom Teicholz in a review of Lelchuk’s book.

    “Lelchuk, going between present and past, imagining scenes both historical and fantastical, attempts to arrive at a fuller picture of Wallenberg...

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  • In “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 10, “a kind of twilight invites silence,” writes Thomas Powers, a visiting professor in Dartmouth’s Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program, in a review published by The New York Review of Books.

    That twilight, he says, is necessary...

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  • These are five “something like love” stories, each one shaded more or less by fear, nostalgia, illusion, obsession, and other murky emotions that so often accompany love. After all, who can ever put a finger on love? The five protagonists in this collection, although their backgrounds and circumstances differ, are young women with a certain temperament: sensitive, introspective, prone to “disquiet.” And this temperament is what primarily drives the stories. The drive is born when their...

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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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