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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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  • “I’ve been mentoring inner city youth in Atlanta since graduating from college; this work made me realize that my passion is being able to identify and structure new ways to help educate kids and to do this on a significant scale. What I also realized was that I didn’t have the background and credentials just yet to pursue this at the level I desire – specifically I would like to, someday, be the president of a college or university. A lofty goal, I know, but this is what led me to enter the...

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  • The global status and future of study and research in the humanities take center stage Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, as scholars gather for the Dartmouth Humanities Summit.

    Two recently published reports on the humanities—one from Harvard and another from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—framed their consideration of the future of the humanities in the context of the U.S., sparking a substantial response among academic circles and elsewhere.

    Those reports are...

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  • Wole Ojurongbe, MALS ’08, director of Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program, keeps a bookshelf in his Wentworth Hall office reserved for works published by authors associated with the program. Dartmouth Now asked Ojurongbe for a sample of works by MALS faculty, alumni, and current students. “It’s been difficult narrowing it down to just a few titles, but that’s a really good problem to have, I think,” he says.

    Creative writing is one of the specializations...

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  • In a Veteran’s Day commentary piece on VPR, Christopher Wren ’57, an instructor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth, says that “patriotic bling,” such as American flag lapel pins worn by politicians, “has borrowed, or stolen, the valor of those who most deserve to wear it.”

    Wren continues, “Our latest veterans–more than 2 million–have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with little to show for their gallantry beyond the...

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  • New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has recently gained attention not just for his politics, but also for where his baseball allegiance lies, reports The New York Times. The candidate, the article notes, has confessed to being a Boston Red Sox fan.

    The Times asks Harvey Frommer, a professor in Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and the author of books about the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, for...

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