A spring lecture series featuring war photographer James Nachtwey ’70, Booker Prize winner John Berger, and South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg kicks off April 10 at Dartmouth.
The series, “Times of Crisis,” is hosted by the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID) and will feature talks from distinguished writers, activists, and scholars in seven events during April and May.
“We expect students, faculty, staff, and other community members to be exhilarated to hear our guests speak about the struggles of social change,” says Annabel Martín, director of the Gender Research Institute and an associate professor of women’s and gender studies, Spanish, and comparative literature.
The series, which is free and open to the public, begins on April 10 with a panel discussion with three Dartmouth alumni activists, Javed Jaghai ’12, Danielle Coleman ’12, and Susan Struble ’93, followed by a lecture from Goldberg.
Goldberg, who was a close friend of the late Nelson Mandela, is known for his activism against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Goldberg served more than two decades in prison for his role in the anti-apartheid movement.
This is the second lecture series hosted by GRID; last year the Seeds of Change series featured several talks, including one from prominent intellectual and activist Cornel West. The Times of Crisis series is part of the GRID seminar program, which brings together 28 fellows, made up of faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students, to research and debate the topic of gender and social activism. The fellows will attend the “Times of Crisis” series and will meet on a weekly basis throughout the term.
One of the fellows, Jennifer Gargano ’14, says she is looking forward to thought-provoking conversations.
“I have the unique pleasure of not only getting to participate in the GRID series through Professor Martín’s Women and Gender Studies course, but I also get to work behind-the-scenes and help out with various aspects of GRID,” Gargano says. “I think that we're in for an incredible series this term.”
Martín agrees. “We expect Times of Crisis to be a series of lessons in democracy that will intellectually stimulate us all for months to come,” she says.
Here is a look at the events: