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  • Pawnees traded them to Osages; Shoshones traded them to Crows; the Flatheads and Nez Perces in the Plateau region traded them . . ." Click here for full story in The Boston Globe.

  • Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, past and present, talk about the program as a launch pad for life after Dartmouth.

    The yearlong seminar-style RLF program was established by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences nearly 15 years ago to further the center’s founding mission of educating, training, and inspiring the next generation of public policy leaders.

    The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows...

  • What does research in the humanities look like?

    The image that comes to mind might be of a lone scholar poring over books in a library carrel. But contemporary scholarship in the humanities is increasingly a team effort—one that draws from multiple academic disciplines and divisions, takes advantage of digital technologies to share information, and links researchers and institutions across continents.

    Case in point: This past December, a team of faculty and librarians from...

  • “The letter came out of the blue,” says Colin Calloway, the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and a professor of Native American Studies. It was from the dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne, inviting Calloway to Switzerland to receive an honorary doctorate.

    The University of Lucerne is a relatively new institution, Calloway discovered—although its roots go back to the 17th century, it...

  • Are you interested in learning the art of oral history interviewing?  The Dartmouth Vietnam Project (DVP), launched in summer 2014 and sponsored by the History Department, is an experiential learning program that provides a group of Dartmouth students the chance to get hands-on practice in this exciting field of historical research.

    The main goal of the DVP is to produce an online archive of oral history interviews with older members of the Dartmouth community (alumni, faculty, staff...

  • The archived U.S. Marine field records pinpoint the coordinates: In the “Dodge City” area about 10 miles south of Da Nang in the Quang Nam Province of South Vietnam, 2nd Lt. William “Billy” Smoyer ’67 died in a rice paddy on July 28, 1968.

    Defense department documents from a database of Vietnam casualties led President Emeritus James Wright last month to the spot where Smoyer, a platoon leader, and 18 others from Kilo Company, 7th Marines, were...

  • Was the British conquest of Canada two and a half centuries ago the first step on the road to American Independence?  Students enrolled this summer in “Turning Points in American History” began their term considering this question.  A few weeks before finals, some found themselves taking another look from the vantage of Quebec City itself, as they joined a class excursion led by Professor Robert Bonner and generously funded by the Overlock Fund in...

  • Doug Haynes traveled in June to the University of Goetingen, where he delivered a keynote lecture for a conference devoted to “Informal and Everyday Markets—Histories of Business and Entrepreneurship in India Since the Nineteenth Century.”   In March, Haynes, who is a specialist in South Asian history, delivered a co-written plenary address at...

  • Historian David Brion Davis ’50, whose career has focused on exploring the problem of slavery in the development of the modern world, will be awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony on Monday, July 28, “for reshaping our understanding of history.”

    The first in his family to attend college, Davis came to Dartmouth on the GI Bill after serving in World War II. In announcing the honor, The National Endowment for the Humanities wrote...

  • Graduating History Majors and their families gather in Berry Library for a continental breakfast before heading off to the ceremonies on The Green.