Dartmouth Public Voices

The Dartmouth Public Voices Fellowship, an initiative launched in partnership with The OpEd Project, is dedicated to increasing the impact of the nation's top scholars. 

The annual program is customized for up to 20 Dartmouth thought leaders who meet four times a year for interactive, daylong seminars designed to expand their thinking and amplify their expertise. Since its launch in 2012, fellows participating in the Dartmouth initiative have published more than 250 opinion pieces in print and digital media. Several fellows have parlayed their op-eds into appearances on radio and television. Fellows also collaborate across disciplines to foster ideas and opinions.

Dartmouth Public Voices fellows are matched with journalist mentors from major media outlets who work one-to-one with them throughout the fellowship period. Fellows can also join monthly calls with media insiders, including editors and producers at outlets such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, CNN, Take Part, the Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Fellows receive ongoing mentoring support following the conclusion of the program.

The 2018 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellowship is currently underway. Fellows commit to attend four seminars in Hanover (February 16 and 17, April 27, September 7, and November 9). To apply for 2019 or learn more, please contact Diana Lawrence in the Office of Communications at (603) 646-8222.

Recent Op-Eds Published

Schools Are a Place for Students to Grow Morally and Emotionally—Let's Encourage Them
The Hill
An opinion piece by William Eidtson, instructor in medical education and director of learning support and student accessibility services, in which he discusses how students around the country are preparing to join the National School Walkout to protest political inaction around gun violence, and how many schools are still debating whether or not to punish students for missing class.

A Plan to Treat Opioid-Addicted Newborns That Helps Families and Saves Tax Dollars
The Hill
Alison Volpe Holmes, associate professor of pediatrics and of the Dartmouth Institute, discusses the innovative way she and her colleagues are treating opioid-exposed newborns. "We will not end the opioid epidemic with just prevention and treatment programs. We will only break the bondage of opioids with unconditional love, and with community. The best place to begin is with the innocent, with the littlest victims of the epidemic," says Holmes.

What Deep Learning Gets Wrong About Language
Los Angeles Review of Books
An opinion piece by Roberto Rey Agudo, language program director of Spanish and Portuguese, in which he discusses Google and Amazon's language translation software and whether or not deep learning is up to the task of capturing the nuance of language.

What If Immigrants Have Nowhere to Go Back to?
San Francisco Chronicle
An opinion piece by Silvia Spitta, the Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences, chair of the department of Spanish and Portuguese, and professor of Spanish and comparative literature, in which she discusses the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency's detention and deportation policies and what happens if undocumented people have no home to which they can return.

Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems
The Conversation
An opinion piece coauthored by Chelsey Kivland, assistant professor of anthropology, in which she discusses how climate change is threatening to widen the health gap between the haves and have-nots.


Public Voices Fellows by Year

2018 Fellows

2017 Fellows

2016 Fellows

2014-2015 Fellows

2013-2014 Fellows

2012-2013 Fellows

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