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 will begin in February. Fellows commit to attend four seminars in Hanover (February 16 and 17, April 27, September 7, and November 9). To apply for 2018 or learn more, please contact Diana Lawrence in the Office of Communications at (603) 646-8222.

Recent Op-Eds Published


I'm a Pediatrician, & I'm Against the Santa Myth
Julie Kim, associate of pediatrics, discusses how the myth of Santa can convolute fact and fiction in a way that can be dangerous.

Walking the Shoreline: Erosion, Regrowth, and Professional Formation
An opinion piece by Kathryn Kirkland, professor of medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, discusses “ethical erosion"—a loss of empathy reported to occur during the process of medical education—and how erosion offers a useful metaphor for the reshaping that is necessary to professional formation.

Why Justice Is More Important Than the Rule of Law
The Conversation
An opinion piece by Klaus Mladek, associate professor of German studies and comparative literature, in which he discusses the 2017 Stress in America survey, which reports that what keeps many Americans up at night is genuine political anxiety, and whether people are interested in the rule of law because they fear American society is no longer equal and just.

DNA Testing for a Holiday Gift? Be Prepared for Aftershocks and Fallout.
The Huffington Post
Julie Kim, assistant professor of pediatrics, discusses the pitfalls of giving the gift of DNA testing. "Before ordering a DNA test kit as a gift, make sure you know what is being tested, what the possible surprises could be, and consider whether you want or need know," says Kim. "It may be enough to know you are lucky to share the holidays with those you love, those who support you, and whom you call family regardless of DNA and that you are enjoying the moment in its fullest."

Marriage at Sixteen, or Younger
Garnet News
An opinion piece by Brenda Sirovich, associate professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in which she discusses how every U.S. state allows children younger than 18 to marry, usually with parental consent, and how as a result many minors in the United States were legally subjected to serial sexual exploitation in the form of being permitted, or perhaps coerced, to marry.


Public Voices Fellows by Year

2017 Fellows

2016 Fellows

2014-2015 Fellows

2013-2014 Fellows

2012-2013 Fellows

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