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

Everyone Has an Accent
The New York Times 
An opinion piece by Roberto Rey Agudo, research assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, in which he discusses how from a sociolinguistic point of view, having no accent is plainly impossible. "There is no such thing as perfect, neutral or unaccented English—or Spanish, for that matter, or any other language," says Agudo. "To say that someone does not have an accent is as believable as saying that someone does not have any facial features."

A Rude Awakening
Julie Kim, assistant professor of pediatrics and chair of the Committee on Student Performance and Conduct, discusses how it is essential for medical students to learn the fundamentals of professionalism, and for leaders in academic medicine to learn how best to model and teach them.

The Pipeline to Primary Care Is Drying Up
The Hill
An opinion piece by Roshini Pinto-Powell, associate professor of medicine and of medical education, in which she discusses the current trend of medical students choosing not to go into primary care. "For PCPs at the bottom of the compensation list, resurrecting and sustaining the notion of medicine as a calling is necessary. More than simply increasing monetary compensation, the health-care system, our specialist colleagues and patients need to show by their words and actions that primary care is a valued service," says Pinto-Powell.

Why Our Brains See the World as 'Us' Versus 'Them'
The Conversation
An opinion piece by Leslie Henderson, dean of faculty affairs, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, and professor of physiology and neurobiology, in which she discusses whether or not there something in our neural circuits that leads us to find comfort in those like us, and unease with those who may differ.

Are Diamonds Really a Girl’s Best Friend?
Garnet News
Kristin O'Rourke, senior lecturer of art history and of women's, gender, and sexuality studies, discusses the recently released film Ocean's 8 and how despite the female-dominated cast, the film’s combination of jewelry, fashion, and glamorous criminality continues a long tradition of associating the female body with ornament and by extension ties femininity to deception, greed, and immorality.


Public Voices Fellows by Year

2018 Fellows

2017 Fellows

2016 Fellows

2014-2015 Fellows

2013-2014 Fellows

2012-2013 Fellows

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