Dartmouth College: Partnerships
The Hopkins Centerâ€™s Class Divide project began with a core set of partnerships, and these partnerships grew and multiplied over the multi-year project:
- A centerpiece of the Class Divide project was playwright/actor Anne Galjourâ€™s extended residency at Dartmouth and her work with residents in Romano Circle, a Section 8 Housing community, and Rogers House, a subsidized housing complex for seniors, for the research for her commissioned work, You Can’t Get There From Here. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgrZBSCUxR0) Galjour returned to both locations for readings throughout the creation of her piece. Galjourâ€™s creative process, which involved community residents, was a focal point of the Class Divide initiative and dually developed community relationships on behalf of the Hop.
- Pati Hernandez, the lead teaching artist for in-school residencies at Mascoma Valley Regional High School (2 years) and Hanover High School
- Residents of Rogers House & Romano Circle (a Section 8 Housing community)
- Sweet Honey in the Rock â€“ participated in a community discussion about an excerpt from David Shipler’s The Working Poor: Invisible In America and performed at the Hopkins Center in January 2009
- Peter Sellars â€“ conducted 1-week residency, supported by Dartmouthâ€™s Montgomery Fellowship
- Howard Mandel, jazz journalist, and Steve Wilson, alto saxophonist, discussed Class Divide issues and the history of jazz. Watch the discussion here: fora.tv/2009/04/04/Howard_Mandel__Steve_Wilson_Jazz_and_the_Class_Divide
- Dartmouth Centers Forum (www.dartmouth.edu/~centersforum) a collaborative alliance of on-campus centers to promote campus-wide dialogue. During the evolution of Class Divide, the Hop became a member of the Forum, and Forum members adopted Class Divide as their annual theme during the 2007/08 academic year. For examples of their programming for the year, see: www.dartmouth.edu/~centersforum/past/class_divide_past.html. Programs included a lecture co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, Does Class Matter in American Elections?, a panel discussion Class and Racial Division: Challenges and Opportunities, a lecture by author David Shipler, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, and a workshop for teachers, Status and Stereotypes, with sociologist Melissa Herman.
- Office of Institutional Diversity & Equityâ€™s Economic Equity Initiative educates and empowers the Dartmouth community to understand and address socio-economic difference as an important element of diversity. This program provided rich context and training opportunities for Class Divide partners and participants (www.dartmouth.edu/~ide/programs/eei/)
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center – Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences focused on poverty for its Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium (www.dhmc.org/webpage.cfm?site_id=2&org_id=548&gsec_id=0&sec_id=0&item_id=28839)
- Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences offered a series of programs related to class and socio-economic disparity (rockefeller.dartmouth.edu/)
- Dartmouthâ€™s Montgomery Fellowship is an endowment bringing internationally-renown scholars and intellectuals to campus for residencies. The Fellowship supported a weeklong residency with director Peter Sellars in February 2009. (www.dartmouth.edu/~montfell/selection.html)
- Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration organizers. The Celebration adopted the Class Divide theme for all activities, and the Hop helped develop a panel discussion about the class divide featuring Hop visiting performing artist jazz musician/composer Jason Moran, who joined faculty and community members to discuss education, economic background and the US.
- Dartmouth Theater Department â€“ student production of Grapes of Wrath (hop.dartmouth.edu/2008-09/090221-theatergrapes.html). A student cast member also interviewed Dartmouth President Jim Wright about his personal experiences with class prior to the end of his tenure at the College. Watch the interview here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=InRsxPa5RIQ
- The Community Advisory Board partnered the Hopkins Center with community members, ensuring diverse viewpoints were represented throughout the project, and the discussions Class Divide fostered were carried into ever-widening circles in the community. (hop.dartmouth.edu/assets/pdf/cdcab.pdf)
- Jonathan Chaffee, Executive Director of the Lebanon (NH) Housing Authority â€“ due to his involvement with Anne Galjour and her primary research, Chaffee joined the Community Advisory Board.
- Associate Principal Gary Wells (Dartmouth Class of 1974), Mascoma Valley Regional High School became a member of the Community Advisory Board in the final year of Class Divide
- Felice Yeskel, Class Action (www.classism.org) – Class Action advised The Hopkins Center on project goals and shaping the original proposal, trained regional arts presenters in conjunction with Anne Galjourâ€™s tour, attracted new constituents to the Hop through their workshops, and created bridges to campus departments (Institutional Diversity & Equity) and community ones, such as COVER, a low-income housing repair organization that co-sponsored a Class Action workshop, in White River Junction, VT.
- The Class Divide High School Residency was a two-year partnership between the Hop and area High Schools. Through this residency in 2007-08, students at Mascoma High School and at the Sharon Academy had the opportunity to explore the issue of social class both in their studies and through the arts. The in-class portion of the residency was embedded in the respective high schoolsâ€™ existing curriculum where students explored issues surrounding class within their school, families and community.
- The Hop engaged Pati HernÃ¡ndez, a dancer, puppeteer and director from West Glover, Vermont as the teaching artist in the classroom at Mascoma High School. Her professional focus was the exploration of political and social issues through a combination of dance and theater. She is the creator and facilitator of the program Telling My Story, a theater-based program designed to encourage inmates in NH and VT correctional facilities to share the stories of their lives. The Mascoma High School Class Divide residency culminated in a performance piece based on class created by the students and presented within the school.
- A Dartmouth student intern ran the Sharon Academy residency. During which, she worked with her students to a create film from their experience, which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S9nsYdfJOo
- The Hopkins Center itself charged a team of staff members to review the accessibility of Hopkins Center programs and facilities, and guided policy development to increase access on all levels.
- Student interns were employed on a quarterly basis and charged with engaging the student body in the Class Divide Initiative and helping to increase the themeâ€™s visibility on campus. Here is an example of a student project:
- A Dartmouth student intern project was a 26-page booklet, â€œSecrets of Class at Dartmouth,â€ featuring several years of student creative works and expressions about Class Divide. Copies went to every undergraduate on campus, and hundreds more were then shared with the field; it is also on line at hop.dartmouth.edu/assets/pdf/classdivide-book.pdf
Featured Partner: Anne Galjour, playwright/actorâ€¦
â€œThe stories people shared in the story circles and interviews gave me characters, their circumstances, and the stakes in their lives. I learned about the patterns, codes of behavior, body language, and beliefs associated with different socio-economic groups…What I have learned in partnership with my friends at the Hopkins Center has changed the way I teach my playwriting classes at San Francisco State University. It’s given me the confidence to develop a new course for the Creative Writing Department called Writing From a Class Perspective…As a working-class artist I entered the process with some secret prejudices about people from different socio-economic backgrounds. Through this project I have learned that I have a lot more in common with folks from different material and cultural circumstances. All it took was getting together just to talk. What a privilege!â€
Anne Galjourâ€™s website: annegaljour.com