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PAST SPECIAL HOP PROJECT:
CLASS DIVIDE

CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH CLASS DIVIDE
From 2006-2009, the Hopkins Center produced Class Divide, a three-year, cross-campus/community programming initiative featuring a thought-provoking series of events, performances and residencies to raise awareness and spark discussion about Class Divide in our Upper Valley communities. Class Divide was the first substantial cross-campus/community project in the country to examine the issue of class through the arts. It offered a transformational framework for artists, students, faculty and community members to engage with this timely and important topic, bringing people into the minds and hearts of others they’d never met and creating connections within Upper Valley communities.

Download Secrets of Class at Dartmouth

View a 30-minute documentary about the Class Divide Initiative, featuring interviews and rousing performances by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Peter Sellars, Anne Galjour, and more.

CLASS DIVIDE PROGRAMMING
The 08-09 season began with a performance of the commissioned work by playwright Anne Galjour, viewable here.

Sights and Sounds From Anne Galjour’s World Premiere
Programming also included a capella singers Sweet Honey in the Rock. In mid-February, following an opportunity to hear Peter Sellars’ perspective on “New Crowned Hope: Arts in the Age of Obama,” the Dartmouth Theater Department presented Frank Galati’s Grapes of Wrath based on the John Steinbeck novel.

The remarkable story of one American’s experience crossing divisions of class was presented by Dartmouth President Jim Wright in an informal personal conversation and interview by a student actor from the cast of “Grapes of Wrath.” In Mining an American Story: Personal Reflections on Class Divide President Wright reflected on his own upbringing in a rural American mining community, his experiences as an American historian, his recent work with U.S. military veterans, the impetus for Dartmouth’s recent financial aid improvements— and America’s challenges concerning economic class. New York jazz critic Howard Mandel and jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson explored class issues embedded in jazz music in conjunction with the Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary performance. Watch the discussion.

In June 2009, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars performed an irresistible mix of West African and reggae dance rhythms in a free outdoor concert.

Hopkins Center 07-08 Class Divide performing arts events included theatrical performances by Rik Reppe and Anne Galjour, musical evenings with Old School Freight Train and Carolina Chocolate Drops and the World Music Percussion Ensemble, and a multi-media performance by William Yang.

Anonymous community sharing circles told stories of Class Divide in Upper Valley communities. Community Responses

Class Divide grounded these issues in Dartmouth’s Upper Valley community through a Community Advisory Board , residencies in two local high schools, and local research done by commissioned playwright Anne Galjour. The Hopkins Center’s Class Divide Employee Task Force reviewed the accessibility of Hopkins Center programs and facilities, and guided policy development to increase access on all levels.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

HOP PROGRAMS

Outreach and Arts Education
Dartmouth student intern Stephanie Morales ’09 taught a full term class on class at The Sharon Academy, producing a film as their final project. It culminated two years of Class Divide High School projects.

CAMPUS PARTNERS

Dartmouth Centers Forum
2007-2008 Theme: Class Divide
In 2007-2008 DCF organized talks, seminars, symposia and online discussions to accompany a series of events focusing on contemporary meanings and perceptions of “class” and the current relevance of “class” as a term of political and social analysis. People from across the humanities, sciences and social sciences were invited to participate in the events.

Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity
The Economic Equity Initiative (EEI) is an ongoing campus project whose mission is to educate and empower our community to understand and address socio-economic difference as an important element of diversity in our lives and institution. It is jointly coordinated by the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, the Office of Pluralism & Leadership and the Tucker Foundation.

DHMC – Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
Last year’s Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium focused on the issue of Poverty. Check their website for information about that event.

Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences serves as a catalyst for research and teaching in the social sciences and public policy. Several of the Center’s 2007-2008 Public Programs offered students, faculty and the community an opportunity to engage in dialogue on matters of Class Divide and their significance in the public policy area. Click here to see 2007-2008 programming on Class Divide and other public policy issues.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Community Advisory Board
A wide range of perspectives is crucial to making the Class Divide project as meaningful as possible. The Community Advisory Board is an exciting partnership between the Hopkins Center and the community. Input from this group ensures that diverse viewpoints are represented throughout the project, and the discussions Class Divide fosters are carried into ever-widening circles in the community, strengthening the Class Divide Initiative’s potential to have a lasting positive impact in the Upper Valley.

Class Action
Class Action inspires action to end classism. The organization develops programs to raise awareness, facilitate cross-class dialogue and support cross-class alliances, as well as working with others to promote economic justice. For more information on issues of social and economic class, their web page offers a wealth of resources and inspiration. As the Hopkins Center’s partner in the Class Divide Initiative, Class Action provides training, facilitates discussions and offers resources.

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