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Branches from the Same Tree

April 03

This event has been postponed.


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A day-long gathering of researchers, artists, students and higher education administrators exploring how and why to bridge the divide between arts and sciences in higher education and research.

The culmination of a multi-year project of a2ru (The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities) in partnership with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) convening 21 "town halls" at campuses across the country. 


  • 1:00-1:45 pm, Spaulding Auditorium: Overview of the "Branches from the Same Tree" research report (Tom Rudin, Director of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce, NASEM) and the legacy of environmental studies & art/science at Dartmouth (Bill Schlesinger, President Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) 
  • 1:45-2:30, Spaulding Auditorium: Report on the work of The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) (Maryrose Flanagan, Executive Director), and report on the learning from university-hosted Town Hall Meetings this year (John Veras, Senior Program Assistant, NASEM) 
  • 2:45-3:30, Bentley Theater: Paths Forward: Faculty Research and Initiatives (Moderated by Barbara Will, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, Dartmouth College)
  • 3:30-4:15, Bentley Theater: Paths Forward: Student Research and Initiatives 
  • 4:15-5, Bentley Theater: Action Steps
  • 5:15-6:00, Top of the Hop: Reception
  • 6:30, Top of the Hop: The Force of Things pre-show event
  • 7:30, Moore Theater: Ashley Fure & Adam Fure 
    The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects (tickets sold separately)


Focused on studying the evidence surrounding integrating disciplines in higher education, the project's history is as follows:

2015: A meeting of more than 110 scientists, engineers, artists, humanists, educators, policymakers and industry executives convened by NASEM leads creation of a committee tasked with examining the evidence behind the assertion that educational programs that mutually integrate learning experiences in the humanities and arts with science, technology engineering, math, and medicine lead to improved educational and career outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students. 

2018: The committee publishes a report titled The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree, concluding that the evidence does in fact support that assertion. 

2018-2020: 21 town halls across the country gathering leaders and practitioners in a variety of fields to discuss and examine the findings of the NASEM report and collaborate on ways to integrate the findings into their regions and institutions.

Funded in part by The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Hosted season. This is an archived view.

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