Faculty News

Hood Museum of Art: Much to See and Much to Learn

Anita Warren

For almost three decades, the Hood Museum of Art has been a destination for visitors to quietly appreciate and reflect on the art and artifacts it has collected—from ancient to new, lovely to unsettling, commonplace to rare.

Today, the museum boasts more than 70,000 objects. But it has never been just a larger-than-life-sized jewel box. Ever since Dartmouth consolidated its centuries-old collections under one roof in the mid-1980s, the museum has endeavored to fulfill a more active purpose—that of a teaching facility.

“Our mission is to create an ideal learning environment that fosters transformative encounters with works of art,” says Amelia Kahl, coordinator of academic programming at the Hood. The Hood is among the leaders of museums working toward this goal, drawing 140 academic programmers and museum educators from across the United States and three other countries to Dartmouth this past spring for a conference titled “Teaching Museums in the 21st Century: Moving Our Practice Forward.”

Dartmouth Anthropologist Speaks at Kuwait Commencement

A distinguished Dartmouth anthropologist delivered the commencement address at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) on June 13, 2013. The speaker, Dale Eickelman ’64, the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations and department chair, has had a long connection with the university.

In 2003, a link was forged between Dartmouth and AUK, through which Dartmouth serves as an advisory partner to the Kuwaiti school. Since the program’s inception, Dartmouth and AUK faculty and students have traveled between campuses to participate in cross-cultural internships, fellowships, and research.

Eickelman is one of the founders of the partnership and has coordinated the relationship since AUK was founded in 2003. “This partnership is an opportunity for Dartmouth to help shape a liberal arts university in a very different, diverse environment,” he says. “The partnership not only provides mutual student and faculty enrichment, it helps us expand our academic imaginations.”