Early in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Arthur Fergenson (our mini-Reunion Chair) initiated a series of Casual Conversations among classmates. These 2-hour conversations occur roughly monthly using Zoom and are on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 pm ET unless otherwise specified. About 3 weeks before each event, an announcement is posted here on the web site and sent to all classmates for whom we have valid email addresses. If you wish to suggest a topic, suggest a classmate, or lead a discussion yourself - you should contact Arthur Fergenson.
Here is a list of classmates who have participated in our Casual Conversations, and here is a (quick and dirty) list of the 50+ Casual Conversation events since we started in June of 2020.
Casual Conversation May 16th with Professor Hartov about the Jewish Sound Archive
On Tuesday, May 16 at 5 pm Eastern Time, Thayer Professor Emeritus Alexander Hartov will join us for a Casual Conversation sponsored by the Jewish Culture Group. Professor Hartov is the co-founder the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive.
Bruce Alpert, chair of the Jewish Culture Group found out about the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive when he received the Dartmouth News email on April 7:
Casual Conversation May 14th 2023 with Sally Satel, MD
Please join us for a Casual Conversation on Sunday, May 14 at 3 pm with the distinguished psychiatrist, addiction specialist, and scholar Sally Satel, M.D.
Conversation about Stefan Zweig May 7 and 9
Always looking to innovate, and reflecting a desire to enter into subjects in depth, the Casual Conversation team, i.e, me, is offering you two occasions to explore the works of Austrian author Stefan Zweig, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Austria. The first is on Sunday, May 7, at 1 pm Eastern Time for a
Casual Conversation May 2nd at 4:30 ET with Prof. Jim O'Connell
On Tuesday, May 2 at 4:30 pm Eastern Time, Professor Jim O’Connell, Dartmouth ’71, will be our guest for a Casual Conversation. Jim is an active member of our Traveling Troupe which reads plays on Zoom on roughly a monthly basis. Jim was a Drama and Government major at the College, and he remains a superb actor.
Casual Conversation with Margaret Talbot on April 30 at 3 pm ET
On Sunday, April 30 at 3 pm Eastern longtime New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot will be our guest for a casual conversation that you will not want to miss. Why? Because she will be speaking of the history of performing arts in 20th century America through the lens of her father’s life and career. And she is chronicling the life of a parent. How will we be seen by those who come after us, how will be judged? And how will we judge ourselves?
This is how Ms. Talbot puts it in the book she wrote about this subject:
Casual Conversation with Liz, Dave and Peter April 23rd, 2023
Please join classmate Peter Elias and his two invited guests for a Casual Conversation via Zoom on Sunday, April 23rd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET, where we will explore the benefits of active patient (or caregiver) participation in the management of one’s
Casual Conversation: Rabbi Linfield April 18, 2023
With apologies to Paul Revere devotees:
On the 18th of April '23, no '69 will want to miss
The 5pm Eastern talk of Rabbi Seth
One if by land(line), two if by Zoom
We want all of you in the virtual room!
Casual Conversation April 12th with Phil Bush and his guitar
You are invited to join classmate Phil Bush in a lunchtime concert on Zoom on Wednesday, April 12 at 1 pm Eastern Time. This is the second lunchtime concert, the first being with pianist Sue Leavitt, who played a classical program. She was terrific and she started what is now officially A TRADITION, one that Phil will now carry forward with guitar held high!
Here is Phil’s intro to his event:
Casual Conversation with Mark Sheetz '69, March 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM ET
Please join us on Sunday, March 12 At 3 pm Eastern Time (US) for a Casual Conversation on Zoom, the topic being President Biden’s foreign policy, with classmate Professor Mark Sheetz '69 as our guest. If you are viewing this information in the email sent to you, it will not have attached either of the two pdfs authored by Mark that he has offered in connection with the discussion. IF you want to read his two essays—and neither are in any way required reading for meaningful participation in the Casual Conversation—you have THREE OPTIONS, all three of which