First Year Discussion Sessions

The 2022 First Year Discussion Sessions introduce students to the study and application of ethics.  Students will meet for dinner with scholars in a small, informal group setting. This first year program is a way to advance intellectual fun at Dartmouth. That means that students commit to attend all sessions and read or watch some prior materials before each one. The Institute plans to accept no more than 10 students. The program is open to all first year Dartmouth undergraduates from any academic background.

Thursday, September 29, 6:30-8:00pm

Session 1: Outsourcing Moral Decision Making


Vikram Bhargava
In this dinner session, Professor Vikram R. Bhargava, assistant professor of strategic management & public policy at the George Washington University School of Business, will discuss the outsourcing of moral decision-making.
Friday, October 14, 6:30-8:00pm

Session 2: The Science of Ethics


Sonu Bedi
In this dinner session, Professor Sonu Bedi, Joel Parker 1811 Professor in Law and Political Science Professor of Government and the Hans '80 and Kate Morris Director of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth, will discuss the science of ethics. Assignment: Reading
Friday, November 4, 6:30-8:00pm

Session 3: Climate Change and the Constitution


Catherine Smith
In this dinner session, Professor Catherine Smith, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Chauncey G. Wilson Memorial Research Chair, will discuss a recent lawsuit filed by children to address climate change. Assignment: Youth v Gov (film on Netflix).