Part scrapbook, part showcase, part argument, the book celebrates the spirit, character, and diverse accomplishments of Dartmouth College's first 250 years.
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Edited by David Shribman and Jim Collins
Vision. Leadership. Daring. These were Dartmouth's from the start—its birthright, its heritage, its raison d'etre. How unlikely a start it was: A Congregational minister who believed in the perfectibility of humankind, Eleazar Wheelock tramped north with—to the eighteenth-century mind as to ours—a mission that itself was audacious. A Yale man, freighted with determination, perhaps partly delusional, set out to parts unknown, unmapped, and untrammeled, to plant a college, and an idea, in wilderness so deep that traces of its wildness remain with us, two and a half centuries later, only steps from a billion-dollar campus complex that is the site of one of the most advanced educational institutions on the globe.
The College that grew out of Wheelock's unlikely dream is an unlikely alchemy, at once looking backward (to its idealistic and daring beginnings) and forward (to an equally idealistic and daring future). It remains a small college steeped in tradition, yet one with ongoing and outsized influence. "Base camp to the world," in the words of President Philip J. Hanlon, Class of 1977.
"All will agree that whatever else Dartmouth has been, it has been adventurous," Earl Cranston, Class of 1919, wrote in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine in 1944. That sense of adventurism, richly chronicled in these pages, colors the College's storied past, defines its far-flung alumni, and animates the world-changing work that has emerged from Dartmouth's teachers, researchers, students, and graduates.
Part scrapbook, part showcase, part argument, Dartmouth Undying celebrates the spirit, character, and diverse accomplishments of Dartmouth College's first 250 years, while implicitly making the case that Dartmouth's historic contributions to society will only become greater as the College moves deeper into the twenty-first century.