Dartmouth Hall

One of the oldest and best known buildings on campus, Dartmouth Hall remains a place of transformative encounters. Your support will help renovate this vibrant intellectual hub of activity for the next century of scholars.

The Dartmouth community—led by alumnae and widows of alumni—is rallying to renovate this iconic building and support the vital role it plays in a Dartmouth liberal arts education. Dartmouth Hall is where the term artificial intelligence was coined in 1956, launching a field of computer science and subsequent philosophical debate. It housed the Great Issues course, established by President John Sloan Dickey to promote international awareness and inspire critical thinking. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke there as part of this course in 1962, describing racism of the South and the burgeoning civil rights movement.

Today, Dartmouth Hall is home to several foreign language departments and remains a place of transformative encounters. But while recent decades have brought major changes in pedagogy across the liberal arts curriculum, Dartmouth Hall has remained largely unchanged since its last major renovation in 1935. Through the restoration initiative, the College intends to transform learning spaces throughout Dartmouth Hall to ensure that the building can meet the needs of faculty and students in the 21st century. As part of this renovation, the College will restore many of the structure’s historic elements, overhaul the building’s electrical, heating, and ventilation systems, and upgrade its energy efficiency.




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