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Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

The 2018 Wheelock Conference

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Registration Type Sales End Quantity
Dartmouth Alumni Ended Free  
Dartmouth Students Ended Free  
Dartmouth Faculty or Staff Ended Free  
Other Students Ended Free  
Friends and guests Ended Free  
Eleazar Wheelock Society Donation Apr 30, 2018 Enter donation ($)
Wheelock House Donation Apr 30, 2018 Enter donation ($)

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Please join us for the 9th annual

Wheelock Conference at Dartmouth!

McLaughlin Atrium, Raether Hall, at the Tuck School of Business

Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


The Wheelock Conference seeks to bring together Dartmouth students, alumni, faculty, and community members to ask the big questions at the intersection of faith, reason, and vocation. Rather than compartmentalizing our lives and trying to distance our faith from our academic pursuits, social engagements, or careers, we work to integrate all of these spheres, celebrating the richness of a life that considers an individual’s beliefs, thoughts, and work each as a crucial facet of the whole person.


Registration begins at 8:00 am in the McLaughlin Atrium.
Opening remarks begin at 9:00 am sharp in the Georgiopoulos classroom.


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“Why?” is the question all children love to ask. Awash in curiosity about the world and their place in it, they ask it tirelessly, meeting each answer with another “why?” until they’ve stumped their parents and teachers. Eventually, the adult on the receiving end of this barrage throws up their hands up in frustration: “because it just is!”


While that might be an unsatisfying answer for a child, it’s a downright unnerving one for an undergraduate. Because although we might be long past the “whys” of blue skies and bedtimes, questions of meaning and purpose are all around us as we decide what to study, where to work, and ultimately, how to spend our lives. Dartmouth students say all the time that they want to do “something meaningful”; they just don’t know how.


Too often as college students, we become experts in means while staying amateurs in ends. Yet this order of priorities is exactly backwards. As Emily Esfahani Smith D’09 argues in her recent book The Power of Meaning, the pursuit of purpose is the key to lasting satisfaction in life. Indeed, of the four pillars of a meaningful life that she identifies in her sociological research, three bear directly on the “why” questions that make sense of our choices and circumstances.


At the 2018 Wheelock Conference, we invite each attendee to bring their unique perspective to the question of meaning: “What’s Your Why?” The Conference will begin with a reflection on how we answer this question from Charlie Clark D’11, followed by a series of interviews with alumni and students. Our conversations will seek to bring out life stories, hard decisions, and driving motivations in the hope of helping students ask this fundamental question for themselves.


There is limited seating. Please RSVP now to hold your spot!


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We hope to see you there!

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Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business
Raether Hall, 42 Engineering Drive
Hanover, NH 03755

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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The Wheelock Conference Team

The Dartmouth Apologia, The Association of Christian Tuck Students (ACTS), The Eleazar Wheelock Society

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