First Annual Centennial Circle Forum

April 23-25, 2015 Hanover, NH

Keynote Speaker

Leymah Roberta Gbowee

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian peace and women’s rights activist who organized Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together against the civil war raging in her country, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace and launching protests and a sex strike. Gbowee’s part in helping to oust Charles Taylor was featured in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Gbowee is a single mother of six, including one adopted daughter, and is based in Accra, Ghana, where she is the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network. In 2011 Gbowee, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karman, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Faculty Panel Moderator

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe ’81

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe is director of global affairs at Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. Donahoe previously served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. She has been a scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Her research focused on Internet freedom and security, international norms governing use of force, UN reform, and ethical justifications for humanitarian military intervention. In her earlier career, Donahoe was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. Donahoe holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, a master’s of theological studies from Harvard, a master’s in East Asian studies from Stanford, a law degree from Stanford Law School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from GTU at UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Special Presenter

Gina Barreca ’79

Gina Barreca ’79, who writes a weekly column now syndicated nationally by Tribune News Service, has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, Dr. Phil, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. She received her AB from Dartmouth College in 1979, where she was the first woman to be named Alumni Scholar. Her MA is from Cambridge University, where she was a Reynold’s Fellow, and her PhD is from the City University of New York, where she lived close to a good delicatessen. She is a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. She won UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching and has lectured worldwide on gender difference in humor. She is the author of several books, including Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League, about her experiences at Dartmouth in the 1970s.

Centennial Circle Award

The annual Centennial Circle of Dartmouth Alumnae Award recognizes a woman or man whose pioneering efforts and professional achievements have had a significant impact on the advancement of women and the pursuit of a better world.The 2015 Centennial Circle award was presented to Leymah Gbowee for her commitment to women’s education.

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