February 18th-20th, 2016: Nepal Earthquake Summit

The 2016 Leila and Melville Straus 1960 Family Symposium will focus on the response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Photos by Austin Lord ’06 in the Langtang Valley of Nepal following the earthquake. His photos will be exhibited in the Russo Gallery and can be viewed on Flickr.

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5:00-6:00pm, Hood Museum of Art, Hood Auditorium

Discussion with Photographers James Nachtwey & Kevin Bubriski

Moderator: Katherine Hart, Curator of Academic Programming, Hood Museum

6:00-7:00pm, Hood Museum of Art

Opening Reception and Exhibition

With images from James Nachtwey and Kevin Bubriski

8:00-10:00pm, 003 Rockefeller

Film Screening: Himalayan Megaquake (NOVA)

Followed by Skype Q&A with Director Liesl Clark


11:15am-12:15pm, Haldeman 041

Narrating Disaster: Causality and Responses to the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

Panelists: Sienna Craig (Dartmouth), Geoff Childs (Washington University in St. Louis),

Kristine Hildebrandt (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville), Discussant: BP Giri (Kathmandu University)

12:30-1:45pm, Haldeman 041

Social Media and Social Entrepreneurship in Response to the Earthquakes

Panelists: Austin Lord (Cornell, Dartmouth ’06), Max von Hippel (Dartmouth ’19),

Ravi Kumar (CodeforNepal.org), Kevin Bubriski (Photographer), Discussant: Lorie Loeb (DALI Lab, Dartmouth)

2:00-3:45pm, Haldeman 041

Public Health Responses to the Earthquakes

Panelists: SP Kalaunee (Possible Health, Nepal), Ian Speers ’17 (Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health),

Bijay Acharya (Massachusetts General Hospital), Shreya Shrestha, Geisel ’15 (Aasha for Nepal),

Dr. Daniel Albert (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Aasha for Nepal)

Discussant: Dr. John Butterly (Geisel School of Medicine)

4:30-6:00pm, Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Keynote: Swarnim Waglé

6:00-6:45pm, Filene Atrium

Public Reception

8:00-10:00pm, 002 Rockefeller

Film Screening: The Next Big One

Followed by Skype Q&A with Producer Kunda Dixit


10:00-11:30am, Haldeman 041, overflow 031

Disaster Response On and Off Campus: Current Status and Future Needs

Panelists: Ashish Khemka (Sam Houston State University), Pawan Dhakal (Dartmouth-for-Nepal),

Kripa Dongol (Dartmouth-for-Nepal), Sukriti Raut, Prithul Kharki and Deepesh Duwadi (Colby-Sawyer College),

Kathryn March (Cornell University), Discussant: Laurel Stavis (Dartmouth)

2:00-3:00pm, Haldeman 041

Town Hall: Swarnim Waglé and Mahendra Shrestha