ICE organizes and promotes public dialogues in cities around the United States. Facilitated by Dartmouth theoretical physicist and ICE Director Marcelo Gleiser, these evening dialogues focus on fundamental questions central to ICE’s mission. The presenters—scientists, humanists, and spiritual leaders—are scholars and intellectual leaders of the highest caliber, capable of providing intellectual depth, breadth, and openness. The dialogues will be live-streamed to the world when possible, then made available on our website. 

Follow-up workshops offer members of the public the opportunity to directly engage in a more in-depth fashion with some of the topics addressed in the dialogue. These workshops are held the day after each dialogue, with participants selected through an application process. In most cases, the workshops involve the dialogue speakers and are moderated by ICE Director Marcelo Gleiser.


Scheduled Public Dialogues


Thursday, February 9, 2017
7:30 pm PST, Nourse Theater
San Francisco
City Arts & Lectures

The Nature of Reality: A Dialogue Between a Buddhist Scholar and a Theoretical Physicist

Alan Wallace, a world-renowned author and Buddhist scholar trained by the Dalai Lama, and Sean Carroll, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and best-selling author, discuss the nature of reality from spiritual and scientific viewpoints. Their dialogue is mediated by theoretical physicist and author Marcelo Gleiser, director of Dartmouth’s Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement.


Past Public Dialogues


Thursday, October 6, 2016
8 pm, 92nd Street Y
(Lexington Avenue at 92nd St)
New York City

The Mystery of Consciousness: A Dialogue Between a Neuroscientist and a Philosopher

Featuring neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and philosopher David Chalmers, and moderated by physicist Marcelo Gleiser, this was the first of a series of public dialogues on fundamental issues in the sciences and the humanities co-hosted by 92Y and the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth. The event explored what we know and don’t know about human consciousness, and whether science will ever be able to understand what makes you, you.

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