Upcoming Program: Cumberland County Commissioner Candidates’ Forum

Cumb Co Comm Forum PosterThursday, October 15, 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Vince DeFilippo (R)
Gary Eichelberger (R)
Jim Hertzler (D)
Rick Rovegno (D)

The four candidates vying for the three seats on the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners will meet for a candidates’ forum. James Hoefler from Dickinson College will moderate.

The event is sponsored by the The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College, the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Carlisle Branch, Carlisle Young Professionals, Carlisle YWCA, League of Women Voters Carlisle Area and The Sentinel. Read more

The Clarke Forum’s Semester Theme & Faculty Seminar

Each semester the Clarke Forum devotes a major portion of its resources to programs organized around a semester theme that is also the basis for a faculty seminar. All members of the faculty are invited to propose topics for themes/faculty seminars. Past themes/faculty seminars have included Sexuality and Societies, Living in a World of Limits, The Meanings of Race WaterLanguage, and War at Home. The theme/faculty seminar for the fall 2015 semester is Inequality and Mass Incarceration in the United States.  If you are interested in proposing a Clarke Forum theme/faculty seminar, please visit Proposing a Clarke Forum Theme/Faculty Seminar.

The Clarke Forum’s Leadership Theme


The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues has established a series of programmatic events dedicated to the theme of leadership in an age of uncertainty. This new initiative is grounded on the reality that today’s generation of Dickinson students confronts a large number of intractable political, economic, and social problems: terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental pollution, global warming, a sustainable energy policy, the ongoing financial crisis, the federal deficit, the amount of public and private debt, the health care crisis, along with issues regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as technology and privacy. These issues and problems directly or indirectly pose challenges to the College and the local community that may in time require fundamental changes in institutions, values, and practices across the public, private, and non-profit sectors of American society. How Dickinsonians respond to these challenges presents us with an opportunity for reflection on the meaning of leadership in the contemporary world. This series is partially supported by a fund created by Betty R. ’58 and Dan Churchill.  One additional aspect of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership Theme is a series of interviews with our guest speakers. They address how, in their own experience, different variables like ethics, passion, risk/failure, play in terms of leadership.