Upcoming Program: A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. Check back in mid-August for the full programming schedule for fall 2016

Upcoming Events Slated for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Constitution Day Address
Celebrating a Dead Letter or a Living Document?
Barry Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Thursday, September 8, 2016
The World That Food Made
Raj Patel, award-winning writer, activist and academic

Friday, September 9, 2016 (for Dickinson community only)
One Bite at a Time: Addressing Food Policy Issues through Community Engagement and the Art of Cooking
Hugh Acheson
, chef, restaurateur and author

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Women on the Run: Why Women Don’t Run for Office and What Happens When They Do
Jennifer Lawless, American University

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Iran and Saudi Arabia Relations
Panel Discussion

Monday, October 10, 2016
Eating While Black: A Case Study on Food Shaming and Policing
Psyche Williams-Forson
, University of Maryland

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Presidential Election Roundtable

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Morgan Lecture

Native Harvest: The Politics, Health, Culture, and Economics of Food
Winona LaDuke, Environmentalist & Political Activist

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Topic: Environmental Consequences of Animal Agriculture
James McWilliams, Texas State University

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Wesley Lecture
Noisy Believing: Ethical And Spiritual Responses
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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 WaterLanguageWar at Home, Inequality and Mass Incarceration in the United States, and Disability.  The theme/faculty seminar for the fall 2016 semester is Food. 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.