Upcoming Program: A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. A more detailed schedule will be available mid-August

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party
Robyn Spencer, Lehman College

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Priestley Award Celebration Lecture
Microbial Communities—The Original Internet of Everything
Jo Handelsman, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Roberts Lecture & Morgan Lecture
The Lies that Bind
Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah is the author of many books, including The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (2018) and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006). He also serves as the columnist for “The Ethicist” in the New York Times Magazine.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Biology of Inequality
Zaneta Thayer, Dartmouth College

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Storytelling, Emotion Culture, and Performative Citizenship: Authorizing Activism by Undocumented Immigrants
Kathryn Abrams, Berkley Law, University of California

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Reimagining Modern Manhood
Carlos Andrés Gómez, Colombian American poet and the author of the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Am I a Real Man? Questioning Masculinity with a Beginner’s Mind 
Thomas Page McBee, award-winning author of Man Alive and Amateur

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The Trouble with My Name
Javier Ávila, poet, novelist, storyteller and professor

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Queer Intersectionalities: The Communicative Dimensions of Race, Masculinity and Sexuality
Bryant Alexander, Loyola Marymount University

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Cultural Politics of Taste: Mobility and Food Culture 
Krishnendu Ray, New York University

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Tim Hwang, Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative
Amy McKiernan, Dickinson College
Additional Faculty Panelists (TBA)

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; War at Home;  Disability Inequality and Mass Incarceration in the United States;  Food; Media, Technology & Civic Engagement, Big Data,  Indigeneity in the Americas and Sustainability. The theme/faculty seminar for the fall 2019 semester is Masculinities. 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.