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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Educating for Democracy in a Post-Truth Era
Lynn Pasquerella, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Thursday, February 6, 2020
How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning historian and author of Stamped From The Beginning

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The Good Life: Aging on the Diagonal
William Durden, International University Alliance

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
From Community Engagement to the Good Society
Randy Stoecker, University of Wisconsin

Monday, February 24, 2020
Psychedelics: Science, Medicine and Politics
Rick Doblin, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Wednesday, March 26, 2020
Topic: Protests Around the World
Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Topic: Movement of Arms from U.S. to Latin America
Adam Isacson, WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas 

Monday, March 23, 2020
Molly and Wayne Borges Lecture
Topic: Christianity, Judaism and Islam
David Nirenberg, University of Chicago

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Devising Civic Practice: Listening is the New Revolution
Michael Rohd, Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Topic: Civic Engagement in the Liberal Arts
Jennifer Shirk, Citizen Science Association

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Topic: Civic Engagement in the Liberal Arts
Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University






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.