Upcoming Program: A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. Check back in mid-January for the full programming schedule for spring 2017

Upcoming Events Slated for Spring 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Inequality and Stagnation by Policy Design
Thomas Palley, senior economic policy advisor, AFL-CIO

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Lalo Alcaraz, artist, cartoonist, writer

Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Body is Not an Apology
Sonya Renee Taylor, author/poet

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Muslim Women and the Freedom to Choose
Lila Abu-Lughod
, professor, Columbia University

Residency: March 7 through March 9, 2017
Topic: Media, Technology and Civic Engagement

Erin Hudson Schalk, documentary filmmaker

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Morgan Lecture

Native Harvest: The Politics, Health, Culture, and Economics of Food
Winona LaDuke
, executive director, Honor the Earth

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Priestley Lecture
Kelly D. Brownell, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Topic: Media, Technology and Civic Engagement

Kevin Sanson. lecturer in Entertainment Industries at Queensland University of Technology

Residency: April 3 – April 8, 2017
A Body in Places
Eiko Otake, renowned performance artist

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Topic: National Security

Robert Deitz,  professor of public policy, George Mason University







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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.