Upcoming Program: Peterson Toscano – (First Night of Two Performances)

Toscano Climate Change PosterTheatrical Performance Activist

Climate Change: What’s Faith Got to Do with It?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

People are searching for new ways of looking at climate change. Peterson Toscano provides a lively, insightful, and hilarious presentation that helps his audiences wrap their heads and hearts around global warming.

Tonight is the first night of two performances. The second performance, Peterson Unplugged, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Office of Community Service and Religious Life, and Center for Sustainability Education.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Toscano PicPeterson Toscano is a theatrical performance activist using comedy and storytelling to address social justice concerns. He spent 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting (and failing) to change his same-sex orientation. He is the author of one-person comedies including, Queer 101–Now I Know My gAy,B,C’s, Jesus Had Two Daddies, and Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House, which chronicles his two years in “gay rehab” in Memphis, TN. With his play, Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible, Peterson has delighted diverse audiences and Read more

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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 Water, and Language. The theme/faculty seminar for the spring 2015 semester is  War at Home.  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  addressing issues of leadership available through the campus’s Gateway. Simply sign into Gateway, then go back to this page and click on this link to view the interviews.  Link to Programs