Upcoming Program: Kimberlé Crenshaw – Constitution Day Lecturer

Crenshaw PosterColumbia Law School & UCLA

Black Girls Matter

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Across the country, women and girls of color face barriers in completing education, accruing wealth, and living free from public and private violence. However, the unique challenges facing women and girls of color are largely invisible in dominant discourses of racial and gender justice. In this talk, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw will explore historical and contemporary instances of intersectional erasure which have led to neoliberal attacks on the wellbeing of women and girls of color as well as initiatives that increase awareness of challenges facing Black women and girls, such as #SayHerName, #Black Girls Matter, and #WhyWeCantWait.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and Penn State Dickinson School of Law and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, and the departments of American studies, economics, sociology, and women’s and gender studies. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
KimberleCrenshawKimberlé Crenshaw
, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority on civil rights, Black Read more

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, and War at Home. The theme/faculty seminar for the fall 2015 semester is Inequality and Mass Incarceration in the United States.  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.