Upcoming Program: A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. Check back in mid-January for the full programming schedule for spring 2018

Monday, January 29. 2018
Glover Lecture
Einstein, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
abriela Gonzalez, Louisiana State University

Monday, February 5, 2018
Topic: Donald Trump, Race, and the Crisis of American Democracy
Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Food Access & Poverty Panel
Alyssa Feher
, Tapestry of Health
Becca Raley, Partnership for Better Health
Robert Weed, Project Share

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Program is Part of Love Your Body Week

The Adipositivity Project
Substantia Jones, founder of and photographer for The Adipositivity Project

Friday, February 16, 2018
Program is Part of Love Your Body Week
I’m Smiling Because I’m Uncomfortable
Emma Howard, performer and writer

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Paradigm Change in Black Freedom Studies?
Komozi Woodward, Sarah Lawrence College

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Topic: TBD
Ajuan Mance, Mills College

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program
Topic: TBD
Stephen Walt, Harvard University

Monday, April 16, 2018
Topic: Violent Borders (book)
Reece Jones, University of Hawaii

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Reducing the Global Burden of Dementia: The First Alzheimer’s Survivors
Dale Bredesen, UCLA and Buck Institute


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; and Big Data. The theme/faculty seminar for the spring 2018 semester is Citizen / Refugee. 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.