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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Honoring Indigeneity: Indigenous Knowledge(s) and Indigenous Sovereignty
Dan Longboat
, Trent University

Monday, September 17, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Constitution Day Address
The Fugitive Slave Law and the Crisis Over Immigration Policy:  Assessing A Forgotten Legacy
Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University
Judy Giesberg, Villanova University
Matt Pinsker, Dickinson College (moderator)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn
Bob Weick, actor and monologist

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Environmental Racism in the Age of Climate Change
Jacqui Patterson, NAACP

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Weiss Center for the Arts, Rubendall Recital Hall, 3 – 5 p.m.
Sustainable Endowment?
Panel Discussion
Sarah Kolansky, Graham Partners
Robert Symington, Dickinson College Board of Trustees

Monday, October 15, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Congress to Campus Program
Jim Kolbe, (R-AZ, 1985-2007)
Betsy Markey, (D-CO, 2009-2011)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Topic: TBD
Eboo Patel,  Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Topic: Storytelling Performance
Dovie Thomason
, storyteller

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
How Democracies Die
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
The Paradox of Productivity: Lessons from an Indigenous Agriculture
Jane Mt. Pleasant, Cornell University

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Tomorrow Will Be Different
Sarah McBride, activist

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium, 7 p.m.
Feminist Sorority Girls: A Place for Intersectionality in Tradition?
Panel Discussion
Deborah Whaley, University of Iowa
Diana Turk, New York University
Donna Bickford, Dickinson College (moderator)






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.