Upcoming Program: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Virtual program on YouTube Live, 7 p.m.
(Rescheduled from 3/24/20)

Livestream Link

Devising Civic Practice: Listening is the New Revolution

Michael Rohd

Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Rohd, lead artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice and founding artistic director at Sojourn Theatre, will speak about the work  of arts and culture in this moment of Global Pandemic, Social Justice Uprising and Black Lives Matter. In his work with arts councils, artists, non-profits and local governments around the country, he is an advocate and bridge-builder for the contributions artists can make in moments of change, re-imagining and transformation.

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the department of theatre & dance. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts.

Topic overview written by Scout Meredith Best ’21

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of the 19-year-old national, ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre.  In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He is an institute professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts and is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He is lead artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice where current initiatives include The Catalyst Initiative, Civic Body & Learning Labs. He was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago.  Recent/Current projects include collaborations &/or productions with Goodman Theater, Bush Foundation, Singapore Drama Educators Association, Americans for the Arts, Nashville’s MetroArts, ArtPlac Americae, Cleveland Public Theater, United Way, Catholic Charities USA, Cook Inlet Housing Authority Alaska, ASU/Gammage & Steppenwolf Theater.

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, Big Data,  Indigeneity in the Americas, Sustainability and Masculinities. The theme/faculty seminar for the fall 2020 semester is Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts. 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 In an Age of Uncertainty Series


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 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.