Administrative Staff

Amy E. Farrell

Executive Director

Amy E. Farrell, the executive director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, is the John J. Curley ’60 and Ann Conser Curley ’63 Chair in Liberal Arts and professor of American studies and women’s and gender studies at Dickinson College. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1991. Her research focuses on the history and representation of the body and fatness, the history of second wave feminism, and representations of gender and feminism in popular culture. She is the author of two books, Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011) and Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998). Her newest research focuses on the history of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Telephone: (717) 245-1869
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JolieJolana (Jolie) Rankin

Program Manager

Jolie oversees Clarke Forum programming operations, functioning as the executive director’s liaison with speakers, guests, visitors, faculty, administrators, students and outside organizations regarding issues related to the Forum’s programming, sponsorship of events, attendance, and participation. Jolie has been with the Clarke Forum for 20 years. She has a B.A. in speech communication from Shippensburg University.

Telephone: (717) 245-1796


flinchbk_9257Kimberly Flinchbaugh

Operations Coordinator

Kim assists the executive director in all the internal operations of the Forum, which include supervising the student project managers, developing publicity/marketing for all CF programming, maintaining the Clarke Forum’s website, and managing the budget. Kim has been with the Forum since 2004. She has a B.S. in business administration from Shippensburg University.

Telephone: (717) 254-8110