Past Programs

Community Responses to Anti-Muslim Hatred

Monday, February 13, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Joyce Davis (moderator), founder and president, World Affairs Council
Samia Malik, director of education, Council on American-Islamic Relations Harrisburg chapter
Ikram Rabbani ’17, student, Dickinson College
Ann M. Van Dyke, Community Responders Network

Since 2015, attacks on Muslims have spiked in the United States, including Central Pennsylvania. This evening’s panel will discuss community responses designed to combat anti-Muslim hatred by promoting pluralism and interfaith dialogue.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program.

Joyce M. Davis is director of communications for the City of Harrisburg and supervisor of WHBG Channel 20, the region’s government and public affairs television station.  She also is founder and president of The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. A former foreign correspondent and foreign editor for National Public Radio and Knight Ridder Newspapers, Davis is author of many articles, broadcasts and two books: Between Jihad and Salaam: Profiles in Islam and Martyrs: Innocence, Vengeance and Despair in the Middle East. Davis is a member of several boards, including the World Affairs Councils of America, United Way of the Capital Region, Elizabethtown College, Penn State School of Humanities Advisory Board and State Street Academy of Music. Davis has received numerous awards, including the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Service and an honorary doctorate from Kyrgyz International University for her work in advancing a free and independent press in the former Soviet Union, and for securing the free flow of information to Kyrgyzstan during the downfall of its dictatorial regime in the “Tulip Revolution” of 2005.

Samia Malik is from Chennai, India, where she attended St. Ursula’s Catholic high school and Stella Maris University. As a student, Malik was active in varsity track and field, basketball, and volleyball as well as debate and literature clubs. A member of several interfaith organizations, Malik serves as director of education for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Harrisburg chapter, co-chair for the Community Responders Network, and board member of the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network. Malik is a task force member of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and board member of the South Central Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU. She volunteers at an interfaith shelter for the homeless, a shelter for battered women and children, and the Central Pennsylvania food bank. A spokesperson for several area mosques, Malik is a frequent speaker at colleges, schools, churches, and synagogues. For her work in interfaith relations she has received awards from The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and Market Square Presbyterian Church.

Ikram Rabbani was born and raised in Flushing, NY, a predominantly Muslim Pakistani-American community,  and is currently studying 20th century American History, Secondary Education, and Philosophy at Dickinson. Rabbani devoted his career at Dickinson to prepare himself to teach high school history in an inner city public school. He conducted research in South Africa regarding race and education in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa, while also comparing those to pre- and post 1954 education in the United States.  More recently, Rabbani studied in Israel and Palestine, focusing primarily on the conflict and attempts at conflict resolution. At Dickinson he works at the College Farm, Media Center, and is the president of the Muslim Students Association.

Ann M. Van Dyke is a former civil rights investigator and trainer for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission serving for 33 years. For more than twenty years, she worked with communities and schools affected by hate crimes and organized hate groups. She conducted training sessions on civil rights law, state and federal hate crimes laws, and civil tension for municipalities, schools, employers, and religious and civic groups. Van Dyke often partnered with the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of Attorney General, and Pennsylvania and US Departments of Education, and the US Department of Justice. Since retirement, Van Dyke has been active in the Community Responders Network, which works to prevent and respond to bias incidents; Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, an interfaith group that focuses on the trafficking, purchase and use of illegal hand guns; the Criminal Justice and Community Relations Task Force working to improve police-community relations in Harrisburg; and the Common Ground Community Center on Allison Hill, Harrisburg.

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Border Angels and AMIREDIS: The Sad Face of Undocumented Immigration

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Hugo Castro, Border Angels
José Luis Hernandez Cruz, AMIREDIS

Two members of the organizations Border Angels and AMIREDIS will share their work with organizing disabled and undocumented immigrants within Central and North America.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, American Studies, and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies.


Hugo Castro is the son and grandson of Bracero Workers, Roberto Castro and Martin Velazquez. His childhood spanned both sides of the U.S. / Mexico Border. He was born in Salinas, Mexico, later his family migrated to Mexicali a town that borders Calexico, California, and after moving to the United States he graduated from Calexico High School in 1989.

Castro began organizing for immigrant rights in 2002, particularly around the Taft Correctional Institute where detained migrants suffered for 6 to 60 months in prison without contact from loved ones. Castro was mobilized by his incarceration in a federal, privately run, correctional institute. He served a two years sentence from 2001 to 2003 and was able to continue his education in prison. There he obtained an A.A in Liberal Arts, and A.S in General Business. Through his prison education he made the Dean’s List with a 3.78 GPA. After his goals and interests changed, starting with assisting fellow inmates, particularly migrants, to obtain medical attention, classes, and counseling.

Upon his release, he enrolled in SDSU, Imperial Valley Campus; Imperial Valley College; and Cetys University, Mexicali Campus. There Castro was nominated to Dean´s List on two occasions, obtaining a 4.00 GPA in 2005. His release also marked increased organizing of the migrant community in both Imperial Valley and Mexicali. His involvement was partially predicated on mass deportations in 2009, when Mexicali received hundreds of deported migrants daily. Castro cofounded a shelter for deported migrants called Hotel Migrante, which opened its doors in January 2010.

In 2009, Castro also joined the Border Angels. Through the Border Angels he coordinated a binational movement against Border Patrol Brutality, and Mexican Police Oppression against deportees, in Mexicali and Tijuana. He also coordinated occupy-like movements in Mexicali International Border, 2010 and 2013, in San Luis Sonora International Border, 2013, and in Tijuana, the longest of which was a 5 month-campaign, from August 7th to Dec 22, 2013. This campaign demanded that Mexican government authorities stop oppressing and illegally arresting deportees, and demanded programs to assist them. At the same time, Castro led a “sleep in” of 847 activists which contributed to the founding of The Baja California Migrant Support Council. Castro has also participated in the Border Angel’s Marchas Migrantes. One of these marches, a one-month Caravan from San Diego to Washington, helped spread awareness about immigrant rights. In his April 2013 he helped coordinate Caravan of Opening Doors to Hope with Father Alejandro Solalinde, Mexican Immigrant Rights Activist.

More recently, Castro has developed a network of immigrant rights activist and shelters in Baja California, and he supported efforts to form Veterans Without Borders, Deported and Families in Action, Angeles Sin Fronteras, and other emerging shelters.  As a result of massive migration of Haitians, Central Americans, and Mexicans fleeing violence, along with recently deported migrants, Baja California in general faces a severe humanitarian crisis. Castro took a leading role in supporting the opening of emergency shelters. And along with other Border Angels, he has developed a campaign to support emergent, needy shelters. As a leader of the Baja California campaign, he visits and supports 18 shelters by providing food and construction material.

José Luis Hernandez Cruz is the spokesperson and leader of the Association of Returned Migrants with Disabilities (Asociación de Migrantes Retornados con Discapacidad, AMIREDIS). AMIREDIS is a group of thirteen Honduran migrants that were disabled by the infamous La Bestia freight train. Like other members of AMIREDIS Hernandez Cruz at first unsuccessfully immigrated north from Honduras, but in 2005 he used La Bestia to shorten his journey northward and lost limbs when he fell beneath the train wheels. Recognizing their common injury and their common plight once returned to Honduras where they could no longer work, Hernandez Cruz and others formed AMIREDIS. In 2016, Hernandez Cruz and AMIREDIS coordinated The Caravan of the Mutilated where these disabled men traveled the migrant trail in the hopes of illuminated the perils of the journey northward and to speak with President Barack Obama about the perils faced by Central American migrants. After being detained for 4 months in a Texas detention center, Hernandez Cruz and AMIREDIS have sought asylum in the United States and continued to speak out about the dangers and traumas produced on the migrant trail.

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Maly G. Jackson

Ethiopian Refugee

My Journey: Ethiopia to Israel

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Jackson walked for three weeks from Ethiopia to Sudan together with her mother and baby sister as a seven-year-old fleeing Ethiopia and the religious and political strife that threatened the lives of the Ethiopian Jews. Jackson’s story takes us on her arduous journey and reveals the essence of Exodus as she, her family and friends fled Sudan on an Israeli Air Force commissioned-airplane which landed in Israel in December 1984.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Judaic Studies, Religion and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and also the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life. The event was organized by the Clarke Forum student project managers.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Maly G. Jackson, now 39, walked for three weeks from Ethiopia to Sudan together with her mother and baby sister as a seven-year-old fleeing Ethiopia and the religious and political strife that threatened the lives of the Ethiopian Jews. Maly’s father remained in Ethiopia. She and her mother and little sister, age 2, trekked across the desert and forest into Sudan where the risks of life in a refugee camp loomed before them. Maly’s story takes us on her arduous journey and reveals the essence of Exodus as she, her family and friends fled Sudan on an Israeli Air Force commissioned-airplane which landed in Israel in December 1984.

Maly met her husband William, who was serving in the United States Navy, while his ship was deployed to Israel. They now live in Harrisburg with their two children Ariella and Josh, who attend the Silver Academy of Harrisburg. During her free time she travels across the country speaking to Jewish communities, colleges and private organizations about her amazing journey. Maly’s sister P’nina, who made the journey through the Sudan on the back of her mother as a toddler, was the first Ethiopian Israeli on Israel’s Higher Education Council and is the Senior Shlicha (Emissary) of the Jewish Agency for Israel at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington: Maly has two younger siblings: Shlomo studying BA Gov’t at IDC Herzliya and Rina, who has recently completed her law degree and his completing her internship. Her mother still lives in Haifa, where Maly grew up upon arriving to Israel.

Thomas Palley

Senior Economic Policy Adviser to the AFL-CIO

Inequality and Stagnation by Policy Design

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

This talk will survey competing hypotheses explaining the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing stagnation. How we explain these events is of critical significance since it influences how economic policy and society respond.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund, the Departments of Economics, International Business and Management, and the Program in Policy Studies. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Thomas Palley is senior economic policy adviser to the AFL-CIO. He was formerly chief economist with the US – China Economic and Security Review Commission. Dr. Palley is the author of numerous journal and magazine articles and several books, including From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Plenty of Nothing: The Downsizing of the American Dream and the Case for Structural Keynesianism (Princeton University Press, 1998). He holds a B.A. degree from Oxford University and a M.A. degree in international relations and Ph.D. in economics, both from Yale University. His writings on economics are available at

Relevant Reading

“The US Economy: Explaining stagnation and Why It Will Persist”

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Reproductive Rights: Religion, Ethics, and the Law

Monday, January 30, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Kathryn Ellis, Unitarian Universalist minister
David O’Connell
, assistant professor of political science, Dickinson College
Katie Oliviero
(also moderator), assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, Dickinson College

This panel will explore contemporary religious, ethical and legal debates and realities concerning reproductive rights in the United States.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Wellness Center and the Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Health Studies Certificate Program.  This event was organized by the Clarke Forum’s student project managers.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Kathryn Ellis retired from the active Unitarian Universalist ministry on June 30, 2016.  Before seminary and ordination, she was a mental health counselor, a college counselor, a professor of counseling and a psychotherapist in private practice in Carlisle, PA. She is a trained facilitator for Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive sex education curriculum created by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. This is a sex affirmative and spiritual curriculum.

Kathy has been told that one never really stops being a minister. She knows that one never really stops being a psychotherapist.  All of her career has been spent in listening and caring.

As a woman psychologist, most of her clients were women and indeed, most of those women were of reproductive age. Many of them had been sexually abused or assaulted. Probably almost all had experienced some form of sexual harassment. Very early in her career, she worked briefly as a counselor at an abortion clinic. She says she has never met a woman damaged from an abortion, but she has met some damaged by anti-abortion ideology.

Kathy was an undergraduate student between 1967 and 1971 at the height of the Women’s Liberation Movement, Second Wave Feminism.  This was before the Roe v. Wade decision, before the birth control pill was easily available for unmarried women and long before the morning after pill was invented.  Kathy was a feminist before knowing the word and has always been happy to call herself a feminist.  She regrets that in her day there were no women’s studies, no gender studies and no women’s history classes, but she has always educated herself.

Kathy is married to Richard Heckman, director of financial aid at Dickinson College. They are the parents of one adult daughter.

David O’Connell is an assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College. His research interests include the presidency and religion and politics. Professor O’Connell’s research has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly, and his first book, God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion, was recently re-released in paperback. Professor O’Connell is a frequent media commentator on American politics, having appeared on C-SPAN, ABC27, CBS21, FOX43, and WITF, and he has been interviewed by print outlets ranging from CNN to The Christian Science Monitor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Professor O’Connell received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, and holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Professor O’Connell is finishing work on a statistical study that analyzes the ways in which Catholic members of Congress explain their positions on abortion.

Katie Oliviero is an assistant professor in Dickinson’s women’s, gender and sexuality studies department. Her teaching and research specializations include a transnational feminist analysis of how law, culture and social movements approach questions of reproductive justice, LGBTQ studies, immigration, and disability. Her book, Precarity Politics: How Conservatives and Progressives Mobilize Vulnerability and Risk in Political Debate builds from these specializations and is forthcoming from NYU press. Her reproductive justice research is particularly concerned with how antidemocratic forces over the past decade mobilize narratives of pain, disgust, vulnerability, informed consent and disability to restrict women’s access to health care, governmental benefits, abortion and birth control. Additional publications about same-sex marriage debates, immigration politics, gun laws and vulnerability politics appear in Debating Same-Sex Marriage in the Lesbian and Gay Movement (Minnesota UP 2013), Feminist Formations (2013, 2016); Signs (2011); and Women’s Studies International Forum (2009). A new project explores if concepts of precarity and resilience can rework existing feminism global justice frameworks, with an emphasis on sexual asylum policies, migration, women’s peace movements and disability. Oliviero holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in gender studies from UCLA, and a B.A. in women’s studies from Dartmouth College. Before joining the Dickinson faculty in 2014, Oliviero was a 2012-2014 American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s women and gender studies program and law school. As a recipient of a 2010-2012 postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Law, she taught classes in both the gender studies doctoral program and the law school under the auspices of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project as well as the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative.

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Jenny Lee

Lee PosterVictoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Fat Activism Down Under

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Althouse Hall, Room 106, 7 p.m.

This talk explores the fat activist movement in Australia and New Zealand including fat  femme synchronized swim, fat burlesque, and the “plus size” fashion industry.  Lee will discuss the challenges of doing fat activism and scholarship, the complexities of dealing with the media and organizations that discriminate, the personal cost of fat activism, and the white privilege of prominent fat activists.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

J_Lee_12Biography (provided by the speaker)

Jenny Lee researches in the interdisciplinary fields of Fat Studies and Creative Writing at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing in ‘Culture and values in health’ at Victoria University.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary Studies and has published in academic journals and books, literary journals and magazines. She has presented her research at conferences in Spain, Portugal, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and published work in England, Ireland, the U.S, and Australia. Her academic publications include, ‘Not just a type: diabetes, fat and fear’, in Somatechnics (2012); ‘Flaunting fat: sex with the lights on’, Queering Fat Embodiment (2014); ‘Hidden and forbidden: alter egos, invisibility cloaks and psychic fat suits’ in Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (2015); ‘All the way from (B)lame to (A)cceptance: Diabetes, health and fat activism’ in The Politics of Size (2015) and the forthcoming ‘Stigma in practice: Barriers to health for fat women’ in Frontiers in Psychology: Obesity stigma in healthcare: impacts on policy, practice and patients. Lee’s creative publications include fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction and she curates spoken word events for writers’ and queer festivals.

Her PhD research was in Creative Writing and Gender Studies, and explored the medical management of intersex bodies, and the consequences of this within families. This stemmed from Lee’s interest in bodies that Western culture considers non-normative, and engaged with notions of intrusion, discipline and punishment for certain bodies in our culture. Her post-PhD research has been in fat activism and fat embodiment. She is currently writing about intersections between fat and queer; fat stigma and barriers to health care for fat people, and fatness in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and motherhood. She is a queer, feminist, fat activist.

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James McBride – “Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecturer”

McBride PosterAuthor

Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecture

The Good Lord Bird: Faith & American Slavery

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

In this presentation, which is based on his National Book Award winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride shares the story of John Brown, using gospel and spiritual music of the time to frame his life and how it is presented in the book. He will be accompanied by his band, The Good Lord Bird Band. A book sale will follow.

This event is a joint venture sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church on the Square and the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund, the Division of Student Life and the Department of Religion.

mcbride_james(300)Biography (provided by the speaker)

James McBride is a renaissance man and a born storyteller. He is the author of The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, a moving narrative about his mother, a white Jewish woman from Poland who married a black man, founded a Baptist church and put 12 children through college.

The Color of Water is an American classic, read in colleges and high schools nationwide. It has sold more than two million copies and spent two years on The New York Times Bestseller List. McBride’s second book, Miracle at St. Anna, is now a Touchstone/Disney film that he wrote the script for and was directed by American film icon Spike Lee. McBride co-wrote the film Red Hook Summer with Lee, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. A coming-of-age story about a young black boy, the film probes issues of race, neighborhood gentrification, impotent police, and the ravaging effects of drugs and gang violence on the African American community, to name a few.
His book, Song Yet Sung, is a national bestseller, the 2009 choice of “One Book/One Maryland” and is being adapted into a miniseries on FX. In his latest novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride tells the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. The Good Lord Bird went on to win the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013, a prestigious honor amongst authors, and will be turned into a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith.
McBride’s newest book, Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown, is an authorized biography of James Brown, embarking on a search that leads from America’s South to England to New York. The book is due for release in March 2016, and uncovers the saga of Brown’s childhood, including a never-before-revealed story of Brown’s sharecropper family who were uprooted by America’s largest nuclear bomb-making facility.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia School of Journalism, McBride has written for The Boston Globe, People and The Washington Post. Also an award-winning composer and saxophonist, McBride has penned songs (music and lyrics) for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and Gary Burton, as well as for the PBS character “Barney.”
In his keynotes, McBride touches upon life’s rich lessons, exploring the nature of identity, race and heritage. He often appears with his own jazz ensemble, using music to inspire audiences and lift his colorful, often humorous stories to another level. He is an inspiring speaker, always delighted to meet students, non-judgmental, non-confrontational, speaking to the common good that unites us all. It is his mantra. “All of my work speaks to the commonality of the human experience,” he says. “That’s where I live, to move audiences to think, to question, and to find common ground.”

Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecture
The purpose of this Memorial Lecture is to honor the life and ministry of Mary Ellen Borges by establishing an annual event which will feature a person well qualified to address topics of importance relating to spiritual or social issues.

Such presentations may address a wide range of topics and issues which might have contemporary application or interest, or historical importance. These topics would not be limited to theological, biblical, or ecclesiastical issues, but also could include ethical, societal, psychological, philosophical, and scientific topics.

As a joint venture of St. John’s Episcopal Church, on the Square, Carlisle and the Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, this annual lecture is intended to bring the area religious community and the college community together as topics of importance and presenters of recognized accomplishment and authority are invited to address both constituent sponsoring groups.



Laura Wexler

Wexler Final PosterYale University

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program

Frederick Douglass: On Photography

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

In the 1860s, Frederick Douglass gave several public lectures about the importance of the then-new invention of photography.  In “Pictures and Progress” he shared his vision of the role he hoped photography would play in fostering a more democratic society after the Civil War.  Along with Sojourner Truth, Douglass thus became one of the first major American theorists of the medium.  This lecture engages with his critical thought in the context of his time, and ours.

The event is sponsored by the  Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and Phi Beta Kappa.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

LauraWexlerphoto copyLaura Wexler, co-director of the Yale Public Humanities Program, is professor of American studies, professor of film & media studies, and professor of women’s, gender & sexuality studies at Yale University, and she holds an affiliate position in ethnicity, race & migration.  She is also founder and director of the Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale.  She is former chair of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and former co-chair of the Yale Women Faculty Forum.

Professor Wexler has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Henry R. Luce Foundation Grant for a three-year long project on “Women, Religion and Globalization,” (2007-2010) and institutional financial support to help pilot the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program of the OpEd Project at and beyond Yale.  Her positions as a scholarly consultant include the PBS Documentary Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening, the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, and the Eugenic Rubicon Project.   She serves as a member of the advisory board of Bridging with STEAM/M, and is a partner on Family Camera, both recipients of major grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  From 2015-2016, she was an agent of the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art.  She serves on the editorial board of the Trans-Asia Photography Review, and is a member of the American Studies Association; C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists; The Organization of American Historians; The American Historical Association; The Modern Literature Association; The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University; and FemTechNet, an activated network of hundreds of scholars, students, and artists who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science and feminism.

Since 2011, Professor Wexler has been principle investigator of the Photogrammar Project team, co-directed by Taylor B. Arnold and Lauren Tilton.  Photogrammar has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies to make a web-based interactive research system for mapping, searching and visualizing the more than 170, 000 photographs from 1935-1945 created by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information during the Great Depression and the first years of American entry into World War II.

Professor Wexler centers her scholarship and teaching on photography and visual culture. Her many essays and books include the award-winning Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (2000), Pregnant Pictures (2000), and “’A More Perfect Likeness:’ Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation,” in Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith, eds. 2012.   Two essays are forthcoming in 2017:  “The Purloined Image of Roland Barthes,” in Photography and the Optical Unconscious, Sharon Silwinski and Shawn Michelle Smith, eds., and “’I Saw It!’: The Photographic Witness of Barefoot Gen,” in Remaking Reality: U.S. Documentary Culture after 1945, Sara Blair, Joseph Entin and Franny Nudelman, eds.

Currently, she is teaching a graduate seminar in the digital humanities, developed with support from the Mellon Foundation, and a seminar on American public sculpture, developed in cooperation with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  She is collaborating with Magnum photographers Donovan Wylie and Jim Goldberg on a book about New Haven.  As well, in 2015 the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale held the first public exhibition of her own photographs, entitled “The Tenderness of Men in Suburbs.”

Laura Wexler holds MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Columbia University in English and comparative literature.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering  undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. The 15 men and women participating during 2016-2017 will visit 110 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, spending two days on each campus and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They will meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a lecture open to the university/college community and the general public. Now in its 61st year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent 648 Scholars on 5,288 two-day visits.

Founded in 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.

Additional information about the Visiting Scholar Program can be found on Phi Beta Kappa’s website (

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Carolyn L. Karcher

Karcher PosterProfessor Emerita, Temple University

Albion W. Tourgée and the Interracial Campaign Against Lynching

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

This lecture focuses on Tourgée’s campaign against lynching, in which he teamed up with the African American journalist-activists Ida B. Wells and Harry C. Smith to form a united front against anti-Black violence. A book sale and signing will follow.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Writing Program, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and the Department of Africana Studies.

Carolyn Karcher PhotoBiography (provided by the speaker)

Carolyn L. Karcher is professor emerita of English, American studies, and women’s studies at Temple University, where she taught for twenty-one years and received the Great Teacher Award and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2002.  She is the author of Shadow over the Promised Land: Slavery, Race, and Violence in Melville’s America (1980); The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child (1994); and A Refugee from His Race: Albion W. Tourgée and His Fight against White Supremacy (2016).  She has also edited scholarly reprints of works by several 19th-century writers, including Tourgée’s novel about Black Reconstruction in North Carolina, Bricks Without Straw.

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Kristen Leslie – “Wesley Lecturer”

Leslie PosterEden Theological Seminary

Wesley Lecture

Noisy Believing: Ethical and Spiritual Responses to Sexualized Violence

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Allison Great Hall, 7 p.m.

Transformative responses to sexualized violence reflect an early Methodist ethic that connects faith to public action.  This spirituality encouraged followers to “do all the good you can… for as long as ever you can.”  Holding communities accountable to such a public ethic and teaching the silenced to speak are basic building blocks to changing the nature of sexualized violence on college campuses.

This lecture is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, the Office of the President and the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice with special thanks to the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. This event is also co-sponsored by the Prevention, Education and Advocacy Center, the Department of Religion, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, Dickinson Christian Fellowship and the Churchill Fund. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

The Rev. Kristen Leslie, Ph.D., is a feminist pastoral theologian who addresses issues of resilience in survivors of sexualized violence on college campuses and in the military.  She received a B.A. from the College of Wooster, an MDiv from Yale University Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the Claremont School of Theology.  An ordained United Methodist minister, she has served as a parish pastor, college chaplain, pastoral counselor, rape counselor and divinity school professor. Presently she is the professor of pastoral theology and care at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  She is the author of When Violence is No Stranger: Pastoral Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape (Fortress Press, 2003) and numerous articles on sexualized violence and the healing role of religious professionals.  She has served as a subject expert for the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Air Force, working to equip chaplains who provide pastoral care in situations involving military sexual assault.  She is a regular lecturer for Operation: Tohidu, a therapeutic retreat center serving the needs of veterans and active duty service members who have experienced sexual assault and other forms of deployment-related trauma.  She actively serves as a consultant to college and university chaplains and Title IX committees responding to college sexual assault.

The Wesley Lecture
The Wesley Lecture grows out of the historical relationship between Dickinson College and the Methodist Church, a relationship that has its roots in the 19th century. The lecture highlights contemporary conversations and controversies in faith communities and in higher education about the importance and role of community, commitment, and service for the education of the citizen-scholar.


James McWilliams

McWilliams PosterTexas State University

Bringing Animal Welfare to 21st Century Agriculture

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Stern Great Room, 7 p.m.

McWilliams will explore the many ways in which alternatives to industrial animal agriculture–pastured, cage-free, and grass fed systems, for example–do not live up to their promised welfare reforms, before outlining a future agricultural system that can more effectively attend to animal welfare concerns.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education. This program was initiated by the Clarke Forum’s student project managers. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Food.

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James McWilliams is an historian and writer based in Austin, Texas. His books include The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals (Thomas Dunne Books), Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown) and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Columbia University Press). His writing has appeared in The Paris Review daily, The New, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, The American Scholar, Texas Monthly, and The Atlantic. He writes “The Things We Eat” column at Pacific Standard, where he is a contributing writer. His literary non-fiction has appeared in The Millions, Quarterly Conversation, The New York Times Book Review, and The Hedgehog Review.


Jack Tomarchio

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The Cyber Presidential Campaign of 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

In this talk, Tomarchio will analyze how cyber breach and cyber security has influenced our national presidential election.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is co-sponsored by Library and Information Services as part of their programming during Cyber Security Awareness Month. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s stream on the 2016 Presidential Election.

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Jack Thomas Tomarchio is a principal with the Agoge Group, LLC, an international strategic advisory firm based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is also executive vice president for Cyber Strategy with Xero Day Cyber, a cyber solutions firm based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  He concentrates on developing business processes for technology companies, many of them in the defense, homeland security, cyber security and intelligence fields. He is also an active entrepreneur and has been involved in numerous early and mezzanine stage companies as an investor and a principal. In 2005 Tomarchio was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the first principal deputy assistant secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis. In 2007 he became principal deputy undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Operations. In his work at the Department of Homeland Security he was the primary senior official in charge of the intelligence directorate’s partnership with state and local governments to build a domestic intelligence sharing network. He also worked closely with other components of the federal intelligence community. He left the department in late 2008 to return to the private sector.

Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Tomarchio was a partner at the national law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C. where he was co-chair of the firm’s government relations department and national security law group. He returned to Buchanan in 2013 where he served as co-chair of the firm’s Cyber Security Practice Group. Before joining Buchanan, Mr. Tomarchio was a founding partner of Hill Solutions, LLC and Homeland Solutions, LLC. Hill Solutions was a government affairs and lobbying firm. Homeland Solutions specialized in consulting state and local governments on homeland security and intelligence issues and was instrumental in helping several states and cities establish intelligence fusion centers. From 1993 until 2005 he also served as general counsel to Aloe Investment Corporation, a venture capital firm.

Tomarchio holds a bachelor of arts in history cum laude from the Pennsylvania State University, a juris doctor from Vermont Law School, a master’s of governmental administration from the Fels Center of Government of the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of strategic studies from the United States Army War College.

He began his career as a judge advocate and paratrooper in the United States Army’s 82d Airborne Division, serving in the Grenada invasion and later as counsel to the Multi National Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, Arab Republic of Egypt. He also served as detailed counsel to an Army Special Missions Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After leaving the Army, Mr. Tomarchio became a litigator for two national law firms in Philadelphia. He was recalled to active duty for the Persian Gulf War, deploying to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Returning to the United States he was detailed to the Joint  Chiefs of Staff where he was assigned by the United Nations Directorate of Peace-keeping Operations (UN/PKO) to draft the standing Rules of Engagement for UN Peacekeepers operating under Chapters VI and VII of the UN Charter. Subsequent to that assignment, he was selected to command the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion. Following a successful command tour he was chosen to command the 153rd Legal Support Organization. Staff assignments included senior legal advisor, US Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida; staff judge advocate for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and a tour as special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict in the Pentagon. He retired from the United States Army in 2010 with the permanent rank of colonel.

Long active in Republican politics in Pennsylvania, he is a former member of the Lower Moreland Township Planning Commission and the Newtown Township Zoning Appeals Board, where he served as chairman. In 2008 he was a member of Mitt Romney’s national security team where he developed and co-authored the candidate’s position on counter terrorism and homeland security. He is a frequent television commentator, writer and speaker on national security issues and has provided on air commentary for ABC, NBC, BBC, FOX News, Al Jazeera America, MeTV, Canadian Television (CTV), i24News (Israel) and numerous radio stations around the country. Tomarchio has testified before both houses of Congress on homeland security and intelligence matters.

Mr. Tomarchio has served on several corporate boards as an outside independent director and has extensive experience in board operations and financial and operational oversight of senior management.

He was an adjunct professor at the Fels Center of Government of the University of Pennsylvania from 2001-2005 and is currently an adjunct lecturer at the United States Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. He was a senior fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (2005-2008) and currently serves as a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In 2016 he was asked by US Cyber Command to serve on a commission at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to  recommend Department of Defense responses to hostile cyber attacks. Mr. Tomarchio is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the Pennsylvania State University and on the Board of Advisors of the Drexel University Cyber Security Institute and the Security Industry Association’s Cyber Security Advisory Board. He currently holds active federal security clearances.

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Roundtable on Election 2016

Election Roundtable PosterThursday, October 13, 2016
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Dickinson Panelists

Kathleen Marchetti, assistant professor of political science
Sarah Niebler (moderator), assistant professor of political science
David O’Connell, assistant professor of political science
Eric Vázquez, visiting assistant professor of American Studies

A panel of Dickinson professors will discuss the 2016 presidential election from an academic, nonpartisan perspective, covering topics such as gender and race, the importance (or not) of campaigns, immigration, voting behavior, and presidential primaries.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is part of our stream on the 2016 Presidential Election.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Kathleen Marchetti is an assistant professor of politmarchetkical science at Dickinson College. She holds dual degrees in political science and women’s studies from Penn State University and Gettysburg College. Her research and teaching interests focus on gender and politics, interest groups, intersectionality, state politics, and political methodology. Her research on these topics has been published in State and Local Government Review, Interest Groups & Advocacy; Gender, Place & Culture; Politics, Groups and Identities, the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, and the London School of Economics’ American Politics and Policy blog. At Dickinson she offers courses on identity politics (e.g., gender and politics, race and politics), American government, and interest groups and advocacy.

Sarah Niebler earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of WiscNiebler_HeadShot_Dickinsononsin-Madison, where her dissertation examined the U.S. presidential nominating process and she worked for the Wisconsin Advertising Project watching and analyzing televised campaign commercials. Her research on campaigns and elections, political behavior, and public opinion has been published in the American Journal of Political Science; American Politics Research; Legislative Studies Quarterly; and Political Communication.

At Dickinson, Sarah teaches classes in American politics that relate to how everyday citizens interact with the political process. She is passionate about having students engage in hands-on research.  In her Mass Media course, students create their own news reports and campaign ads. In her Public Opinion and Survey Research class, students design, implement, and analyze public opinion surveys related to issues of interest to the Dickinson community. In election years, she works with students to field exit poll of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania residents, the results of which she makes public to interested parties.

Sarah arrived at Dickinson College in 2013 after spending a year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University.  She is originally from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and an M.A. from Lehigh University.

oconneld_OConnell_David_7499David O’Connell is an assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College.  His research interests include the presidency and religion and politics.  Professor O’Connell’s research has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly, and his first book, God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion, is being re-released in paperback this fall.  Professor O’Connell is also a frequent media commentator on American politics, having appeared on C-SPAN, ABC27, FOX43, and WITF, and he has been interviewed by print outlets ranging from CNN to The Christian Science Monitor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Professor O’Connell received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, and holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

12697103_10153981737869703_2872353581721327607_oEric Vázquez is a visiting assistant professor in American studies at Dickinson College. His research interests include Latina/o migration, U.S. cultural and military engagements in Latin America, and cultural/political theory. His developing book project, Coercive Attachments: U.S. Imaginaries of the State in Central America, explores how U.S. narratives about insurgency in 1980s Central America prefigure Americans’ anxieties about the historical purpose, function, and viability of government in the post-Cold War world. Professor Vázquez received Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Cultural Studies and he holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College.

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Psyche Williams-Forson

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Eating While Black: A Case Study on Food Shaming and Policing

Monday, October 10, 2016
Allison Great Hall, 7 p.m.

This talk will examine how the current changing food world affects and is affected by African American people. In particular, it will focus on how the legacies of surveillance that surround black people have now extended to our food cultures.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education, the Departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology & Archaeology, English, Environmental Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Food.

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Psyche Williams-Forson is associate professor and chair of American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. She is an affiliate faculty member of the women’s studies and African American studies departments, as well as anthropology/archaeology. She is an associate editor of Food and Foodways journal, co-editor (with Carole Counihan) of Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World (Routledge 2011) and author of Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power (2006).  Her new book focuses on food shaming and food policing in Black communities. Dr. Williams-Forson is also the recipient of numerous fellowships including a Smithsonian Museum Senior Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship, and a Winterthur Museum and Library Fellowship.

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Race, class, and the Fine Line Between Food Instruction and Food Policing

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Iran and Saudi Arabia Relations – Panel Discussion

Final Iran Saudi Arabia PosterThursday, October 6, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


David Commins (moderator), Dickinson College
Marybeth Ulrich, U.S. Army War College
Ed Webb, Dickinson College

Marred diplomatic relations and religious differences between Iran and Saudi Arabia have flared up into proxy conflicts across the Middle East. Our panelists will discuss the factors and offer insight into what the future will hold for the Middle East.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, the Departments of International Studies, Judaic Studies, Military Science and Political Science and the Security Studies Certificate Program. This event was initiated by the Clarke Forum’s Student Project Managers

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

comminsDavid Commins is professor of history and the Benjamin Rush Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dickinson College. His publications include Islam in Saudi Arabia, The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia, The Gulf States: A Modern History, Islamic Reform: Politics and Social Change in Late Ottoman Syria, and Historical Dictionary of Syria. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Ulrich PhotoMarybeth Peterson Ulrich is the professor of government in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois and a B.S  from the U.S. Air Force Academy where she was a Distinguished Graduate in the Class of 1984.  Her research interests are focused on strategic studies with a special emphasis on civil-military relations, European security, and national security democratization issues. Among Dr. Ulrich’s many publications is a book, Democratizing Communist Militaries: The Cases of the Czech and Russian Armed Forces.  Professor Ulrich retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2014 at the rank of Colonel.  In her final assignment she served as the reserve air attaché to the Russian Federation.

Edshot_Mar11Ed Webb served with Britain’s Diplomatic Service 1992-2000, much of that time in Cairo, before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Associate professor of political science and international studies, and currently chair of the political science department, he helped establish Dickinson’s Middle East studies program and also contributes to the security studies certificate. Author of Media in Egypt and Tunisia: From Control to Transition? (Palgrave 2014), he has also published articles and book chapters on authoritarianism, education policies in Turkey and Tunisia, censorship in the Arab world, and Doctor Who. He is active in international debates on a range of issues, particularly but not limited to Middle East politics: you can find him on Twitter via @edwebb.

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Jennifer L. Lawless

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Women on the Run

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

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A widely held belief – often encouraged by politicians and political commentators – is that that the political landscape is more challenging for women. Lawless argues that, for the most part, it’s not. When women run for office, they have very similar experiences to men. The problem is that women don’t run in the first place.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series and the stream on the 2016 Presidential Election.

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Jennifer L. Lawless is professor of government at American University, where she is also the director of the Women & Politics Institute. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2003 and her B.A. from Union College in 1997. Professor Lawless’ research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on representation, political ambition, and gender in the electoral process.

Lawless is the author of Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and the co-author of Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Campaigns in a Polarized Era (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in academic journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Politics & Gender (of which she served as editor from 2010 – 2013). She is also a nationally recognized speaker on electoral politics. Her scholarly analysis and political commentary have been quoted in numerous newspapers, magazines, television news programs, and radio shows, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, The New Republic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Associated Press Newswire, Reuters, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight,, and In 2006, she sought the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island’s second congressional district.

Lothar Probst

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The Populist Challenge: Germany and the United States before the Elections

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 8 p.m.

In the run-up to this year’s elections, both the U.S. and Germany are confronted with the phenomenon of a populism that employs anti-establishment and anti-Muslim prejudices in order to maximize votes. This lecture will focus on the similarities and key differences between contemporary populism in Germany and the United States.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Max Kade Foundation and the Department of German. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s stream on the 2016 Presidential Election.

Probst_4Biography (provided by the speaker)

Lothar Probst is a German political scientist who recently retired from a professorship at the University of Bremen. At Bremen University he was the managing director of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies and chair of the Department of Research in Elections, Political Parties and Participation at the Institute of Political Science. His central research and teaching interest lies in the area of party and election research. Beyond that he works on theories of democracy, political culture research and the development of new social movements and citizens’ movements. Probst continues to be a sought-after commentator in the German political scene.

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Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle

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Innocent on Death Row: The Story of Sunny and Peter

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Two former death row inmates will discuss how they work together promoting human rights and in opposition to injustice and the death penalty.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and Penn State’s Dickinson Law and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, the Department of Sociology and the Program in Policy Studies. It was also initiated by the Clarke Forum Student Project Managers.

SunnyandPeterBiographies (provided by the speakers)

Sonia “Sunny”Jacobs was wrongfully tried, convicted and sentenced to death in Florida, USA in 1976. She spent five years under sentence of death in solitary confinement before her death sentence was overturned. Her practice of yoga and meditation sustained her through her ordeal. She then spent a further 12 years among the general prison population to whom she began to teach yoga. Her partner, Jesse Tafero, who was also wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death was executed on fourth of May 1990, two years before evidence of their innocence was made known. With the help of lawyers who worked for many years without pay and friends who assisted them in the research, Sunny had her conviction overturned in 1992 and achieved her liberty.

Peter Pringle was wrongfully prosecuted tried and convicted of capital murder and robbery by the nonjury Special Criminal Court in Dublin, Ireland, in 1980. He was sentenced to death and to 15 years imprisonment. In 1981, his death sentence was commuted to 40 years penal servitude without remission. He practiced yoga and meditation while in prison which provided the means with which he was able to maintain his sanity and well-being. As a result, he was able to study law and prepare his case under the Irish Constitution. He opened his case in the High Court in Dublin in January 1992 representing himself. In 1994, with the help of a pro bono human rights lawyer, his case was brought before the Court of Criminal Appeal and his convictions were quashed in May 1995 and he won his freedom.

BREXIT: Implications and Aftermath – Panel Discussion

Brexit PosterThursday, September 22, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Mark Duckenfield, U.S. Army War College
Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Elizabethtown College
Kristine Mitchell (moderator), Dickinson College
This panel of three experts will discuss Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, the forces that led up to it, the process by which the exit will happen, and its international implications.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Panelist Biographies (forthcoming)

Duckenfield MarkDr. Mark Duckenfield is chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the Army War College.  He has written numerous academic articles on the European Union, British politics and international political economy.  He is the author of the book Business and the Euro: Business Groups and the Politics of Economic and Monetary Union in Britain and Germany (Palgrave, 2006). He has also served as editor/general editor of the volumes The History of Financial Disasters, 1763-1995 (Pickering&Chatto, 2006); and Battles over Free Trade: Anglo-American Experiences with International Trade, 1776-2006 (Pickering&Chatto, 2008). Dr. Duckenfield has given invited lectures on topics ranging from European economic policy, the euro, and financial crisis in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has held teaching appointments at the Air War College (2009-2015), the London School of Economics (2004-2009) and University College London (2000-2004) and research appointments at the Max Planck Institute (Cologne, Germany), Birkbeck College (London) and Harvard University’s Center for European Studies (Cambridge, MA).  He earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

DSCF5734Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca (University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D.) is associate professor of political science and director of international studies minor at Elizabethtown College, PA. Her research interests include comparative political communication, European Union, Turkish foreign policy, South East Europe, transatlantic security, and peace operations. She is the editor of two books – The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform (Routledge, 2013) and External Interventions in Civil Wars (co-edited with Stefan Wolff, Routledge, 2014) as well as a number of scholarly articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Civil Wars, European Security, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, French Politics, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, among others, and chapters in various edited volumes. Professor Dursun-Özkanca has received grants from, among others, Georgetown University, the European Commission (multiple grants), the University of Texas at Austin (multiple fellowships), Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the European Union Studies Association, and the Elizabethtown College (multiple grants). She serves on the editorial boards of Ethnopolitics, International Review of Turkish Studies, and Public Communication Review. Dr. Dursun-Özkanca has extensive teaching experience internationally, in the US, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, and Kosovo. She is the inaugural recipient of the Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence at Elizabethtown College.

Kristine Mitchell is associate professor of political science and international studies. Her teaching and research interests focus on European and EU
pomitchelklitics, especially the relationship between the EU and its member states and citizens. She has conducted field research across Western Europe and has held visiting and short-term appointments at the Institute for European Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for European Studies at New York University, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, and the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. From 2017, she will assume directorship of one of Dickinson’s two programs in London and Norwich, England.

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