Upcoming Program: It Takes a Village: Home Rule for Carlisle, PA

Home Rule Poster WebMonday, April 27, 2015
Allison Hall, Community Room. 7 p.m.


John Sacrison, member, Carlisle Government Study Commission for Home Rule
Blake Wilson
, member, Carlisle Government Study Commission for Home Rule
Robert Winston
, member, Carlisle Government Study Commission for Home Rule
Ken Womack
, chair, Carlisle Government Study Commission for Home Rule

On May 19, 2015, Carlisle residents will face a historic vote:  Whether or not to adopt a Home Rule Charter that will bring significant changes to the structure of our municipal government.  Four members of the Carlisle Government Study Commission, including two Dickinson faculty, will present and answer questions regarding the Home Rule Charter they have spent nearly two years drafting. Copies and summaries of the Charter will be available at the meeting.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Carlisle Branch, and the League of Women Voters Carlisle Area.


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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 Water, and Language. The theme/faculty seminar for the spring 2015 semester is  War at Home.  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  addressing issues of leadership available through the campus’s Gateway. Simply sign into Gateway, then go back to this page and click on this link to view the interviews.  Link to Programs