Upcoming Program: A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. Check back in mid-August for the full programming schedule for fall 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The Power of Big Social Media Data
H. Andrew Schwartz, Stony Brook University

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Morgan Lecture
The Genocidal Foundation of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
, American historian, writer and feminist.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Constitution Day Address
The Future of Civil Discourse​
Alexander Heffner, host of The Open Mind on PBS

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Joseph Priestley Award Celebration Lecture
The Good News on Energy, Environment and Our Future
Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Everything is Connected

Peterson Toscano, theatrical performance activist

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Title TBD
Raquel Cepeda, journalist, critic, filmmaker, autobiographer

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Republican Politics Today
Panel Discussion
Renee Amoore
, deputy chair of the Republican Party of PA
Luke Bernstein ’01
, senior vice president of external relations, PA Bankers Association
Robert Borden ’91
, legal counsel, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives
Alexander Egner ’13
, chairman, Lancaster County Young Republicans
David O’Connell
(moderator), Dickinson College

Monday, October 23, 2017♦
Fairness and Accountability in Algorithmic Culture
danah boyd
, principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder of Data & Society

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Contemporary School Segregation: Causes, Consequences, and What We Could Do
Erica Frankenberg , associate professor of education and demography, Pennsylvania State University.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wesley Lecture
An Indictment of the United Methodist Anti-Gay Doctrine
Rev. Franklyn Schaefer, pastor, activist and author

Thursday, November 2, 2017
The Vaccine-Autism Controversy

Paul Offit, pediatrician and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Monday, November 6, 2017
The Opioid Epidemic in Central Pennsylvania
Jack Carroll
, Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission (moderator)
Carrie DeLone, CMO, Holy Spirit-Geisinger
Dave Freed, Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office
Duane Nieves, Holy Spirit EMS
Kristen Varner, The RASE Project

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Title TBD: Part of the Big Data Theme
Jonathan Albright
, assistant professor of communication, Elon University

Tuesday, November 28, 2017♦
Using Your Genome and Big Data to Manage Your Health
Michael Snyder,
geneticist, Stanford University

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 WaterLanguageWar at Home, Inequality and Mass Incarceration in the United States, and Disability.  The theme/faculty seminar for the fall 2016 semester is Food. 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.