Upcoming Program: A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. Check back in mid-August for the full programming schedule for fall 2019

Fall 2019 Theme – Masculinities

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Priestley Award Celebration Lecture
Jo Handelsman, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Roberts Lecture & Morgan Lecture
Kwame Anthony Appiah
, professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah is the author of many books, including The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (2018) and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006). He also serves as the columnist for “The Ethicist” in the New York Times Magazine.



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, and Indigeneity in the Americas. The theme/faculty seminar for the spring 2019 semester is Sustainability. 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.