Administrative Staff

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Executive Director

Mark Aldrich, the executive director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, is an associate professor of Spanish at Dickinson College. He is particularly interested in contemporary Spanish poetry, although his publications include both Peninsular and Spanish American subjects. He is also a literary translator. Current scholarship is focused on the work of Rafael Pérez Estrada (Del gozo y de la rebelión: Hacia el Sur y la Imaginación en la obra de Rafael Pérez Estrada, forthcoming in El Toro Celeste) and Antonio Soler, whose novel El sueño del caimán he has recently translated. In his free time, Mark enjoys being with friends and family, running, and making paellas.

Telephone: (717) 245-1288
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Operations Manager

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


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Program Coordinator

Sara joined the Clarke Forum in 2020. A Carlisle-area native and Dickinson alum, Sara oversees Clarke Forum programming operations by functioning as the executive director’s liaison with guest speakers, faculty, administrators, students and outside organizations and works alongside the director to develop programming.

Sara manages the logistics of the guests’ visit,  reviews and supervises the work of the student project managers, schedules and orchestrates livestream programs, and maintains the Forum’s program calendar. She has a B.S. in Middle East studies and religion from Dickinson College and a M.A. in global environmental policy from American University.

Telephone: (717) 245-1796