Emma Howard

Howard PosterPerformer and Writer

I’m Smiling Because I’m Uncomfortable

Friday, February 16, 2018
Adams Hall, Basement Kitchen, 4:30 p.m.

Why do we eat? Why do we stop eating? This one woman show is an autobiographical story traveling from early childhood experiences of queerness and lessons on body image, to a college eating disorder, to the present challenges of eating and living in a human body.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is part of Love Your Body Week programming.

Biography (provided by the guest)

Howard HeadshotEmma Howard (Performer, Writer) is a recent graduate from the Experimental Theatre Wing at Tisch School of the Arts. Most of her work addresses eating and mental illness. When not writing or performing, she works for a non-profit theatre organization called The Possibility Project. To pay rent, she works at an overpriced vegan fast food restaurant that caters to a lot of men at JP Morgan. She is interested in one day becoming a medical and humanitarian clown and using physical comedy to tackle body image issues. Her favorite food to binge on is peanut butter granola.

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A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. Check back in mid-January for the full programming schedule for spring 2018

Monday, January 29. 2018
Glover Lecture
Einstein, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
abriela Gonzalez, Louisiana State University

Monday, February 5, 2018
Donald Trump, Race, and the Crisis of American Democracy
Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington, Seattle

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Food Access & Poverty Panel
Alyssa Feher
, Tapestry of Health
Becca Raley (moderator), Partnership for Better Health
Robert Weed ’80, Project Share
Risa Waldoks ’12, The Food Trust

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Program is Part of Love Your Body Week

The Adipositivity Project
Substantia Jones, founder of and photographer for The Adipositivity Project

Friday, February 16, 2018
Program is Part of Love Your Body Week
I’m Smiling Because I’m Uncomfortable
Emma Howard, performer and writer

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
A Strange Career of the Jim Crow North: A Dickinson Story
Komozi Woodard, Sarah Lawrence College

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Pink Precariat:  LGBT Workers in the Shadow of Civil Rights
Margot Canaday, Princeton University

Tuesday, February 27 or Wednesday, February 28, 2018
An Evening with Yoko Tawada
Yoko Tawada, award-winning writer

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The 1001 Black Men Online Sketchbook and the Art of Social Justice
Ajuan Read more

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Breaking Issue
North Korea: Panel Discussion
Jina Kim, Dickinson College
Richard Laquement
, U.S. Army War College
Jeff McCausland
, Dickinson College
Doug Stuart
(moderator), Dickinson College

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
Rethinking and Remixing the American Dream: Saving Ourselves and Our Sisters from the Margins
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
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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 LeeBiography (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 Read more

Winona LaDuke – “Morgan Lecturer” – Rescheduled to Spring 2017

Executive Director, Honor the Earth

Morgan Lecture

Native Harvest: The Politics, Health, Culture, and Economics of Food

Thursday, October 27, 2017
(Rescheduled from Fall 2016)
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Future generations rely upon our wisdom and actions today. LaDuke will share stories from her work in local food, energy justice, intergenerational and interspecies equity, and the front lines of food sovereignty. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Morgan Lecture Fund and co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education, the Churchill Fund and the Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, American Studies, Anthropology & Archaeology and Political Science.  It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s  Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series and part of the Clarke Forum’s Fall 2016 semester theme, Food.

laduke winonaBiography (provided by the speaker)

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

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Yair Teller

TellerPosterFinalChief Scientist and Founder, HomeBiogas

The Business of Peace through Green Energy: The HomeBiogas Story

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Teller will discuss how he is using his company, HomeBiogas, as a mechanism for peace building, sustainable development, women’s empowerment, and improvement of the quality of health and life for citizens of developing countries.

Yair Teller is chief scientist and co-founder of the HomeBiogas Company based in Netanya, Israel.  HomeBiogas produces a household renewable energy appliance that recycles kitchen waste into cooking gas and organic fertilizer.  Profits from sales to suburban customers and a successful crowd-funding campaign are used to support donation of HomeBiogas units to economically disadvantaged Bedouin, Palestinian, and Ugandan families for alleviation of poverty.  The work of HomeBiogas has been recognized by the UN and the Peres Center for Peace.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and Student Senate, and co-sponsored by the departments of Judaic studies, Middle East studies and earth sciences, the Center for Sustainable Education, the Treehouse, J Street U, and the Geology Club.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

origYair Teller is a visionary and entrepreneur committed to the cause of sustainability, and driven Read more

Venue Locations

Printable Campus Map

Stern Center, Great Room

208 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
(Situated between N. West and N. College Streets)

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

360 S. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
(Situated between N. College and Cherry Streets)

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Preview of Fall 2015 Programs

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Glover Memorial Lecture
Advancing Science
Rush Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Shale Gas and Oil Development: Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells, Methane Emissions, and Energy Policy
Tony Ingraffea, Cornell University

Monday, September 28, 2015

Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn
Bob Weick
, actor and monologist, featured as Karl Marx

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Morgan Lecture
Intersectionality, Black Youth and Political Activism
Patricia Hill Collins
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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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Charles Brown

holocaust posterLeonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Fellow, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 7 p.m.
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

Holocaust: Justice and Accountability

Following World War II, the Nuremburg trials convicted 22 principal Nazi leaders, sentencing 12 to death and seven to various terms in prison. Hundreds of lower-level concentration camp officials were also tried, but the total number convicted and sentenced was relatively small in comparison to the number who implemented the Final Solution, the Nazi term for the Jewish Holocaust. In response to this unprecedented attempt to exterminate an entire group based on racial, ethnic, and religious criteria, the United Nations unanimously adopted the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on December 9, 1948. The pursuit of Nazi criminals continues to this day even though the passage of time and fading memories make successful prosecutions difficult.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum Contemporary Issues and the  Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) of the U.S. Army War College.

The PKSOI is distributing relevant essays about the Holocaust each week in preparation of this event. Here are links to these essays:
Week One – The Holocaust and Rule Read more

Akbar Ahmed

Ahmed posterAmerican University

Islam & the West: A Clash of Civilizations?

Wednesday, April 15 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Ahmed will explore Samuel Huntington’s thesis of a clash of civilizations and challenge it in light of his own research examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Political Science,  Middle East Studies, Sociology and the Churchill Fund. This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, War at Home, and the Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

akbar ahmed hi resBiography (provided by the speaker)

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He has served as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the first distinguished chair of Middle East and Islamic studies at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Ahmed belonged to the senior Civil Service of Pakistan and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He Read more

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Gilmore PosterCity University of New York

Understanding Mass Incarceration Today

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

A two year decline in the number of people locked in prisons and jails prompted a so-called “bipartisan consensus” to declare victory in the fight to end mass incarceration. Year 2013 reversed the trend; how, why, and to what end?

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity, and the Departments of American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Africana Studies, and Economics.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Ruth Wilson Gilmore PhotoRuth Wilson Gilmore is professor of earth & environmental sciences, and American studies, and director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She received a B.A. and M.F.A. in dramatic literature and criticism from Yale, and a Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has many publications, invited lectureships, honors, and awards. Her prize-winning book is Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, published in 2007. In a front-page review, the San Francisco Chronicle said “Now, Read more

The Spring 2015 Program Schedule will be Available in mid-January

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Should Pennsylvania Legalize Marijuana?

Marijuana posterWednesday, April 23, 2014
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Marc Mastrangelo, professor of classical languages, Dickinson College
Crispin Sartwell, associate professor of philosophy, Dickinson College
William Nelligan, class of 2014
Willa Hut, class of 2017
Alex Toole ’14 (moderator), class of 2014

Crispin Sartwell, associate professor of philosophy, and Willa Hut ’17, will argue in favor of the motion, while Marc Mastrangelo, professor of classical studies, and Will Nelligan ’14 will argue in opposition.  The debate will focus in part on the consequences of legalizing marijuana, both positive and negative, as well as how the question relates to the rights and duties of a human being.

This event is the first in a new series titled Dickinson Debates sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee.

Biographies (provided by the participants)

Marc Mastrangelo is a professor of classical studies and has taught  at Dickinson for 17 years. He has published books and articles on the literature of the later Roman Empire, Greek tragedy, and ancient intellectual history. He is cofounder of the Humanities Collective and faculty advisor to the Quads Neighborhood.

Crispin Sartwell is an associate professor of Read more

Our Spring Schedule will be Available in Mid-January

Preview of Spring 2014 Programs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Carlisle’s Future: Balancing Environmental and Economic Concerns
Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Freedom of Religion: A Debate
Kim Colby, senior counsel, Christian Legal Society
Heather L. Weaver ’99, senior staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Global Consequences of Current Lake Warming
Catherine O’Reilly
, professor, Illinois State University

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Global Consequences of Current Lake Warming
Scott Sumner
, professor, Bentley University

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Joseph Sestak – “General Omar N. Bradley Chair Lecture”

Omar Bradley Lecture  Vert smallFormer Congressman and a Former U.S. Navy Three-Star Admiral and 2013-14 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership

Leadership to Restore the American Dream

Monday, November 4, 2013
Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Lewis Katz Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Link to Penn State Dickinson School of Law Web site

“We once had leaders who recognized the expectations of the people, and turned them into demands that advanced the American Dream for both individual opportunity and the common good of the nation. Leadership must once again be accountable for brokering the shared alliance that deepens the individual strengths of these two great values of our American character so that we can restore the dream,” Sestak said.

His presentation will draw on his distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Navy and his tenure as director for defense policy on the National Security Council, the first director of “Deep Blue,” the U.S. Navy’s counterterrorism unit, a sea-going Commander of an aircraft carrier battle group in war, and a U.S. Congressman representing Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.

Sestak plans to discuss the American Dream, the belief that one’s children will have the opportunity to do even better than their parents. “It was Read more

Our Fall 2013 Schedule will be Available in Mid-August

Preview of September 2013 Programs

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gail Dines,  founding member, Stop Porn Culture
Sex, Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Robert Bilheimer, president, Worldwide Documentaries, Inc.
Not My Life

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

David Eng, professor, University of Pennsylvania
Absolute Apology, Absolute Forgiveness

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sarah Tishkoff, professor, University of Pennsylvania
African Genomic Variation Read more

Preview of January and February Programs

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Michael Shellenberger, president of the Breakthrough Institute
Topic: Technological Innovation

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jay Michaelson, author of God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality
Topic: Homosexuality versus Religion

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ta-Nehisi Coates, contributing editor, and blogger for The Atlantic
Topic: The U.S. Political Scene and The Emancipation Proclamation 150 Years Later

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jordan Motzkin, co-founder and CEO of Big Box Farms
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H. Brian Holland – Continued

Additional Information about H. Brian Holland’s Lecture
Shepard Fairey’s HOPE poster remains an iconic image from the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. By repurposing iconic aesthetic elements of Soviet, Chinese and German propaganda posters, as well as those found in many domestic campaign posters, Fairey sought to create an ironic and idealistic message “designed to capture the optimism and inspiration created by Obama’s candidacy.” For Fairey and others—those interpretive communities sharing similar semiotic regimes—the aesthetic of the poster was interpreted through social conventions of the young, smart, and hip. Within his community, the message was positive and successful.

As various other interpretive communities encountered the posters, however, divergent flows of discourse developed, producing multiple distinct and often contradictory meanings and effects. Two distinct themes were dominant. The first focused on Fairey’s use of propaganda imagery and the underlying fears that Obama’s election would lead to the imposition of an alternate, non-capitalist economic system; the rise of a dominant, totalitarian government that would threaten basic liberties; and the elevation of a leader with cult-like status. The second theme, in some ways related to the first, accused Obama and his supporters of equating him to the messiah or a messiah-like figure.

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