Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.

Common Hour enables the entire Franklin & Marshall College community to gather for culturally and academically enriching events at midday each Thursday during the academic year. This opportunity to engage in a campus-wide dialogue originates with Common Hour and then extends beyond the confines of 11:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m. into classrooms, house commons, dining halls and beyond. These are vital international, national, local and institutional issues that are relevant to all.

To accommodate a large audience, most Common Hour events take place in Mayser Gymnasium where pizza and fruit is served to all attendees free of charge.

Outside groups with more than ten individuals who would like to attend an event should notify Candace Roper ( to ensure accommodations can be made.

Our Next Event 
October 08
event 10/8/2015

Common Hour: Mass Incarceration: The Crime of Being Black in...

Mayser Gymnasium

J. Jondhi Harrell Founder and executive director of The Center for Returning Citizens Countless...

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Watch Online

We record many of our events and make them available to watch during the week following. The latest event is below, but be sure to check out our archive of Common Hour videos going back to 2010.

Story 10/1/2015

The Long Shadow of Genocide: From WWI to the Rise of ISIS

Khatchig Mouradian Program Coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights, Rutgers University

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