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 
December 03
event 12/3/2015

Common Hour: F&M A Cappella Group Showcase

Mayser Gymnasium

Members of the College’s four a cappella groups—The Chessman (all male), Kite & Keys (all female)...

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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 11/20/2015

A Black Woman's Body Was Never Her Own: Sexual Violence and...

Danielle McGuire Assistant Professor of History, Wayne State University McGuire is the author of “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil...

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