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.

Most Common Hour events are open to the public; any exceptions to that will be noted on our online calendar. Outside groups with more than ten individuals who would like to attend an event should notify Candace Roper ( to ensure accommodations can be made.

Fall 2016 Schedule

Sept. 1
Looking Forward: Creativity, Innovation, and Discovery at F&M
Daniel Porterfield, Franklin & Marshall College President

Sept. 8
The Photo Ark  
Joel Sartore, National Geographic Wildlife Photographer

Sept. 15
The Most Trusted Stranger in America: Frank Warren’s PostSecret
Frank Warren, Creator of the PostSecret Project and Author

Sept. 22
 Racial Ideology and Racist Practices: Moving Beyond Critique?
Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sept. 29
 The 2016 Election and the State of American Democracy
Stephen Medvic, The Honorable & Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government

Oct. 6
Searching For a New Equality Beyond Black and White
2016 Mueller Fellow Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Oct. 13
A Native Perspective on the Buried History of America
Mark Charles, writer

Oct. 20
Sex, Lies and Bookburning: How Does a Scientist End up Getting His Books Burned both by the Nazis and the U.S. Government?
James Strick, 2016  Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship Winner and Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Chair

Oct. 27
Past Imperfect: Archaeology and War in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan
C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Nov. 3
Collaboration: Making Music and Dance Together
A Preview of the Fall Dance Concert

Nov. 10
To Be Determined

Nov. 17
Seeing the Water: Whiteness is Daily Life  
Robin DiAngelo, Director of Equity for Sound Generations, Seattle/King County and lecturer at the University of Washington

Dec. 1
Art & Aid: How Spoken Word, Instagram, and Flash Mobs Helped Get Vulnerable Girls in School and Combat Ebola
Katie Meyler, Founder of the More Than Me Foundation

Dec. 8
The Now Hour
The F&M campus community will be invited to propose a speaker for this slot during the fall semester.

November 03
event 11/3/2016

Collaboration: Making Music and Dance Together

Mayser Gymnasium

Trio Clavino (Doris Hall-Gulati, Simone Maurer, Xun Pan), with Jennifer Conley (F&M), Lynn Brooks (...

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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.

The Eager Violence of the Heart: Re-Imagining America's Concussive Obsession with Football
Story 3/24/2016

The Eager Violence of the Heart: Re-Imagining America's...

Steve Almond Author and Journalist Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the New York Times bestseller Against Football. His short stories have...

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