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.

Our Next Event

October 27
event 10/27/2016

Past Imperfect: Archaeology and War in Iraq, Syria, and...

Mayser Gymnasium

C. Brian Rose James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania and  Peter C...

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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 10/21/2016

Sex, Lies and Bookburning: How Does a Scientist End up...

James Strick 2016 Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Professor of Science, Technology and Society   James Strick will discuss his most recent history of science research project...

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