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

September 01
event 9/1/2016

Looking Forward: Creativity, Innovation, and Discovery at F&M

Mayser Gymnasium

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. President, Franklin & Marshall College  In this first Common Hour...

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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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