Lifelong Learning

In the summer of 2023, Franklin & Marshall debuted a pilot lifelong learning initiative for alumni, parents and family and friends of the College. These four-week, non-credit courses explored a contemporary topic of interest and invited F&M community members to engage in thoughtful conversation with

Course Information

 The Landscape of Higher Education in the U.S.
Joel Eigen
The Landscape of Higher Education in the U.S.
  • Instructors: Barbara K. Altmann, Ph.D., President of Franklin & Marshall College, Professor of French; Alan S. Caniglia, Ph.D., Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Franklin & Marshall College

  • Course Format: This course was held virtually.
This course introduced participants to the broad lines of the complex landscape of post-secondary education in the United States. Topics included a taxonomy of colleges and universities; the budget model of higher ed; elements of the student experience; rankings, recruiting, and reputation.
Body, Mind and Crime: Criminal Responsibility in the Age of Brain Science
  • Instructor: Joel P. Eigen, Ph.D., Emeritus Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology

  • Course Format:  This course was held in person on the F&M campus in Lancaster, Pa.
Although we most likely think in terms of insanity when assessing the impact of mental derangement upon criminal behavior, the last two centuries have witnessed attempts to implicate the brain directly in acts of violent, aggressive behavior.  Participants explored the nature of criminal evidence; examined the use of expert testimony to explain the possible effect of brain injury and other cerebral anomalies on willful behavior; and considered the response of juries to such claims.

Explore Other Engagement Opportunities

Well beyond graduation, Franklin & Marshall alumni remain Diplomats Forever and have access to a variety of lifelong learning and engagement opportunities, including:

Share Your Ideas

Are you unable to attend one of this summer's pilot courses? Or perhaps you have an idea for a future lifelong learning topic or you want to share your thoughts on what we should call our new lifelong learning courses? 

Contact us today to share your insights and learn about other ways to stay connected with F&M by contacting Megan Davis ’22, alumni engagement staff coordinator, at or 717-358-4274.

November 21, 2023

60 Years After JFK’s Death, Alumni Author Finds Missing Link

Was the star of NASA’s first female astronaut program linked to the assassination of JFK? “A Woman I Know,” by filmmaker turned author Mary Haverstick ’82, searches for the truth.

November 16, 2023

Young Alum Shines Light on LGTBQ Global Rights

Erin Hallenbeck’s Franklin & Marshall degree has taken her as far as the U.K. and the Netherlands. But today, the 2017 grad is making a global impact right from campus.

October 31, 2023

True Blue Weekend Marks Milestones

An estimated 2,100 students, parents and alumni filled Franklin & Marshall’s campus Oct. 27-29 for True Blue Weekend. The annual Homecoming and Family Weekend offered something for members of every generation.