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.

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Common Hour Returns with New Format

Common Hour begins Sept. 7 and will resume weekly with the addition of a new Campus Hour program.

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Closing the Gender Gap in Finance

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Young Alum Startup Merges Art and Economics

Mark Marotta '21 launched Amparo in his senior year at F&M, a web platform for emerging and established fine artists to display original paintings in a virtual stage setting.