Opportunities to Explore Connections
The Center for Liberal Arts & Society (CLAS)'s programs endeavor to provide opportunities for faculty, students and professional staff, as well as the general public, to explore the connections between our academic studies in the liberal arts and sciences and the cultural and social questions that confront us all.
CLAS provides an intellectual space for our collective and open-ended consideration of pressing civic challenges, such as increasing democratic participation, the ethics and politics of war and peace, the complex intersection of science and public policy, and the relevance of the liberal arts to society.
Through our signature programs, lectures, and colloquia, CLAS aims to enrich the curriculum, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and to demonstrate the critical relevance of liberal learning to our lives as citizens in a democracy.
Co-Sponsorship from CLAS
The Center for Liberal Arts and Society sponsors lectures, programs, seminars, and symposia that explore the connections between our studies in the liberal arts and sciences and the complex contemporary questions we face as citizens in a democracy.
CLAS is happy to help augment resources available to departments, programs, and campus clubs for lectures, seminars and symposia. However, because funds are limited, please try to be as frugal as possible in your requests.
A brief description of the endowed funds that CLAS oversees follows:
The North Foundation was established in 1937 to be used for paying the expenses of lectures on law or allied subjects. Hugh M. North, Sr. and Hugh M. North, Jr. were both lawyers and leading citizens of Columbia, Pennsylvania.
The Francis E. Price-Harnish and Martin Mylin Harnish Endowment Fund was established in 1986 as a living memorial to their pets to be used in ways to directly benefit the college's educational program. (NOTE: this fund has been expended for the 2019-20 academic year.)
The Miller Humanities Fund is to be used to provide lectures by leading figures in the humanities.
The Seachrist Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies was established in 1999 by the late William E. Seachrist '52 and his wife, Marjorie. Its goal is to provide students and faculty with opportunities to study entrepreneurship and to meet and to work with entrepreneurs through its programs. Its emphasis is on public and social entrepreneurship and the encouragement of entrepreneurial approaches to solving pressing civic problems.
The Mary Snyder Fund may be used to maintain a course of lectures in such a way as may be determined by the faculty of Franklin & Marshall College.