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 
August 31
event 8/31/2017

Claiming Our Future: F&M and Liberal Arts Education for the...

Mayser Gymnasium

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. President of Franklin & Marshall College Daniel R. Porterfield is...

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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.

Small Star Seminar
Story 4/20/2017

Small Star Seminar

Cory McAbee  Small Star Seminar was the first solo music project created by Cory McAbee. The performance featured a singing motivational speaker who urged people to give up their goals,...

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