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 

March 28
event 3/28/2019

NASA: A New Mission Era Inspires a Culture of Innovation

Mayser Gymnasium

Elizabeth Kolmstetter Ph.D. Director of Talent Strategy and Engagement, Office of Human Capital...

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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.

Common Hour Writing Africa Writing Women
Story 3/7/2019

Writing Africa, Writing Women (International Women's Week...

Tsitsi Dangarembga Writer and Filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author, filmmaker, and activist, whose work has been influential on a global scale. Her first novel, Nervous...

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