Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.

Common Hour enables the entire Franklin & Marshall College community to virtually 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 that time into classrooms, house commons, dining halls and beyond. These are vital international, national, local and institutional issues that are relevant to all.

Common Hour in the Fall semester of 2022 will continue as a virtual event broadcast live via Zoom and YouTube on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Our Next Event 
October 06
event 10/6/2022

Common Hour: Mueller Fellowship Lecture: How We Think about...

Franklin & Marshall College

Masha Gessen (they/them) is the 41st Mueller Fellow, sponsored by Paul Mueller, Jr and family,...

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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 - Who’s Black and Why? The 18th Century Origins of Race Biology
Story 9/22/2022

Who’s Black and Why? The 18th Century Origins of Race...

Andrew Curran, Wesleyan University, describes the founding event of "race science" in 18th century c. Enlightenment France. 

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