Spring 2023


Common Hour in the Spring semester of 2023 will resume as an in-person event in Mayser Gymnasium, Barshinger Center, or the Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Stay tuned for weekly location announcements by email and on the College Events Calendar.

Jan. 26
Memory & Enslavement: The Case of Franklin & Marshall
Dr. Hilary Green, James B. Duke Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College, F&M '99

Feb. 2
Accounting for the Dead: A Biography of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia Cemetery, 1722–1859 and 2016–2023
Dr. Nicholas Bonneau, Visiting Scholar and Principal Historian of the Arch Street Project

Feb. 9
Dreaming at the World's End: Dispatches on an Emergent Cosmopolitics from South Asia
Dr. Adeem Suhail, Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College.

Feb. 16
On the Origin of Species: Historical and Biological Reflections on A Paradigm-Changing Text
Dr. James Strick, Professor, Program Chair of Environmental Studies, Program Chair of Science, Technology and Society, & Dr. Daniel Ardia, Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of the Faculty

Feb. 23
Canaries in the Coal Mine: Global LGBTQI+ Rights in the 21st Century
Dr. Susan Dicklitch-Nelson, F&M Global Barometers Founder and Professor of Government, Franklin & Marshall College, & Stephanie Kasparek, F&M Global Barometers Senior Data Analyst and Visiting Instructor of Government, Franklin & Marshall College

Mar. 2
Elevate Your Happiness in Just 5 Minutes a Day
Dr. Peggy DeLong, The Gratitude Psychologist and Happiness Expert

Mar. 9
Navigating Conversations: Lessons In Dialogue
Sarah Pharaon, Founder and Principal, Dialogic Consulting, F&M Class of 2000

Mar. 23
Why Resettlement Campuses are the Future of Higher Education
Dr. Diya Abdo, Lincoln Financial Professor of English, Guilford College and Director, Every Campus A Refuge

Mar. 30
One Million People in Central Park: Saving the World from Nuclear War
Dr. Vincent Intondi, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College

Apr. 6
The Fourth Dimension, and Spaces In Between
Dr. Dave Richeson, Professor of Mathematics; John J. & Ann Curley Chair in Liberal Arts, Dickinson College

Apr. 13
When Should Events (and People) Be Canceled?
Dr. Sigal Ben Porath, Professor in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania

Apr. 20
Guns, Place, and Public Health 
Dr. Charles Branas, Gelman Endowed Professor Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, F&M Class of 1990

Apr. 27
F&M Acapella Concert
The Poor Richards, Kite and Keys, Sweet Ophelia, & The Chessmen