Italian Studies Lecture: “The Pope and Mussolini”

Monday, April 7, 2014, 4:30 pm                                                                                                      Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium                                                                                      Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster PA

Speaker: David I. Kertzer, professor of anthropology and social science, Brown University



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2014 Annual New Faculty Development Conference

sponsored by CPC

Saturday, January 18, 2014                                                                                                               hosted by Franklin & Marshall College                                                                                           8:30 am – 2:00 pm (lunch included)                                                                                                      Life Sciences & Philosophy Building (LSP)  

                                         Topic: “Teaching for Student Learning” 

Speaker: Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Executive Director, Center for Faculty      Excellence, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

            “There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach. Students themselves often do not fully understand their own cognitive processes, typically relying on implicit assumptions and trial-and-error to learn new material. The good news is that research provides clear evidence pertaining to what works best in the classroom with respect to human motivation and learning. This session is designed to provide you with evidence about how students learn, show you methods to get students more involved in the content, and demonstrate relevant applications from pedagogical research that can be used in just about any class.  You will even have the opportunity to try out some classroom activities designed to increase student engagement and explore how you can create great opportunities to further facilitate their learning.”

 There is no charge for the conference and lunch is provided. Details about directions and transportation to Franklin & Marshall College from Gettysburg and Dickinson will be available closer to the date. 

RSVP is requested by January 14                                                                                  Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC      ( or 717-291-4282



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2013-14 CPC Africana Studies Conference

“Black Emancipations: Commemorating ‘A New Birth of Freedom’ in Africa & the African Diaspora”

Saturday, November 16, 2013
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gettysburg College                                                                                                                           Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angela Davis

9:00 – 10:30 am: “Fifty Years Later: Re-interrogating Decolonization and Liberation”                                                                                                                                    An interdisciplinary panel discussion reflects on fifty years since Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the meaning of decolonization in Africa and in the African Diaspora since then.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: “Past Speaking Truth to the Present: Language and Hip Hop in Black Resistance”                                                                                                                                      A panel will demonstrate how linguistics and hip hop scholarship provides an analytical lens for examining language and music as a dynamic catalyst in black resistance movement past and present in the United States and Europe.

Lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm)

1:30 – 3:00 pm: “Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address: A New Birth of Black Freedom in the United States”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A roundtable discussion among top historians exploring how new directions in the Civil Way era historiography may or may not provide useful ways of considering diverse African American experiences and strategies as they responded to emancipation, both during the Civil War and the hundred years following.

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Keynote Address: Dr. Angela Davis                                                                          Author of The Meaning of Freedom, Are Prisons Obsolete?, and Abolition Democracy


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CPC Faculty Workshop: “Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts”

Saturday, November 9, 2013                                                                                                                      8:30 am – 2:00 pm                                                                                                                                      Franklin & Marshall College

                                                                                                                                           Facilitator: Jennifer Spohrer, Coordinator for Academic Technology Initiatives at Bryn Mawr College

For members of the faculty of Dickinson, Gettysburg, and Franklin & Marshall

With generous funding from the Mellon Foundation, CPC has received a grant to explore and assess the use and impact of blended learning in the “humanities and humanistic social sciences.” This includes many fields of Psychology also.

CPC now seeks applications from CPC faculty members to participate in the first workshop on blended learning in the liberal arts college context. As many as ten faculty members per institution will receive stipends of $225 for their attendance on Nov 9. A light breakfast and lunch are included in the workshop. It is not necessary for you to have experience in using blended learning; in fact, we seek a mix of those with experience and those eager to learn more.

If you are interested in applying, please send a one or two paragraph statement of interest in blended learning to the appropriate Associate Dean: Brenda Bretz (Dickinson), Rob Bohrer (Gettysburg), or Michael Billig (F&M). Deadline is Wednesday, October 23rd.


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CPC Annual Admission Tour for High School Counselors

Wednesday – Friday, April 24 – 26, 2013

Hosted by the Admission Offices of the CPC colleges

April 24: Dickinson College Admission Tour

April 25: Gettysburg College Admission Tour

April 26: Franklin & Marshall College Admission Tour

By invitation only; advanced registration required. For more information and registration, contact Dorothy Warner, Director of Event Planning, Dickinson College (

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French Lecture

A ‘French Intifada’? Ethnic Relations in Contemporary France

April 16 – 19, 2013                                                                                                         Gettysburg College (April 16), Dickinson College (April 17),                              Franklin & Marshall College (April 18)                        

Speaker:  Alec G. Hargreaves, Emeritus Winthrop-King Professor of Transcultural French Studies at Florida State University, and international authority on Franco-Maghrebi culture.

Ethnic relations in France, plagued for decades by ill-tempered debates over the nation’s immigrant minorities, most notably those of Muslim heritage, have in recent years taken a new and troubling turn. Among the symptoms of this are a sharp rise at the beginning of the new century in recorded cases of anti-semitism, a more recent rise in recorded cases of Islamophobia, the 2005 riots in the “banlieues”, and the fanatical killings of minority ethnic French soldiers and Jewish schoolchildren carried out by Mohamed Merah in 2012. These and other developments have led some commentators to speak of a “French Intifada” while others have denounced what they call “anti-white” racism. This paper aims to clarify the nature of these developments and their causes. Prof. Hargreaves will suggest that beneath the surface of ethnic tensions like deep-seated social, economic and political fractures that politicians in France have failed to address and that they have often exac
erbated. His remarks are divided into three main parts. The first of these considers survey and other data that can help us trace attitudinal trends among majority and minority groups. The second looks at long-term social, economic and political factors that have contributed to these developments while the third proposes a typology of sub-groups within the population of Maghrebi origin, France’s largest minority of Muslim heritage, designed to bring a sense of proportion and perspective to recent developments.

For more details, contact Professor Nancy Mellerski at

Alec G. Hargreaves is Emeritus Winthrop-King Professor of Transcultural French Studies at Florida State University. Formerly Chair of the Department of European Studies at Loughborough University, UK, he has held visiting positions at the University of Warwick, UK, Cornell University, USA, the Université de Lyon II and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France. A specialist on political, cultural and media aspects of post-colonial minorities in France, he is the author and editor of numerous publications including Voices from the North African Immigrant Community in France: Immigration and Identity in Beur Fiction (Oxford/New York: Berg, 1991; 2nd edition 1997), Immigration, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary France (London/New York: Routledge, 1995) Racism, Ethnicity and Politics in Contemporary Europe (Aldershot/Brookfield, Vermont: Edward Elgar, 1995), co-edited with Jeremy Leaman, Post-Colonial Cultures in France (London/New York: Routledge: 1997), co-edited with Mark McKinney, Minorités postcoloniales anglophones et francophones: études culturelles comparées (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2004) and Memory, Empire and Postcolonialism (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2005). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Expressions maghrébines, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, International Journal of Francophone Studies, Journal of European Studies and Research in African Literatures. In 2003, the French government honored him by naming him a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and in June 2006 he was awarded France’s highest national honor, the Légion d’honneur.

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2013 CPC Annual Astronomers’ Conference

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Gettysburg College

Faculty and students of the three CPC colleges, Dickinson, Gettysburg, and Franklin & Marshall, and colleges in the surrounding area, are invited to attend the 2013 annual Astronomers’ Conference which has been held since 1980.

The day’s events include a keynote speaker, lunch, poster session, and oral sessions presented by faculty and students on current research in the field.

Details about the speaker, time, campus locations, and directions. For questions, contact Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the Central PA Consortium, (, or Laurence Marschall, Professor of Physics, Gettysburg College (

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2013 CPC Annual Women’s Studies Conference

Young Feminisms:                                                            Youth, Gender and Transformation

Saturday, March 30, 2013
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster PA                                                           Stager Hall 

Registration for the Conference is now closed.

Over thirty papers, panels, and discussion by students and faculty will be presented during morning and afternoon sessions.

Keynote speaker is Jennifer L. Pozner, author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, and founder and Executive Director of Women In Media & News, a national media analysis, education and advocacy group. She is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Ms. Pozner will speak at 3:00 p.m. in Stahr Auditorium of Stager Hall.  Her address is titled “Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV is Bad for Women and Girls (…and Men, People of Color, the Economy, Love, Sex, and Sheer Common Sense!).”

For directions to Franklin & Marshall:                   (parking is available on College Avenue and in the Williamson parking lot off Harrisburg Pike, across from College Square)

About the conference theme: Girls on HBO, “slut walks” on college campuses, and the “It Gets Better Campaign” for LGBTIQ youth. Today the media, politicians and scholars focus extensively on young people, gender and sexuality. This conference hopes to capture this widespread interest in youth through feminist frameworks. How are young people today interpreting and enacting feminisms? How are boys and girls and young men and women represented across the media? How does gender shape the problems (and solutions to the problems) among boys and girls, such as bullying, self-esteem, teen parenthood and eating disorders?

On Friday, March 29, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., the Alice Drum Women’s Center of Franklin & Marshall College hosts “Reality TV Bingo: media literacy for fun and power” with Ms. Pozner. The event is free; registration is not required.

For overnight accommodations in Lancaster, contact The Lancaster Arts Hotel,; ph 877-208-5521; group rate is available under “CPC Women’s Studies Conference at F&M”

For questions, contact Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC            or 717-291-4282

Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Consortium and the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Programs of Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Gettysburg College

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