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Livestream Discussions

Each semester live-stream discussions bring the Dickinson experience to you!

Watch and participate in the discussion normally limited to an on-campus audience from your computer or mobile device.

Upcoming Livestream Discussions

Past Webinars and Livestreams

Strolling Through Time: The History of the Dickinson Campus
In this virtual tour, we’ll look at the history of the campus through its structures and spaces, addressing how building uses have changed over time as the college progressed.
June 10, 2021

The Dirt on the College Farm
A Virtual Tour Highlighting Current Projects and a Q&A With Jenn Halpin, Director of the College Farm.
June 10, 2021

Data Science Initiative Update and Review of Faculty Research
Dick Forrester, professor of mathematics and data analytics, explains the evolution of the data science initiative, how it fits into the liberal arts education, its importance to the college and students, the structure of the major and more.
Jun 9, 2021

From David to Degas: Great French Paintings from the National Gallery of Art
Dr. Eric Denker ’75, longtime head of adult programs at the National Gallery of Art, will offer a lecture that examines major works as well as lesser-known gems from the 19th-century French painting collection.
June 9, 2021

Changing the World One Cookie at a Time:  A Tale of Using a Passion for Baking to Serve Others
Whether you enjoy baking, are wondering how to use your skills to help others or simply enjoy learning about other cultures, this is an inspiring session with Jill Graby Shuck '93.
June 9, 2021

Demystifying Estate Planning
Join us for a panel discussion featuring alumni from the fields of estate law, wealth planning and philanthropy.
June 8, 2021

Learning and Exercise Throughout the Life Cycle: A Science-Based Approach
Dr. Ira Glick ’57 discusses how brain systems work, and how exercise and continued learning can change crucial parts of brain communication.
June 8, 2021

Recollecting Plato's 'Meno'
Ken Marvel ’74 will facilitate a discussion with Emeritus Professor George Allan and Professor Amy McKiernan about the significance of Plato's Meno for navigating contemporary moral problems.
June 2, 2021

Dickinson Coffee Club: Professor Nancy Mellerski
The Dickinson Coffee Club is a series of casual conversations, offering a chance to catch up with retired faculty and administrators.
May 18, 2021

The cicadas are coming! Get to know Brood X
Join Professor Maggie Douglas and learn more about this incredible six-legged phenomenon that is unique to eastern North America.
May 3, 2021

Old West Society Trout Gallery Tour
Please be our guest for a virtual tour and conversation with current Dickinson seniors as we explore two student exhibitions at The Trout Gallery.
May 1, 2021

Dickinson Coffee Club: Professor Noel Potter, Professor Emeritus of Geology
The Dickinson Coffee Club is a series of casual conversations, offering a chance to catch up with retired faculty and administrators.
April 27, 2021

Traveling Adventures and Mishaps from Around the Globe
Alumni couple Ana Atach ’08 and Dan Litwack ’05 share their experiences as expats in the Netherlands, traveling solo and with a baby, and their adventure of writing of a humorous travel Spanish!
April 15, 2021

Wine 101: Part 2
Dwight Phyall ’06, aka the WSET-certified “Dapper Oenophile,” is back with his second installation of Wine 101.
December 16, 2020

Dickinson Coffee Club: Professor Dieter Rollfinke, Emeritus Professor of German
The Dickinson Coffee Club is a series of casual conversations, offering a chance to catch up with retired faculty and administrators.
December 8, 2020

Photography 101
Join photographer Lisa Helfert for an evening of tips and tricks on how to take better photographs with your phone or camera.
December 1, 2020

Highlights of Rio de Janeiro Virtual Tour with Aline Scop Plavnik ’09
Tour guide Aline Scop Plavnik ’09 will lead you on a virtual tour of this tropical haven and show you why Rio’s nickname is the “Marvelous City.”
November 19, 2020

Why We’re Not Good at Risk Assessment
Professor Marie Helweg-Larsen will use well-documented psychological concepts to explain why we misjudge our risks. These concepts include optimistic bias, the affect heuristic, confirmation bias, perceived control and personal experience.
November 18, 2020

Carlisle Community Action Network
Join us for a conversation with President Ensign and alumni members of CAN to discuss how Dickinson and community organizations have become a model for community action during a crisis.
November 11, 2020

Making an Impact with your Investments
Impact Investing is an investment process that considers the environmental, social, and governance consequences of corporate policies and practices, both positive and negative, within the context of rigorous financial analysis. Join Jessica Ray, Class of 2014 and Maddie Glass, Class of 2018 to discuss the decisions that go into this investment philosophy.
November 10, 2020

Dickinson Coffee Club: Dr. Ted Pulcini, Emeritus Professor of Religion
The Dickinson Coffee Club is a series of casual conversations, offering a chance to catch up with retired faculty and administrators.
October 28, 2020

Alumni in the Arts Series: Vincent Paterson ’72
In a conversation with Sarah Skaggs, director of Dickinson's dance program, Vincent Paterson ’72 will share stories from his career as a director and choreographer of creative projects with luminaries that include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Robin Williams and Lars Von Trier.
October 27, 2020

College/University Theatre: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow With Professor of Theatre Todd Wronski
Todd Wronski leads an informal presentation followed by a discussion charting the development of theatre in higher education, the many sources and circumstances that propelled it forward, and the ways various programs are designed and run today.
October 21, 2020

October Surprise? Looking Ahead to Election Day
With the 2020 presidential election just two weeks away, Professor David O'Connell will offer an objective, nonpartisan and data-driven analysis of what voters should expect to happen on November 3–and why.
October 20, 2020

A Personal Tour of the October Night Sky
Join Rob Webb ‘05, a high-school physics and astronomy teacher, and JoEllen McBride ‘04, an astrophysicist, for a family-friendly virtual tour of the October night sky.
October 15, 2020

Senior Leadership Panel
Join President Margee Ensign and members of her senior leadership team for an update on the college and the resources and support that are available to current students during these challenging times.
October 14, 2020

From Dickinson’s Vault: Dickinson Spirit
College Archivist Jim Gerencser will discuss Dickinson school spirit and traditions.
October 13, 2020

Rick Smolan ’72: Natasha’s Story
Rick Smolan ’72 shares the unforgettable story of a young girl, a fateful photograph and an adoption saga with a twist.
October 6, 2020

Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice With Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Edwards
Professor Edwards’ presents some of the beauty of Iceland through the lens of Dickinson experiences there, highlighting past and future trips as well as sharing intriguing results from research completed there by Dickinsonians.
October 1, 2020

Career Change in a Time of Uncertainty
If you are interested in changing careers, or are facing uncertainty with your current position, join Annie Kondas from Dickinson’s Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development for a discussion on pivoting into a new role during times of uncertainty.
September 30, 2020

Dickinson Coffee Club: Dr. Truman Bullard, Professor Emeritus of Music
The Dickinson Coffee Club is a series of casual conversations, offering a chance to catch up with retired faculty and administrators.
September 23, 2020

From College to Career: For Families of Juniors & Seniors
Annie Kondas, Dean & Director of Employer Relations and Career Development Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development helps parents understand the best way to encourage and support their senior throughout this life transition.
September 9, 2020

Art History Detectives: Iran, Islam, and an Illumination: The Case of the Triangular Frame
Virtual Alumni Week 2020: Join Heather Flaherty, The Trout Gallery's curator of education, as we dive into the fascinating story of how The Trout Gallery acquired a beautiful, illuminated miniature featuring Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.
June 18, 2020

From Limestone Walls to Hollywood Boulevard: Forging a Path in the Entertainment Industry
Virtual Alumni Week 2020: Join television series writer-developers Eric Garcia ’90, Alex Carver ’95, Edward Ricourt ’95 and Lauren Ashley Smith ’06 for a conversation about forging a career as a creative in the evolving landscape of the entertainment industry.
June 11, 2020

Dickinson & Slavery Project: An Update
Virtual Alumni Week 2020: House Divided Project Director Matthew Pinsker answers questions about the Dickinson & Slavery initiative and the college’s plans for renaming some buildings on campus and raising awareness about Dickinson’s historic ties to both slavery and antislavery.
June 10, 2020

Managing a Sustainable Home and Office
Virtual Alumni Week 2020: Join Ken Shultes ’89, associate vice president for sustainability & facilities planning, for a fun and informative interactive session that includes tangible examples of sustainable interventions you can put in place.
June 10, 2020

Portraits, Still Lives, Landscapes and Daily Life: Fifteen Favorite Paintings from 42 Years at the NGA
Virtual Alumni Week 2020: Dr. Eric Denker ’75, longtime head of adult programs at the National Gallery of Art, shares his insight into some of the highlights of the National Gallery of Art. Sponsored by The Old West Society.
June 9, 2020

Things Your Political Science Professors DON'T Know About the 2020 Election!
In this nonpartisan, objective, data-driven webinar, Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell discusses some of the reasons why this election might be hard to forecast, including the role of the economy in voting, the impact of presidential debates and the political consequences that might come with people possibly having to cast their ballots in different ways than in the past.
June 2, 2020

Whiskey Tasting 101
Adam Spiegel ’06, whiskey maker and founder of Sonoma Distilling Company, offers the Dickinson community a guided walkthrough of the whiskeys he makes in Sonoma County, California, and shares his knowledge of whiskey, answers any and all questions and introduces his main four products: Sonoma Rye Whiskey (a 100% rye whiskey), Sonoma Bourbon (a wheated bourbon), Cherrywood Rye Whiskey (a smoked rye whiskey) and Cherrywood Smoked Bourbon.
April 30, 2020

The Science of COVID-19
John Henson, senior associate provost, discusses how the SARS-CoV-2 virus damages the lungs, the good and bad of the resulting immune response, potential treatments/vaccines, and how various tests work.
April 28, 2020

Wine 101
Dwight Phyall '06, also known as "The Dapper Oenophile," shares his journey into the vast world of wine, introducing the best red and white wines (not named cabernet and chardonnay, respectively!) and the basics of wine tasting, and he’ll unravel a few of the complexities that may be stopping you from getting to the next level of enjoyment of this incredibly versatile beverage.
April 16, 2020

Finding Your Voice
Amy Impellizeri ’92, former corporate litigator and startup executive turned award-winning author, shares how the intentional and reflective decisions she made during her initial career hiatus led to a professional and personal transition that enabled her to find her voice after a very long silence.
April 14, 2020

Helping Our Children: Caregiving During COVID-19
Wellness Center Staff Counselor Rebecca Anderson discusses the practical aspects of caregiving during a pandemic, including how to spot and address distress in young children, age-appropriate ways to talk to children about COVID-19, tips for successful video chats with loved ones and the impact our own self-care has on our children.
April 8, 2020

Interviewing 101: Communicating Your Skills, Talents and Accomplishments
Annie Kondas, Alumni Career Development, shares how to navigate the interview process by gaining tools and techniques to help best prepare for an interview.
March 19, 2020

Harnessing Your Superpower: The Benefits of ADHD at Work
Marni Jones, Access and Disability Services discusses how to harnesses your powers for productivity and success in this 30-minute webinar.
February 12, 2020

Effective Performance Management and Evaluation: Lessons from an Expat in Navigating an International Career
Steven L. Skalak ’77, P’07, retired CPA/advisory services partner, forensic services at PwC, will discuss his view of performance evaluation and how it has changed over the years to be a significantly more interactive process, and some of the important considerations in undertaking an international job posting, drawing on his experience as an international business leader who transferred to China.
January 28, 2020

Working with the Next Generation: Interns, Externs and Entry-Level Employees
Amity Fox ’04, Internships, Externships and Fellowships at Dickinson College shares how to manage entry-level employees through her discussion of key traits of this new generation of employees, how to communicate with a different generation, how to set objectives and give feedback for greatest success and developing interns into strong entry-level employees.
December 10, 2019

Beginning the College Search Process
Greg Moyer ’06, assistant VP for enrollment and director of admissions recruitment at Dickinson discusses some early steps that families can take as they begin researching and visiting colleges, and some strategies to help them manage the process and sift through all of the noise.
November 26, 2019

Salary Negotiation: Learn to Negotiate Your Highest Salary Possible
Annie Kondas, Alumni Career Development, discusses how you can determine your target salary and benefits, develop a personal budget to determine your minimum acceptable salary, and learn salary negotiation tactics.
November 14, 2019

The Danish word “pyt” doesn’t have an exact English translation. It’s more a cultural concept about cultivating healthy thoughts to deal with stress. Native Dane Marie Helweg-Larsen, Psychology, will discuss the concepts that underpin the word and how they are applicable to people everywhere.
October 31, 2019

Reappraising Columbus
Elise Bartosik- Vélez explores how Columbus portrayed himself in his own writings throughout professional life at the Spanish court, where he was at first praised and then increasingly criticized.
October 10, 2019

Stalin’s Ninos
Using six languages, numerous archives, press reports, oral histories, letters, and memoirs, Karl Qualls, History, discusses his book, Stalin’s Niños, which investigates the well-resourced Soviet boarding schools designed for nearly 3,000 child refugees from the Spanish Civil War.
April 9, 2019

The Harlem Renaissance in Dickinson’s Archives
Professor Claire Seiler, English, takes us on a tour of the new Harlem Renaissance-related holdings in the College Archives, including original 1920s print copies of periodicals such as the NAACP's The Crisis to first editions of Jean Toomer's Cane (1923) and Alain Locke's anthology The New Negro (1925).
March 26, 2019

Improving Memory
Teresa Barber, professor of psychology, discusses ways to improve memory and ways that memories can be impaired by brain injury such as concussion and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
March 15, 2019

Climate Change, Hibernation and Rattlesnakes – Oh My!
In this webinar you will learn about an exciting new study in Scott Boback’s biology lab, investigating the ecology of a population of western rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis) in northwestern Colorado.
November 12, 2018

The Five Things You Need to Know about Congressional Elections
Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell helps the audience develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics behind Congressional elections.
October 30, 2018