Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

common hour

common hour connects lycoming college’s community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents for one hour each month during the academic year. it is designed to provide a broad and diverse range of educationally rich topics that promote thoughtfulness and dialogue well beyond the length of the seminar. this free series is offered online, and a catalog of prior lectures is available to access on-demand.

time: thursdays at 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

upcoming lectures

please check back as more common hour lectures will be added.

for questions, contact the office of alumni relations at (570) 321-4376 or

archived lectures

august 27, 2020- "leading lycoming college during the covid-19 pandemic" with kent trachte, ph.d., president of lycoming college

september 24, 2020- the long movement for black lives” 
sarah silkey, ph.d., chair and professor of history, traces the efforts of ida b. wells and other activists to demand legal protections and opportunities for the black community, tying their work into recent protests.

october 22, 2020- "Prophecy & Projections:  Reading the 2020 Election Tea Leaves
caroline payne, ph.d., chair and associate professor of political science, discusses what the current election models are forecasting, and how to understand the magic behind these models.

november 19, 2020- "a revolutionary time"  with john f. piper jr., ph.d. '07h,  professor and dean emeritus, college historian