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

Common Hour lectures occur during the academic year, and will begin again during the fall 2021 semester.  Please check back for an updated schedule and registration later this summer. 

For questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (570) 321-4376 or

Archived Lectures

May 20, 2021 - "Grilling with Dr. Hafer" with Gary R. Hafer, Ph.D., John P. Graham Teaching Professor of English

April 29, 2021 - "The Immunology of COVID-19 and SARS CoV-2 Vaccines" with Mary Morrison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Lycoming College

March 18, 2021 - "Pandemics in Perspective" with Cullen Chandler, Ph.D., Professor of History, Lycoming College

February 18, 2021 - "Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic" with Steve Johnson '76, President, UPMC Susquehanna

November 19, 2020 - "A Revolutionary Time"  with John F. Piper Jr., Ph.D. '07H,  Professor and Dean Emeritus, College Historian

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.

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.

August 27, 2020 - "Leading Lycoming College during the COVID-19 Pandemic" with Kent Trachte, Ph.D., President of Lycoming College