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Harrington Public Affairs Lecture Series

The Harrington Public Affairs Lecture Series is funded by the Francis A. Harrington Public Affairs Fund.

Francis Harrington was a Worcester native, civic leader, vice president and director of the Paul Revere Insurance Companies and a member of Clark University’s Board of Trustees.  In 1963, he gave a generous gift to Clark to establish a permanent endowment to fund lectures, seminars, scholarships, fellowships, and other programming in public affairs.

The Political Science Department offers these lectures on a yearly basis.


Oct. 15, 2018: “The Death of Expertise,” Tom Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College


Sept. 25, 2017:  “On Tyranny: Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” Timothy Snyder, professor at Yale University

Shannon Lecture Series

The Political Science Department’s Annual William V. Shannon Lecture in American Politics is sponsored by the William V. Shannon ’47, Litt.D.’64, Endowed Memorial Lecture Fund.


March 26, 2019, “Zero-sum or Win-win? How Different Approaches to Immigration Affect Identity and Belonging in Arizona and New Mexico,” Deborah Schildkraut, professor, Tufts University Department of Political Science


Oct. 19, 2017, “The Hustling Candidate and the Nomination Process Under the Convention System,” John Reynolds, professor emeritus at the University of Texas, San Antonio


Feb. 26, 2016, “The Four Faces of the Republican Party,” Dante J. Scala, associate professor of political science, University of New Hampshire

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