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Lecture Marks 40 Years Since Clarke Fire

By Clarke News  |  January 18, 2024

As part of the annual Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series, Clarke University will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Clarke Fire on Wednesday, February 7. The lecture entitled, “Clarke Lives: The Story of the 1984 Fire” will begin at 7 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke University campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

Professor Emeritus Norm Freund will recount that day and the trying months that followed through an immersive presentation. Calling on eye-witness stories and powerful images, Norm strives to capture the heartbreak and ultimate resurrection that began on May 17, 1984.

Norm is such a wonderful resource when it comes to the history of Clarke. He really knows how to bring the story of this campus to life.

Michael Knock, Chair of the Mackin-Mailander Lecture Committee

The Clarke University Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alumnae, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture, and an alumni lecture.