The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series


Jay Nathan, Ph.D.

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites international scholars from the emerging democracies and the countries in political and economic transition to visit the University of Scranton to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large.  Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life or share a cultural exposition in the arts or music for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania community.  This annual lecture initiative will highlight the research and contributions of guest scholars of international repute who will visit the University to discuss timely and timeless subjects.  While visiting campus, scholars will deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty.

2016 Lecture: Thailand: Tradition vs. Modernization

The Third Annual Presentation in the Jay Nathan Ph.D. Visiting Scholar Lecture Series will be hosted at The University of Scranton on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The University will welcome distinguished guests from the Kingdom of Thailand including the Honorable Pornpong Kanittanon, the Consul General of Royal Thai Consulate General in New York.

This annual lecture invites international scholars to visit The University of Scranton to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large. Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life and share diverse cultures for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania community.

In the first two years, the series has featured distinguished representatives from the countries of Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

As a distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, Mongolia, Poland and Kazakhstan, Dr. Nathan has traveled, lived, researched and lectured in numerous countries, “My first Fulbright was in the Kingdom of Thailand and it changed my life, I have been transformed by the experience. We can all learn from each other, and when we do, we are better off,” said Nathan.

While visiting campus, scholars will deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty. The day will conclude with a discussion on Thailand: Tradition vs Modernization and will include an exciting showcase of Thai art and culture beginning at 5:30 in the Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center. A reception will follow and will feature Thai delicacies. The event is free and open to the public through the generous support of Dr. Nathan.

2015 Lecture: Mongolia: History, Culture & Transformation

Register to Attend the 2015 Lecture

2014 Lecture: His Excellency Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan's Ambassador to the United States