Events & Exhibits - Fall 2012
Weinberg Memorial Library Hosts 20th Anniversary Celebrations
- The celebration of the Weinberg Memorial Library's 20th Anniversary begins on Saturday September 29, with the Friends of the Library Distinguished Author Award Event honoring Jay Parini, Axinn professor of English and creative writing, Middlebury College. The schedule for the event is:
- 12:30–2:00 p.m.: Lunch with Jay Parini, the Distinguished Author Planning Committee and $500 level sponsors in the Scranton Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library
- 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: A book signing with Jay Parini, outside of The DeNaples Center Ballroom (attendance at the ticketed dinner reception is not required to meet Dr. Parini at the book signing)
- 5:00-8:30 p.m.: Dinner and Presentation, Patrick & Margaret DeNaples Center Ballroom
- An article about Jay Parini and the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award appeared in the spring 2012 issue of Information Update and is available online at
- The Schemel Forum and Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library author lecture series.
- Libraries and the Moral Life. On Thursday, October 25, Carolyn Brown, director of the Library of Congress's Office of Scholarly Programs, will lecture on libraries as institutions for collecting and transmitting the human heritage of knowledge and wisdom. The event will take place from at 5:30 p.m. in Brennan Hall, Room 509. The lecture will be followed by a reception.
- Native Son: Stephen Karam in Conversation with Paul Holdengraber.
Karam, an award winning playwright ,will talk about his life and work with Paul Holdengraber, dynamic director of Public Programs at the New York Public Library. This presentation will be held in the Center for Literary and Performing Arts, McDade Theatre, 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30,, and will be followed by a reception.
- War & Peace: Current Issues. On Tuesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.in the Brennan Hall Pearn Auditorium (Room 228), Daniel Serwer, scholar, Middle East Institute and professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, will discuss current war and peace issues for the United States. These conflicts include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iran and potentially China.
- The November 8th World Affairs Luncheon Seminar Václav Havel: Profile of a Hero is also in celebration of the Library's 20th Anniversary. The Schemel Forum brochure notes that "Martin Palous, Ph.D., former Czech ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, currently director of the Václav Havel Presidential Library in Prague, will focus on Havel's impact as an artist and intellectual and ultimately as president of the Czech Republic in the democratization of Eastern and Central Europe." Luncheon fees are $20 per person; $30 per couple. Luncheons are free for members of the Schemel Forum and for University of Scranton faculty and staff; reservations are required. The event will take place in Brennan Hall, Room 509. Luncheon seminars meet from noon-1:30 PM.