As we begin a new calendar year, the Weinberg Library welcomes the Schemel Forum, an educational and cultural enrichment program developed through The University of Scranton. Already well known for it outstanding lunchtime lectures focusing on Islam and Afghanistan and study sessions on the "The Divine Comedy", "Aeneid", and "Odyssey", the Forum will now partner with the Library in planning its future offerings.
Spearheaded by Dr. Harmar Brereton, the Schemel Forum was founded in 2006 through generous gifts to the Reverend George J. Schemel, S.J., Fund by friends and admirers of the late Jesuit educator. The purpose of the fund is to support cultural enrichment and education initiatives for the region.
For the spring semester the Schemel Forum will offer courses on the Bill of Rights, 20th century European history, the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and three luncheon lectures on the creation of democracies in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. The Forum has also added an artistic component to the forum, with a series of three concerts set for the summer.
Forum seminars are done in the form of luncheon lectures, while others take on the form of small-group discussions led by university professors. The classes, which are not for college credit, are open to the public and free of charge. Class sizes are limited because the courses are designed to be small discussion groups. Reservations are required to attend.
Sondra Myers, the university's senior fellow for international, civic and cultural affairs and Dr. Harmar Brereton are members of the 10-person Advisory committee that directs the programming for the forum.
The Forum has discovered that there is an incredible enthusiasm for this kind of learning in our community. The Library looks forward to working with the Advisory Committee to chart the future of the Forum and help the Forum grow into a full fledged program of humanities education.
From the Library Dean
Charles E. Kratz
Dean of the Library &