Schemel Evening Courses: Fall 2017

Course Fees for Non-Members are $60 per individual / $100 per couple


Marilynne Robinson: (RE) Collecting an American Past

DATES: Mondays, August 28, September 11, 18, 25 and October 2 and 16
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305

Marilynne Robinson’s recent trilogy of novels — Gilead, Home and Lila — has established her as one of the leading voices in American literature. In this class we’ll look at her work for the way she probes character in the small Midwestern town of Gilead as a way of exploring the often forgotten Calvinist roots of American culture, for the way she reimagines the confessional tradition of the novel and for the way she calls on us to see an authentic alternative American history of the last 160 years.

Joseph E. Kraus, Ph.D., Professor of English and Theatre and Director of the Honors Program, The University of Scranton



The Remaking of Italy in the Twentieth Century

DATES: Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5 and 12
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305 

Political, social and cultural upheaval distinguished 20th Century Italy which served as both a literal and figurative battleground. The class will focus on six particularly illustrative and pivotal years in recent Italian history: 1919, 1936, 1943, 1048, 1960 and 1994. These years will provide starting points to discussions of Italy from Benito Mussolini to Silvio Berlusconi.

Roy Domenico, Ph.D., Professor of History, The University of Scranton



Classics of German Cinema

DATES: Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8, 15
TIME:  6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium, Room 228

2017 is the 100th anniversary of Universum film (Ufa), the iconic studio that dominated the German film from 1917 to 1945. Ufa played a key role in consolidating German film’s international reputation for technological innovation, artistic quality and commercial success. Ultimately Ufa and its rival studios made a lasting impact on classic Hollywood cinema via German exiles and emigres to the US.

Taking this anniversary as an occasion to revisit Weimar-era cinema, this course explores the rich culture of interwar Germany through short lectures, film screenings and discussions. Participants will gain insight into the emergence of the studio system, the transition from silent to sound film and the special place of film in mass culture.

Films screened in full or in part include: The Cabinet of Dr. Calipari, The Blue Angel, and Metropolis

Jamie Trnka, Ph.D., Associate Professor of World Languages & Cultures,
The University of Scranton


To register for programs, contact:    
Kym Fetsko
Schemel Forum Coordinator
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director