Schemel Evening Courses: Spring 2018

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

Artificial Intelligence: Science Fiction or Science Fact?

DATES: Tuesdays, February 13, 20, 27 & March 6, 20, 27 
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305

The course will examine the theory and practice of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our central questions will be: Can human mental states (e.g. perceptions, beliefs, desires, fears, etc.) be replicated in non-biological systems? We will attempt to determine whether AI has reached (or is reaching) firm scientific footing or remains stalled as mere science fiction. 

Andrew La Zella, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, The University of Scranton


The Sixties: Making Sense of a Formative Era

DATES: Wednesdays, March 7, 21, 28 & April 4, 11 and 18
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305 

Much that has transpired since the Sixties is rooted in that era or represents a strong reaction against its core themes and developments. The course will focus selectively on the meaning of the core events and developments in these turbulent years and what it portends at the outset of the Trump Era and its turbulence to date.

David Friedrichs, Distinguished Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice and Criminology, The University of Scranton and faculty members from other academic disciplines.


The Habsburg Monarchy 1519-1918

DATES: Mondays, March 19, 26 & April 9, 16, 23, 30
TIME:  6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305 


Few dynasties had a greater impact on European History than the Habsburgs. They played a central role in the Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and WWI.  This course will examine its pivotal monarchs:  “the most powerful man in the world”, Charles V; the defender of Catholicism, Ferdinand II; the enlightened despots Maria Theresa and Joseph II; the archenemy of Revolution, Franz II; the “eternal Kaiser,” Franz Joseph and conclude with an examination of the end of Habsburg rule a century ago during the reign of Karl II and its afterlife under his son Otto. 

Sean Brennan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, The University of Scranton


To register for programs, contact:    
Alicen Morrison
Schemel Forum Assistant
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director