Schemel Evening Courses: Spring 2017

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

Contemporary Catholicism: Controversies, Complexities and Consolations

DATES: Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6 and 13

TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305

There has been more rapid and deep change in the practice of the Catholic Faith in the past fifty years than in the previous five hundred.  This course will explore the permutations and possibilities of contemporary Catholicism both in the USA and globally. Fr. Malloy’s books, A Faith that Frees and Being on Fire along with Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward will serve as springboards for discussion about the role of religion in society.   

Richard Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., University Chaplain, The University of Scranton


The Romanov Dynasty 1613-1917 
DATES: Wednesdays, March 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 19 and 26
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305 Room Change - Course will now take place in Brennan Hall. Call 941-6206 for Room location.

One hundred years ago the Russian Revolution began, toppling the dynasty which had ruled over the vast Russian Empire for over three centuries.  One of the most powerful dynasties ever to exist, the Romanovs had an enormous impact on world history that is still felt today.  

The course examines six pivotal Tsarist rulers: The first Romanov, Tsar Mikhail,the man who brought Russia to the West, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, the “enlightened despot” and victor over Napoleon, Alexander I, the “Tsar Liberator” Alexander II  and will conclude with the tragic life of the last Tsar, Nicholas II.

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

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What Spoke Zarathustra?  Deciphering Friedrich Nietzsche’s Magnum Opus

DATES: Thursdays, March 23, 30 and April 6, 13, 20 and 27
  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305


Nietzsche once claimed that his magnum opus, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, was the “greatest gift to mankind,” and although many might dispute this claim, there is no doubt that the philosophical ideas and literary style of Zarathustra exercised a profound influence on twentieth-century philosophy, art, politics and culture and that the work remains a source of interest today. The purpose of this course is to work through this enigmatic text while discussing its connections to Greek tragedy, Wagnerian opera and Nietzsche’s larger philosophy.

Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, The University of Scranton

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