World Affairs Luncheons

sponsored by MunleyLaw

All luncheons are from Noon to 1:30pm
Luncheon Fees: $20 per luncheon per person • $30 per luncheon per couple • $110 per series of 6 per person • $160 per series of 6 per couple

Friday, February 10

The People Formerly Known as Audience
The people who used to be called the audience — readers, viewers, listeners — today have many more options; they are producers as well as consumers of media. And they are connected to each other in new ways because of social media. This changes the situation for journalists and media companies. The talk will explore the consequences of these shifts as they have played out since the turn of the century. 

Jay Rosen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Journalism, New York University
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Friday, February 17

The Greatest Question That Has Ever Been Presented to the American People 
Should Americans try to shape the world or concentrate on building a better society at home?  This has been the central question of our foreign policy for more than a century and is the subject of Stephen Kinzer’s new book, The True Flag.  When the debate first exploded, Theodore Roosevelt led the interventionist charge. Mark Twain called him “clearly insane” for turning the Stars and Stripes into “a bandit flag.”  Kinzer explains the origins of this great debate — and why it is still raging.

Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University

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Friday, February 24

New York Cultural Capital 1945-1965
In 1947 distinguished art critic Clement Greenberg, pessimistic about the state of art and artists in the US, wrote:  “Artists are as isolated in the United States as if they were living in Paleolithic Europe. Their isolation is inconceivable, crushing, unbroken, damning.” But by the mid-sixties New York would become the world’s cultural capital. Dr. Cohen-Solal describes this dramatic transformation in her book.   

Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D., Cultural historian, Writer and Professor of American Studies at the Université de Caen

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Wednesday, March 8

The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
Dr. Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, will trace the development of the War on Crime from its origins in the War on Poverty through the rise of mass incarceration and the War on Drugs in the 1980s.   

Elizabeth Hinton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History and of African and African-American Studies, Harvard University 

Brennan Hall, The Rose Room, Room 509  •  Noon to 1:30 p.m.  •  Book signing to follow

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Wednesday, March 29

Shared Paths, Divergent Courses:  Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism, Part 2 The Israel-Palestine Conflict, 1949-1979
This is the second of three presentations exploring the history of the conflict as seen through Jewish and Arab eyes.  The first lecture focused on the initial phase of the conflict, the struggle between Arabs and Jews from 1881 to 1948.  The second presentation will highlight the state-to-state tensions between Israel and her Arab neighbors culminating in the peace accords signed between Egypt and Israel as mediated by US President Jimmy Carter.

David Myers, Ph.D., Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History, UCLA

Hussein Ibish, Ph.D., Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington, D.C. 

Brennan Hall, The Rose Room, Room 509  •  Noon to 2:00 p.m. (note extended time for luncheon)


Monday, April 3

Isis in America:  From Retweets to Raqqi
The lecture will describe the nature and dynamics of the current ISIS-related mobilization in the United States, trying to provide an explanation as to why a few hundred young Americans have gone abroad to join the forces of the self-proclaimed Caliphate and a few have carried out terrorist attacks against their homeland.

Alex Hitchens, Program on Extremism at George Washington University

Brennan Hall, The Rose Room, Room 509  •  Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Book signing to follow


Fall 2016 World Affairs Luncheons

Monday, September 12, Descent into Hell: The Hero’s Quest in Myth and Film
James J. Clauss, Ph.D. Professor, University of Washington (Seattle)
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Thursday, September 29, Globalization and its Discontents: Specific Problems in Central Europe
Jiri Pehe, J.D., Director of NYU Prague & Global Professor at The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU in New York
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Wednesday, October 5, The Duel: Hamilton v. Burr: The Most Dramatic Moment in the Politics of the Early Republic
Morey Myers, J.D.,
Of Counsel, Myers, Brier and Kelly
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Tuesday October 18, Crime Online: The Investigation and Prosecution of Cyber Criminals
Judge Thomas Vanaskie, J.D., United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals
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Thursday, November 17, Transforming the World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
David Donoghue, 
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
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Tuesday, November 29, The Cultural Limits of Free Speech
David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former correspondent of the New York Times
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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