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 9

The Citizen's Share
Professor Blasi will talk about economic inequality and the concentration of wealth in the US that is destroying America’s middle class. He will describe the role that broad-based employee share ownership and profit sharing in companies can play in addressing these problems as discussed in his new book, The Citizen’s Share, published by Yale University Press. A book signing will follow the lecture. 

Joseph Blasi, Ed.D., J. Robert Beyster Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and Rutgers Business School| New Brunswick

Edward Leahy Hall, Kane Forum, 2nd Floor; Noon to 1:30 p.m.



Monday, March 5

Understanding the Americans Who joined Isis

Since the start of the Syrian conflict over 200 Americans have successfully traveled to ISIS-held territory in Syria and Iraq. In his talk Dr. Meleagrou-Hitchens will discuss his latest research on these individuals, explaining their motivations for joining ISIS, their experiences, and the terrorist threat that they may pose in the future.



Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Ph.D, Research Director, Program on Extremism, The George Washington University

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Monday, March 19

Shared Past, Divergent Courses: Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism, Part 3, The Israel-Palestinian Conflict, 1979-Present

This is the third of three presentations exploring the history of the conflict. This session will focus on the end of a long phase of conflict between Israel and her Arab neighbors and the return of focus to the tension between Israelis and Palestinians. The talk will conclude by asking whether the conflict has entered yet a new phase centered on religious rather than national differences.

David N. Myers, Ph.D., President/CEO of the Center for Jewish History and Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History, UCLA




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

  Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 3

JKF, LBJ and the Paradox of Vietnam

In the 1960s US presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson made Vietnam into an American war, despite their having deep misgivings about the struggle.  Harvard historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Embers of War considers anew one of the most consequential and trying chapters in American history.

Fredrik Logevall, Ph.D, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 11

Resisting Threats to Democracy: Lessons from Machiavelli

I’d like to teach them the way to hell so they can steer clear of it,” maverick Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli wrote to a friend in 1526.  The hell he had in mind was a very earthly kind, one created by bad political choices and institutions that fail to check widespread corruption.  What advice might he give to citizens and leaders today about how to save their troubled democracies?

Erica Benner, Ph.D., Fellow in Political Philosophy, Yale University/ Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 26

rwabukwisi_cyamatarefelix17website.jpgStrengthening the Global Health System: Lessons Learned from Africa

Dr. Rwabukwisi will discuss lessons learned from strengthening primary health care across five African countries over the last eight years—and why public health is not only a local issue but a global issue as well.


Felix C. Rwabukwisi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Science, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine


Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Fall 2017 World Affairs Luncheons


Monday, September 25, Jazz & Democracy in 2017: Does it Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing?
Wayne Winborne,
Executive Director, Institute for Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Newark
Listen to the Lecture Here

Friday, October 6Secession & Nullification: Are They Dead or about to Erupt? 
Morey Myers, Of Counsel, Myers, Brier and Kelly
Listen to the Lecture Here

Friday, October 20, Universities & Communities, Partners for Change: A Global Movement
Ira Harkavy, Associate President and Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
Listen to the Lecture Here

Friday, November 10, Scholarship, Service & Integrative Thinking: My Work in Biotechnology and Africa’s Economic Development
Michael C. Fairbanks, Chairman of the Board, Silver Creek Medicines and Fellow at the Weatherhead Institute for International Affairs at Harvard University
Listen to the Lecture here

Tuesday, November 14, Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump
*In collaboration with the Scranton Times-Tribune
Trudy Rubin, Worldview Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer 
Listen to the lecture here

Monday, November 20, History Matters: The Road to Cross-Cultural Understanding & Reconciliation
Sami Adwan, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Hebron University, West Bank 
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To register for programs, contact:    
Alicen Morrison
Schemel Forum Assistant
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director