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

Monday, September 12
Descent into Hell: The Hero’s Quest in Myth and Film
Professor Clauss will discuss the age-old quest tale as a form of “katabasis” (descent into the land of the dead), its origins in the human psyche and its enduring presence in cinematic narratives.

James J. Clauss, Ph.D. Professor, University of Washington (Seattle)
Listen to the lecture here


Thursday, September 29
Globalization and its Discontents: Specific Problems in Central Europe
Liberal Democracy has come under pressure in Western countries, mainly because of their inability to tackle by local political means the complex challenges posed by globalization, e.g. mass migration and global financial markets. In the Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) the challenges are even more complex as they lack deep democratic traditions such as strong civil societies and political institutions.

Jiri Pehe, J.D., Director of New York University in Prague and Global Professor at The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU in New York
Listen to the Lecture Here

Wednesday, October 5
The Duel: Hamilton v. Burr: The Most Dramatic Moment in the Politics of the Early Republic
This infamous duel left a Founding Father dead and the Vice President a fugitive. Why? How do we remember this tragic event? What was its impact at the time and how is it viewed today?

Morey Myers, J.D., Of Counsel, Myers, Brier and Kelly
Listen to the Lecture Here

Tuesday October 18
Crime Online: The Investigation and Prosecution of Cyber Criminals
Cybercrime is a term used to describe crimes committed on the internet using the computer as either a tool or a victim. The US Department of Justice claims that “cybercrime is one of the greatest threats facing our country with enormous implicating for our national security, economic prosperity and public safety.” The lecture will explore the ways that governments investigate and prosecute cybercrimes.

Judge Thomas Vanaskie, J.D., United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Redington Hall, Collegiate Hall, Noon to 1:30 pm


Thursday, November 17
Transforming the World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Ambassador Donoghue server as a co-facilitator with Kenya’s Ambassador of major United Nations negotiations which lead to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

David Donoghue is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
DeNaples Ballroom, 407, Noon to 1:30pm


Tuesday, November 29
The Cultural Limits of Free Speech
An examination of the informal, non-legal boundaries that describe the landscape of debate in America, with all its raucous, vitriolic features of racial and ethnic stereotyping, angry parents’ challenges of books used in schools and secretive relations between government whistleblowers and reporters covering the war on terrorism.

David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former correspondent of the New York Times
Brennan Hall, The Rose Room, Room 509, Noon to 1:30 pm


Spring 2016 World Affairs Luncheons

Wednesday, March 2: What's Happening to Civil Society in America?
Michael EdwardsDistinguished Senior Fellow, DEMOS New York City
Listen to the lecture here.

Wednesday, March 16: Can it Possibly Get Worse for Europe and the Middle East? An Update on the Refugee Crisis and the Thick Fog of Fundamentalism
Peter ZilahyAward Winning Hungarian Author
Listen to the lecture here.

Monday, April 4: Please Pay Attention (it could change your brain!): Insights into how Mindfulness Helps Us Change Our Habits
Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and Associate Professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School, adjunct faculty at Yale University and research affiliate at MIT
Listen to the Lecture Here 

Thursday, April 14: History at the End of the World
Rosalind Williams, Ph.D., Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science of Technology, MIT
Listen to the Lecture Here

Friday, May 13: Shared Paths, Divergent Courses: Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism
David Myers, Ph.D.Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History, UCLA
Hussein Ibish, Ph.D.Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine
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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