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


Wednesday, March 2
What's Happening to Civil Society in America?
Michael Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow, DEMOS New York City

The collective life of citizens is often seen as a vital factor in the health of democracy, the pursuit of equality and the achievement of successful social change. Yet today communities, non-profit groups and social movements face a challenging and rapidly-changing landscape of threats and opportunities. The lecture will provide a provocative picture of the past, present and future of civil society.

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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

Why does it look more hopeless than ever before?  Is this the beginning or the end of an era? What are we most afraid of? Is there any cause for optimism? 

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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

In February 2014 the cover of Time Magazine declared a “mindful revolution” based on a growing body of research suggesting that mindfulness might be useful in treating a number of health-related problems ranging from stress to anxiety to addiction. Dr. Brewer will discuss laboratory studies  that help to unravel these mysteries in both clinical studies and basic research involving meditation. 

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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

In modern times the goal of history has been to increase knowledge and power so that humans dominate the planet. Toward the end of the 19th century the closing of the world frontier was taken as evidence that this goal would soon be achieved. Some exceptionally insightful writers of the time, Jules Verne, William Morris and Robert Louis Stevenson, believed this historical condition would bring a rolling apocalypse of loss along with what is usually called progress. Were they right?

Noon to 1:30pm
The DeNaples Center, Ballroom, 407

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Friday, April 29
Human Rights and Corporate Accountability  

Zamira Djabarova, J.D., Bertha Justice Fellow, EarthRights International 

Transnational corporations surpass borders. Though they contribute to economic development, their actions can result in human rights abuses, e.g. displacement of people, health repercussions, stripping communities of their livelihood options and even murder. 

This talk will focus on major human rights abuses committed by corporations in recent years and some of the changes that need to be made to ensure that victims of these abuses have redress within the legal system. 

Noon to 1:30pm
Brennan Hall, The Rose Room, 509

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Friday, May 13

Shared Paths, Divergent Courses: Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism
This lecture will explore the entwined paths of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism. A deeper understanding of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians requires an integrated historical account that considers together the aspirations and actions of Jews and Arabs to achieve national self-determination in Palestine/Israel. The presentation will conclude with reflections on possible ways forward despite the impasse.

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






Noon to 1:30pm

The DeNaples Center, Ballroom, 407

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Fall 2015 World Affairs Luncheons

Thursday, September 17: Mark Rothko: Immigrant, Artist, Pioneer
Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D., Cultural historian, Writer and Professor of American Studies at the Université de Caen
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Friday, October 9: Genomic Science, Politics and Race: Can They Coexist Comfortably?
Jennifer Hochschild, Ph.D., Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
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Wednesday, October 21: Who was the Greater American, George Washington or Abraham Lincoln?
Morey M. Myers, Of Counsel, Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP
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Thursday, November 5: Why Not Just Forget About the Middle East?
Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Wednesday, November 18: When There Were Two Europes: Islam and Christendom
David Levering Lewis, Ph.D., 
Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus, New York University
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To register for programs, contact:    
Emily Brees
Schemel Forum Assistant
570-941-6206
emily.brees@scranton.edu
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director
570-941-4089
sondra.myers@scranton.edu