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

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

Although Mark Rothko has undeniably reached the status of an iconic artist whose paintings sell for about $80 million, he remains mysterious.

Cohen-Solal approaches him through the lens of her social history research and unveils many fascinating aspects of his life and character. Rothko fought the narrow-mindedness of many US institutions and was deeply committed to giving all publics genuine access to art.

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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

As the uses of genomic science move into many arenas of life including medicine, law, racial identity, energy production, pest control and dating services, genomics can be expected to develop ideological and partisan valences. Is this an arena of a “liberal war on science?” Is it now possible for Americans to think about race and genetics in the same sentence without reverting to the old eugenics? This lecture will help us answer these perplexing questions.

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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

Washington and Lincoln are considered to be our greatest presidents. Do you agree? If so, which do you think was the greater? Does greatness in our leaders require a national crisis? What were the challenges that Washington and Lincoln confronted prior to and during their presidencies? Can you compare a president of a fledgling nation in the 18th century with one attempting to preserve a greatly expanded one in the 19th century? An examination of their respective strengths and weaknesses may help us to decide. Your opinions will be welcome.

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Thursday, November 5
Why Not Just Forget About the Middle East?

Trudy Rubin
Worldview columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer

That’s the temptation, as US oil production soars and the region collapses. But Rubin, who recently travelled to Iraq and Jordan and has covered the area for decades, will explain why a U.S. focus on the region is still essential if ISIS is to be defeated, Iran contained and Mideast chaos prevented from spreading beyond the Arab world.

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Friday, November 13
The Iran Nuclear Agreement and the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations

Ali Banuazizi, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies

After a brief overview of the historic Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, the lecture explores the potential impact of the deal on Iran’s economy and domestic politics, its changing role in the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East, and its troubled relations with the United States.

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

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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

By the close of the thirteenth century a Christian reconquest, fueled by religious zeal and superior military power, had occupied Muslim Toledo, conquered the Cordoban caliphate and overwhelmed the caliphate’s successor city-states. Even so an “Indian Summer” of Christian, Muslim and Jewish philosophical, literary and scientific collaboration persisted long after the fall of Toledo (1085). As Muslim Europe appeared to vanish Christian Europe experienced a Renaissance and an Age of Discovery underpinned by the philosophical commentaries and navigational advances derived from Islamized Iberia.

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

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Spring 2015 World Affairs Luncheons

Friday, February 27th: American Foreign Policy: Is History a Useful Guide?
Fredrik Logevall, Professor of History and Vice Provost for International Affairs, Cornell University

Monday, March 2nd: The Causes and Resolutions of National and Ethnic Conflicts: A Global Review
Brendan O’LearyLauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, March 11: The Arab Spring: Why Did It Happen and Where Is It Headed?
Philip KhouryAssociate Provost, Ford International Professor of History, MIT
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Wednesday, March 18: De-Coding Putin
Jill DoughertyPublic Policy Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
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Friday, April 17th: A Brief History of the Jews: From Abraham to Scranton
David Myers, Professor of Jewish History and Chair of the History Department, UCLA
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Wednesday, April 29th: Soft Power for Hard Times
William Kiehl, President and CEO, PD Worldwide International, Consultants
To register for programs, contact:    
Emily Brees
Schemel Forum Assistant
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Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director