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


Tuesday, September 30thJapanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost that Still Haunts Us

Morey M. Myers, Of Counsel
Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP

What caused us to intern 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps at the start of World War 2? Did racism and war hysteria inform the disastrous decision to impose this punishment on loyal American citizens? Can it happen again?

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Tuesday, October 7thThe World Through Arab Eyes

Shibley Telhami, Ph.D.
Professor, International Relations and Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace & Development, University of Maryland

The talk will assess the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and how the region is being reshaped through analysis of Arab public opinion on issues ranging from how Arabs define themselves to their attitudes on social and political issues and the rest of the world.

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



Monday, Oct. 27thMagicians of the Earth, A Legendary Exhibition in Paris & its Global Implications

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

In 1989 the exhibition, Magicians of the Earth, was presented in Paris at three prestigious sites. With its massive size and unusual goal it initiated considerable debate in France and around the world—but in the end was seen as a landmark exhibition. A quarter of a century later Cohen- Solal assesses the value of the exhibition as an example of post-colonial Europe and a 21st century approach to understanding and appreciating ‘the other.”

DeNaples Center, Mcllhenny Ballroom, Room 407, Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 6th: Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story and Why it Matters Today

Kerry Zukus
Co-author Inside the Hotel Rwanda

The film, Hotel Rwanda, the alleged true story of refugees surviving the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. But was the hotel manager depicted in it, Paul Rusesabagina, credited with single-handedly saving the lives of those who sought safety in the hotel, just a Hollywood creation? Mr. Zukus and his Rwandan co-author, Edouard Kayihura, tell a different story which will be the subject of his talk.

McIlhenny Ballroom, Room 407, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 10th: War & Peace: The Challenges of the Islamic State and Ukraine

Daniel Serwer, Ph.D.
Professor of Conflict Management, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

While the United States has been trying to disengage from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it now faces new challenges from Russia in the Ukraine and from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. How did this come about? What risks do Ukraine and the Islamic State pose for the United States? Are we going back to a Cold War with Russia and a hot one with the Islamic State? How can we best respond to these challenges?

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

Monday, Nov. 24thThe Great Learning Gap and Why We Must Do Something About It

Judith Renyi, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia

In October 2013 an international study of literacy revealed that the US had fallen below average among 23 first world countries. It found that 36 million US adults are functioning too low in reading, writing and mathematics and the ability to solve problems in a technology-rich environment to get or keep jobs. Dr. Renyi will discuss the US Department of Education’s response to workforce development crisis and the innovations piloted In Philadelphia to reskill Americans on a large scale.

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

Spring 2014 World Affairs Luncheons

Bill Strickland, President & CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Social Architect, Community Leader and Visionary
The Art of Leadership
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Jiri Pehe, Director of NYU in Prague, Political Analyst, Former Chief Political Advisor of President Vaclav Havel
The Emergence of Anti-Liberal Politics in Central Europe
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Celeste Schenck, Ph.D., President of the American University in Paris
An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures
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LeoLuca Orlando, Ph.D., Mayor of Palermo, Italy
Identity & the Struggle between the Culture of Human Rights & the Mafia
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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