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 27th: American Foreign Policy: Is History a Useful Guide?

Fredrik Logevall
Professor of History and Vice Provost for International Affairs, Cornell University

It’s been said that those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it but too often leaders who act with history in mind nevertheless repeat it to their disadvantage. This talk will explore how history can be useful, even essential, to understanding the present, while also stressing that knowledge of the past is not enough; it must be supplemented by other approaches.


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

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Monday, March 2nd: The Causes and Resolutions of National and Ethnic Conflicts: A Global Review

Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

This lecture will examine the causes and (intermittently) successful resolutions of national and ethnic conflict across the world, paying special attention to the success or otherwise of power-sharing systems. Particular attention will be given to Ireland, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. Dr. O’Leary will draw upon his experiences as a constitutional and political advisor as well as critically engaging literature from political science.

Brennan Hall, Rose Room 509, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 11: The Arab Spring: Why Did It Happen and Where Is It Headed?

Philip Khoury, Associate Provost, Ford International Professor of History, MIT

Is the Arab world as we know it today dying or is it being reborn? Experts were as surprised as non-experts by the Arab Spring’s eruption four years ago. How can we explain its origins and the way it has unfolded?

Brennan Hall, Rose Room 509, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 18: De-Coding Putin

Jill Dougherty, Public Policy Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

Vladimir Putin’s ideology is key to his actions on the international stage but few people understand the basis of his thinking. Jill Dougherty, former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief, has reported on Russia’s president for more than fifteen years. In this provocative talk she explains the experiences and forces that shaped Putin’s world view.

Redington Hall, Collegiate Hall, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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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

This talk will explore the history of one of the most enduring peoples in the world, the Jews, from the time of their founding patriarch, Abraham, to the latest incarnation of Jewish life in 21st century America. In the course of this passage, we will seek to provide clues to the unlikely survival of the Jews over the ages.


*The lecture is presented in cooperation with the Judaic Studies Institute at The University of Scranton

Redington Hall, Collegiate Hall, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, April 29th: Soft Power for Hard Times


William Kiehl, President and CEO, PD Worldwide International, Consultants

What is soft power and how important is it as a tool for pursuing a national security strategy? The talk will enumerate various types of soft power with an emphasis on public diplomacy and describe the difference between public diplomacy and traditional diplomacy in the contemporary world.

Brennan Hall, Rose Room 509, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Fall 2014 World Affairs Luncheons

Morey M. Myers, Of Counsel, Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP
Japanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost that Still Haunts Us
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Shibley Telhami, Ph.D., Professor, International Relations and Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace & Development, University of Maryland
The World Through Arab Eyes
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Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D., Cultural historian,Writer and Professor of American Studies at the Université de Caen
Magicians of the Earth, A Legendary Exhibition in Paris & its Global Implications
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Kerry ZukusCo-author Inside the Hotel Rwanda
Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story and Why it Matters Today
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Daniel Serwer, Ph.D., Professor of Conflict Management, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
War & Peace: The Challenges of the Islamic State and Ukraine
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Judith Renyi, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia
The Great Learning Gap and Why We Must Do Something About It
Video coming soon

 

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