Collaborative Programs

March 21, 2024

With the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Ignatian Humanities

Christian Nationalism

In his widely acclaimed book 'Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten History of the Christian Front', Fr. Gallagher tells the story of a group of American terrorists who, in the name of God, conspired to overthrow the U.S. government and form an alliance with Hitler. Members of this self-proclaimed anti-Semitic and anti-Communist group known as the Christian Front were charged with seditious conspiracy, the same charge leveled against the leaders of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers for their alleged roles on January 6, 2021. In this presentation, Gallagher will summarize the history of Christian nationalist groups and discuss their influence on today's far-right movements.

Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. Associate Professor of History, Boston College, and former visiting fellow at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, College of the Holy Cross.

Weinberg Memorial Library, The Charles Kratz Scranton Heritage Room ⋅ 5:30 p.m.

Lecture and Reception ⋅ Complimentary & Open to the Community

April 25, 2024

With the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Ragtime: The Mind and Music of Scott Joplin

The son of a slave, Scott Joplin grew up playing the piano in minstrel shows, saloons, and houses of prostitution. There, he found, nurtured, and ultimately became the grandmaster of a form - ragtime - that has made him one of music's immortals. In his concert lecture, Dr. Kogan makes the case that the Joplin rag is a uniquely American innovation - an original dance form clothed in sophisticated syncopated rhythms and bright harmonic colors that render it the New World's equivalent to a Mozart Minuet or a Chopin Mazurka. Dr. Kogan intersperses his engaging narrative with performances of Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer, and other gems of the genre.

Richard Kogan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Artistic Director, Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 525 Pine St., Scranton, PA ⋅ 6:00 p.m.

Performance, lecture, and Reception - $40 per person. Free for Schemel Forum members and University of Scranton and GCSOM employees and students.

For more on Dr. Kogan, visit his website: and his YouTube Channel

For more information and to register for programs, contact: 

Kym Fetsko
Schemel Forum Events Coordinator
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