Schemel Evening Courses: Spring 2024

Course Fees for Non-Members are $100 per individual & $150 per couple

Hidden Figures of Black History

DATES: Mondays, January 29, and February 5, 12, 19, 26 & March 4                 
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305 


You may not know their names. But these courageous entertainers transformed the United States in profound ways, using their artistic contributions to shine a light that inspired change. While many don't fit the conventional definition of a hero, some were foul-tempered, weighed down by personal demons, and misunderstood by their contemporaries, but each one made profound contributions to our culture. This short course provides a long-overdue spotlight on some of the hidden figures of US history who deserve to be celebrated for their unflinching commitment to making America a better place.

Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of History, The University of Scranton  

Identity Politics

DATES: Wednesdays, January 31, & February 7, 14, 21, 28, & March 6
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305


Identity politics has been a lightning rod in recent political discourse, leading to Ron DeSantis' controversial "Stop-Woke Act." This seminar will aim at getting a better understanding of the ideas driving these debates. Topics include critical race theory, wokeism, intersectionality, structural discrimination, systemic injustice, and privilege. Readings will come from key proponents as well as their critics.

Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, The University of Scranton 

The Sitcoms of Norman Lear

DATES: Mondays, March 25, & April 8, 15, 22, 29, & May 6
TIME:  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305


This course explores the work of Norman Lear, a trailblazing TV writer and producer who redefined American television. Lear's sitcoms, including All in the Family, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, and Maude, challenged the norm with their groundbreaking portrayal of societal issues. We'll study Lear's significant hits, delve into some of his lesser-known works, and review his career through screenings and discussions. We plan to have actors and producers who worked with Lear join our classes (via Zoom). This is a unique opportunity to understand the legacy of a man who continued to innovate in television until his passing away at age 101.

Charlie Cino, M.A. Instructor, Department of English & Theatre, The University of Scranton

For more information and to register, contact: 

Kym Fetsko
Schemel Forum Events Coordinator
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