Schemel Evening Courses: SPRING 2020

Course Fees for Non-Members are $75 per individual / $125 per couple

Bob Dylan:  From Rolling Stone to Nobel Laureate


DATES: Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 4 and 11                  
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305


In celebration of our living Nobel Laureate in literature we will attend to examples of Dylan’s work throughout his career, including his Nobel address. Via sound recordings, screen footage and our live voices we will discuss musical traditions and influences on Dylan, his place among his contemporaries and meaning in the songs. Participants will have some say in song selection and, if they like, can perform in what we hope will be a free-wheeling environment.

Recommended readings:

Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One

Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 13, 2005), ISBN-10: 0743244583, ISBN-13: 978-0743244589

Bob Dylan - The Little Black Songbook

The Little Black Songbook Bob Dylan

Publisher: Wise Publications; Revised, Expanded edition (January 1, 2016), ISBN-10: 1783052716, ISBN-13: 978-1783052714

Catherine Johnson, senior student in the SJLA Honors program majoring in English and Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of Esprit: The University of Scranton Review of Arts and Letters

Stephen Whittaker, Ph.D., Professor, Department of English & Theatre, The University of Scranton 


States of Emergency: Lessons from Latin American History

DATES: Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5 & 12
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305 


Under what circumstance are national emergencies declared and what have been the consequences for democracy? We’ll explore this question through the histories of several Latin American nations, connecting the past to present-day realities.

Aiala Levy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Latin American History, The University of Scranton


Frederick Douglass’s America

frederick-douglass-9278324-1-402.jpgDATES: Mondays, February 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 9 & 23
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305 


The course will follow Frederick Douglass’s life from enslavement to political power-broker in the middle of the 19th century. Each week we will focus on an episode of Douglass’s life as a way to explore the larger cultural processes that fundamentally altered the United States. Topics include slavery, the Underground Railroad, the politics of emancipation during the Civil War, the reconstruction amendments and the coming of Jim Crow. At the heart of the course will be a focus on racism and its corruption of American Ideals. 

Adam Pratt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of American History, The University of Scranton


To register for programs, contact:    
Alicen Morrison
Schemel Forum Assistant
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director