Schemel Evening Courses: Fall 2022

Course Fees for Non-Members are $75 per individual * Couple $125


Crossing the Line(s): Reading and Writing Contemporary Poetry

DATES: Mondays, September 19, 26 & October 3, 17, 24, 31                  
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

In this seminar, we will develop a vocabulary for the shared practice of close-reading forms of
poetry, both the forms of poetry you might have encountered in textbooks decades ago (e.g.,
the sonnet, the villanelle, the sestina, the pantoum) and much newer forms invented by living
poets (e.g., the Golden Shovel, the duplex, the pecha kucha). We’ll analyze and engage poems
both canonical and contemporary, and participants will be invited (though not required) to write
their own poems. There will be time for sharing and discussion during each course meeting.
We’ll consider the relationship between poetic form and content and in addition, we’ll consider
what poetry can do for us in our own lives as readers and writers. 

Billie Tadros, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English & Theatre, The University of Scranton  

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What is Fascism?

DATES: Wednesday, September 21, 28 & October 5, 12, 19, 26                  
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

Historians have struggled with a definition for decades although in many cases, so did the Fascists.
Has the word become so unwieldy that it has lost its meaning or does it still convey something
that informs us about our world? We will examine Fascism, or something that resembles it,
from its French and Italian roots and its Nazi variations, concluding with the global populist and
mass-surveillance phenomena.

Roy Domenico, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History, The University of Scranton 

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How a Masterpiece of Medieval Irish Art Bridged the Classical & Christian Worlds

DATES: Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 & November 1, 8
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

In this look at the origins and legacy of the Monogram Page of the Book of Kells, commonly
known as “The Chief Relic of the Western World” we will see how an Irish treasure from the year
800 unified science, religion and art.

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

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To register for programs, contact:    

Schemel Forum Assistant
570-941-6206
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director
570-941-4089
sondra.myers@scranton.edu