Schemel Evening Courses: SPRING 2019

Course Fees for Non-Members are $60 per individual / $100 per couple

Kurt Vonnegut & the Narrative of Trauma

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


It sounds like an oxymoron but Kurt Vonnegut established himself as one of the leading novelists of the second half of the 20th Century by finding a way to write humorously about pessimism, despair and trauma.  In this class we’ll examine some of the methods he employs to those ends. In particular we will consider how he departs from the model of trauma narrative that Ernest Hemingway established a generation earlier. Texts include Mother Night; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five—and Hemingway’s In Our Time.

Joe Kraus, Chair and Professor, Department of English & Theatre, The University of Scranton, and President, MELUS (Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States)


Color: Perceptions in Science, Art, and Society

DATES: Wednesdays, March 20, 27 and April 3, 10, 17, 24
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305 


What is color? We use the term in a number of literal and metaphoric ways. What is its origin and how do we use it to unite and divide us? With the help of a team of specialists we will explore the perceptions and uses of color in science, humanities, and social sciences.

Janice Voltzow, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, The University of Scranton and colleagues from across The University of Scranton


Ben Franklin as a Marketing Pioneer

DATES: Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305 


 The course will be an overview of the various facets of marketing and illustrate how Ben Franklin pioneered much of what we know about modern marketing, entrepreneurship and business.  Participants will be asked to read sections of Franklin’s autobiography and a short book by him, The Way to Wealth. No prior knowledge of marketing is required for the class.

Abhijit Roy, Ph.D., DBA, Professor of Marketing, Kania School of Management, 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