Schemel Evening Courses: Fall 2020

Course Fees for Non-Members are $60 per individual

Berlin: The Capital of the Twentieth Century

DATES: Tuesdays, August 25 and September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29                  
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Zoom- like will be emailed


Throughout the 20th Century few cities could claim greater historical importance than Berlin, from its position as capital of the German Empire in 1900 to its position as arguably the most important city of the European Union in 2020. This course will examine how Berlin's inhabitants, from university students to factory workers to democratic politicians to Nazi and Communist dictators and secret policemen , made the city one of the most dynamic and tragic cities in modern history. 

Sean Brennan, Ph.D., Professor of History, The University of Scranton 


Inverted America: Great Stories from Latin America

DATES: Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. 
LOCATION: Zoom- link will be emailed 


In this class, we will read and watch important works from Latin American authors like J.L. Borges, Julio Cortázar, Clarice Lispector, Juan Rulfo, Mariana Enriquez, Samantha Schweblin, Lucrecia Martel. Our discussions will address style, identity, representation, gender and sexuality, and influence in national and transnational contexts. 

Yamile Silva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, The University of Scranton


Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis: A Philosophical Perspective

covidpic.jpgDATES: Thursdays, October 15, 22, Wednesday, October 28 and November 5, 12, 19
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Zoom- link will be emailed 


This seminar will look at the COVID-19 crisis from the perspective of political philosophy and examine how these philosophies shaped responses to it. In particular, we will examine the issue through the conflict between individual rights and the common good. We will discuss readings from the likes of George Will, Richard Epstein, Michael Sandel, and Robert Reich, and we will look at specific events such as the protests, the debate between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Rand Paul, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that struck down stay-at-home orders. 

Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, 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