Schemel Evening Courses: FALL 2019

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

Dwight David Eisenhower and the American Century

DATES: Mondays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 21, 28 
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305


Rated a mediocre leader by many when he left office in January 1961, Eisenhower has risen in the ranks of presidential historians and political scientists as one of America's great presidents. This course will examine his life and career beginning with his youth in Abilene, Kansas, moving to his military career in World War 2 and then on to the White House as the first GOP President in twenty years. In that role he attempted to forge a middle path in domestic politics while leading the West during the early period of the Cold War. We will conclude with a discussion of Ike's historical legacy and its significance to our world today.

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


Threats to Democracy in Our Time

DATES: Tuesdays, September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305 


Between the neo-cons of the Bush era and Francis Fukuyama's declaration of "The End of History," free-market liberal democracy was celebrated as the culmination of political development. Yet today democracy is under threat from authoritarianism, populism and various forms of meritocracy. Has it run its course? We will look at the basis for the claims of its triumph and then turn to discussions of why democracy might be transitory: insights from Plato's Republic, Marx's Economic Manuscripts and How Democracies Die by Levitsky and Ziblatt.

Harold W. Baille, Ph.D., Professor Philosophy, The University of Scranton


Paleolithic Cave Painting in Europe: The Origin of Human Consciousness

DATES: Thursdays, September 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
TIME:  6:00 to 7:15 p.m. (beverages and light snacks offered)
LOCATION: Weinberg Memorial Library Room 305 


In week one we will briefly review the climate and geology of Paleolithic Europe, the history of human artistic expression, who painted the caves and how the modern discoveries were made. In weeks 2 to 5 we will emphasize the caves of Altamira, Tuc d'Albert and Trois Freres, Lascaux and Chauvet which will be reviewed and contrasted and the art work presented. Additional cave discoveries and unique artistic discoveries will be included if possible. The last week will be a discussion of "Why" this art was created, what it might have meant to its creators and what it still means to us. 

Harmar Brereton, M.D.


To register for programs, contact:    
Alicen Morrison
Schemel Forum Assistant
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Sondra Myers
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