World Affairs Seminars

sponsored by MunleyLaw

All seminars are from Noon to 1:30pm
Virtual Seminar Fees: $10 per per person 


Thursday, October 1

Artistic Manifestations of Life Transistions

This presentation will look first at the cave art discovered in The Caves du Volp in the French Pyrenees and the possible relationship with the transformation in adolescence.  In the second half of the presentation, we will examine the Transition of Odysseus through midlife--from The Iliad to his homecoming in The Odyssey. We will see how these works are small stops on life’s journey and the self-creation of the artist. Both Nietzsche and Jung see art as a forum for self-transformation and healing.

 Harmar Brereton, M.D. 

Via ZOOM- link will be emailed; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Friday, October 23

The Politics of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of Israel/Palestine

How have maps become entangled with politics, territorial claim-making, and nationstate building in Israel/Palestine? This talk will focus on how various actors, institutions, and governments engage in “map wars” in order to further different and often incommensurable geopolitical visions of contested territories.


Christine Leuenberger, Ph.D, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University 

Via ZOOM- link will be emailed; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, October 29

Code Red:  How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save the Country

In collaboration with the Jesuit Center, The University of Scranton

In CODE RED: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country (St. Martin’s Press; February 4, 2020), bestselling author and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr. provides a blueprint for change that stresses the need for a coalition as diverse in its political orientation as it will be across the lines of race, region and ethnicity—from Democratic Socialists to those who would once have been called liberal Republicans.

E.J. Dionne, syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, a regular contributor on MSNBC and NPR, university professor at Georgetown, and visiting professor at Harvard University 

Via ZOOM- link will be emailed; 4 to 5:30 p.m. *Please note the later start time


fredrik_logevall-credit-lindsay-france.jpgThursday, November 5

What Democracy Requires: The 2020 Election in Historical Perspective

How should we think about the outcome of the 2020 election and the challenges and opportunities that loom for American democracy? History provides important clues, Professor Logevall will suggest, as well as a path forward.



Fred Logevall, Ph.D., Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University

Via ZOOM- link will be emailed; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Tuesday, November 10        *NEW DATE

Antisemitism Past, Present, and Future

This lecture will explore the enduring history of antisemitism, which has been called the “longest hatred” in history. What different forms did it take? What explains its staying power? And how grave a threat is it today? Will it ever die out? Prof. Myers will address these questions in his annual appearance in the Schemel Forum.

 David N. Myers, Ph.D.Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History, UCLA, and President, New Israel Fund

Via Zoom- link will be emailed; Noon to 1:30 p.m.



Monday, November 16

The Newly Renovated Rothko Chapel: The Need for Sacred Places Today

Annie Cohen- Solal has written extensively on Rothko and will share her insights on the chapel and its sanctity.


 Annie Cohen- Solal, Ph.D., Cultural historian, Writer and Professor of American Studies at the Université de Caen 

Via ZOOM- link will be emailed; Noon to 1:30 p.m.



2019 University For A Day

Saturday, September 14, University For A Day, An Environmental Immersion

Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, The University of Scranton
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Timothy D. Searchinger, Ph.D., Research Scholar, Princeton University and Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute
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Michael C. Cann, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Chemistry Department, The University of Scranton, Director, Delaware Highlands Conservancy
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Diane Burko, Artist
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Fall 2019 World Affairs Luncheons

Tuesday, September 17, Constitution Day 2019: "Let's Act Like the Majority We Are"
Lynn Yeakel, 
Director of Drexel University College of Medicine's Institute for Woman's Health and Leadership
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Wednesday, September 25, Tsars, Commissars and President Putin: Why Russian History is the Key to Understanding Russia Today
Lynne Hartnett, Ph.D., Professor of Russian History, Villanova University
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Friday, October 4, Transcendentalism, Politics and the Civil War
Leonard Gougeon,
Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Department of English & Theatre, The University of Scranton
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Thursday, October 17, Religion in the public Sphere: a contribution to the Common Good?
Ignacio Sepulveda del Rio, Humanities and Philosophy Faculty Member, Loyola Andalucia University, Seville, Spain
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Tuesday, October 29, Russian Spring?
Jill Dougherty, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for Internatinal Scholars, Washington, D.C. and CNN Contributor
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Thursday, November 7, Impeachment: Is It Still Available?
Morey Myers, L.L.B., Of Counsel, Myers, Brier and Kelly
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Wednesday, December 4, Reckoning with Contested History as an Essential Part of Sustaining Democracy
Liz Sevcenko,
Director of the Rutgers Newark Humanities Action Lab
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To register for programs, contact:    
Alicen Morrison
Schemel Forum Assistant
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director