World Affairs Luncheons

sponsored by MunleyLaw

All luncheons are from Noon to 1:30pm
Luncheon Fees: $20 per luncheon per person • $30 per luncheon per couple • $110 per series of 6 per person • $160 per series of 6 per couple


Monday, February 4 

What to Expect from Trump's Foreign Policy in 2019
After the midterms a Democratic-led House will draw attention to Trump's foreign policies on Saudi Arabia, China, North Korea and Russia, and his long-awaited Mideast peace plan. Can we expect the new Democratic majority to make a difference? And what crises should we watch for in the New Year? 


Trudy Rubin, Ph.D., Worldview Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Redington Hall, Collegiate Hall; Noon to 1:30 p.m.




Wednesday, February 20

Sing Sing Prison and the History of Criminal Justice: An Illustrated Presentation about One of America's Iconic Institutions

Every chapter in the history of criminal justice has a few pages written at Sing Sing. This talk will review the extraordinary and largely unknown history, present plans for a new museum at Sing Sing and connect its history to contemporary issues in criminal justice. 


Brent D. Glass, Ph.D, Director Emeritus, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Friday, March 1 

The History of Israel-Palestine: Peering into the Future

This fourth in a series of lecture by Hussein Ibish and David Myers will move from an analysis of the history of the conflict to a discussion of future directions. They will lay out a variety of possible scenarios in light of today’s profound crisis of democracy in the world and the region.  Is there hope to be gleaned anywhere?  Has the conflict become more intractable? Will it now enter a new phase?  These are some of the key questions to be addressed.

Hussein Ibish, Ph.D., Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington, DC.

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

Redington Hall, Rose Collegiate Hall; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 21 

The State of Religious Freedom in the US and Across the Globe

Mr. Schnurer will discuss the many ways that citizens can effect change. He notes that a previous generation of young Americans ended a war and ushered in an era of greater tolerance by changing society more than by changing politicians.


Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein, Director Emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Senior Advisor for Strategy, Policy for the Union for Reform Judaism and Senior Fellow at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service’s Center for Jewish Civilization

Edward Leahy Hall, Kane Forum; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Monday, April 8 

Empathy in Politics: Does it Matter? If So, Why?

A crucial attribute of political leadership, we’re often told, is empathy—understanding the thoughts and feelings of others, including opponents, and being able to see the world through their eyes. Professor Logevall will point to some leaders in American history who had the capacity for empathy and used it effectively.  He asks us to reflect on how we should think about that today. 


Fred Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of History

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Tuesday, April 30

The Holocaust: Confronting Evil, Assuming Responsibility

The United Kingdom’s Holocaust Memorial, under construction, raises challenging questions about human behavior. It aims both to remember and to encourage reflection on the lessons of the past among British citizens and visitors of all nationalities. In dedicating itself to this mission, Britain reaffirms its commitment to stand up against Anti- Semitism and prejudice in all of its forms.


Yehudit Shendar, Content Director/Chief Curator of the British Holocaust Memorial

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Fall 2018 World Affairs Luncheons


Tuesday, September 18, Why College?
William M. Sullivan, 
Ph.D., Senior Scholar at New American Colleges and Universitites and Visiting Professor at the Center for the Study of Professions at Oslo and Akerskhus Universities in Norway
Listen to the Lecture Here

Monday, October 1, Democracy Dies in Darkness
Elzbieta Matynia, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and Director of the Transregional CEnter for Democratic Studies at the New SChool for Social Research
Listen to the Lecture Here

Wednesday, October 17, Translating The Odyssey: How and Why
Emily Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Classical Studies and Chair, Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania
Listen to the Lecture Here

Thursday, October 25, You Can Do Anything
Eric Schnurer, President, Public Works, LLC
Listen to the lecture here

Wednesday, November 7, Going to War: Who Calls the Shots?
Morey Myers, L.L.B., Of Counsel, Myers, Brier and Kelly
Listen to the lecture here

Tuesday, November 13, Cybercrime: A Global Weapon of Mass Destruction
Michael Greenberger, J.D., Founder and Director, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security and Law Professor
Listen to the Lecture Here


To register for programs, contact:    
Alicen Morrison
Schemel Forum Assistant
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director