World Affairs Luncheons

sponsored by MunleyLaw

All luncheons are from Noon to 1:30pm
Luncheon Fees: $25 per luncheon per person 


Tuesday, September 17

Constitution Day 2019: "Let's Act Like the Majority We Are"

*In collaboration with the Women's and Gender Studies Program, The University of Scranton

Throughout history women have been divided by differences of race, religion, and other aspects of their identities that have taken priority over their gender. Imagine what we could accomplish if we were united as women!

Lynn Yeakel, Director of Drexel University College of Medicine's Institute for Women's Health and Leadership

Edward Leahy Hall, Kane Forum, 235; Noon to 1:30 p.m.



hartnett-photograph.jpgWednesday, September 25

Tsars, Commissars and President Putin: Why Russian History is the Key to Understanding Russia Today

From the earliest recorded history of the Russian state, its own countrymen have sought to understand what is meant to be Russian and to find a source of unity, stability and legitimacy through shared identity, history and culture. 


Lynne Hartnett, Ph.D, Professor of Russian History, Villaniva University

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


Friday, October 4

Transcendentalism, Politics and the Civil War

Although often ridiculed by conservative contemporaries as "moonshine," during the Civil War New England Trancendentalism was a major force in shaping the increasingly liberal policies of the Lincoln administration regarding slavery, emancipation and racial equality, culminating in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation. This lecture will examine how this seemingly abstract philosophy was able to change American democracy forever. 

Leonard Gougeon, Ph.D., Professor of English, The University of Scranton

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


Thursday, October 17 

Religion in the Public Sphere: a Contribution to the Common Good?

*In collaboration with the Jesuit Center, The University of Scranton

For most of the 20th Century, religion was considered a hindrance to the development of plural and democratic societies. Many scholars, politicians, and citizens thought that religious expression should be lived and practiced in the private sphere of each individual.

Despite many bad omens, religious expression seems to be in good health notwithstanding the fact that many religious communities and institutions are struggling to maintain their previously robust membership.

The question I will address is: How can the practice of religion (both privately and publicly) contribute to the common good in a pluralistic democratic society?

Ignacio Sepúlveda del Río, Humanities and Philosophy Faculty Member, Loyola Andalucía University, Seville, Spain

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


Tuesday, October 29 

Russian Spring?

Volunteerism, charitable causes, environmental protests. Russian citizens are building a civil society one step at a time. Is this a challenge to the Kremlin or another way that Russians are expressing their patriotism? Back from two recent trips from Moscow and other Russian cities, Jill Dougherty explores where the "Russian Spring" is headed.  


Jill Dougherty, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, D.C. and CNN Contributor

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


Thursday, November 7

Impeachment: Is it Still Available?

Our founders were fearful of giving too much power to the President without a process to remove him (or her) from office. Impeachment was patterned after a British practice of four centuries earlier. Does today's highly divided electorate make it less available? An historical review of impeachment and its current status will be discussed.


Morey Myers,  L.L.B., Of Counsel, Myers, Brier and Kelly

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


sevcenko.jpgWednesday, December 4

Reckoning with Contested History as an Essential Part of Sustaining Democracy

How will people understand evidence and narratives of historic sites in a post-truth era? Ms. Sevcenko will discuss ways to build a global conversation about the past, present and future of the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay. 



Liz Sevcenko, Director of the Rutgers Newark Humanities Action Lab

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


Spring 2019 World Affairs Luncheons

Monday, February 4, What to Expect from Trump's Foreign Policy in 2019
Trudy Rubin, 
Worldview Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Listen to the Lecture Here

Wednesday, February 20, Sing Sing Prison and the History of Criminal Justice: An Illustrated Presentation about One of America's Iconic Institutions
Brent D. Glass, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Listen to the Lecture Here

Friday, March 1, The History of Israel-Palestine: Peering into the Future
Hussein Ibish, Ph.D., Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington, D.C.

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

Spring 2019 Collaborative Programs

Wednesday, February 13, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resiliency: The Long Term Health, Legal and Societal Consequences
Dennis Dawgert, 
Listen to the Lecture Here

Thursday, March 28, Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
James Miller, 
Ph.D., Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies and Faculty Director of Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism, The New Shcool for Social Research
Listen to the Lecture Here

Thursday, April 4, Democracy and the Rhetoric of Demagoguery
Patricia Roberts-Miller, 
Ph.D., Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and director of the University Writing Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Listen to the Lecture Here

Monday, April 8, American Passionist Priest Martyrs in China, 90th Anniversary 1929-2019: Remembering their Witness of Faith; Remembering the Chinese Catholic Witness of Faith
Father Rob Carbonneau, 
C.P., Ph.D., Passionist Historian/Adjunct Professor of History, The University of Scranton
Listen to the Lecture Here

Thursday, May 2, While Reason Slept
Thomas Brier, Jr., 
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