World Affairs Luncheons

sponsored by MunleyLaw

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


Friday, February 14

How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism

The talk will trace how we got to this point and recommend a bold new agenda for a progressive foreign policy using foreign aid that focuses on economic justice at home and abroad; a robust new agenda to support democracy, freedom and the rule of law — addressing climate change and supporting innovation.


Alex Thier, Founder of Triple Helix, a strategic consulting and advisory firm and Senior Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London 

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



nicoleyoungnew.jpgTuesday, February 18

Covering Crisis as a Woman

Nicole Young will speak about the importance of covering the world’s atrocities and shares some of the unique challenges she’s faced as a woman reporting and working in disaster and conflict zones.  


Nicole Young, Producer of 60 Minutes

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


Friday, March 6

Navigating in an Uncertain World: Global Challenges, Populism and Brexit

Ambassador Donoghue will discuss the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the hope they provide for human and planetary development up to 2030 and beyond; the efforts being made at the global level to create more humane conditions for migrants and refugees; the threat posed by rising populism and nationalism in various parts of the world and the particular challenges presented by Brexit, both for Ireland and the rest of the European Union.


David Donoghue, Ph.D., Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 2013- 2017 

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



Friday, April 17 

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

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



Tuesday, April 21

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



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 

The DeNaples Center, Ballroom, 4th floor; Noon to 1:30 p.m.



Monday, May 4

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 

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



Thursday, May 7

The Abolitionist International

The talk re-imagines abolition as a radical international movement composed of ordinary men and women, whites and blacks. It shows how the fight to end slavery overlapped with contemporary social movements such as feminism, utopian socialism, pacifism as well as struggles for rights of labor, immigrants and Native Americans.

 Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut

Edward Leahy Hall, Kane Forum, 235; 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