World Affairs Luncheon Seminars

sponsored by Munley Law

Munley Law: Choose Carefully


All seminars are from Noon to 1:30p.m. Buffet Lunch is served. 
Luncheon Seminar Fees: $25 per per person 


Monday, September 12 

Covering the White House: Challenges and Opportunities

Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker shares stories and lessons from her life on the campaign trail and covering two presidents — and takes your questions.



Ashley Parker, White House Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, Ms. Parker has covered 2012 & 2016 presidential campaigns. She is also an NBC/MSNBC senior political analyst. 

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m., Live-stream link will be emailed


Monday, September 19

Higher Education’s Indispensable Role in Preserving and Advancing

Democracy is under threat all over the world. What is higher education’s role in helping to meet that threat? The talk will explore higher education’s democratic mission, as well as what might be done to better realize that mission, not only on campus, but in the community, across the wider society and around the world.

Ira Harkavy, Ph.D., Founding Director, Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania


Edward Leahy Hall, Kane Forum, 235 • Noon to 1:30 p.m., Live-stream link will be emailed


Wednesday, September 28

Managing Today and Envisioning Tomorrow: Leading the City of Scranton

The responsibilities of a mayor range from everyday matters to important executive decisions. The job requires true leadership skills. Mayor Cognetti will give us a glimpse of a mayor’s day and the need to be prepared for whatever comes his or her way. 

Paige Gebhardt Cognetti, Mayor, City of Scranton



Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m., Live-stream link will be emailed


waynewinborneheadshot.jpegThursday, November 10

On Democracy, Inequality, and Jazz Improvisation

In this talk, Wayne will explore the state of our current democracy, the cause and corrosive effect of deepening inequality, and the utility of jazz improvisation as both a metaphor and actual strategy for rebuilding our society, community, and human relations here and abroad.

Wayne Winborne, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Assistant Professor Arts Culture and Media, Rutgers University-Newark

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m., Live-stream link will be emailed


Friday, December 2    

How Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Changed the World

The post World War II rules-based order is over; the West must now confront a new era in which despotic rulers seek to expand their territory by force. 

Trudy Rubin,WorldView Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer


Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m., Live-stream link will be emailed



Friday, December 9

Process of Peace, Palermo: An Experience, a Model

Mayor Orlando led the city of Palermo from war to peace, from the Mafia governing Palermo and killing, to the sentences of the State; from the liberation of Palermo governed by Mafia bosses and corrupted politicians to the civil resistance and peace based on respect of human beings and human rights.


Leoluca Orlando, University Professor, former Mayor of Palermo, honorary Mayor of Palermo Huila Colombia and cofounder of Global Parliament of Mayors

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m., Live-stream link will be emailed 



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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Spring 2022 World Affairs Seminars

Thursday, February 10, Our Common Home: Vatican and Multifaith Engagement on Environment and Climate Change
Rabbi Daniel Swartz, 
Spiritual Leader Temple Hesed and Executive Director, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
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Friday, February 18, Is Liberal Democracy Already Hiatory?
Elzbieta Matynia, Ph.D., SProfessor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at the New School for Social Research
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Thursday, March 3, Linneaus' Legacy: Corrupting Color to Serve Discrimination and Exploitation
Kathy Johnson Bowles,
Executive Director of the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art
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Monday, March 5, A Remarkable Tale of Law, Politics, and Religion: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Town in Upstate New York
David N. Myers, Ph.D, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History, UCLA, where he serves as the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy

Nomi Stolzenberg, Founder and Co-director of the USC Center for Law, History and Culture
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Friday, April 22, Russia and the Post-Truth Society
Jill Dougherty, was CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief for almost a decade. A Russia expert, she is now an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and a CNN on-air contributor
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To register for programs, contact:    

Schemel Forum Assistant

For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director