World Affairs Seminars

sponsored by Munley Law

Munley Law: Choose Carefully


All seminars are from Noon to 1:30pm
Luncheon Seminar Fees: $25 per per person 


Friday, September 10

The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840

The Words that Made Us according to reviewers, revives the constitutional history of the United States for a twenty-first century nation. Amar confronts the founders’ failures and successes with admirable frankness. Signed copies of the book will be sold following the lecture.

Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University 

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.; remote link will be emailed   


Tuesday, September 14

Arguing at the Supreme Court in a Time of Conflict 

Neal Katyal, who has conducted 44 oral arguments before the US Supreme Court (more than any minority attorney in US history), will explain the Supreme Court’s role in times of conflict.

Neal Katyal, partner at Hogan Lovells and the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Edward Leahy Hall, Kane Forum, 235 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.; remote link will be emailed
**Please note the luncheon with be in-person and the speaker will be remote


Monday, September 20

Biden and the World

Best with urgent domestic issues, President Biden must also contend with an increasingly aggressive China, a vengeful Russia, and the residue of conflicts in the Mideast and Afghanistan that occupied previous presidencies. Seven months in, how is he doing?

Trudy Rubin, Worldview Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.; remote link will be emailed


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The 2020 Pennsylvania Presidential Election Litigation

We will take a backstage tour of the 2020 Pennsylvania Presidential Election litigation with two of Pennsylvania’s lawyers.


Dan Brier and Donna Walsh, Partners, Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.; remote link will be emailed




Thursday, October 7       

Jane Jacobs’ First City: What Comes Next?

Mayor Cognetti will note Scranton’s reputation as a city as seen by Jane Jacobs in the 1930s and then address present issues and her visions for the city’s future.

Paige Cognetti, Mayor, City of Scranton

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.; remote link will be emailed 



Friday, October 15

Democracy in America? An Outsider’s View 

For two centuries after it was established, the American system of government was a benchmark and an inspiration for much of the rest of the world. In the last decade, however, it has seemed increasingly troubled. Those difficulties seem to go beyond immediate political events to raise more fundamental questions about systems, values and institutions. As a friendly outsider, the Irish writer Fintan O’Toole asks how deep this crisis goes and whether the promise that America once held for the world can be restored


Fintan O’Toole, columnist for The Irish Times and the Leonard L. Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.; remote link will be emailed   



Tuesday, October 26

The Holocaust and Jewish-Christian Relations 

After their failures during the Holocaust, how have the Christian Churches, especially the Roman Catholic Church, examined and re-evaluated their theology, religious education, and prayers
when it comes to Jews and Judaism? What challenges remain to be overcome so Christians-- especially Roman Catholic Christians -- can live their faith without prejudice?

Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor Emerita of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey 


Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.; remote 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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Fall 2020 World Affairs Seminars

Thursday, October 1, Artistic Manifestations of Life Transitions
Harmar Brereton,
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Friday, October 23, The Politics of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of Israel/Palestine
Christine Leuenberger, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University
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Thursday, October 29, Code Red: How Progrressives 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
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Thursday, November 5, What Democracy Requires: The 2020 Election in Historical Perspective
Fred Logevall, Ph.D., Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University
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Friday, November 20, Antisemitism Past, Present and Future
David N. Myers, Ph.D, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History, UCLA, and President, New Israel Fund
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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