World Affairs Luncheon Seminars

sponsored by Munley Law

Munley Law: Choose Carefully


All seminars are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Buffet Lunch is served. 
Luncheon Seminar Fees: $30 per per person 



Friday, September 8

We've Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden: Inside the Music and Times of the Woodstock Generation

The legendary Woodstock Festival during the summer of 1969 comes back to life through zooming in on drum fills, bass lines, trumpet licks, and background vocals, and zooming out to the racial, cultural, and social turmoil of a revolutionary decade that led to a new musical voice for America. This unique program will mix chapter excerpts, primary research, and fantastic, classic rock audio clips to take a decade that has become part of our collective nostalgia and bring it thrillingly back to life. 

Rob Kapilow, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa '09, composer, conductor, music commentator, and author. 

Edward Leahy, Jr. Hall, The Kane Forum, 235 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please also visit Performance Music's website at for details on a complimentary and open-to-the-public What Makes it Great performance by Rob on Friday evening. 

Tuesday, September 12

Gun Violence, Prevention, and the Role of the Media 

The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting was created to explore the hypothesis that changing the way journalists and news organizations report on gun violence could prevent shootings and save lives. The organizers created a community reporting project intended to shift narrative power to people with lived experience, a professional development program to help journalists already covering gun violence learn how to earn trust and build relationships, and an interdisciplinary research collaborative which has been refining their focus by identifying harmful reporting practices and asking what the ideal, most ethical and impactful reporting on gun violence might look like. 

Jim MacMillan, journalist, educator, and social innovator, Director of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Brennan Hall, Room 509, Rose Room ⋅ 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Michele Moody-Adams headshotTuesday, September 19

Revitalizing Democracy

Can we breathe new life into the institutions and norms that are critical elements of a stable democracy? Michele Moody-Adams will argue that we can revitalize democratic institutions and norms only if we acknowledge the complex sources of their decline and make a robust, public commitment to address them. The talk will draw on contributions from a wide range of political thinkers, including Aristotle, John Dewey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Oaul Lederach. 

Michele Moody-Adams Ph.D., Joseph L. Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University. 

Brennan Hall, Room 509, Rose Room ⋅ 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 5

Transforming Spaces: Public Art and Community Engagement

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, skilled muralist, community arts educator, and filmmaker who uses her art to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through community arts practices, painting, documentaries, and public art installations, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. Ortiz has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. She has led art for social change public art projects in Costa Rica & Ecuador and as a Cultural Envoy through the US Embassy in Fiji, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Honduras, and Cuba. 

Michelle Angela Ortiz, is a 2021 Art is Essential Grantee, a 2020 Art for Justice Fund Grantee, a Pew Fellow, Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow, and a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist National Fellow.

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Friday, October 13

AI and Deciphering the Criminal Mind

With an uptick in mass murders and shootings, efforts have now focused on analyzing the writings and videos of criminals before they kill through their manifestos. In fact, there is an urgency to develop a tool to analyze communication quickly. Law enforcement agencies have received more written communications daily than they can read or decipher. The increased availability of artificial intelligence (AI) suggests another approach to examining a criminal's mind before a killing spree. 

Ann Burgess, D.N.Sc., APRN, FAAN is a renowned expert in trauma, abuse assessment, and treatment. 

Brennan Hall, Room 509, Rose Room ⋅ 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



Thursday, November 2

A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain

Dr. Manning will take listeners through tales of the sometimes outlandish, often criticized, and forever devoted scientists who have brought cognitive neurology into the age of molecular science. She will discuss cutting-edge developments in cognitive neurology and the remaining hurdles that have prevented us from conquering Alzheimer's disease and other common cognitive ailments. 

Sara Manning Peskin, M.D., M.S. Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Brennan Hall, Room 509, Rose Room ⋅ 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information and to register, contact:

Brooke Leonard
Schemel Forum Assistant
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