University for a Day 2017

University for a Day
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Registration Begins at 8:45am to 9:15am
$25 Fee / Free to Schemel Forum Members
Includes buffet lunch

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RSVP for 2017 UDAY here.


Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium, 2nd Floor Room 228
Lunch in the Rose Room, 5th Floor Room 509 

LECTURE 1: 9:30 to 10:45 AM

Andrew Jackson, the Constitution and the Presidency
Adam Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, The University of Scranton

Since January 2017 when President Trump placed a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval
Office, his supporters lavished praise on our seventh president while Trump detractors
defamed him. How accurate are either of these portrayals? The talk will examine how
Jackson approached the presidency and the Constitution and consider what it mean
for a 21st century president to appropriate his legacy.

LECTURE 2: 11 AM to 12:15 PM
The Constitution in the Headlines
Akhil Amar, Ph.D., Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

It is not always that our precious document makes the news. But in these tumultuous times, constitutional matters are making news almost every day. Professor Amar will address the most pressing constitutional issues making the news at the time of the lecture.

LECTURE 3: 1:45 to 3 PM

The President vs. The First Amendment
Kevin Klose, President Emeritus of National Public Radio, former Dean of the College
of Journalism, University of Maryland

The talk will explore the intentional continuous campaign of inflammatory distortion,
denunciation, diatribe and hate-mongering by the 45th president of the United States
against our news media—and what and why we can do about this unprecedented assault
on the Constitution.


LECTURE 4: 3:15 to 4:45 PM

The Highs & Lows of Crime and Justice in the US:
Reforming the Practice of Criminal Justice

Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology/Criminal Justice, The University of Scranton

Many US cities are experiencing their all-time low crime rates. High imprisonment rates,
‘get-tough’ policies and increasing police patrols are a few reasons scholars posit to explain
the reduction. This lecture gives an overview of recent reforms and offers an analysis of how
today’s unique political context will affect future criminal justice practice.


 Made possible through the generosity of The Scranton Area Foundation and The Neighborhood Development Trust Fund

To register for programs, contact:  
Kym Fetsko
Schemel Forum Coordinator 
For more info on the Schemel Forum, contact:
Sondra Myers
Schemel Forum Director