Scranton & the Nation: Who Are We and Who Do We Aspire to Be?

Roundtable Discussion
Monday, Dec. 6, 5 - 6:30 p.m., PNC Board Room, Brennan Hall, The University of Scranton

Scranton has been called “the best-known small city in America.” We have many of the key elements of the American experience: including the ongoing impacts of industrial-era growth and decline and ethnically and religiously diverse immigration past and present, as well as recognition of the diverse history of African-Americans and Native American peoples. As we look ahead to the 250th anniversary of the United States, we will consider the role of our city in the nation’s progress, or as urbanist Jane Jacobs wrote: “what Scranton is, has been, and can be.”     

Participants will reflect on excerpts from Glenna Lang’s book Jane Jacobs’ First City: Learning from Scranton, Pennsylvania and Our America: Who are We? edited by Sondra Myers.  

Resource Speakers

Alejandra Marroquin
Co-chair, Scranton Immigrant Inclusion Committee 

Maureen McGuigan
Deputy Director of Arts & Culture, Lackawanna County

Larry West
Business Administrator, City of Scranton 

Julie Schumacher Cohen
Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement & Government Affairs, The University of Scranton 

Sondra Myers
Senior Fellow for International, Civic and Cultural Projects and Director of the Schemel Forum, The University of Scranton 

Event sponsors:

  • The University of Scranton with special support from the Office of Community and Government Relations and the Schemel Forum
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Scranton Immigrant Inclusion Committee
  • Lackawanna County Department of Arts & Culture
  • City of Scranton
  • WVIA