Schemel Forum Announces Upcoming Classes

12/22/08

The role of America’s First Ladies, ethnic-American literature and the writings of a Greek historian will be the focus of three evening courses sponsored by The Schemel Forum in spring 2009 semester.
 

Beginning on Monday, Jan. 26, Joseph E. Kraus, Ph.D., associate professor of English at the university, and Susan C. Mendez, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at the university, will present a six-week course titled “Ethnic-American Literature: A Tasting.” The course examines a selection of short stories and novel excerpts by writers from a range of ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Kraus and Dr. Mendez will lead discussions regarding the works, ethnic-American traditions and broader theories about multi-ethnic literature. The class meets Mondays, Jan. 26, through March 2, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Weinberg Memorial Library. The cost is free for Schemel Forum members, $60 per individual non-member, or $100 per non-member couple.
 

Jean W. Harris, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at The University of Scranton, will lead “From Martha to Michelle & Beyond: The Evolution of the First Ladyship.” Questions to be addressed during the course focus on Americans’ expectations of the president’s spouse and the development of those expectations during history. The class will meet on Tuesdays, March 3 through 31, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Weinberg Memorial Library. The cost is free for Schemel Forum members, $60 per individual non-member, or $100 per non-member couple.
 

A seven-session course on “Thucydides and the Beginning of History” will be taught by Joseph P. Wilson, Ph.D., professor of foreign languages at The University of Scranton, on Mondays, March 9, 23 and 30, April 6, 20 and 27, and May 4. The course focuses on the ancient Greek historian who wrote the first recorded political and moral analysis of a nation’s war policies. “Thucydides” meets from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Weinberg Memorial Library. The cost is free for Schemel Forum members, $100 per individual non-member, or $150 per non-member couple.
 

The Schemel Forum was founded in 2006 through generous gifts to the Reverend George J. Schemel, S.J., Fund by friends and admirers of the late Jesuit educator. The purpose of the fund is to support cultural enrichment and education initiatives for the region.

 For more information on these classes, or to make reservations, call Kym Balthazar Fetsko at 941-7816 or email fetskok2@scranton.edu or Sondra Myers, Schemel Forum director and senior fellow for international, civic and cultural affairs at The University of Scranton, at 941-4089.

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