Schemel Forum Announces Luncheon Series, Concert

03/03/09

The University of Scranton's Schemel Forum will present a concert by a harpsichordist and vocalist, as well as its spring lecture series in April.

On Tuesday, April 14, Shalev Ad-El, internationally renowned harpsichordist, will accompany soprano Enas Massalha, in The Beauty of the Baroque: A Twilight Interlude. The concert will take place at 6 p.m. in the Ann and Leo Moskovitz Theater, fourth floor of the DeNaples Center on campus. Ad-El and Massalha will perform works by Bach, Handel, Gluck and other composers. Admission for the concert is $20. The concert is free for Schemel Forum members.

On Wednesday, April 15, Robert Kuttner, founding co-editor of The American Prospect and senior fellow at DEMOS, a New York-based think tank, will discuss "Obama's Challenge: The Economic and the Political." Kuttner is the author of Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency; as well as Everything For Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets; The End of Laissez-Faire; The Life of the Party; and The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity. He is also a former senior geopolitical advisor to U.S. Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, April 29, Parag Khanna, senior research fellow and director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation, will present "A 21st Century Look at Geopolitics and Economics." Khanna is the author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order.

Both luncheons will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, and will be followed by book-signings. Fees for the luncheon series are $20 per luncheon per person, $40 per series per person, $30 per luncheon per couple, and $60 per series per couple. The luncheons are free for Schemel Forum members.

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 events, 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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