Film, Music and History Covered in Fall Programs

Sep 28, 2017

This fall, the Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton offers three Collaborative Programs with local partners that touch on film, music and art.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, in collaboration with the Office of Community and Government Relations, the University will present “Documentary Film, Citizen Jane.” The film delves into the life and work of Scranton native, Jane Jacobs, who saved Greenwich Village from skyscrapers and highways and created a new mindset on livable cities. RSVPs are required for the free event, which will take place in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall, from 6 to 8:30 pm.

In collaboration with the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and WVIA, the University will present “Music & Medicine: George Gershwin” on Thursday, Nov. 16. Richard Kogan, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program, will explore the connection and perform brief selections of George Gershwin’s music. The program will begin at 5:30 at WVIA, 100 WVIA Way in nearby Pittston, followed by a reception. RSVPs are required and the recommended contribution is $20 per person.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Jim Remsen will present “Embattled Freedom” in collaboration with The Lackawanna Historical Society. A journalist and author, Remsen will recount the history of a remarkable fugitive-slave settlement near Scranton and shed light on the complex race relations of the era. The program will take place in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library at 5:30. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing at the Lackawanna Historical Society, located at 232 Monroe Ave., just off campus. RSVPs are required for the free event.

To register, contact Alicen Morrison, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or by email at

For more information on Schemel Forum programs and memberships, contact Sondra Myers, Schemel Forum director, at 570-941-4089 or

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