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    Schemel Forum Seminars with a Russian Twist

    Fredrik Logevall, Ph.D., Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, will discuss “A New Cold War? How to Think about the Struggle in Ukraine” at The Schemel Forum’s World Affairs Luncheon Seminar on Thursday, March 24, at The University of Scranton. Jill Dougherty, former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief, will discuss “Russia and the Post-Truth Society” at the luncheon seminar on Friday, April 22.
    March 18, 2022

    Two upcoming Schemel Forum World Affairs Seminars at The University of Scranton will explore topics related to Russia.

    Fredrik Logevall, Ph.D., Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, changed his planned topic in light of the invasion of Ukraine. On Thursday, March 24, Dr. Logevall will now present “A New Cold War? How to Think about the Struggle in Ukraine.” The noon luncheon seminar will take place in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall on campus. A remote option is also available for participation.

    On Friday, April 22. Russian expert Jill Dougherty, who formerly served as CNN’s Moscow Bureau Chief for nearly a decade, will discuss “Russia and the Post-Truth Society.”

    “During the Cold War, the USSR tried to convince the world that communism was the future of humankind,” said Dougherty, a CNN on-air contributor. “The U.S. tried to convince the world that democracy and capitalism gave people a better life. Today, propagandists still try to convince but, more and more, try to confuse and to overwhelm their target audiences with a firehose of mis- and dis-information.”

    Dougherty, who is currently teaching a course titled “Information Wars” at Georgetown University, will explore the new paradigm, what it means for Russia, and what it could mean for America. The noon luncheon seminar will take place in the Kane Forum of Edward Leahy Hall and will also be offered in a remote format.

    Admission is free for University students, faculty and staff and Schemel Forum members. For non-members, the luncheons are $25 in person and $10 remotely. To register for the seminars, contact Alicen Morrison, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or alicen.morrison@scranton.edu. To pay by credit card over the phone, contact Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816, or to pay online, visit: www.scranton.edu/schemelforum.

    For more information on Schemel Forum programs and memberships, contact Sondra Myers, Schemel Forum director, at 570-941-4089 or sondra.myers@scranton.edu.

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