Scranton + Poetry= Spoetry!

Last night, to mark the National Day on Writing, the Writing Center held a poetry reading and open mic.  The event was a huge success.  Students and staff from across the campus came to hear four featured readers: Dawn Leas, Ginny Grove, Amye Archer, and Stanton Hancock.  The reading was followed by a very well-attended open mic led by CTLE Reading Specialist, Dr. Andree Catalfamo.

The Writing Center would like to thank everyone who came out in support of poetry and spoken word.  We hope this event will be the first of many.  Don’t forget, the Writing Center is located on the 5th floor of the Loyola Science Center, and in the Reilly Learning Commons.  You can make an appointment by calling 570-941-6147, or emailing us here.

Poet Stanton Hancock

Poet Stanton Hancock

Poet and Writing Instructor Virginia Grove

Poet and Writing Instructor Virginia Grove

Dr. Andree Catalfamo

Dr. Andree Catalfamo

Scranton Alum Dawn Leas

Scranton Alum Dawn Leas

Saturday Oct. 18th – National Book Award Winner Colum McCann

Book signing at 4 PM.

Book signing at 4 PM.

Saturday, 18 October, 2014
5:00 PM

The University of Scranton will present the
Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award
to author and scholar Colum McCann.

McCann was born in Ireland and he is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. He has been the recipient of many international honors including the National Book Award and the International Dublin Impac Prize.

To register, visit:

Questions, contact Kym Fetsko at, or call 570-941-7816.

Green Team to be featured on Greenlife Pennsylvania


The library’s Green Team will be featured on Thursday’s episode  of Green Life Pennsylvania on WVIA. The library’s Green Team is dedicated to making the library a sustainable environment by supporting conservation and recycling in the building, collaborating with student, staff, and faculty on sustainability projects, and educating library users about sustainability and sustainable practices. We are honored that that our hard work and passion for sustainable living will be receiving attention on such an excellent program.

Greenlife Pennsylvania describes itself as taking “viewers to the conservation front; places where the problems and the science can be seen and heard with thought-provoking reality, and where individuals and organizations are fighting back with cutting-edge tactics and a can-do spirit. The series inspires through personal actions, paired with compelling journeys, diverse communities and landscapes of Pennsylvania. The viewer gains an appreciation, a visceral connection to conservation, and feels the call to take it personally. Each episode closes with tips and actions individuals can take.”

Please tune in to WVIA on Thursday, October 16th at 8PM. We hope you will catch all the future episodes as well by checking WVIA’s TV schedule.

Magicians of the Earth, A Legendary Exhibition in Paris and its Global Implications – Oct. 27

Join us on Monday 10/27 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D.

Cultural historian, Writer and Professor of American Studies at the Université de Caen

“Magicians of the Earth, A Legendary Exhibition in Paris and its Global Implications”

In 1989 the exhibition, Magicians of the Earth, was presented in Paris at three prestigious sites. With its massive size and unusual goal it initiated considerable debate in France and around the world — but in the end was seen as a landmark exhibition. A quarter of a century later Cohen-Solal assesses the value of the exhibition as an example of post-colonial Europe and a 21st century approach to understanding and appreciating ‘the other.”

Noon to 1:30pm, DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom, Room 407

RSVP Here or email

New Kits in EDLAB!

The Weinberg Memorial Library Media Resources Center has a collection of education kits designed to enhance the learning environment for students and teachers. The kits target ages from Kindergarten to the Sixth grade. Lesson plans meet Common Core State Standards. Each kit consists of manuals and workbooks for the entire classroom. Most importantly, kits include manipulatives (physical objects) to provide a “hands-on” experience.

The new materials (LT2400.M14 E9479 2012) will have the location EDLAB.  They can be checked out for five days.  The EDLAB is in the Media Resources Center on the third floor of the library.


Scranton Reads: Movie Night: The Pit and the Pendulum

Pit and pendMovie Poster

Photo courtesy of MGM.

Just in time for Halloween, Scranton Reads and the Weinberg Memorial Library present a free screening of Roger Corman’s suspenseful adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Pit and the Pendulum.

Vincent Price delivers a bone chilling performance as Nicholas Medina, the son of a member of the Spanish Inquisition, who is haunted by the mysterious death of his wife. Set in a moody Spanish castle this 1961 box office hit is full of betrayal and plot twists.

Join us on Friday October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Kevin Norris will lead a discussion following the film.

This screening is being held in conjunction with the  Lackawanna County Library Scranton Reads event and is open to the public.

Contact for information.

Library Exhibit: “Through the Lens: A Compassionate Look Back at Our Future”

Through the Lens Library Digital Signage

Now through November 26, the Library’s fifth floor Heritage Room is hosting a traveling exhibit showcasing the social justice photography of Linda Panetta. The images and stories presented by Photojournalist Linda Panetta will take audiences on a moving journey, challenging their own reality of the world as they experience the joy, beauty, hope and sorrow of people affected by violence, sanctions, and misguided foreign policy.

Over the past 25 years, Panetta has traveled throughout Latin America and the Middle East using her firsthand knowledge and experiences in impoverished – war torn areas of the world, including Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, (Chiapas) Mexico, El Salvador, Haití, Argentina, Chile, Perú, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panamá, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, to advocate for environmental, economic and social justice. In her work, she captures the daily realities of life of the people she advocates for with the goal of raising public awareness about world events and the cost of war and its “collateral damage”.

“When looking through the lens of a camera, you’re ever so present to the details of one’s face: the smirks, smiles and frowns; the wisdom and age that accompany the sun baked wrinkles, a depth of sorrow, joy, uncertainty,  curiosity and oneness in the eyes.” – Panetta

Panetta’s vivid photographs speak volumes and inspire others to act. Throughout the exhibit and talk (slide presentation), you will see and hear the prevailing sense of hope for a better tomorrow as inspired by the individuals in her photographs. Catch a glimpse of the world around you and its very soul in photojournalist’s Linda Panetta’s rousing stories and images.

Along with the exhibit held in the Heritage Room there are other events scheduled. Last Friday Ms. Panetta also hosted a First Friday Scranton event at the Connell Building where she exhibited a different set of photographs.

Tonight, October 6, Ms. Panetta will do a public presentation titled: Latin America Through the Lens: A Compassionate Look Back at Our Future. The lecture will be held at 7pm in theMcIlhenny Ballroom on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit and lecture are made possible by a grant from The University of Scranton Office of Equity and Diversity, Diversity Initiatives and the generous support of the Latin American and Women’s Studies, the Weinberg Memorial Library, University Ministries, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Community Relations and the Office of Equity and Diversity

To view a collection of Panetta’s photography visit:

Contact Michael Knies 570-941-6341 for more information on the exhibit.

Contact Karl Kretsch 570- 941-4729 for more information on the lecture.