An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

logoJoin us for the Scranton Reads finale event, tomorrow night, Wednesday, October 29 at 7pm in Collegiate Hall in Redington Hall.

The Scranton Public Library’s Teen Action Board will be presenting an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, including  poetry readings and a stage adaptation of Poe’s iconic Tell Tale Heart. Light refreshments will be served.

View the flier for more details.

Social Justice in the Information Society Speaker Series

Marywood University and The University of Scranton are jointly hosting a speaker series that will delve into contemporary issues that surround our internet society. Social Justice in the Information Society is a four part speaker series that will give faculty, staff, students, and community members the benefit of participating in a forum with a highly respected scholar doing critical work in the interdisciplinary field of information science.

The speakers will videoconference into the forum and a local scholar will facilitate the event. Following the presentation, the guest lecturer and facilitator will participate in a Q & A period so the audience can interact with the material and the lecturer. These events will be free and open to the public and a dessert reception will follow. Please consider joining us for both sessions.

BritzThe Ethics of Information Access
November 4, 2014
, 7:00 p.m.
Marywood University
Swartz Center, Conference Room B.

Dr. Johannes Britz, Provost & Vice Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will discuss the implications of, and raise awareness to, the social, political, economic, technological, and ethical issues surrounding access to information.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Aaron Simmons, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marywood University




Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance
Wikileaks, Big Data and the “New Accountability”
November 10, 2014
, 7:00 p.m.
The University of Scranton
Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center

Dr. Adam D. Moore, Associate Professor of the Information School & Philosophy Department at the University of Washington argues that accessing and sharing sensitive information is morally suspect and that we simply do not owe each other the level of information access promised by “big data” or Wikileaks. The “Just Trust Us,’ “Nothing to Hide,” and “Consent” arguments will be presented and critiqued.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Scranton.

The last two speakers in the series will be scheduled in the spring semester.

This speaker series has been funded by the Marywood University/ University of Scranton Cooperative Grant. For more information email or

Technology On Your Own Terms


Everything You Wanted to Know About Drones, But Were Afraid to Ask!

Thursday, November 13, 2014
12:00-1:00PM in WML 305

Presenters: Lee DeAngelis & John Culkin (UofS Senior Systems Administrators)

What are the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, in today’s world? How does drone technology work? Why are drones so controversial? Presenters will display some of their recent video. Weather permitting, they will give a live demonstrate outside, taking some pictures and video. A light lunch will be provided.

This session is open to all University faculty and staff, but seats are limited, so please let us know you are coming. You can register at – under Technology on Your Own Terms.


INSIDE THE HOTEL RWANDA: The Surprising True Story and Why It Matters Today

INSIDE THE HOTEL RWANDA: The Surprising True Story and Why It Matters Today

Schemel Logo Fall 2014On NOVEMBER 6th, 2014, the Schemel Forum welcomes Kerry Zukus, Co-author Inside the Hotel Rwanda.

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

The film, Hotel Rwanda, the alleged true story of refugees surviving the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. But was the hotel manager depicted in it, Paul Rusesabagina, credited with single-handedly saving the lives of those who sought safety in the hotel, just a Hollywood creation? Mr. Zukus and his Rwandan co-author, Edouard Kayihura, tell a different story which will be the subject of his talk.

RSVP to or 941-6206

The International Film Series Presents: The Little Girl who Sold the Sun


The Little Girl who Sold the Sun

Photo courtesy of California Newsreel.

The International Film Series presents a free screening of The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil) on Wednesday November 19th at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in The DeNaples Center. Dr. Annie Hounsokou will lead a discussion following the film.

Set in Dakar, Senegal The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun is director Djibril Diop Mambety’s tribute to street children. It tells the story of Sili Lam, a resilient twelve year old paraplegic who is the lone girl in the competitive world of male newspaper vendors. With the local policeman suspicious of her good fortune when she sells all her newspapers and the newsboys taunting her, can Sili persevere and rise above her difficult circumstances?

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun is in Wolof with English subtitles.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Please email for more information.

Film series sponsored by a University of Scranton Diversity Initiative Grant through the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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.