POSTPONED EVENT: Senator George J. Mitchell


We have just learned that Senator Mitchell has had a death in his family and will be unable to come to Scranton on Thursday, September 10.

The lecture will be rescheduled for a later date.

For more information contact:
Emily Brees at  570-941-6206 or email 


For more information on upcoming Schemel Forum events, click here.

Sept. 17th – Schemel Forum Luncheon – Mark Rothko: Immigrant, Artist, Pioneer

rothko-number-61Join the Schemel Forum for the first World Affairs Luncheon of the Fall 2015 season featuring a lecture by

Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D.
Cultural historian, Writer and Professor of American Studies at the Université de Caen

Mark Rothko: Immigrant, Artist, Pioneer
Although Mark Rothko has undeniably reached the status of an iconic artist whose paintings sell for about $80 million, he remains mysterious. Cohen-Solal approaches him through the lens of her social history research and unveils many fascinating aspects of his life and character. Rothko fought the narrow-mindedness of many US institutions and was deeply committed to giving all publics genuine access to art.

Thursday, September 17th, Noon to 1:30 pm

DeNaples Center, Room 405
A book signing will follow the lecture.

Cost: $20 pp / $30 per couple, free to Schemel Forum Members and The University of Scranton staff, faculty and students.

RSVP to or online by clicking here.

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Library Exhibit: 125th Anniversary of the International Correspondence Schools (ICS)

125th Anniversary of ICS

The International Correspondence Schools of Scranton, Pennsylvania grew out of a question and answer column written by Thomas J. Foster, publisher of Colliery Engineer and Metal Miner. In 1885, Pennsylvania passed a Mine Safety Act, which required miners and inspectors to pass examinations on mine safety. Foster’s column helped mine workers, many being recent immigrants with limited English, to pass the exams. The column proved so successful that Foster created a correspondence course on coal mining. In 1890, Foster, who had relocated his publishing venture from Shenandoah to Scranton’s Coal Exchange Building, incorporated the “The Colliery Engineer Company,” creating the foundation for a formal school. In 1891, Foster and mining engineer Alexander Dick founded the “The Colliery Engineer School of Mines.” Until the International Textbook Company incorporated the school in late 1894, the names Colliery Engineer School of Mines, School of Mines, Correspondence Schools, and the International Correspondence School were used interchangeably. By early 1895, the school was officially known as the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton, Pennsylvania or ICS for short.

The first class enrolled 500 miners but within eight years, more than 190,000 students had enrolled in a variety of courses. Besides the initial classes related to mining, ICS expanded into a variety of technical fields as well as providing basic courses in English. By the first decade of the twentieth century, over 100,000 new students per year were enrolling in ICS courses; by 1910, a million cumulative enrollments had been achieved; and, by 1930, four million. By World War II, ICS’s reputation was such that it was given the War Department contract to develop the department’s training manuals. In 1916, ICS created The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in what is now the Scranton Preparatory School building. ICS was located on Wyoming Ave until 1958 when they relocated to Oak Avenue.

ICS Buildings

ICS Locations: Above- General Offices, Below- Women’s Institute (Now Scranton Prep)

ICS continued to thrive after the war but by the 1990s greater educational offerings had reduced the role of correspondence schools. ICS went bankrupt in 1996 and the school has changed hands a number of times since. The ICS location is currently operated by Penn Foster Career School, which is a regionally and nationally accredited post-secondary distance education school and considers ICS to be its predecessor.

In 2002, The University of Scranton Weinberg Library was given a collection of ICS materials by the company. These materials, primarily from the ICS marketing department, will be the focus of an exhibit celebrating the history of the company. On Tuesday, November 3 at 6:00 PM Professor William Conlogue of Marywood University, and author of Here and There: Reading Pennsylvania’s Working Landscapes and Working in the Garden: American Writers and the Industrialization of Agriculture, will talk about the history of ICS at a reception for the exhibit in the Heritage Room of Weinberg Memorial Library.

This exhibit will be on display in the Weinberg Library’s fifth floor Heritage Room through Friday, December 11, 2015. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies (570) 941-6341.


Library 2nd Floor Redesign

IMG_20150825_094234550In conjunction with the 2nd floor being open 24/7, the Library staff has made some furniture changes. There is a new casual seating area where  microfilm cabinets used to be. Some carrells, tables, and casual seating were rearranged to make better use of the natural light from the windows on the Galvin Terrace side. A high table and two stools are now near the windows overlooking the hydrangea garden.

The two large study rooms are no longer considered “group” study rooms. They are now being called  “individual” study rooms and are designed for several individuals studying or working quietly. One room has mostly office furniture. This room also has three computer workstations. The other room has six indvidual study carrells and two large desks.

Later on this semester we will be asking your opinion about these and other changes.

The International Film Series Presents “Lucky”


Photo courtesy of Film Movement.

How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky then falls in with Padme, a formidable Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other’s language, they develop an unlikely bond. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and ultimately belonging, Lucky shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.

Directed by Avie Luthra this award-winning South African film is in Zulu, Hindi and English with English subtitles.

Please join us on Tuesday September 22nd at 7pm in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for this free event. Jean Lenville, Assistant dean of the Library, will lead a discussion after the film.

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

New Magazine Display on the 2nd Floor

In addition to the library 2nd floor being open 24 hours a day, we have added a magazine display rack. This new display is located near the end of the periodicals stacks. It holds the most recent issues of 20 popular periodical titles, among them: Rolling Stone, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and Sports Illustrated. If you are looking for one of these magazines, look in the new display rack instead of the plastic periodical box.


Like all periodicals, these magazines are for library use only and cannot be checked out. Here is a listing of the twenty titles featured on the magazine display:

Atlantic                                                                         Nation

America                                                                        National Geographic

Bloomberg Businessweek                                         New Yorker

Consumer Reports                                                     Popular Science

Discover                                                                       Prevention

Ebony                                                                           Psychology Today

Essence                                                                        Rolling Stone

Fortune                                                                        Science

Harper’s                                                                       Sports Illustrated

Health                                                                           Time

(A periodical is any publication that comes on a regular interval such as daily, weekly, monthly, annually.  A magazine is not scholarly, not peer reviewed.  It is intended for reading enjoyment.  A journal is scholarly and may be peer reviewed.)

Personal Property Lost and Found in the Library

As the new academic year begins, it’s time for a reminder about the Library’s policy on personal property. The University of Scranton assumes no responsibility or liability for personal property lost or stolen on The Weinberg Memorial Library premises. Library users and guests are urged not to leave personal property unattended in the Library.

Items found by Library staff or Library users should be turned in to Library Lost and Found at the Library’s Circulation Desk on the Library’s first floor. Library Circulation staff will make an effort to contact the owners of Royal Cards to return the cards. At the beginning of each weekday, Royal Cards not picked up and other found items are turned over to University Lost and Found in the Parking Pavilion. The Library will not mail lost items to owners. Personal property not recovered from the Library staff will be located at University Police, Lost and Found, located in the Parking Pavilion.

Library Hours Expanded

In response to student feedback the entire second floor of the library is now open 24/7, allowing for more access to carrels, computers, and space for quiet study. This is in addition to 24/7 access to the Reilly Learning Commons and the Pro Deo Room, both on the first floor. After hours, just swipe your Royal Card outside Reilly on the Commons side, or outside Pro Deo on the Monroe side to enter. Welcome new students, and welcome back to those returning!