Marvin Ammori to Speak on Net Neutrality

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On Monday, April 13th at 7PM in the Moskovitz Theater (Denaples Center), Marvi Ammori will join us virtually to share his research on Net Neutrality. He will speak about both the substance and the politics of net neutrality from his point of view as one of the key leaders in DC ensuring network neutrality remains the law of the land.

Marvin Ammori is a thought leader in Internet law, best known for his work opposing SOPA and defending network neutrality. Time Magazine calls him “a prominent First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert” and the San Jose Mercury News calls him “a well-known advocate for Internet freedom.”

He serves as counsel to the Internet Freedom Business Alliance, a group of companies including reddit, Etsy, Kickstarter, Tumblr, and Vimeo supporting an open Internet. He has also represented Google, Dropbox, eBay, Automattic, Tumblr, Twitter, and others. While serving as the general counsel for the advocacy group Free Press in 2008, he authored the seminal network-neutrality complaint against Comcast for interfering with the use of BitTorrent software and led the case from its inception to conclusion. He served as a 2014 Future TenseFellow at the New America Foundation and is an Affiliate Scholar of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. He currently serves on the boards of the nonprofit advocacy groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress, and also on the Board of Engine Advocacy, a national organization that gives startups a voice in DC. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

Immediately following the presentation, Joseph Casabona, Adjunct Professor of Computing Sciences, will lead a Question and Answer period with Mr. Ammori. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

This event is made possible through the Marywood University and University of Scranton Cooperative Grant.


The International Film Series Presents ”The Visitor”

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Image courtesy of Starz Media.

Please join us on Tuesday May 12th at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in The DeNaples Center for a free presentation of “The Visitor”. “The Visitor” tells the story of an economics professor, Walter Vale, who after losing his wife has lost his passion for teaching. When Walter’s college sends him to a conference in Manhattan, he is surprised to discover that a young couple has moved into his seldom-used apartment in the city. Tricked in a real estate scam, the couple, Tarek and Zainab, have nowhere to go. Walter allows the couple to stay in his apartment and unexpectedly develops a connection to them that invigorates his mundane life.  When Tarek is arrested and taken to a detention center, Walter is compelled to help which gives new focus to his life.

A New York Times Critics Pick, “The Visitor” is directed by Tom McCarthy and stars Richard Jenkins. “The Visitor” is in English.

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


Thursday, April 9: WWII Exhibit Reception and Presentations by Dr. Sean Brennan and Dr. Frank Homer

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Millions of young Americans served in the armed forces from 1941 to 1945, including many students and alumni of The University of Scranton.  To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formal conclusion of World War II, the Heritage Room is featuring an exhibit, Cornerstone of Victory, as a tribute to all of the men and women, particularly our veteran alumni, who went into harm’s way to serve their nation.  The exhibit is based on materials from the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections and the University Archives. Although the McHugh Special Collections does not specifically collect material on World War II, a number of collections have relevant material that highlight the impact that this tragic event had on the University, our nation, and the world.

Two presentations and an exhibit reception will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 6pm in the Library’s fifth floor Heritage Room. This event is free and open to the public, but registrations are encouraged.

For more information, and/or to register, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

“From Harvard to Nuremberg: Father Fabian Flynn and His Service with the 26th Infantry Regiment 1943-1946″ by Dr. Sean Brennan.

Fr. Fabian Flynn was an American priest from the Passionist order who spent the years of 1943 to 1962 in Europe and who served as a military chaplain during World War II.

Dr. Sean Brennan is an Associate Professor of History at The University of Scranton. He specializes in the History of 20th Century Europe, especially in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Impact of World War II on The University of Scranton by Dr. Francis X. J. Homer

The University of Scranton underwent a transition from Christian brothers to Jesuit stewardship in 1942. Besides the change from the Christian brothers to the Jesuits, the University was significantly affected by the war, as were all other institutions of higher learning as young men went to war instead of University.

Dr. Frank Homer is a Professor of History Emeritus and serves as The University of Scranton Historian.

A memorial to alumni and students who were Gold Star Veterans of World War II, which is permanently on display in the foyer of Madonna della Strada Chapel. There is also a second plaque commemorating those who died in Vietnam

A memorial to alumni and students who were Gold Star Veterans of World War II. The plaque is permanently on display in the foyer of Madonna della Strada Chapel. A second plaque hangs next to it commemorating those who died in Vietnam.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Click here for more information about the exhibit, which is on display in the Heritage Room until Sunday, April 26, 2015 during normal library hours.

For additional information, please contact Michael Knies, Special Collections Faculty Librarian, (570) 941-6341 or

Environmental Art Show Opening and Reception

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Starting at 12:00PM on Monday, April 13, the 5th annual Environmental Art Show will be open to the public and will be available for viewing during the library’s regular hours. There will be a reception on Tuesday, April 14 from 5-7PM. Please join us for light refreshments and the opportunity to meet with the artists and other environmental and sustainability enthusiasts. The show will end on Monday, April 20.

Seniors: Vote for Teacher of the Year




2015 University of Scranton Teacher of the Year Award

Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its “Teacher of the Year.” Beginning Monday, April 13th, please vote for the faculty member who you believe best exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
  • Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
  • Is consistently effective in communication.
  • Is available outside of the classroom.

The award will be presented during Class Night on Friday, May 29th, 2015.

HOW TO VOTE: To cast your electronic ballot, access

WHEN TO VOTE: Monday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. – Friday, April 17, 5:00 p.m.

Remember a Faculty Member Whose Teaching Has Inspired You!

(Posted on behalf of our CTLE colleagues)

Social Justice in the Information Society Speaker Series Returns

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The Social Justice in the Information Society Speaker Series will return next week and continue into the following week.

On Wednesday, April 8th at 6PM in Swartz Center (Conference Room B), Marywood University, Dr. Zeynep Tufekci will join us virtually to share her research on New Civic Spaces and make herself available for a question and answer session facilitated by a faculty member. Dr. Sarah Kenehan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marywood University, will serve as facilitator.

On Monday, April 13th at 7PM in the Moskovitz Theater (Denaples Center), Marvin Ammori will join us virtually to share his research on Net Neutrality and make himself available for a question and answer session facilitated by a faculty member.  Joseph Casabona, Adjunct Professor of Computing Sciences, The University of Scranton, will serve as facilitator.

These events are free and open to the public and a dessert reception will follow the presentations.

These events have been made possible through the Marywood University and University of Scranton Cooperative Grant.

Wednesday, April 8th ~ 2nd Annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Lecture

Please register at:

Free & Open to the Public

At the conclusion of the Panel Discussion, artists from Mongolia will perform traditional music and dance. Reception to follow. Reservations encouraged.

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites international scholars from economically challenged and politically suppressed nations to visit the University of Scranton to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large. Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life or share a cultural exposition in the arts or music for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania community. This annual lecture initiative will highlight the research and contributions of guest scholars of international repute who will visit the University to discuss timely and timeless subjects. While visiting campus, scholars will deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty.