The International Film Series Presents “Lucky”

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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 Sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

The International Film Series Presents ”The Visitor”

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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 Sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

 

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

Please register at: www.regonline.com/2015JayNathanLecture

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.

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The International Film Series Presents “East/West”

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The International Film Series is proud to present the French drama “East/West” (Est/Ouest) on Tuesday April 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in the DeNaples Center. A discussion led by Dr. Sean Brennan will follow the film. “East/West” follows a young couple invited back to the Soviet Union after the end of World War II. Alexei Golovine (Oleg Menchikov), his French bride Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire), and their son are forced to cope with the grim reality of the post-war Soviet Union after their arrival. The film details the internal and external pressures put on the family, especially Marie, who is viewed with much suspicion. Marie tries to survive in the harsh circumstances and finds a hope of freedom when she meets a touring French actress (Catherine Deneuve). However, she is forced to make a difficult choice: leave her husband and child behind, or stay in the Soviet Union and face a dark future.

Directed by Regis Wargnier, East/West is in French and Russian with English subtitles.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

The International Film Series is sponsored by a University of Scranton Diversity Initiative Grant through the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series – Mongolia: History, Culture & Transformation

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Please register at: www.regonline.com/2015JayNathanLecture

Free & Open to the Public

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.

The International Film Series Presents: Shadow Magic

 

shadpicsThe International Film Series is proud to present a touching story of the introduction of motion pictures to China in the early 20th century. In Shadow Magic photographer Liu Jinglun (Xia Yu) is intrigued by the talk of westerner Raymond Wallace (Jared Harris) about “moving pictures”. Liu unintentionally defies the traditions of his culture as he tries to bridge the gap between western technology and his Chinese community. The film follows the internal struggle of Liu as he deals with cultural conflict, loyalty to his family and friends, and trying to improve his social standing so that he can be with the woman he loves.

 Directed by Ann Hu Shadow Magic is in Mandarin and English with English subtitles.

 Please join us on Wednesday March 25th at 7pm in the Moskovitz Theater in The DeNaples Center for this free event.Dr. Shuhua Fan will lead a discussion after the film.

 This film is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email Sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

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

Freedom Quilt Stained Glass Art Exhibit and Lecture

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Honoring and celebrating Black History Month, The University of Scranton, in collaboration with The Center for Anti-slavery Studies, is pleased to welcome the Glass Artisans Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen to the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room.  The Glass Artisans will share their creative process in designing an exhibit titled: The History of the Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Students, faculty, staff, along with Scranton area residents, are invited to a lecture/reception/book-signing on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sherman and Cindy Wooden, founders of the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies will lead us with a lecture along with Dr. Pedro Anes of the Glass Artisans who will explain their creative process in designing the spectacular stained-glass “Freedom Quilt” Art Exhibit.

This project is supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick O’Malley. The event is hosted by The Office of Equity and Diversity, Education for Justice, The Jesuit Center, Office of Community and Government Relations, Peace and Justice and the History Departments of The University of Scranton.

The exhibit is on display in the Library’s Heritage Room until Wednesday, February 25, and the evening lecture will be held in the Heritage Room on Tuesday, February 24 from 5:00 to 6:30pm.

For more information, contact the Office of Equity & Diversity, 570-941-6645

Meditation for Daily Life Program Hosted in the Library

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The Center for Health and Education Wellness and the Weinberg Memorial Library are co-hosting a drop-in Meditation for Daily Life series in the Heritage Room during the month of February.

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to join in the program which will be held from 5:00-5:30PM in the Heritage Room on Thursday, February 12.

Technology on Your Own Terms – Spring 2015

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On behalf of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, we invite University of Scranton faculty and staff to the first of our Spring 2015 Technology On Your Own Terms (TOYOT) workshops.

Your Digital Afterlife
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 12:00 – 1:00pm in WML 305
Presenter: Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator

“When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter are your estate, what’s your legacy?” People may have made plans for what happens to their physical belongings after they die, but what about all that digital content they’ve created? Do you have a plan? This session will discuss these issues raised by Evan Carroll and John Romano in their book, Your Digital Afterlife. 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 www.scranton.edu/ctleregistration – under Technology on Your Own Terms.

The Schemel Forum Spring Offerings

The spring semester if not spring weather is upon us!

Sign up today for our evening courses, world affairs luncheons, and special programs of your choice. We promise to make your spirits spring!

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For more information on our spring offerings and to Register, please visit the following links:

SPRING BROCHURE – http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/schemel/images/Schemel%20Forum%20Spring%202015.pdf

Evening Classes – http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/schemel/courses.shtml

World Affairs Luncheon Series Sponsored by MunleyLaw – http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/schemel/courses.shtml

Collaborative Events – http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/schemel/collaborative.shtml

Spring Bus Trip – http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/schemel/events.shtml

We look forward to seeing you this spring!