Leaves of Class XIX – June & July Winners!

Congratulations to Irene Fotta & Mary Beth Hennigan from Clarks Summit, our June winners, who won a 5 class card from Jaya Yoga Studio, a one year couple membership to The Schemel Forum, a PRO Fitness Club basket including one 3-month membership & 2 personal training sessions gift certificates. Irene & Mary Beth also won a gift certificate to Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton ($75), admission tickets to Montage Mountain Resorts Waterpark, 6 flex tics to the Wildflower Music Festival and tickets to the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival.

Congratulations also to Kevin Clarke of Dunmore, our July winner, who won a basket of cheer compliments of Ann Moskovitz, a “Family Fun” gift basket from The Commonwealth Medical College, a Mountain View Vineyard wine basket and bottle opener set, seven wines in a lovely Longaberger basket courtesy of Charles Kratz and Charlene Reese, a Coleman Roadtrip portable propane grill courtesy of Fidelity Bank, and a ceramic chip and dip Telavera platter. Kevin also won gift certificates/cards from The Epicurean Delight Catering, Inc. ($100), Wegmans ($100), Bella Facia ($25), DOMA Importing Company ($25), Gold Crown Pizza ($25), Mansours Market ($25), Quinn’s Supermarket ($25), and Tasty Freeze Ice Cream ($25).

There are still FIVE chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is August 31, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Online Reservations for 2016 Distinguished Author Award Now Open!

The Royden B. Davis, S. J.,
Distinguished Author Award Presentation
Stephen Karam
October 29, 2016
5:00 P.M. DeNaples Ball Room

Stephen Karam

  • $ 60 per person
  • $ 25 per student
  • $ 55 for Friends members & Schemel Forum members
  • $ 20 per Student Friends member

For what is sure to be a sell-out event, purchase your admission or sponsorship today! (Invitation packets will be mailed the beginning of September. Checks made payable to The Friends of the Weinberg Library may be mailed in advance of the packets to reserve your seat. For more information visit www.scranton.edu/authaward or contact kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Stephen Karam is best known for his Tony-Award winning play The Humans, which centers on a Thanksgiving dinner in a New York City apartment, hosted by a former Scrantonian for her parents, sister, and grandmother, who have traveled in for the day from Northeastern Pennsylvania for the holiday. In addition to the Tony, The Humans was also awarded the Drama Desk Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama League Award, and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Karam also received the 2016 Obie Award for Playwriting.

Stephen’s Sons of the Prophet, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the recipient of the 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner Awards for Best Play. Other plays by Mr. Karam include Speech & Debate, the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground; and the libretto for Dark Sisters, an original chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly. For film, he has written screenplay adaptations of Chekhov’s The Seagull (starring Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan), and Speech & Debate. Stephen is the recipient of the inaugural Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Drama Desk and Horton Foote Playwriting Awards. He teaches graduate playwriting at The New School. A graduate of Brown University, Stephen was born and raised in Scranton, PA.

CRITICS’ PICK “A haunting, beautifully realized play, quite possibly the finest we will see all season… Blisteringly funny and altogether wonderful.” —Charles Isherwood,The New York Times

“Absolutely, relentlessly gripping… Rackingly funny even as it pummels the heart and scares the bejesus out of you.” —Jesse Green, New York Magazine

CRITICS’ PICK, FIVE STARS “Gorgeous. Stephen Karam boldly forces us into a world beyond the familiar.” —Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

5.06 ~ The University of Scranton’s Day of Giving


Don’t judge a book by its cover.

More than just books, the Weinberg Memorial Library is a central hub for collaboration, technology, art, research, and even coffee breaks. Scranton students have 24-hour access to this campus hotspot, as well as 24-hour online access to thousands of special collections and digital resources.


Thanks to Friends like you, the Weinberg Memorial Library is able to grow the number of resources available on campus and online each year. Today, on The University of Scranton’s Day of Giving, consider making your 5.06 gift to the Library.

Buy a Book on 5.06!
Did you know it costs $75 to add one book to the campus collection? With a gift of $75 or more today, a nameplate will be added to a book in your honor.


Sept. 10th – Join The University of Scranton Schemel Forum for a lecture featuring Senator George J. Mitchell


The event is free and open to the public.  For more information and to RSVP contact Emily.Brees@scranton.edu.

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

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!


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!

Media Attention for the Mutiny on the Bounty Exhibit

Mutiny on the Bounty Exhibit Blog PostAlthough the mutiny on the Bounty will always stand as a signal event in maritime history, the circumstances surrounding the mutiny have been clouded by early attacks on Lieutenant William Bligh and by motion pictures, which portrayed him as a tyrant.

In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Mutiny on the Bounty, the Weinberg Memorial Library is presenting an exhibit on the topic drawn from the collection of University benefactor and alumnus Edward R. Leahy.

The exhibit is on display in the 5th Floor Heritage Room until April 17th and has already received positive media attention.

WVIA ArtScene




On March 18th, Erika Funke interviewed Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies about the exhibit for WVIA’s ArtScene. Ms. Funke also provides an overview of the Mutiny on the Bounty as it’s been depicted in film. You can listen to the interview on the WVIA website.




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The  exhibit is also featured in a blog post by Rebecca Rego Barry for Fine Books & Collections magazine.  She highlights a couple of the rare books from Mr. Leahy’s collection that are currently on display as part of the exhibit.


On April 9th at 5:30pm, Edward Leahy will speak on The Mutiny on the Bounty: Myth and Fact in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room with a reception to follow. The talk is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. The event is cosponsored by the Schemel Forum and the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

We invite everyone to explore the exhibit, which is on display until Thursday, April 17th in the 5th floor Heritage Room during regular Library hours.  For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, Michael.Knies@Scranton.edu 570-941-6341.

Watch the Schemel Forum – 2013 University for a Day Lecture Series

Did you miss the University for a Day Lecture Series on freedom & justice?
Watch them at your leisure via the links below.

LECTURE 1: The Declaration of Independence: Our Guiding Light and an Inspiration to the World.
Morey Myers, Esq.

LECTURE 2: Culture and Conflict: New England, Old England and the Civil War.
Dr. Leonard Gougeon, University of Scranton 

LECTURE 3: The Great Emancipation of 1863: A Momentous Achievement – A Work in Progress.
Dr. Clement Price, Rutgers University – Newark

LECTURE 4: Global Justice: What are the Responsibilities of Citizens?
Dr. Thomas Pogge, Yale University

Mapping New Territories: Musings on Museums and Our Publics


Don’t Miss Out on this Wonderful Collaborative Program Offered by

The Schemel Forum and The Hope Horn Gallery!

Mapping New Territories: Musings on Museums and Our Publics

Lecture by Marsha Semmel, Director for Strategic Planning, Institute for Museum and Library Services

Given in conjunction with the Exhibition of the Work of Berenice D’Vorzon

Thursday, October 3rd 5:30-7pm

Reception to Follow

It’s Free and Open to the Public.

To register, call Emily BreesSchemel Forum Assistant

570-941-6206, emily.brees@scranton.edu

American Hands Exhibit and Schemel Forum Event

American Hands ExhibitThe Library’s Heritage Room is currently hosting American Hands: A Visual Celebration of Traditional Tradespeople, a traveling exhibit of work by photographer Sally Wiener Grotta.

American Hands is Sally Wiener Grotta’s ongoing narrative visual celebration of those individuals who are keeping alive the traditional trades that built our country’s diverse culture. She has documented the work of artisans including a spinner, weaver, blacksmith, bookbinder and others. She has returned to their workshops over the course of months and years to document the different stages of their creations.  She documents the craft processes as well as the personalities of the individual tradespeople.

Sally began the exhibit as Pennsylvania Hands.  The constantly changing exhibit has been seen around the state and has now become a national project and renamed American Hands.

Sally is widely considered to be a pioneer of digital photography and computer graphics.  She has served as chapter president for the American Society of Media Photographers and has traveled on assignment to every continent including Antarctica.  Sally co-authored (with Daniel Grotta) the groundbreaking work, Digital Imaging for Visual Artists which is considered one of the first important works on the subject. The PC Magazine Guide to Digital Photography and The PC Magazine Digital SLR Photography Solutions are among their other books. Her photographs and articles have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and books.

There will be a reception featuring a talk by the artist on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room.  The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibit, lecture, and reception are cosponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Schemel Forum.  You can register for the event here.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of February.