Final Call for Environmentally Themed Art!

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Please remember to bring your environmentally themed artwork to the library by or before Friday, April 11 for inclusion in the 4th annual Environmental Art Show!

All submissions can be brought to either the circulation desk or the reference desk. Items will be returned at the close of the Art Show on April 24.

The International Film Series Presents: The Chess Players

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Please join us on Friday April 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for a free presentation of the Indian drama The Chess Players.   Professor Bonnie Oldham will lead a discussion following the film.

Directed by India’s famed filmmaker Satyajit Ray, The Chess Players is set in 1856 India where the British are poised to take over the kingdom of Awadh.  Awadh’s King and the Indian aristocracy prefer chess, poetry and music to their political responsibilities.  Will the aristocracy see the game of chess the British are playing before their king is taken?

The Chess Players is in Urdu, Hindi and English with English subtitles.

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

Cutting the Cable… without doing a MacGyver!

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Thank you to all who came to the TOYOT workshop on fitness apps and gadgets in conjunction with Wellness Day. We had approximately 50 attendees!


Cutting the Cable… without doing a MacGyver!

Join us on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00PM in WML 305!

This workshop, presented by Joseph Casabona (System Integrator & Web Developer) will give you some tips about how to cut your cable bill without doing a MacGyver. With the increasing costs of TV and more options for streaming, people are starting to consider cutting cable completely. In this talk, we will learn about the current status of the cable industry as well as what steps to take to cancel your cable without missing out on the shows you love so much!

Sessions are 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. A light lunch will be provided.

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.

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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, 570-941-6341.

English Professor to Particpate in StorySlam

I’m a big fan of storytelling.  I’ve been doing it ever since I convinced my second grade class that Susan Lucci was my birth mother.  So when I heard that Scranton would soon have its own StorySlam, I was very excited.  Started by Abington Heights Senior, Madeline Zoe McNichols, StorySlam is an homage to New York City’s legendary storytelling series, The Moth.  Participants must tell a TRUE story in five minutes or less.  What you get, is a blend of memoir, performance, poetry, and laughter.   Tonight, University of Scranton’s, Dr. Michael Friedman, will be taking the stage in Slam in the Summit: What Doesn’t Kill You.    Come out and show your support for Dr. Friedman and all of the storytellers!

slamWhat:  Scranton StorySlam Presents: Slam in the Summit.  Theme:  What Doesn’t Kill You.

Where:  The Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State Street, Clarks Summit

When: Tonight at 7PM

Cost:  Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item.




Join Us Tonight for Shun Li and the Poet

The International Film Series presents the award-winning drama Shun Li and the Poet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Professor Allison Lai will lead a discussion following the film.

Directed by Andrea Segre, Shun Li and the Poet is in Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles.

This event is free and open to the public.

Monday 3/31 – An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures

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Join us on Monday 3/31 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
President of the American University in Paris

“An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures”

Dr. Schenck speaks from her 25 years’ experience as an American educator in Paris on the profound differences between the French/European university system and the American one. She will discuss the public/private divide; differences in faculty status and governance; the constraints of labor relations and the different organization of degree programs and student services in the US and abroad. Political and cultural differences between French and American culture will also be discussed.

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 5th floor

RSVP Here or email