Scholar Seminars

Interdisciplinary seminars are held every semester under the direction of the Scholar Council. They are team taught and meet Tuesdays at noon. Each seminar carries one credit, for which no additional tuition is required. Grades are "A" or "F;" however students who are not participating satisfactorily will be encouraged to withdraw rather than receive an "F." The seminars include lectures, small group discussions, presentations by Scholars, and assigned readings.

Past seminar topics have included: Leonardo’s World, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen”, Innovations of the Twentieth Century, Pirates!, War, The American Experience, Wonder, The Maya, “Meat: It’s What’s for Scholars”, Sanitation, Thinking About Thinking, Mass Incarceration, and Created Equal.

Take a look at the current semester’s seminar schedule:

January 13: Seminar Introduction/The Evolution of Social Justice Movements
Dr. Cullen Chandler, Department of History and Director, Lycoming Scholars
Prof. Jessica Oberlin, Snowden Library and Seminar Planner
Dr. Sarah Silkey, Department of History and Seminar Planner

January 20: “Race”: The Biological Perspective, Dr. Edward Gabriel, Department of Biology

January 27: Citizenship Revolution: The Possibilities and Limits of Equality in the Revolutionary Era, Dr. Christopher Pearl, Department of History

February 3: Abolitionists and Emancipation, Dr. Manisha Sinha, Professor of African American History, University of Massachusetts Amherst

February 10: Controlling the Dangerous Classes: A History of Convict Leasing in the United States, Dr. Kerry Richmond, Department of Criminal Justice-Criminology

February 17: Small group discussion, Reading: Jim Crow Wisdom, introduction-chapter 3

February 24: Marching for Justice: My Experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Richard Hughes, Department of Religion

March 3: Created Unequal: The Limits of Abolition, Dr. Andrew Leiter, Department of English

March 10: No seminar – Spring Break!

March 17: What's Beyonce Got to Do with It?: Oppression, Privilege, and Feminism, Dr. Erica Delsandro, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Bucknell University

March 24: US Income Inequality: A Problem that Needs Fixing?, Dr. Elizabeth Moorhouse, Department of Economics

March 31: Disability Rights, Dr. Scott Michael Robertson, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

April 7: No seminar – Please attend Dr. Jonathan Scott Holloway's presentation (see details below)!

April 14: Small group discussion, Reading: Jim Crow Wisdom, chapter 4-epilogue

April 21: Equality Through Marriage, Ray Carman, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, SUNY Plattsburgh