Schemel forums discuss Civil War

Published: March 31, 2016


Assistant Professor Adam Pratt, Ph.D., of the history department will teach the second-to-last Schemel Forum course meeting Tuesday as part of a six-session evening course studying the American Civil War’s trajectory.

Each meeting has discussed the reasons for the war, from the start in 1860 to the end of the war in 1865. The fifth session will focus on 1864.

“It’s been a really fun experience, because the whole point of the Schemel Forum is to connect The University and The University faculty with the larger Northeast Pennslyvania community,” Pratt said. “And so you get a lot of people who are just interested and interesting.”

During each meeting, people have discussed items of popular culture, politics on the home front and looked at what was happening on the front lines during the time. The first meeting that looked closer at the first year of the war, 1860, was March 1.

Emily Brees, who coordinates the Schemel Forums at The University, helped to shed some light on the event.

“We have about 50 individuals in the civil war class, mostly from the Scranton community, but we have a couple faculty, staff and students attend as well,” Brees wrote in an email interview. She also discussed why American history is so vital for learning.

“Learning about American history helps us to understand how we arrived at our current point in history, appreciate the efforts and struggles of those who came before us and be inspired to become part of a knowledgeable and engaged civil society to shape our future in the best ways possible,” Brees wrote.

The next forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Weinberg Memorial Library room 305. The course is free for University students, faculty and staff members.

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