THIS WEEK: Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2016
Educational Series, a discussion on human rights and police shootings with attorney Barry Dyller. Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. 570-740-0753.
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon, a talk on “Globalization and Its Discontents: Specific Problems in Central Europe,” by Jiri Pehe, director of New York University in Prague. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. Noon on Sept. 29. $20. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
Readers & Writers Festival, the inaugural event with free and ticketed sessions. Included: guest authors Gloria Steinem, John Berendt and MK Asante along with a performance by Humans Collective, a spoken-word and dance troupe. Also: open mics, panels on science fiction writings and environmental issues, storytelling for children, pop-up bookstore and a “Women Writing for Women” panel. Held at various venues in Milford from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Schedule at milfordreadersandwriters.com.
Lecture, a talk on “Polygyny and Its Discontents: A Key to Understanding Traditional Chinese Society” by Paul R. Goldin of the University of Pennsylvania, who talks about the practice of Chinese men having multiple wives or concubines. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 570-941-7643.
Lecture by peacemaker and social justice activist Shane Claiborne who discusses his work with Mother Teresa and journeys that have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world. Rooms 216-217, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 570-674-6495.
Poldark Discussion, a group following the Sunday-night British miniseries, set in 18th-century Cornwall. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 28. 570-693-1364.
Former Florida Congressman Allan West will give the Allan P. Kirby Lecture Oct. 5 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University.
Shane Claiborne will talk about his work with Mother Teresa Sept. 30 at Misericordia University in Dallas.