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Gannon University continues 2021-22 CHESS Speaker Series, Reinventing Right Now

Published: 09/28/2021

The Equitable Erie Walk will be hosted on Sept. 29 as part of the CHESS Speaker Series.

The Equitable Erie Walk will be hosted on Sept. 29 as part of the CHESS Speaker Series.

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is presenting its 2021-22 CHESS Speaker Series, Reinventing Right Now.

This year-long series focuses on navigating a world that is altered by the unprecedented events of the past year and a half and the difficulties in knowing how to begin healing. The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences presents this series with events centered on artistic expression, exploration of our varied heritages, and emphasis on the self and connections with one another as we regain our footing in a changed world.

The next event in this series, the Equitable Erie Walk, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, starting under the Gannon mural on AJ’s Way at the corner of West Seventh and Peach streets. Gannon and Erie community members are invited to participate in this event as we explore and ask questions about spaces on Gannon’s campus and the larger downtown community. This guided walk will visit several downtown staples such as the Warner Theatre, the Erie Playhouse, the Erie Art Museum, and Perry Square, among others while asking who these places and spaces are perceived to be in service of and accessible to.

The event will explore questions that Gannon and Erie Arts & Culture are interested in answering in both the university’s setting and Erie as a whole, including: Does everyone desiring to experience these assets and amenities have equitable access? Does what we offer through programming reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our community? Does everyone feel welcomed and accepted?

This event is co-sponsored with Equitable Erie and Erie Arts & Culture. 

Register in advance for this free event at:

The next events in this series are listed below with more details to come.

> Oct. 7 | Frenemies: How to Interact with Those We Love but Disagree With

> Oct. 28 | Food as Healing with Shane Bernardo  

> Nov. 6 | Grounded Printshop, Unpredictability and Presence in Creative Action