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Making Connections: 2023 CHESS Speaker Series Continues

Published: 03/22/2023

In February, the Speaker Series featured a "A Conversation and Exhibit of Black and African American Alumni" moderated by Dr. Parris Baker.

In February, the Speaker Series featured a "A Conversation and Exhibit of Black and African American Alumni" moderated by Dr. Parris Baker.

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences' Spring 2023 CHESS Speaker Series continues with four more events.  

The 2023 CHESS Speaker Series emphasizes making connections in all its forms. From reconnecting with each other at the scale of the interpersonal to forging connections across academic fields at the scale of the interdisciplinary, to exploring the interconnectedness of nations at the scale of the global. We hope this year’s series will help us continue to emerge from the isolation of the pandemic and renew prior social bonds even as we learn about and forge new ones.

Events still to come on this year-long journey include:

March 28 – Gannon Native American Symposium: Native Traditions and the Catholic Church

7 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom
This event will feature a panel discussion between three dynamic and world-renowned figures: Patrick Mason, Father Maurice Henry Sands and Dr. Damian Costello. In addition to the panel discussion between these three leaders, the event will feature a screening and discussion of Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholics. This 2021 film, produced by the Knights of Columbus, features all three panelists as well as dozens of other scholars, religious figures and Native leaders.

Register for this event.

March 29 – Gannon Concert Band: Women Composers

7 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom
Join the Gannon University Concert Band as we explore music performed not nearly as frequently as it should be. This concert features music exclusively by living women composers, most pieces composed within the last five years. Composers are represented from Canada, Japan, Australia, and the United States and write for ensembles ranging from school groups to professional orchestras.

April 1 – Improv as Life: The Art of Making Connections

3 p.m. | Waldron 219
Erie natives Sara Fisher and RJ Hodde will present on the art of improv, the ways that it cultivates connections and how to apply improv to life. After a talk and performance, Fisher and Hodde will lead a series of improv games to illustrate the concepts and give everyone a chance to experience it themselves.

Register for this event.

April 4 – Multicultural Dance Night: One World. One City. Our City. Erie.

7 p.m. | Erie Playhouse, 3 W. 10th St. 
Enjoy dances from around the world performed by artists from our own vibrant Erie community. This year’s event includes a special feature: Fiery rhythms of Tuika’s Polynesian Island Magic.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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