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Gannon presents its Spring Season of Arts and Culture

Center for Communication and the Arts

Center for Communication and the Arts

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is pleased to present the Spring Season of Arts and Culture.

The keystone to the season is the college’s fifth annual speaker series. This year’s series, #MakeChange: Stand Up. Speak Out., is inspired by the 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s rights to vote and encourages students to speak out through an emphasis on advocacy. 

The Gannon community is invited to the following events: 

“Why Your Mindset Matters More Than Your Major” will feature Gannon alumnus Lo Myrick ’11. Myrick will share why mindset is key for long-term success. Students will learn how to operate with a healthier, more productive perspective by seeing obstacles as opportunities, by overcoming fears and by developing a strong network. This event is at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The second event in the series, the PSGA Iowa Caucus Simulation, is hosted by the School of Public Service and Global Affairs. The PSGA Iowa Caucus Simulation is held on the same day as the Iowa Caucus and gives students an opportunity to learn about the presidential candidates and caucus rules. Students will make their case for the Democratic and Republican nominees for president. Students will caucus and vote, and the results will be tabulated to see how Gannon compares to Iowa’s voters. This event is at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3.

Later this season will be “Our Struggles, Our Success,” a student-led spoken word event that highlights activist women and features student narratives in honor of Women’s History Month. This event is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. 

The following events are open to both the Gannon and Erie Communities: 

Wednesday, Feb. 5 

Live Before You Die: A Semi-Autobiographical Presentation about Advocacy and Fighting for Justice
7 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom, 124 W. Seventh St.

Award-winning writer and journalist Maria Karagianis will describe her experiences as a college student in Boston during the late 1960s demonstrations for women’s rights, civil rights, and the Vietnam War. Learn about how as a young reporter, she covered the South African apartheid and later observed the refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos. She went on to create a nonprofit called Discovering Justice in the U.S. Courthouse in Boston that teaches civics, justice and democracy. This event is presented by MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP with sponsorship from the Erie Community Foundation.

Sunday, March 14
CHESS Humanities and Leadership Conference
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | A.J. Palumbo Academic Center (third-floor atrium), 824 Peach St.
Students, practitioners and faculty members alike are encouraged to participate in the sixth annual CHESS conference. The conference will highlight scholarly research in the humanities, social sciences and leadership. The keynote speaker will be Navy Lt. Pete Scobell whose 17-year Navy career has made him a passionate advocate of veterans’ rights and encouraged him to speak on the importance of leadership and service. To register for the conference, visit

Thursday, March 19
A Conversation with Samantha Fuentes: Uplifting the Voices of the Silenced
7 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom, 124 W. Seventh St.
On Feb. 14, 2018 a gunman wielding an AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and fired on students, faculty, and staff. Seventeen people lost their lives and many others were wounded. Samantha Fuentes was among the injured in the Parkland tragedy. While fortunate to be alive, she is still battling the physical and mental ramifications of that day. Despite these tragic events, Samantha is resolved and committed to delivering a poignant message in this conversation today: to make sure that no child or adult is devastated by senseless and preventable gun violence ever again. This event is sponsored by Aetna and the Crime Victim Center of Erie County.

Other events in the 2020 Spring Season of Arts and Culture include: Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St.  
Jan. 31 | Tres Vidas Core Ensemble  
Feb. 9 | I am Hamlet  
Feb. 19 - 23 | The Wolves  
(This production contains adult content and is not suitable for all audiences) 
April 23 - May 3 | Musical of Musicals, The Musical 
*For tickets and more information, go to Schuster Gallery, 700 Peach St.  
Jan. 30 - April 10 | Women Artists Speak their Truth 
April 10 - May 10 | Gannon Artists 
Concert Band, Yehl Ballroom, 124 W. Seventh St.  

May 2 | Concert Band Spring Concert  

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