Gannon Hosts Journalist Maria Karagianis For #MakeChange Speaker Series

Karagianis will present “Live Before You Die: A Semi-Autobiographical Presentation About Advocacy and Fighting for Justice” at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom

Karagianis will present “Live Before You Die: A Semi-Autobiographical Presentation About Advocacy and Fighting for Justice” at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom

Gannon University will host award-winning writer and journalist Maria Karagianis on Wednesday, Feb. 5 as part of its speaker series titled “#MakeChange. Stand Up. Speak Out.” The series is hosted by the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

Karagianis will present “Live Before You Die: A Semi-Autobiographical Presentation About Advocacy and Fighting for Justice” at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom, 124 W. Seventh St. The event is free and open to the public.

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. Karagianis worked on staff for 15 years at the Boston Globe where she and her team won a Pulitzer Prize gold medal for coverage of Boston's school desegregation and its resulting racial violence. She currently works as a nonprofit strategy consultant and active board member of various organizations including the Harvard Club of Boston. Karagianis graduated from Harvard Divinity School with her master’s degree in world religion. She was later awarded the Alumni Association’s first-ever Decade Award for her role in creating her nonprofit. 

Karagianis will be on Gannon’s campus throughout the week of Feb. 3 to speak to several undergraduate classes. She will also offer workshops to community partners on how to build a nonprofit or a socially conscious for-profit. 

Ann Bomberger, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences and chair of the speaker series, said she is excited to welcome Karagianis onto campus. 

“Gannon is dedicated to transforming the lives of others. Karagianis is an inspiring example of someone who takes bold steps to make the world a better place,” Bomberger said.   

#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. 

Karagianis is one of several speakers who will be on Gannon’s campus as part of the series. 

This particular event is presented by MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, LLP with sponsorship from the Erie Community Foundation. 

For additional information about the series, visit gannon.edu. 

 

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