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Gannon Presents Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series

Published: 08/24/2020

Be the Change: Fall 2020 Speaker Series

Be the Change: Fall 2020 Speaker Series

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is pleased to present its Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series.

This year’s series is titled Racial Justice: Be the Change. In the wake of increasing attention on racial justice in the United States and the call for sweeping change that has resulted from protest and advocacy, the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences invites you to become part of the conversation. Through this year-long series, we can all work to be the change.

This exciting series kicks off with “From 1619 Virginia to 16503 Erie: The Constitutional Path to Black Lives Matter.” In this presentation, longtime Gannon faculty member Parris Baker, Ph.D., examines how racism was ingrained in the founding of the United States and the historical events that have led to the current Black Lives Matter movement. The focus on making reflective and reflexive change and the desire to re-evaluate processes at the micro and macro level are two areas Baker believes can result in significant change. The event will be live-streamed for public viewing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Registrations can be made at

Other events in this series are listed below with more to details to come. All events are free and open to the public via Livestream.

> Sept. 9 | 10:10 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Post Globalization: The Struggle for a Post-Pandemic Future

> Sept. 25 | 11:15 a.m. - noon
From Punitive to Caring State: Defunding the Police and More Funding for Social Work

> Oct. 8 | 3 - 4 p.m.
From Slavery to Police Brutality: The History of United States Racist Policing

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