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Gannon Presents Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series

Published: 09/08/2020

Be the Change: Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series

Be the Change: Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is presenting its Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series, which continues the conversation around today’s racial injustices and offers insight into bringing meaningful change.

This year’s series is titled Racial Justice: Be the Change. Racial justice has been at the center of widespread protests and advocacy in recent weeks. Some of those protests were right here in Erie. The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences offers you the opportunity to become a part of the conversation through our speaker series. We can all work to be the change through this year-long examination of the issues and their possible solutions.

The second event in this series, Post Globalization: The Struggle for a Post-Pandemic Future, will be held from 10:10 to 11:05 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 9. Renowned professor Walden Bello of the State University of New York at Binghamton will speak on the COVID-19 pandemic, why 'connectivity' is a second stage of globalization, and how it has facilitated the spread of the novel coronavirus. Bello will go on to discuss three post-pandemic scenarios and why exclusionary forces have the political advantage. This event will be live-streamed for public viewing. Click here to register. 

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. 21 | 7 p.m.

Congress on Campus: Racial Justice Conversation


 > Sept. 25 | 11:15 a.m. - noon

Defund, Disarm, Dismantle: Examining the Movement Against Police Violence


> Oct. 8 | 3 - 4 p.m.

From Slavery to Police Brutality: The History of United States Racist Policing


>Oct. 28 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Champions of Justice

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