Gannon University to Present Yearlong Series on Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times

Posted: August 29, 2017

Gannon University will present Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times, a yearlong series of events exploring the theme through film, lectures, panel discussions and theater.

The series is a successor to last year's multimedia, multidisciplinary Culture and Climate Change series. According to Ann Bomberger, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the honors program, the series is programmed to explore how we persevere through life's challenges and learn from the adversities we all face at one time or another. These adversities may affect individuals and communities or have a more global impact.

The centerpiece of the series is the appearance on campus of author and activist Jerry McGill whose book, "Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me," a memoir of growing up, responding to the challenges of living with a disability and learning to help and inspire others, written in the form of a letter to the stranger who shot him when he was 13 years old.

Other presentations will address the responses to challenges facing the city of Erie, to climate change and to a loveless marriage, as captured by playwright Henrik Ibsen in his classic "A Doll's House."

"Some people are incredibly resilient and inspiring. This series showcases individuals and communities that face severe challenges and remain undaunted," Bomberger said.

The 2017 portion of the yearlong series will include the following events:

Aug. 30, 6 p.m. - TEDx Salon with Gannon Honors Program student Olivia Haile (Calamari's Squid Row, 1317 State St.)

Sept. 7, dusk - Film: "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" (Gannon Goodwill Garden, 409 W. Sixth St.

Sept. 28, 7 p.m. - Erie Refocused with Kathy Wyrosdick, director of the Erie County Planning Department (Waldron Campus Center Yehl Room, 124 W. Seventh St.)

Sept. 28-30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 1, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5-7, 8 p.m. - "Heathers - The Musical" (Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St.)

 Oct. 24, 7 p.m. - "Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me" with author Jerry McGill (Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St.)

Nov. 4, 1-5:30 p.m. - TEDx Erie: Bridges Over Barriers (McDowell Intermediate High School Little Theater, 3320 Caughey Rd.)

Nov. 8, 7 p.m. - Film: "Tidewater" (Room 104 Zurn Science Center, 143 W. Seventh St.)
Nov. 10-Jan. 25 - The Christmas Show: Photo Competition (Schuster Gallery, 700 Peach St.)

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Dec.3, 2 p.m.; Dec.7-9, 8 p.m. - "A Dolls House" by Henrik Ibsen (Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St.)

For more information on the Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times series, click here