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