Gannon University to Host Author and Activist for Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times Series
Posted: October 23, 2017
Gannon University will host author and activist Jerry McGill
to discuss his book "Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me,"
on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Gannon's Hammermill Center, 620
Peach St., as part of the University's yearlong Surviving and
Thriving in Uncertain Times series.
McGill wrote his book as a letter to the man who shot him in a
powerful, honest, gritty and challenging communication between the
victim of a violent crime and his unknown assailant. Based on his
actual life experience, McGill explores multiple subjects stemming
from the event that instantly changed his life, wrestling with his
anger, frustration, fear and ultimately finds the importance of
optimism and forgiveness.
"Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me" was the inaugural
book for Gannon READS (Gannon Reading to Enhance the Awareness of a
Diverse Society), a new program through which students shared a
common read together as part of their first-year experience.
"Gannon READS is an innovative, new component of the first-year
experience designed to grow and build bonds between the students
and lead them to explore diversity of 'the other' on campus and in
our community," said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president of
academic affairs. "We are honored and excited to welcome Jerry
McGill to share in person his experience that we've read about in
his book, and to have him be part of our inaugural Gannon READS
The book and new program were introduced to incoming students and
the Gannon community at the University's Convocation Ceremony at
the start of the semester in August. All were invited to share in
the experience of reading the book along with the students, while
many faculty members incorporated and designed classes around the
"I really enjoyed reading the book and can't wait for him to talk
to us about it," said Cameron Lyons-Anderson, first-year student at
Copies of "Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me" will be
available for purchase at the event; McGill will also be available
for book signings.