Gannon University Hosts Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash for Freedom Speaker Series

Diane Nash with students from the PSGA Program at Gannon University

Diane Nash with students from the PSGA Program at Gannon University

Gannon University will host American civil rights activist Diane Nash on Wednesday, Oct. 3 as part of a year-long speaker series titled "Freedom" hosted by the University's College of Humanities Education and Social Sciences.

"Diane Nash: A Voice for Civil Rights" will take place Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 7-8 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom in Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, located at 124 W. Seventh St. The event is free and open to the public.

A leader in the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash was at the nexus of many of the movement's key events. A co-founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Nash was instrumental in the 1960 Nashville sit-in movement that helped spark the larger student protest movement of the 1960s. After this, she participated in the 1961 Freedom Rides and the monumentally significant 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement.

Diane Nash is one of several speakers that will be on Gannon's campus as part of the "Freedom" series. This year-long series centers on the complex idea of freedom in an increasingly interconnected world. Freedom can be interpreted in a variety of different contexts, from the global community to the individual level.

Additional events within the series include:

Freedom: A History of US Traveling Exhibition

Sept. 25-Oct. 22 | Nash Library


Gannon READS Hot Dogs and Hamburgers author Rob Shindler

Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. | Hammermill Center


Privacy and Freedom: A Balancing Act

Nov. 15 | 7 p.m. | Zurn 104

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