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CHESS Speaker Series

  • CHESS Making Connections

    This year’s CHESS Speaker Series emphasizes making connections in all its forms. From reconnecting with each other at the scale of the interpersonal, to forging connections across academic fields at the scale of the interdisciplinary, to exploring the interconnectedness of nations at the scale of the global. We hope this year’s series will help us continue to emerge from the isolation of the pandemic and renew prior social bonds even as we learn about and forge new ones.

    Join us on this year-long journey, one event at a time, and make some connections!

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    Service Learning, Solitary Bees, and the Secret Garden

    Leigh-Daniel-BeekeepingWednesday, September 14th | 6 p.m. | Gannon Goodwill Garden (Rain Location: West Hall Lounge)

    Visit Gannon’s Goodwill Garden and learn how solitary bees are supporting a healthy and educated community in Our West Bayfront. This event will explore the benefits and challenges of service-learning as a strategy for increasing engagement and the speakers will share information about the community garden, its projects and opportunities for future engagement with academics, clubs and organizations.

    Co-Sponsor: Office of Academic Community Engagement (ACE)-Leigh Forbes is co-presenting with Daniel Salamone

    Improv as Life: The Art of Making Connections

    Christine Cooley *Postponed*

    Second City alumni Sara Fisher and Christine Cooley will present on the art of improv, the ways that it cultivates connections, and how to apply improv to life.

    After a talk and performance, Fisher and Cooley will lead a series of improv games to illustrate the concepts and give everyone a chance to experience it themselves.





    AML Talks: Cryptocurrency Laundering Risk and Partnership

    Rebakah PratherTuesday, September 27th | 12:30 p.m. | I-HACK 309

    Panel of four speakers: law enforcement (FBI), banking sector (PNC Bank), financial crime association (ACFCS), and private sector (GWTrade in Cyprus)

    Panelist Names: Rebekah Prather, Lee Sullenger, Anna Stylianou, and Jon Elvin

    There have been many publications and professional discussions claiming that criminals and terrorists use crypto as a preferred currency in their laundering activities because of its anonymity, usability, and lack of government regulations. However, all crypto transactions are being recorded on the ledgers and, as many real-life cases of crypto laundering show that, the established links between criminals and these crypto transactions have been on the rise. This event will bring together four professionals across multiple domains to discuss current trends in crypto laundering and how each organization is tacking those issues.

    Dr. Julia Mack (Program Director of the Criminal Justice program) and Dr. Musa Tuzuner (Program Director of the Anti-Money Laundering program) will serve as moderators

    Co-Sponsors: Anti-Money Laundering Certificate Program, Applied Intelligence Program, and Criminal Justice Program                

    Core Ensemble (Los Valientes)

    Core EnsembleMonday, October 3rd  | 8 p.m. | Schuster Theatre

    Returning to Gannon’s campus for a third time, the CORE Ensemble continues its mission of intercultural dialogue. This performance, translated as ‘The Courageous Ones,’ will feature Victor Vazquez in the roles of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta and focus on each historical figure’s artistic and political passions.

    This performance is free and open to the public.  Tickets can be reserved by going to the Schuster Theatre website.  Please use the code DIEGO to reserve your free ticket.  Doors open at 7:30PM. Walk-ins will be accepted at the door pending availability.


    Gannon READS (Author Mohammed Al Samawi)

    Mohammed Al SamawiTuesday, October 18 th  | 7 p.m. | Warner Theater

    Winner of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards and finalist of the 2019 National Jewish Book Awards. The Fox Hunt tells one young man’s unforgettable story of his harrowing escape from Yemen's brutal civil war with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of interfaith activists in the West. The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.