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    Gannon University is excited to host several events as part of the annual Jefferson Educational Society's Global Summit 2022 speaker series. The Jefferson Educational Society has invited experts to Erie from around the world to speak on a broad range of globally important issue as part of the Summit, taking place October 11 - December 12. This partnership has created an educational opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to engage with these speakers at any of the several speakers' series hosted on Gannon's campus.

    How to register

    Student, faculty and staff attendees are FREE. Registration is required through EngageU and will be tracked. Please watch this helpful video to walk through the registration process and learn more about the necessary coupon codes to be able to attend for free.

    Coupon Codes:
    gannonstudents (for students)
    gannonuniversity (for admin/faculty/staff)

    The links go directly to each Event Registration Page. Enter registration details, the coupon code (for students: gannonstudents  for faculty/staff: gannonuniversity) and accept the waiver. On the next Admission page, click on General Admission. On the next Event Registration Summary Page, the discount 100% will be applied. Click on complete registration. You will receive an email confirmation with your ticket. Use this “ticket” to gain entry on the night of the event.

    Students will be scanned in via the Corq app. Info is here:

    Questions? Contact Jeff Bloodworth

    The Future of Collegiate Sports

    Tuesday, October 11th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Cathedral Prep Auditorium, 250 W. 10th Street

    John CalipariIn the new era of NIL – Name, Image, and Likeness – how has the future of college sports changed? What other driving factors are affecting today’s student athletes, college coaches, and universities?


    John Calipari & L. Jon Wertheim

    Since 2009, John Calipari has been the head coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, which he led to an NCAA Championship in 2012. He has been named Naismith College Coach of the Year three times, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

    L. Jon Wertheim is the executive editor of Sports Illustrated and has contributed to 60 Minutes since 2017. His work has been anthologized in “The Best American Sports Writing” series, and he is the author of nine books including New York Times bestsellers “Scorecasting” and “You Can’t make This Up.”

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    The Future of the GOP

    Sunday, October 23rd | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Gannon University, Yehl Ballroom

    Karl RoveKarl Rove, political strategist, columnist, policy thinker, and teacher kicks off the Jefferson Global Summit 2022 speaker series with observations about today’s fractious national political scene.


    Karl Rove

    Political strategists, columnist, policy thinker, and teacher

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    Future of the Virtual World: Strategies for Business, Storytelling, Culture, Cryptocurrency

    Tuesday, October 25th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street

    Elizabeth StricklerIn her appearance at the Jefferson Global Summit 2022, “The Future of Our Digital World: From NFTs to the Metaverse and What Lies Between and Beyond” Strickler brings an inside perspective on media innovation.


    Elizabeth Strickler

    An expert in the metaverse – a virtual universe where users have access to digital avatars that let them “live” in that digital world – Elizabeth Strickler is the founding director of the Creative Industries Blockchain Lab and Director of Media Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University.

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    The Future of Race in America

    Wednesday, October 26th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Gannon University, Yehl Ballroom

    Rashawn RayRay, called a “policy star” by the Washington Post, brings immense expertise to his Summit talk titled “The Future of Race in America.” 


    Rashawn Ray

    Rashawn Ray, a veteran of the Jefferson’s Digital Summit in May 2021, is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. He is also a professor of Sociology and executive director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Ray is also the co-editor of Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public.


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    The Future of Immigration in America

    Thursday, October 27th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Gannon University, Yehl Ballroom

    Anahita PanahiAnahita Panahi will speak on “The Future of Immigration in America,” leaning on her own life experiences and advocacy to make the case for new Americans going forward.


    Anahita Panahi

    Panahi is the California Refugee Organizer for We Are All America, a collective effort between the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, International Rescue Committee LA, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 

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    The Future of Tradeskills

    Wednesday, November 2nd | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Location: Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street

    Tom BodettIn his lecture, "The Future of Trade Skills," Bodett reflects on his experience with Hatchspace, a community woodworking school and workshop in Brattleboro, Vermont. He discusses how other midsize cities like Erie can successfully adopt trade schools. The mission of The Hatch is to promote the value and practice of craft by providing the instruction, tools, and space to support "a community of makers."


    Tom Bodett

    Tom Bodett, author, humorist, and longtime voice of Motel 6, joins the talented lineup of the Jefferson Global Summit 2022. Famous for his signoff phrase, "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6. And we'll leave the light on for you," Bodett has a storied career in public broadcasting.

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    Community Schools: A Model Locally, a Model Nationally

    Thursday, November 3rd | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street

    Jose MunozJosé Muñoz brings more than 25 years of cross-sector partnership experience for youth, family, and community development across the United States to his talk at the Jefferson titled “Community Schools: A Model Locally, a Model Nationally.”


    José Muñoz

    In 2017, José Muñoz joined the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), where he is director of the Coalition for Community Schools initiative.

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    Policy, Politics, and International Affairs: From U.S.- Russian relations to her critically acclaimed book, ‘There Is Nothing for You Here’ 

    Friday, November 4th | 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Gannon University, Highmark Events Center

    Fiona HillA former adviser to the President and a US-Russia relations expert, Dr. Fiona Hill is poised to offer timely insight in her first appearance at the Jefferson Global Summit.


    Fiona Hill

    Hill became a household name when she testified in the first impeachment trial of former President Trump. In an interview with The New York Times, she described the events of January 6, 2021 as “Trump pulling a Putin.” With a storied career in European and Russian foreign policy, Dr. Hill will bring decades of governmental and academic work to her talk.

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    James Madison: America’s First Politician

    Monday, November 7th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street

    Jay CostCost, who also writes for The Weekly Standard, will bring his ability to place contemporary moments in historical context to his talk at the Summit, “James Madison: America’s First Politician.” 


    Jay Cost

    Jay Cost, who appeared at the Jefferson Global Summit in 2017, is the Gerald R. Ford nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on elections, politics, and public opinion. He is also a columnist for National Review and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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    Rejuvenating Industrial Heartlands: Key to Heal Polarized Politics and Strengthening Western Democracy

    Wednesday, November 9th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m | Gannon University, Yehl Ballroom

    John AustinJohn Austin is making his first appearance at the Global Summit discussing “Transforming the Heartland and the Rust Belt, and the Power of Ally-Shoring at Home and Abroad.” In a series of publications on The Avenue since the 2016 presidential election, he has underscored the importance of understanding the economy and politics of midwestern swing states.


    John C. Austin

    Austin is the former president of the Michigan State Board of Education. He directs the Michigan Economic Center, a center for ideas and networking to advance Michigan’s economic transformation. Austin also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Metro, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Upjohn Institute. Additionally, he lectures on economic issues at the University of Michigan.

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    How America’s Towns are Writing the Nation’s Future 

    Thursday, November 10th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m | Gannon University, Yehl Ballroom

    James and Deborah FallowsJames and Deborah Fallows’s national coverage of news, culture, and trends included Erie as part of the “Our Towns” book that put a spotlight on America’s smaller cities, their struggles, and proactive efforts to reinvent themselves. 


    James & Deborah Fallows

    James and Deborah Fallows, authors of the national bestseller “Our Towns” and national correspondents for The Atlantic, may be the Jefferson’s closest big-name friends. Frequent presenters and longtime supporters of the Jefferson, the Fallows were named honorary Erie citizens by Mayor Joe Schember in 2018 as they were presented the Thomas B. Hagen Dignitas Award at Global Summit X. 

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    John Milton, Abigail Adams & Thomas Jefferson: Revolution Yesterday and Tyranny Today?

    Friday, November 11th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street

    Charles BrockAmong the highlights of the Jefferson’s Global Summit 2022 is a special presentation by the Rev. Charles Brock, founding board member of the Jefferson Educational Society and longtime Secretary of the Jefferson Board of Trustees. Rev. Brock will discuss “John Milton, Abigail Adams & Thomas Jefferson: Revolution Yesterday and Tyranny Today?” – a lecture he first delivered at Oxford University earlier this year. 


    Rev. Charles Brock, M.Litt.

    Director of the Brock Institute for Mega Issues Studies and 2022 Thomas B. Hagen Dignitas Award.

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    Future of the American Presidency

    Sunday, December 11th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m | Gannon University, Highmark Events Center

    John DickersonJohn Dickerson, 54, chief political analyst for CBS News and senior national correspondent, will discuss “Future of the American Presidency” as he focuses on revelations from his third book and New York Times Best-Seller, The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.


    John Dickerson

    Beginning his career at Time magazine, Dickerson covered economics, Congress, and the eventual focus of his work, the presidency. From 2005 to 2015, he was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and has since covered every presidential campaign.

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    An Evening with Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff 

    Monday, December 12th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m | Gannon University, Highmark Events Center

    Judy WoodruffNationally known and respected media personalities and spouses Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff will team up to comment on American politics and culture in their first Global Summit appearance.


    Al Hunt & Judy Woodruff

    Hunt, a veteran American journalist, is a key contributor to the editorial arm of Bloomberg covering policy and politics in Washington, D.C. 

    Judy Woodruff is an American broadcast journalist who has worked in network, cable, and public television news since 1976. She is the anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour.

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    The Future of Maps: How the Art and Science of Mapmaking Continues to Evolve 

    Tuesday, December 13th | 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m | Location: Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street

    Allen CarrollAllen Caroll heads the story maps team for Esri, a global leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping. His talk speaks of his decades of experience: "The Future of Maps: How the Art and Science of Mapmaking Continues to Evolve." Carroll's team has developed open-source web apps blending multimedia content and interactive mapping to tell stories about the world. Creating a new medium for storytellers, their software has brought about the telling of more than 100,000 stories from people around the world. Addressing the essence of his Story Maps project, Carroll said, "I felt all along that story maps shouldn't just be for professionals; they should be for everyone and anyone who has a story to tell that has to do with place – and what story doesn't have to do with place?


    Allen Carroll

    Respected geographer, cartographer, and storyteller Allen Carroll is the featured speaker in Global Summit 2022's finale. 

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