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Gannon University hosts CHESS Speakers Series Event: "Food as Healing"

Published: 10/26/2021

Shane Bernado.

Shane Bernado.

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is continuing its

2021-22 CHESS Speaker Series, Reinventing Right Now.

This year-long series focuses on navigating a world that is altered by the unprecedented events of the past year and a half and the difficulties in knowing how to begin healing. The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences presents this series with events centered on artistic expression, exploration of our varied heritages, and emphasis on the self and connections with one another as we regain our footing in a changed world.

The next event in this series, “Food as Healing with Shane Bernardo,” will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Palumbo Academic Center, 824 Peach St. (third-floor open space). Creating local food systems and sustainable foodways are important entry points into the realm of food justice. "Food as Healing" seeks to unearth how cultivating, celebrating and practicing food-based rituals nourishes us emotionally, intellectually and spiritually in ways that conventional comfort foods cannot. Shane Bernardo will present virtually to a live audience on Gannon’s campus as well as those who join via Zoom. Attendees will learn how reclaiming our sense of tradition, culture, identity and ancestry can root our movements centered upon healing and increase our capacity to resist and push forward.

Bernardo is co-founder of Food As Healing, a grower, facilitator and food justice organizer based in Detroit, Mich. that uses food and storytelling as mediums for healing and decolonizing.

This event is presented in partnership with the Erie Food Policy Advisory Council.

If you are planning on attending the event via Zoom, contact Emily Cummings in the Dean’s Office at to register.


To register for this event in-person, visit

The next events in this series are listed below with more details to come.

> Nov. 6 | Grounded Printshop, Unpredictability and Presence in Creative Action
> Nov. 15 | The Erie Immigrant Experience

All media inquiries can be made by contacting Haley Figurski, Media Relations and Marketing Manager, at 814-823-1886.