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Gannon partners with Jefferson Education Society to host Global Summit XIII

Published: 11/04/2021

The Jefferson Educational Society's Global Summit XIII

The Jefferson Educational Society's Global Summit XIII

Gannon University is proud to partner with the Jefferson Educational Society to host five events in the Global Summit XIII, which invites speakers from around the world to present on a range of globally important issues now through Nov. 12. A president of the United States headlined this year’s events.

As part of these events, Gannon University is excited to host “A Conversation with Former White House Chiefs of Staff: Featuring Andrew Card and Mack McLarty” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the Yehl Ballroom, Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.

Card served as chief of staff for President George W. Bush from 2001 and 2006, and McLarty served as chief of staff for President Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1994. This panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Scully, longtime Global Summit chairman and senior vice president of communications for the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Prior to the event, Card and McLarty will also be attending a Gannon class to discuss presidential politics at it relates to students’ academic learning.

The university will host five speakers as part of this year’s Global Summit events. Events coincide with Gannon’s annual CHESS Speaker Series, which prepares students to positively impact the world around them by engaging them in opportunities for meaningful knowledge-building, critical and innovative thinking, and exploring some of today’s complex global challenges through an array of educational programming experiences.

This year’s CHESS Speaker Series theme is Reinventing Right Now, which centers on artistic expression, exploration of our varied heritages, and emphasis on the self as well as our connections with one another as we regain footing in a changed world.

Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., provost and vice president of student experience, said hosting the Global Summit on campus is about moving theory to practice.

“It allows scholars and practitioners to enjoy the opportunity to pass on wisdom and experiences to a new generation,” Iwanenko said. “These experiences give students additional tools to help them be greater contributors to society.”

Jeff Bloodworth, Ph.D., co-director of the School of Public Service and Global Affairs at Gannon, emphasized the significance of the Global Summit at Gannon.

“The Global Summit belongs at Gannon. As a vital civic hub, Gannon brings students, faculty, staff and the greater Erie community together in a central location dedicated to higher education,” Bloodworth said. “Hundreds of our students will hear from and interact with these world-class speakers and garner a greater understanding of our world. This is truly part and parcel of a Gannon education that transforms the minds of students and the larger community.” 

Events hosted by Gannon University are listed below and open to the public. Click here to view the full schedule and register today.

“An Evening with Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center”
Nov. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom, Gannon University

“The History and Role of First Ladies: Featuring Barbara Perry, Stacy Cordery, and Anita Mcbride”
Nov. 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom, Gannon University

“A Conversation with Former White House Chiefs of Staff: Featuring Andrew Card and Mack Mclarty”
Nov. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom, Gannon University

“A New Deal to Great Society: FDR and LBJ”
Nov. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom, Gannon University

“Holding the Line: Political Violence in America and the Implications for Democracy" 
Nov. 12 | 7:30 p.m. | Yehl Ballroom, Gannon University