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Gannon University continues its 2021-22 CHESS Speaker Series, Reinventing Right Now

Published: 02/07/2022

Ashely Yochim, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of English at Penn State Behrend

Ashely Yochim, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of English at Penn State Behrend

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 first event in this series, “The Need for Multilingual Signage in Erie with Dr. Ashley Yochim,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Waldron Campus Center, 628 Peach St (Room 219).

Ashely Yochim, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of English at Penn State Behrend, will present a workshop centered on a linguistics landscape analysis of Erie’s public signage. She will explore the linguistic diversity of the city’s past and current generations of newcomers. This analysis indicates that in Erie, all official public signage is in English only, with the only multilingual signs being in new American-owned private businesses, places of worship, and street mural.

Yochim suggests there is a need for more multilingual signage in Erie, including directional signposts to help guide new American residents and students in the community.

After the presentation, Gannon’s multilingual students will create signs in their own languages that will be posted around campus to accommodate the university’s multilingual student population.

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

> Feb. 11-12 | An Exploration of Caribbean American Representation Onscreen: West Side Story and In the Heights

> March 11 | Multicultural Dance Night: One World. One City. Our City. Erie.

> March 15 | Author Everett De Morier and Thirty-Three Cecils: A Best-Selling Novel Set in Erie Soon to be a Major Motion Picture

> March 23 | Collins Lecture

> March 31 | Beekeeping in the Goodwill Garden

> April 21 | What Brings You Hope? Diana Chao on Mental Health and Acts of Kindness that Bring Connection

 > April 22 | Gannon University’s 45th Annual Writing Awards Night

> April 23 | Empathy in Creative Movement

 

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