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

Published: 03/23/2022

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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 events in this series, “Collins Lecture (Eric Cline): 1177 BC, The Year Civilization Collapsed,” will be held at 7 p.m. today via Zoom. Many are worried that a globalized, complex, international world system could collapse suddenly and without previous warning, but few realize it has happened before. Just such an apocalyptic disaster struck the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions a little more than 3,000 years ago in 1177 BC followed by the world’s first recorded Dark Ages.

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Eric Cline of George Washington University will examine this disaster and ask whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society.

The next events in this series are listed below with more details to come. For more information, visit

> 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

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